The Christmas holidays have just ended, and today I’m just talking about food! In many trips to London I have eaten in many different places, some good and some disappointing (of course); some with affordable prices and some other a little bit more expensive.
Today I want to tell you about 4 places to eat in London, places where you eat well for affordable prices.
I’m starting with Paul. It’s a pastry/bakery with several locations around the city (and in Europe): there you can buy sweets, sandwiches, bread and coffee (also to take away). The location in Gloucester Road (73 Gloucester Road) is definitely very small and you may have some difficulties to find a place, but it sure is good, clean and has average prices. The food they offer is good. You might find a (little) queue to order and pay (you pay before you collect what you ordered), but you will not have to wait too long.
[Fonte immagine: wikimedia.org] Speaking about restaurants, the first one that I recommend to you is Wildwood (154-156 Gloucester Road). I had already tried once few years ago and my last trip in London last November was the good opportunity to try it again and confirm my idea. Don’t be fooled by the fact that (sometimes) it is not packed inside: it is a very nice restaurant and I can say that both meat and fish are quite good. For a main course, vegetables and drink we spent about 15/17 pounds per person. I recommend you try the sea bass fillets. Even the burgers are good and are always served with fries. The kitchen closes at 11pm and you can order up to a few minutes earlier (around 10 minutes before); if you arrive too late the staff has any kind of problem to tell you that they will not serve you. There are several locations of the restaurant, both in London and in Britain: you find all the addresses on the website, where you can also check the opening hours.
[Fonte Immagine: wildwoodrestaurants] In London eating at the pub is a must and I would recommend 2 pubs. The first one is the Stanhope Arms (97 Gloucester Road). Very very crowded, there are basically only English people: I like this kind of places because places usually crowded by local are good. I loved their fish and chips and their burgers.
Always remember that in London pubs to order dinner you have to go to the counter: once there you have to tell to someone of the staff what you want to eat and at what table you are at (then you can wait at the table and will be served). You have also to order your drinks at the counter and in this case you bring glasses by yourself to your table (usually you have to pay when you order at the counter)
[Fonte immagine: wikimedia.org] The Anchor pub (Bankside. 34 Park St, Southwark, London SE1 9EF) is located along the Queen’s Walk, which runs along the Thames. I wanted to try for years and my curiosity, I must admit, had reason to be: now I can say that is good as well as a cute place. It is divided into several rooms and floors (say, over that mezzanine floors), but despite being quite large you may struggle to find a place.
If you look on the web to find further information you have to search “the anchor bankside” otherwise you’ll never find it. In teoria si dovrebbe ordinare al bancone il cibo ed al cameriere le cose da bere, ma è possibile che il cameriere che arriva al tavolo prenda anche l’ordinazione per le cose da mangiare (ma non è detto, quindi non vi fate illusioni).
[Fonte Immagine: Londonphotoroutes] Which are your favorite restaurants in London?
—-UPDATE of June 2015 —-
From 5 to 10 May 2015 I came back to London for a holiday with my aunt. We tried various ethnic restaurants and it was an opportunity to find a couple of other restaurants to recommend you:
The Mughal’s Indian Restaurant (11 London Street, in front of the entrance/exit of Paddington station). The room is very small and nice. We spent about 15 pounds each including beer. I absolutely recommend it.
Ya Hala (26 London street, always near Paddington station). Lebanese restaurant decorated in a very simple and basic way. Food is very good (especially the hummus). The presence of customers appears to be highly variable because on Tuesday we saw empty while the rest of the week was packed! We spent about 16 pounds each