London city trip - Where to eat?

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  • Red_Bool 13 Mar 2018 12:08:28 1,640 posts
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    Hello good people!

    We're planning a city trip to London next month with the family. One thing I could really use some help with is where to have lunch or dinner. Nothing fancy, just good food that's affordable (we're from Holland ;)). A good Indian restaurant is on my wish list, but any other suggestions are highly appreciated! :)

    The area of interest is between the Tower Bridge and Harrods (around that line).

    Thanks!
  • DamoVotf 13 Mar 2018 12:13:28 1,314 posts
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    Red_Bool wrote:
    Hello good people!

    We're planning a city trip to London next month with the family. One thing I could really use some help with is where to have lunch or dinner. Nothing fancy, just good food that's affordable (we're from Holland ;)). A good Indian restaurant is on my wish list, but any other suggestions are highly appreciated! :)

    The area of interest is between the Tower Bridge and Harrods (around that line).

    Thanks!
    Can strongly recommend De Hesa for Spanish tapas, its not cheap cheap but its really nice food and just behind Hamleys.

    Radio Alice is good pizza but might be out of the way. (Camden or Clapham). one of the sourdough pizza places are good. Old Amalfi near high holborn used to be really nice food.

    If you want the best indian in London you can go to Veeresarmy but its very fancy indian and expensive.

    Otherwise just avoid the tourist traps.
  • HarryPalmer 13 Mar 2018 12:16:50 5,486 posts
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    Dishoom for curry is really good - think there are a few.

    Some good burgers: Patty & Bun, Honest Burger, Dirty Burger, Bleaker Burger

    A lot of good stuff to eat in London - Time Out is a good website to find stuff to your taste.

    Borough Market near London Bridge has excellent food - but can be v busy.

    Edited by HarryPalmer at 12:18:48 13-03-2018
  • Vortex808 13 Mar 2018 12:19:17 12,360 posts
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    Brick Lane for a curry and barter for your life with the myriad folk trying to drag you in to their place to get a good deal price wise!

    Although that would require a bit of tube travel- use contactless cards and kids under 12 go free with an adult, so it's not too pricy and super easy to use instead of having to pick up an oyster card.

    Edit: I'll also be taking notes of suggestions, since we're down to visit my sister next month too.

    Edited by Vortex808 at 12:21:14 13-03-2018
  • HarryPalmer 13 Mar 2018 12:20:13 5,486 posts
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    Brick Lane's a good shout. Great Bagels too.
  • Red_Bool 13 Mar 2018 12:21:07 1,640 posts
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    Thanks guys! Hamleys is on our (my ;)) list to check out, so we could combine that with the tapas suggestion (hadn't thought of tapas yet, my wife and kids would like that!)

    Burgers is also a good suggestion!

    It is indeed my goal to avoid the tourist traps (last years summer holiday reminded me again...).
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Mar 2018 12:21:12 11,468 posts
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    Chick n Sours is a good time and super yummy. Good quality fried chicken and sour cocktails. Thereís one in Covent Garden not far from where youíre going. Not expensive either.

    Dishoom is a good shout for a Indian. Itís not super fancy but fancy enough. Itís the equivalent to Indian food as Pizza Express was to Pizza when it first came out.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Mar 2018 12:21:54 11,468 posts
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    HarryPalmer wrote:
    Brick Lane's a good shout. Great Bagels too.
    The white one, not the yellow one two doors down.

    Customer service is fucking atrocious but itís part of the experience.
  • HarryPalmer 13 Mar 2018 12:22:19 5,486 posts
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    Man, forgot about Chick n Sours! They're awesome. As are Chicken Shop rotisserie chickens.

    Edited by HarryPalmer at 12:23:30 13-03-2018
  • HarryPalmer 13 Mar 2018 12:25:10 5,486 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    HarryPalmer wrote:
    Brick Lane's a good shout. Great Bagels too.
    The white one, not the yellow one two doors down.

    Customer service is fucking atrocious but itís part of the experience.
    That's a can of worms you've opened there! But yeah, the white one. The Salt beef is nuts - very stressful experience but just let it wash over you.
  • THFourteen 13 Mar 2018 12:30:19 48,530 posts
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    Sadly the Grand Mac is only available until the 20th March in selected restaurants.
  • whatfruitlivesagain 13 Mar 2018 12:39:34 1,070 posts
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    If you weren't with the little kids I would recommend booking a table at Quo Vadis or Lyle's for a taste of modern British cuisine.
  • Red_Bool 13 Mar 2018 12:42:21 1,640 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Although that would require a bit of tube travel- use contactless cards and kids under 12 go free with an adult, so it's not too pricy and super easy to use instead of having to pick up an oyster card.
    That's a good one! My wife was already looking into oyster cards. Although one of my boys is already 13, so I'm not sure how that will work out....
  • Vortex808 13 Mar 2018 12:45:11 12,360 posts
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    Someone down there will be able to tell you more about that I'm sure. I think there is an oyster card for 12-16 that gives half price tube travel, but haven't had to investigate that yet myself!

