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OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 10:58:47

We're off to London next week - me, DH, GPs and DC. We're staying at County Hall and then off to theatre in Soho. Tower of London on Sunday.

Last time we went, we booked places to eat which cut down on traipsing round with hungry DC (and DH!).

Any recommendations of places? Probs in Soho for Saturday lunchtime. Between Soho and County Hall for Sat tea time. Brunch somewhere near County Hall. Hoping to find an M&S near the Tower for picnic lunch.

We like modern, Mediterranean/Thai/Mexican etc. Luckily the DC are not too fussy, but me and the GPs don't want anywhere too noisy (i.e. Soho Wahaca would finish us off!).

DireTires Sat 14-Jan-17 11:06:57

Tesco Express, EAT, Pret, Paul's, and loads of others near the Tower but there is a fish and chip stand there that sells the best chips - their fish looks rank but I love their chips. Ted's Fish and Chips - yummy crispy steaming hot chips on a cold day are the best.

Will think about the others.

SquirmOfEels Sat 14-Jan-17 11:16:55

Try the French House in Soho, for a slice if history with your lunch. Or pop over to China Town for Dim Sum

DireTires Sat 14-Jan-17 11:27:57

Le Bab for Saturday lunch? Book ahead. Modern gourmet kebabs not too noisy. Great fresh food, can be basic for children.

I'd do Dim Sum as well. Yum

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 13:41:03

Hadn't thought of Dim Sum, thanks.
Have booked the restaurant just outside the Tower for Sunday lunch.
Seem to be struggling to find places for breakfast on Sunday around County Hall. Was planning to stay that side of the river for the ferry, but would it be better to go across the River to Covent Garden?

SquirmOfEels Sat 14-Jan-17 13:43:54

Near County Hall (just the other side of Waterloo station) is a street called Lower Marsh which ahs loads of restaurants, some of them very good. It's a while since ai've been there so can't recommend one in particular, nor am I sure which are open at breakfast time, but that's where I'd go to look.

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 13:56:35

Ok, think we're sorted for breakfast and the lunches.

Best place for Covent Garden/Soho for dinner? Expectations are quite high grin. The city we live in has a brilliant restaurant scene at the moment so we're expecting big things of London.

FeckinCrutches Sat 14-Jan-17 14:03:31

All the 'wow' places will probably be booked now. I like to go down to Seven Dials on a night, It's quite buzzy but not quite as hectic as Soho or Covent Garden. St. Katherine's Pier is right next to the Tower of London was pretty quiet when I popped down there for breakfast on Sunday.

FeckinCrutches Sat 14-Jan-17 14:04:31

I like The Ivy or J. Sheekey for an early dinner as well.

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 14:22:03

Yes, I'm finding that out Feckin. It's going to have to be Pizza Express, isn't it sad

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 14:22:35

Anywhere you'd recommend at St Katherine's Pier?

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 14:24:51

Nothing at The Ivy or J Sheekey even at 5pm (Le Caprice does have tables)

FeckinCrutches Sat 14-Jan-17 14:28:39

Boo that's a shame. I'd book a table for Le Caprice while there is still some left then cancel if you find something else. To be honest The Pier has quite a few chains, but I've never had a bad meal at Côte, there is one on St. Martins Lane I think. Could you bear to queue for Barrafina?

tessiebear4 Sat 14-Jan-17 14:28:43

Go over to Belgravis and try one of the Olivo restaurants

FeckinCrutches Sat 14-Jan-17 14:30:05

Actually what about Bob Bob Ricard? Clos Maggiore is wonderful but doubt you will get a table this late in the game? Anything left for The Sky Garden?

PseudoBadger Sat 14-Jan-17 14:32:06

Gauthier Soho

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 14-Jan-17 14:34:08

breakfast at the National Gallery is just lovely...refined but relaxed...mainly cos there's never any other bugger in there.

also Centrepoint used to do a lovely feast at breakfast time, but haven't been there for aaaaaaaaages

lots of place on the river between Borough and Southbank...dawdle past Southwark Cathedral, and past Golden Hinde

I like London Orient in chinatown, used to be The Jade Garden...just up Wardour street, on the left, a spit from the chinatown gate and with the dreaded M&M store behind you on the right

otherwise, we tend to dawdle on streets behind the main streets....Kingly Street/Heddon Street/Beak all the menus and see what takes our fancy.
used to be some nice places on Floral Street ...sort of links Covent Garden with back of Leicester Square/soho ish

it's mostly just dh and me, or me and AN Other though so it's way easier to just bounce in for a table for two and wing it.

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 14:37:11

Would love to try Barrafina - are the queues awful even at 5.30pm?

Mominatrix Sat 14-Jan-17 14:49:44

Kiln - Thai
Hoppers - Sri Lankan
Flat Iron - very decent steak and chips for £10/pp
Cevice - Peruvian
Black Roe - Hawaiian (Poke)
Shoryu - ramen
Tonkatsu - Ramen
Chotto Matte - Peruvian x Japanese

and, NOT to be missed,
SAID for the best hot chocolate

Haggard1 Sat 14-Jan-17 14:56:19

Comptoir in soho is Lebanese and has a lovely atmosphere, there's also some lovely Korean places. Ping pong is a chain but nice dim sum and easier than trying to pick one of the many restaurants in china town.

Eve Sat 14-Jan-17 14:59:03

A pre theatre dinner at the savoy.

Fab service. And the savoy!!

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 14:59:44

Have seen Comptoir's around. Not coming out with great google reviews tho (I know that's not always fair picture)

OrangeSunset Sat 14-Jan-17 15:02:04

Saw FlatIron - DH and DC would love it but I don't eat meat sad

SquirmOfEels Thu 16-Feb-17 07:55:56

Just being inquisitive, hoping you had a good trip and wondering where you went. And were the places any good?

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