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    Calling on the wisdom of the forum for London restaurant recommendations

    I am off to London for a couple of days and am looking for some grub recommendations. Nothing too fancy gastropub, pizza, european would fit the bill.

    Staying in Covent Garden, am at the National Gallery Sunday for the Monet Exhibition so looking for something close in the evening.

    Then Tower of London on Monday so something around there for a late afternoon rest stop before travelling home.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I always like to a trip to the Guinea Butt, around Mayfair from memory good selection of food and beers and great steaks.
    Alternatively, Flat Iron in Covent Garden is ok and much cheaper but does get very busy. Enjoy your trip!

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    Il Bordelloís in Wapping is a short hop from tower bridge and gas super Italian food.

    http://www.ilbordello.com/

    Also try and have a look / drink in Wiltonís music hall. Itís truly like stepping back in time.

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    I'm afraid that it's going to be a bit random if you don't narrow down your choice of cuisine and budget. The locality you've mentioned is pretty wide and there are plenty of pubs, eateries, trattoria (etc), restaurants and other establishments on offer. I see that you're pretty accepting..."gastropub, pizza, european"...and I might suggest Belgo if you're into Belgian beer or several fairly usual British style pubs with decent food, but...

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    For pizza, l'antica pizzeria da Michele can't be beaten. 199 Baker Street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckard81 View Post
    For pizza, l'antica pizzeria da Michele can't be beaten. 199 Baker Street.
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    If you like a glass, then The Cork & Bottle just off Leicester Square will be very convenient, decent food and excellent wine.

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    If you can get a table outside then try The Ivy Market Grill https://theivymarketgrill.com. They don't take bookings outside so you may be lucky. Not too expensive.

    Also by Covent Garden an inside option is here https://balthazarlondon.com

    Or something here https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/eating-and-drinking

    Alternatively, as said above, around Covent Garden there are all the usual suspects e.g. Byron, Cote, Loch Fyne etc.

    Enjoy.

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    Homeslice http://www.homeslicepizza.co.uk/menu/ is v good for pizza in Covent Garden but beware it is normally popular

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    Seconded on Balthazar

    I would look at the pre theatre menus at some of the nice places around Covent Garden. Can get great food for the price of a meal in a more ďnormalĒ restaurant and donít have to sit for hours! Also plenty of time for evening activities even if you arenít going to a show. Went to Joel Robuchon last week and there are plenty of others

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    Home slice is easy or maybe bodeqns if you fancy a meat attack but hereís my extensive list of you fancy something a bit more extravagant

    Barbecoa
    Temper broadwick street
    Hakasan
    Hawksmoor
    He'stons mandarin
    Ciccetti Covent Garden
    Barbecoa St. Paulís
    Chiltern fire house
    Df Mexico
    Langham London
    Sketch Mayfair
    Mash
    Coqdargent
    Roux at the landau
    The blues kitchen
    Shot gun bbq
    Big ez
    The riding house cafe
    Prime
    Hanger sw6 roast
    Black roe Mayfair
    Bob bob Ricard soho
    Oslo court St. Johnís Wood
    Novikov Mayfair
    La petite maison Mayfair
    City social shoreditch
    Ledbury Notting Hill
    Social eating house soho
    Dinner by Heston - Knightsbridge
    Darwin brasserie - sky garden
    Wild honey Mayfair
    Holborn dining room @ rosewood hotel
    Oblix brunch
    Restaraunt story
    Scottís mount street Mayfair
    The ned
    Scalinis Italian Knightsbridge

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    10 cases in Covent Garden. Or Grt Queen st restaurant
    I canít see why you would travel to somewhere like St Johns wood or Mayfair when you have great food 3min walk away.

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    If there are a couple of you and you fancy a meat coma, the boss hog platter from Bodeans rarely disappoints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    I'm afraid that it's going to be a bit random if you don't narrow down your choice of cuisine and budget. The locality you've mentioned is pretty wide and there are plenty of pubs, eateries, trattoria (etc), restaurants and other establishments on offer. I see that you're pretty accepting..."gastropub, pizza, european"...and I might suggest Belgo if you're into Belgian beer or several fairly usual British style pubs with decent food, but...
    £42.86 excluding tip, must be America stuffed crust pizza but no tomatoes or cheese

    Thanks everyone for their suggestions, random suggestions very welcome....

    Not after extravagant, its a travel light flying visit so will be in jeans and comfy trainers
    Last edited by LuBee; 15th June 2018 at 10:45.

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    +1 for Big Easy - nice and near Covent Garden and food to suit all tastes

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuBee View Post


    note to self: drink more coffee before replying...
    http://www.beastrestaurant.co.uk


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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    http://www.beastrestaurant.co.uk


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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bertb00th View Post
    Home slice is easy or maybe bodeqns if you fancy a meat attack but hereís my extensive list of you fancy something a bit more extravagant

    Novikov Mayfair
    Is this any good? Walked past it on the way from another meal in Mayfair (Jamavar-very good) and nearly fainted at the prices on the menu outside. Seemed to priced for and frequented by wealthy Russians and that for me isn't usually a good thing? Seemed to have picked loads of expensive ingredients and ensured they were all on the menu for those who like to tell people they have eaten this and that. Maybe I am a little cynical though!

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    Novo love is fine dining but very very good !!

    Iím fortunate to take clients there and other nice restaraunt sand it is exceptional

    Personally given the op requirements big easy in Covent Garden or bodeans would get my shout

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    I was delighted to find out recently that the Saravana Bhavan - one of my favourite Delhi eateries, now has a branch on Charing Cross Road.

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    Christophers is good and only a short walk from Covent Garden


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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bertb00th View Post
    Home slice is easy or maybe bodeqns if you fancy a meat attack but hereís my extensive list of you fancy something a bit more extravagant

    Barbecoa
    Temper broadwick street
    Hakasan
    Hawksmoor
    He'stons mandarin
    Ciccetti Covent Garden
    Barbecoa St. Paulís
    Chiltern fire house
    Df Mexico
    Langham London
    Sketch Mayfair
    Mash
    Coqdargent
    Roux at the landau
    The blues kitchen
    Shot gun bbq
    Big ez
    The riding house cafe
    Prime
    Hanger sw6 roast
    Black roe Mayfair
    Bob bob Ricard soho
    Oslo court St. Johnís Wood
    Novikov Mayfair
    La petite maison Mayfair
    City social shoreditch
    Ledbury Notting Hill
    Social eating house soho
    Dinner by Heston - Knightsbridge
    Darwin brasserie - sky garden
    Wild honey Mayfair
    Holborn dining room @ rosewood hotel
    Oblix brunch
    Restaraunt story
    Scottís mount street Mayfair
    The ned
    Scalinis Italian Knightsbridge
    Christ on a bike, you need to stay in more

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    Hakkasan is incredible

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    I love roka on Charlotte st. Wolesly on Piccadilly never fails to deliver.

    On a budget hawksmoor in seven dials do a good value set menu. Plenty of pop up stalls along the south bank by festival hall if weather is nice.

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    Rules since itís next door to you in Covent Garden!

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    Palomar or Barrafina.

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