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We will only be spending 2 days in London. We are a family of 2 adults and a well behaved 8 year old.

Would like to do tea but not sure if a child will be OK there? From the boards it sounds like either Brown's or Fortnum and Mason? Can anyone comment regarding suitability for children, proximity to attractions (I am not very familiar with the layouts in London), and quality of the tea selection and the sandwiches/scones?

We are staying near Paddington but will most likely be either around the Tower of London area or the Westminster/Palace side of town for the tea.

Any recs on good local fish & chips places near either Paddington or other tourist attractions? Decor doesn't matter. Just want good honest food.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. An 8 year old would be fine at any of the tea places. They are all pretty kid friendly

    For F&C near Paddington, your best bet is The Golden Hind on Marylebone Lane

    http://majbros.blogspot.com/2006/06/d...

    S

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    1. re: Simon Majumdar

      Thanks for the pointer. That sounds just like what I would like!

      1. re: notmartha

        Fortnums absolutely fine for children - been going there since I was a kid.

        There is a wonderful fish and chips place in Notting Hill - cannot remember the name but think it starts with a G. Something like Gilleys.

        Oh and the Lisson Grove fish and chip shop - Sea Shell. One of the best. and very close to Paddington

        1. re: smartie

          I think it may be Geales you mean

          It has been closed for a while but been bought by Mark(?) Hollihead and will be reopening soon

          I have to disagree about Sea Shell. I had one of the most vile experiences in all my eating out in London when I tried it last year. Truly miserable

          S

    2. yep, for fish and chip geale's and the golden hind are close to paddington - i've heard sea shell on lisson grove isn't what it used to be...but that could just be rumours.
      also browns should be great for tea, and also check out the landmark hotel in marylebone and also the wolsley.

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      1. re: fifi

        I would recommend the Landmark for tea - the atrium is pretty spectacular and there were children there when I visited. It is in Marylebone, convienient if you plan to visit Regents Park / Madame Tussauds

      2. BROWNS may be a good one for tea. i didn't have the tea service, but i poked my head in there last week scouting it out for another time -- seemed/felt fine for going in with a child to me.

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        1. re: mrnyc

          Thanks for all the recommendations. I've already reserved Brown's for tea (with credit card and all). Hopefully it'll work out well.

          1. re: notmartha

            I haven't been to Brown's for quite awhile, but I seem to remember that they had a dress code for men - jackets (can't remember about ties). Maybe someone else will know about this... just so you're prepared. It seemed fairly formal when we went years ago but times change. Enjoy - it's a lovely place.

            1. re: zuriga1

              I asked, and the only dress code is no jeans and athletic footwear. Thank goodness.

              We are looking forward to it.

              1. re: notmartha

                I was there in January. We had afternoon tea by the fireplace. We popped off the street, without reservations. We weren't in jeans or sneakers, but we were pretty casual and the 2 other patrons in the room, seemed casually dressed too. Brown's is definately less formal than it used to be (before the renovation).