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Sep 1, 2001 09:33 AM


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we are going to London this October and we neeed to find some great late night food places and also some some early morning food places. in central London if anyone has any suggestions.

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    Simon Majumdar

    There are obviously many choices but if I was to recommend just one in each category which would give you typically London moments I would suggest

    1) There is a pub on the South side of Smithfield market ( whose name I can never remember despite going there god knows how many times- you wont miss it though and any cabbie will know it ) it has a licence to serve beer from around 5.00am as it serves all the porters at the meat market. They also do one of the best fry ups in town. The mix there is unique; clubbers needing something to bring them down, city traders on their way to the exchange, the afore mentioned traders and ordinary folk like me wanting a bit of brekkie to get me through the misery of a normal day. I can recommend a full english ( the whole works, eggs sausages, bacon, black pudding, bubble and squeak,fried slice, tomato and mushrooms all washed down with a pint of Guiness for about £7.

    2) My other choice would be the 24hr Beigel shop on Brick lane. Huge queues but they move quickly and the smoke salmon or salt beef beigels are worth every second of the wait. Again a real taste of London, you can find yourself standing in line behind coppers, film stars, clubbers and all points in between. Apparently a regular haunt on Mr de niro when he is in town.

    Not restaurant choices but a true slice of God's own city.

    Hope this helps

    2 Replies
    1. re: Simon Majumdar
      Michael Lewis

      I think the pub in Smithfield is called The Cock.

      Thankyou Simon for providing me with this subject line opportunity.

      1. re: Simon Majumdar
        David Stocks

        The Smithfield pub I know of that seems to match your description is to the *north* of the market, and is called (I think) the Fox and Anchor. I have attached a link to to a map on which gives the rough position.


      2. vingt-quatre (24 in french, though I'm sure you know) is on 325 Fulham Rd and open 24 hours. Gives you late dinner or early breakfast in one. Not great, but not many places open those hours.