A week in London with Teenagers
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
re: Robin Joy
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.