    we used contactless last year and it was great. Capped too, so you only pay a max amount per day and any travel over that is free, so makes nipping around the sights and area much easier.
  • Salaman 13 Mar 2018 12:49:31 23,062 posts
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    I think it's not specific to London or the UK but we don't have it in Belgium, so I quite like to eat at one when I have a chance: Wagamama's.
    If you're with the kids, they'd probably enjoy Benihanna. There's one on King's Road, not too far form Harrods.

    A lot of Pub food is quite good as well.
  • whatfruitlivesagain 13 Mar 2018 12:52:59 1,070 posts
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    If you are into your meat there is also Blacklock in Soho.

    I haven't eaten at their city restaurant but I enjoyed my meal at the west end branch.

    I would also recommend Bo Drake on Greek Street next door to the Pillars of Hercules pub. It's a strange BBQ Asian fusion place.

    For amazing mid-day sandwiches, I would recommend Tounge and Brisket on Wardour Street

    Edited by whatfruitlivesagain at 13:11:54 13-03-2018
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Mar 2018 13:19:45 22,576 posts
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    Wow, a London food thread, I wonder if sourdough will be mentioned...
  • Fatiguez 13 Mar 2018 13:26:01 8,884 posts
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    Wow, an [anywhere] food thread, I wonder if ecosse will pop in to be obnoxious...

    (Just kidding, I already knew)
  • Jyzzy-Z 13 Mar 2018 13:32:48 3,281 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    I think it's not specific to London or the UK but we don't have it in Belgium, so I quite like to eat at one when I have a chance: Wagamama's.
    I wouldn't bother. It's pretty shit.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 13 Mar 2018 13:41:55 3,561 posts
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    All true Londoners know that the Angus Steakhouse is the city's true hidden gem. If the restaurants always look empty, it's because we dissuade the tourists from going there so we can keep them for ourselves. It's definitely not because they're a front for the Russian Mafia.
  • Alastair 13 Mar 2018 13:47:41 22,119 posts
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    Don't go to the Rainforest Cafe.
  • Alastair 13 Mar 2018 13:48:09 22,119 posts
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    All other (non-mafia related) suggestions are good.
  • Alastair 13 Mar 2018 13:50:05 22,119 posts
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    I know you didn't ask for visiting advice, but if you're thinking about going to the Natural History or Science museums, you totally need to be there *early*. Like about 09:40 as they open at 10 and get progressively busier through the day.
  • Red_Bool 13 Mar 2018 14:01:26 1,640 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    I know you didn't ask for visiting advice, but if you're thinking about going to the Natural History or Science museums, you totally need to be there *early*. Like about 09:40 as they open at 10 and get progressively busier through the day.
    No problem :) We had a look at the Science museum, but since we already did a (sort of) similar thing last year (Nemo in Amsterdam) we're skipping that. The Natural History museum is not for my boys :)
  • 2old4disshit 13 Mar 2018 14:07:34 550 posts
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    Poppies Fish and Chips
  • Red_Bool 13 Mar 2018 14:19:08 1,640 posts
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    2old4disshit wrote:
    Poppies Fish and Chips
    Of course! We have to try that :D

    I really should be getting some work done right now, but all I've been doing is looking up your suggestions (also, I'm really hungry now! ;)).
    Thanks guys. Really appreciate it!
  • THFourteen 13 Mar 2018 14:46:44 48,530 posts
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    If you want a traditional cheap curry i recommend Needoo bar and grill

    https://needoogrill.co.uk/

    It's a bit like Tayaabs but without the pretentious queue outside. And its cheap, and you can bring your own booze.

    If you go you must have the lamb chops (or mixed grill)
  • RawShark 13 Mar 2018 15:05:42 310 posts
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    Recommend HotBox if you're down for some beefs.
  • Tonka 13 Mar 2018 16:25:06 27,959 posts
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    Try and find a genuine greasy spoon and have a full English breakfast.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 13 Mar 2018 16:49:32 3,561 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Try and find a genuine greasy spoon and have a full English breakfast.
    That's actually not a bad idea. The Regency Cafe is rightfully famous. The food will give you a heart attack and the service is legendarily brusque, but the food is basically the fantasy of what a greasy spoon should be like (and at sensible prices), rather than the often-disappointing reality.
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