London with an almost-Veggie 14 year old
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
Books for Cooks
plus various Chinatown places
Any comments on any of these places?
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.
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
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."
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: