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A week in London with Teenagers

Felixnot Apr 16, 2008 07:36 AM

Our family with 3 teens are heading to London for a holiday next week. We're looking for a few interesting choices, shouldn't be high end since two of the three of them have very basic food tastes. Everyone likes Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and would probably be delighted with pub fare. We are from New York, so do eat out quite a bit. We're staying in Knightsbridge, (SW7). I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

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  1. Robin Joy RE: Felixnot Apr 16, 2008 09:08 AM

    This is your pub, no question. Less than 10 mins walk from Harrods, which itself has some good (but pricey) eating places, especially in the astonishing Food Halls.


    They take credit cards and I suggest making a telephone reservation for an evening visit for 5 people.

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      bombaybeauty RE: Robin Joy Apr 16, 2008 10:23 AM

      I mention this just because of proximity to your hotel. Two Lebanese restaurants which were highly recommend by Howler and both of which I (and many other 'hounders have tried and loved) are very near:

      Ishbilia, 9 William St, London, SW1X 9HL
      Beiteddine, 8 Harriet Street

      Both have excellent food (better than any Lebanese places I've tried in NY) and reasonably priced.




    2. zuriga1 RE: Felixnot Apr 17, 2008 03:42 AM

      I took a few visiting family members (also from NY) to Belgo near Covent Garden. Kids seem to enjoy the waitors in monk attire, plus the food is reasonable and good-tasting. There's nothing too fancy - roast chicken, fries, moules and I think there's an early-bird special price before 6:30. I'd second the idea of Ishbilia... the food is very good.

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        Felixnot RE: Felixnot Apr 17, 2008 08:44 AM

        Thank you all, these are great suggestions. We will report back upon our return.

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          barlyn RE: Felixnot Apr 18, 2008 05:49 AM

          Why not try gordon ramsays Boxwood cafe - that is in knightsbridge and they do a simple set 3 course menu that might appeal, otherwise pub choice - Greta Queen st in covent garden, try one of the Yo Sushi branches (sushi on a conveyer belt) They have one in the department store Harvey Nicholls in knightsbridge. Also wagamamas in knightsbridge again in harvey nicholls. Why not try Giraffe in Kensington high Street (great brunch/smoothies etc) too happy eating!

          1. kristainlondon RE: Felixnot Apr 19, 2008 04:52 AM

            try searching for teenagers on this board...there was a pretty comprehensive thread on this a while back. Ah wait...here it is http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454980

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              timwild RE: Felixnot Apr 21, 2008 04:44 AM

              For a real Sunday morning treat, try either branch of Royal China - Baker St. or Bayswater. It's some of the best dim sum in town, it's great for kids, and the decor looks like something out of a bad chop-socky ganster flick - all black marble and gold lacquer. In particular, the Bayswater branch is about ten minutes from where you're staying. You'll need to book.

              Have a great time.

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                portseven RE: Felixnot Apr 25, 2008 07:18 AM

                I know I am going to get hammered for this but I like the Paper Tiger in South Ken'. It's a budget Chinese Buffet, but it's reasonable food at only £4.50, considering the location is great.

                If thats not your thing there is also Daquise in South Ken, been there for years and is East European.

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                  Kake RE: portseven Apr 26, 2008 06:00 AM

                  Also known as the "Paper Onion", due to their habit of padding out all the dishes with large quantities of this vegetable...

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                  portseven RE: Felixnot Apr 28, 2008 03:41 AM

                  For a but of culture you could also try 'Pie and Mash', if you get on the no8 bus, ask them to let you off at Roman Road Market, and then head for Kelly's Pie and Mash. Great Pie and Mash in a traditional setting

                  You can also maybe try some 'Pease Pudding and Faggots', get on the no15 bus and ask them to drop you off at Chrisp Street Market. Ask one of the shops for the 'Pease Pudding Stall' its on the outside market there. Not as easy to find as Pie and Mash but delicious none the less.

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                    panda444 RE: Felixnot Apr 30, 2008 04:09 PM

                    Keep an eye out for "JD Wetherspoons" pubs..they are all over London and have good pub food with a wide selection which should please the whole family and at reasonable prices. Also a good range of beers, real ales and wines. Also "Nandos" which makets itself as a Portuguese chicken chain. Go for the half a chicken combination meal per person, and soft drinks are unlimited (just like in the US), for the marinade go for at LEAST the "medium hot"..combination includes chips/rice/corn.coleslaw etc. They also serve beer and wine..Tatsy and laid back..

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