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London Food Itinerary (staying on Gloucester Road)

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Hello I just spent the two hours compiling this list and hoping for help for anything I missed. We are renting a flat on Gloucester Road, near the intersection of Queens Gate Terrace for a week in October (I think this is in Howlers neighborhood?). We will be traveling with 2 children (both under 2 and in strollers) and 3 adults. We will also be spending a lot of time over at Regents Park for art exhbits.

1. Looking for casual places that we won't find here in NY or Boston where we can sit down with everyone
2. Places to take out and eat at the flat (I couldn't figure out which places were good to take out except for Bosphorus Kebab) or at a Park
3 And one or two more high end places when we leave the kids at home.
4. Would like to add more Indian to this list if possible

Walking Distance from Apartment
South Kensington /Museum, Harrods
Bosphorus kebab house - 59 Old Bromptom Raod, London, SW7 3JS - Take out
Ishbilya - william street - Take out? Dine in?
Maroush 38 Beauchamp Place - Take out or dine in?
Bombay Brassierre – Bailey's Hotel Kensington, 140 Gloucester Road - Do I need to make a reservation for Saturday or Sunday brunch (last time we were denied at the door because we didn't have a reservation!)? Is there a difference between the Saturday vs. the Sunday service?
Polish hearth club, Exhibition Road
Old Europeans, east Finchley Road

Date Night:
Launceston Place
Capital Restaurant

Grocery Stores
Waitrose, near Gloucester Road - Is there a cheaper place to get regular groceries?
Shopping complex on Gloucester Road Tube Station

Nearby Regents Park
Fairuz Lebanese - 3 Blanford Street
Golden Hind (Fish and Chips) - 73 Marylebone Road - Take away and eat in Regents Park
Sea Shell in Lisson Grove - 49-51 Lisson Grove - Take away and eat in Regents Park
La Fromagerie - 2 – 4 Moxon Street -take out cheese for Regents Park
Mandalay - 444 Edgware Road, London, W2EG – Burmese Restaurant - Sit down
Galvins- on Baker Street about 10 minute walk- great and reasonable(need reservations)
Ginger Pig - Moxon Street, for take out pies at Regents park
Monmouth Coffee Bar
Wagamama - Wigmore street
Waitrose - supermarket

Other Places to visit / Including Food
al dar (lebanese) on Kensington high street
Clarkes, further up ken church street towards notting hill - Lunch
Noura, Hobart Place

Holland Park -
Mohsen - Iranian
Lidgates - 110 Holland Park Ave , for pies and take out food
Mohsen- 152 Warwick Road

British Museum - Indian - Malabar Junction - on Great Russell St

Borough Market

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  1. Personally, I think Launceston Place is for geriatrics. Oohh--I am so cruel! But seriously...it's a little staid. I would go for L'Etranger on Gloucester Road instead. French with a little Asian bit to it.

    1. I just stayed on gloucester rd. I think you should add La Bouchee to your list of places to try. m-f before 6:30 they have salmon or steak frites for about $20. I didn't have time to try it but I passed it and it looked good and has been recommended here.

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      1. re: vinouspleasure

        I have a feeling you meant £20. I make that mistake (more spoken than written) all the time. My husband gets so angry at me. :-) I'm probably the one who recommended La Bouchee. I heard about it first from my very savvy NYC friend who liked it quite a lot.

        1. re: zuriga1

          no, I don't think so...maybe 11 gpb...its an early bird dinner special for two courses.

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            Thanks.. then that's a really good deal!

            1. re: zuriga1

              Thanks for the suggestions. I have added them to the list!

      2. Sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings, but Old Europeans is no more.

        1. Ishbilya - william street - Take out? Dine in? (either)
          Maroush 38 Beauchamp Place - Take out or dine in? (either)
          Bombay Brassierre – Bailey's Hotel Kensington, 140 Gloucester Road - Do I need to make a reservation for Saturday or Sunday brunch (last time we were denied at the door because we didn't have a reservation!)? Is there a difference between the Saturday vs. the Sunday service? (no reservation needed and there is no difference)
          Polish hearth club, Exhibition Road (go for a drink)
          Old Europeans, east Finchley Road (doesn't exist anymore)

          Date Night:
          Launceston Place (go for lunch)
          Capital Restaurant (better).

          Grocery Stores
          Waitrose, near Gloucester Road - Is there a cheaper place to get regular groceries?
          Shopping complex on Gloucester Road Tube Station
          (the sainsbury's just down the road on cromwell road is much better)

          Other Places to visit / Including Food
          al dar (lebanese) on Kensington high street (try randa on ken church or ranoush on the high street as well)

          Lidgates - 110 Holland Park Ave , for pies and take out food (its a butcher shop with superb pies)
          Mohsen- 152 Warwick Road (dont miss this one)

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          1. re: howler

            I'm assuming the original poster is probably from the States as they used the word, 'stroller.' I like to tell Americans that pies in England do not usually mean apple, blueberry or lemon meringue. It was one of the first things I learned after moving.

            1. re: howler

              Howler, thanks for the additional insights. If you can't tell already, I stole most of the ideas off your various posts. :) And yes, I am an American. I love meat pies, use to make calf liver pies when I was in high school and give them out as Xmas presents. Needless to say some of my friends thought I was a bit odd.

              1. re: jayk

                you are indeed staying around the corner from me on queens gate terrace. dont miss the lunch at launceston place - its one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in town. dig up and old post by steve r (i think thats his name) - i gave him suggestions about walking around near launceston place, the flower walk and the orangery in kensington gardens etc. i'd also add takeaway (ice cream and sweets esp) from green valley on upper berkeley street. if you are up by regents park you might want to try snazz sichuan for dinner as an interesting contrast to wu liang ye on 86th street.

            2. I am mighty jealous. I lived right in this area while studying abroad in college. My recommendations may be mucky, as I was there in 2002 and, well, a student. I remember liking Da Mario for pizza. Also, there was a great pub on Queensgate Mews, I think it was called The Queens Arms.

              I wish I had more, I wasn't as much of a food-obsessed girl back then ;-)

              Enjoy your visit!

              1. since you're here for frieze, you'll be very close to marylebone. the high street is fantastic - a true village in the center of london.

                la fromagerie: world-class. friends from sf, ny and paris are all blown away by this place. charming, well edited and stunning quality. ginger pig next door is also can't miss. their beef/guiness pie is the best you'll find. serves 2 easily.

                hit the farmer's market in the parking lot next door to la fromagerie on sunday am. somehow 30 nicely done stalls get it done (when we were accustomed to 300 in sf/ferry plaza).

                fernandez + wells - this is one of the better cafes you'll find in any city (paris, ny, tokyo, sf, etc). it's in soho and recently opened by ex-monmouth coffee guys who have superior style and substance. go for flat whites in the am - sandwiches/salads midday. highest recommendation.

                the cafe at the dover street market (top floor) serves 3-4 hot dishes and 2-3 salads per day, but the food quality and charm of the place is at the highest level possible. also highest recommendation.

                fairuz for takeaway is great - shish towouk, babbagannoush, hummous are regularly our dinner. prices are good, london-wise.

                golden hind - good, but fish/chips don't travel well so eat there AND you can bring your own bottle to the resto. it's a nice little place.

                north of regents - you simply have to walk through primrose hill. it's charming and sweet. also, on a nice day get to the hampstead heath. stunning. it's nearly 800 acres.

                waitrose is great - they will also deliver for around £5. ocado is their version of fresh direct if you're a new yorker.