Need London suggestions, please
We will be coming to London for a week on August 31 and staying at the Jury's Clifton Ford on Wellbeck St., near Oxford St. I would love to have suggestions for moderate priced dinners that would be walking distance: Marylebone High Sts., Marble Arch, Oxford St., etc.
Unfortunately, I don't care for Indian food, which I know rules out many good places. But anything else is fine. I thought we would go one evening for the prix-fixe at Garvin; any comments? It's probably a bit pricey, even with the prix-fixe.
Also, we will be going out for breakfast, or at least for coffee and a roll. I remember there were good little places on or near Marylebone High St. though it would be nice to have a real breakfast once or twice. Any suggestions?
All help is appreciated!
Sylvia in Philadelphia
I haven't been in that area for awhile, but there are quite a few reliable chains there that would be fine for breakfast - Paul's (French patisserie), Patisserie Valerie and a Pain Quotidien. All three are on Marylebone High St. The ever-famous Golden Hinde for fish and chips is also in that neighborhood. Don't be afraid to travel around London for a good dinner. It's a small city and one can get almost anywhere very quickly on the Tube.
June (Who Grew Up In Philadelphia)
btw it's Welbeck Street with one L. You may have trouble finding it in the A-Z otherwise. Some lovely places in Marylebone High Street and not a long walk into Soho, also Charlotte Street which has a lot of Greek restaurants.
Marylebone's become pretty expensive for eating in recent years. Both walkable and reliable would be places like Royal China (some of the best dim sum in town - avoid the main dishes which are quite expensive), Ping Pong's for ok dim sum, and the Orrery, which has a surprisingly reasonable prix fixe menu (well, for the standard of food and luxurious space). You might want to peruse the Conor Don pub for some very traditional pub food in a wonderfully scruffy dining room. Not sure how expensive it's got these days, though. Very good Guinness :) Oh, and Strada, which has actually pretty good, and good value pizzas.
Otherwise I'd second the Golden Hinde and Patisserie Valerie. The very best value. though. and assuming the weather decides to give us Londoners some sunshine ever again, is to grab a picnic of cold meats and pies from the Ginger Pig, and next door buy some of the best cheeses in London, if not the country, from La Fromagerie. Both are in Moxon St, and there's a quiet little park just at the end of the street to eat it all in. Get your bread and drinks from the Waitrose in the High St. Time Out's Cheap Eats guide is pretty good if you want to explore other areas.
I recommend the area around Bayswater. Some great food at very reasonable prices. And trust me, reasonable prices in London are hard to come by. My recs: Alounak (top Persian), Four Seasons (best roasted duck ever). A bit more expensive but still reasonable in the Soho area: Bar Shu (Szechuan).
Do try Frankie's Italian Bar and Grill, in the basement of Selfridge's Department store. It's fun for lunch, they have excellent pastas and salads, and even a good-looking burger if you need a burger fix. It's got trendy decor and very nice staff. You won't feel you're in a big store. I think I paid 20 pounds all in with salad, a pasta, coffee and a mineral water.
Selfridges has some great little eatng spots, too, although they get crowded, but for a snack you might enjoy Yo! Sushi, which is a kaiten sushi bar (on a conveyor belt.) And also, head straight for the food hall in Marks & Spencer in Oxford Street for anything you'd like to have for your stay. Excellent quality.
Moxon St is off Marylebone High St on the left, going north. http://www.multimap.com/maps/#t=l&...
The M&S suggestion for prepared foods is a good one - I'd be a bit wary of Selfridges though, these days - I find it expensive and unappealing. If you head down to Wigmore St (bottom of Welbeck St), you'll come to St Christopher's Place. Some reasonable eateries down there (Turkish, couple of Italians etc). And I forgot from my original post that on Wigmore St itself is Wagamama for noodles. Have fun exploring.