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London with an almost-Veggie 14 year old

silly cat Mar 17, 2007 03:44 PM

I'm coming to London in April with my sister and 14 year old niece who is mostly a vegetarian. We don't want to spend a lot of money (is that possible?) We wanted to check out some pub food. Is there such a thing as vegetarian pub food? Also we want to do afternoon tea somewhere. Any thoughts on a place that's not too fancy, but a 14 year old would think was fun?

Our current list is:
Food for Thought
Blah Blah Blah
Joe's Restaurant Bar
The Gate
Books for Cooks
plus various Chinatown places

Any comments on any of these places?


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    smartie RE: silly cat Mar 17, 2007 03:52 PM

    you will get vegetarian food in pretty much every restaurant you go too.

    where are you staying, London is huge.

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      silly cat RE: smartie Mar 17, 2007 03:57 PM

      We will be in South Kensington, but willing to travel anywhere for some place fun. We'll be doing all the tourist stuff, so we will be out and about.

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      missholmes RE: silly cat Mar 18, 2007 09:47 AM

      eat and two veg is supposed to be good, but i've never been. pretty much everywhere you go will have a vegetarian option, but probably not a wide range to choose from. also you must try out Indian restaurants all of which feature loads of vegetarian dishes.

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        silly cat RE: silly cat Mar 18, 2007 07:21 PM

        Thanks for the info. Can't wait to be there!

        1. wleatherette RE: silly cat Mar 19, 2007 08:35 AM

          it's been a few years since i was there, but i had several nice meals at blah blah blah when traveling with veggie friends and staying in shepherds bush. that said, i don't think it's worth a special trip if getting to the area isn't convenient. here's a recent time out review:

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            zuriga1 RE: wleatherette Mar 19, 2007 08:58 AM

            IThanks....'m glad to see Blah, Blah, Blah is still around. I, too, had a good meal there but it was about 6 years ago. I'm rarely up that way but will remember!

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            cackalackie RE: silly cat Mar 19, 2007 12:19 PM

            Oh, I used to LOVE Mildred's and Food For Thought when I worked in the West End. Mildred's also had really nice fresh juices. And FFT was very "communal". And Wagamama was always fun. That looks like a good list, although I haven't heard of some of those places. You won't have any problems on the vegetarian front, though. Even the groceries are plainly marked "Suitable for Vegetarians."

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              silly cat RE: cackalackie Mar 19, 2007 03:34 PM

              Any thoughts on afternoon tea? Something not too expensive, but that has that old fashioned vision of tea in London?

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                oonth RE: silly cat Mar 20, 2007 09:40 AM

                I haven't been in a long while so not sure about the current food and drink calibre but the Orangery in Kensington Gardens could do the trick for afternoon tea and is a beautiful setting. In the general vicinity of where you are staying.

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                  silly cat RE: oonth Mar 20, 2007 02:06 PM

                  That's where I went last time in London (about 4 years ago) and loved it. I'd certainly have no problem going back there!

            2. www.ArrivalsLimited.com RE: silly cat Mar 22, 2007 09:16 AM

              I'm a total carnivore but adore The Gate and Food for Thought (very different dining experiences). The Orangerie is a great alternative to the big, hotel teas (which are also fun, just more traditional), and I would also recommend Tea Palace on Westbourne Grove, which is a bit more "modern" -- www.teapalace.co.uk

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                BritInDC RE: silly cat Mar 22, 2007 09:42 AM

                Wagamama is great: there are lots of them around and they are fun to eat in. The 14 year old will definitely appreciate it. I'm not sure where you are coming from, but as a rule, it is not difficult to find vegetarian food in London. Pubs will almost always have at least one veggie option!
                I went to Fortnum and Masons for tea. Beautiful inside, fairly fancy but you can wear jeans, and reserve on the day, unlike somewhere like the Ritz.

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                  silly cat RE: BritInDC Mar 22, 2007 10:05 AM

                  Thanks for all this info. It's great. (For BritInDC, my niece is in the DC area, so for a week, she'll be DCinUK!)

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                    BritInDC RE: silly cat Mar 22, 2007 12:50 PM

                    And I'm from London, so it appears that we've switched!

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