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Nov 6, 2008 11:46 AM

[London] Toronto Chowhound heading to London...

... for the first time.

And I know absolutely nothing about London, though I am doing my research. I've rented a flat near Sloane Square tube station. And I'll be there for 8 days. I've got two with me who stare at anything that isn't meat and potatoes (sigh) though they'll have to expand their horizons on this trip. And I've got one with me who is game for anything.

I'm looking for a mix of everything -- some fairly upscale places, some quick lunches, and perhaps a couple of those favourite little "hole in the wall" places people have but often don't recommend since they might be a bit of a guilty pleasure. Oh, and a place to grab a few groceries to have in the flat.

I'll eat anything, and am up for trying just about anything. All suggestions are gratefully accepted!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. For the meat and veg fans, try Simpsons on the Strand - the roast beef is brought out on a trolley to the table (or at least it used to). Think a tip is part of the deal for the man with the carving knife......

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    1. re: SeeDee

      Thank you for the suggestion! I'm mapping it out now.

    2. Agree with SeeDee about Simpsons. Take the number 11 bus from Sloane Sq which is almost like a London tour route.

      Anyway, near Sloane Sq. there are dozens of good places. You are just where Chelsea becomes Belgravia though which are very upscale areas, with upscale price lists!

      Pizza Pomodoro in Beauchamp Place near Harrods. Evenings best, live music from about 9 p.m.

      Yo Sushi! conveyor belt on 5th. floor of Harvey Nichols store at the North end of Sloane Street.

      Great India, Lower Sloane St.

      Star Tavern, Belgrave Mews West.

      Mid market:
      Caraffini, Italian (!), Lower Sloane St.

      Motcombs, Motcomb St.

      Ebury Wine Bar, Ebury St.

      Scalini, Walton St.

      Roussillon, St. Barnabas St.

      Rib Room, Carlton Tower Hotel, Sloane Street. (Utterly brilliant beef)

      Most of above 5 to 15 mins pleasant stroll from Sloane Sq.

      For areas around and about, where you might be visiting during the day, just ask here daily and you should get replies.

      For groceries: Partridges, just down Kings Rd. from Sloane Sq, Harvey Nichols 5th. floor, Harrods (unmissable) and ,more normal, Waitrose on Motcomb St.

      this might help:

      I'll shut up now.

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      1. re: Robin Joy

        I saw Roussillon recommended and I can second that. I was there about a month or so ago and enjoyed a good meal.
        Unfortunately, not too familiar with Sloan Square, but can also vouch for l'Artisan du Chocolat ON Lower Sloan St.

        1. re: Robin Joy

          Wow! Thank you! And no need to shut up ever -- the more good food suggestions, the better. Thank you for these.

            1. re: JFores

              Oh dear.......Have I said a Wrong Thing? I just think that to eat out half decently round here at sub £20 including a beer is pretty tricky. My sons, 11 & 15, loved it last month.

            2. re: Robin Joy

              BTW, you're close enough to Mohsen to have no excuse to not go. It's probably the best Iranian restaurant in London and there are plenty of posts about it. Also, you're quite close to Quilon which apparently does an amazing Keralan thali. While most of the posts below center around the Sloane Square area, I think it would really be an injustice completely ignore the rest of London.

              1. re: JFores

                Thanks very much -- I appreciate the recommendations.

            3. On Sloane Square itself, I would avoid the Oriel (next to the station) and head for The Botanist - if not for dinner, then definitely for a cocktail or two. That said, while not cheap, the food is pretty good and the menu isn't scary for your meat-and-potato friends. They also do a good breakfast.

              You could also try Jimmy's on King's Road - very buzzy and, again, not a challenging menu.

              For a lazy Sunday lunch, you could try The Establishment in Parsons Green - not far from Chelsea. You can eat in the bar or the dining room and the food is really very good. Great cocktails too.

              This link might be useful:
              It lists all the amenities near Sloane Square - post office, chemist, food shops, etc. I think your nearest supermarket will be the Sainsburys Local on Sloane Avenue.

              If you do break away from the meat-and-potato lovers, I recommend The Painted Heron on Cheyne Walk for excellent Indian food. Again, not cheap but really lovely.

              Enjoy your trip :)

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              1. There's a great cheese shop a nice-ish walk from Sloane Square, close to South Ken tube. La Cave au Fromage. Really a nice place to dip into. Also, there's a hotel around South Ken tube...The Pelham. Nice hotel bar for a glass of wine.

                Oh yes, and there's a VERY French place around South Ken tube...La Bouchee. I'm sure you can feed your friends some steak and frites there. It's a nice atmospheric place.

                Lastly, Bibendum can be fun for oysters downstairs in the more informal part. Upstairs is tres swanky.

                Okay, lastly lastly...I liked The Botanist. A bit of a sloaney-pony scene, but good food nonetheless.

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                1. re: kristainlondon

                  Good to know! Thank you. I appreciate that -- especially the cheese shop.

                  1. re: Vickers

                    There is also an exceptionally good open air market in Duke of York's Square (one minute from Sloane Square down Kings Road, with the new Saatchi Gallery) on Saturday mornings. Wonderful UK and Irish cheeses from Neal's Yard, olinves, bread, charcuterie etc and delicious-looking food from Mexico, Thailand, India etc cooked on site for a take-away. Fairly expensive -it's an upmarket area - but excellent. Oh, and oysters from Essex - a couple make such a good mid-morning snack.

                    1. re: Jenny Sheridan

                      Thanks for this! Might be just the thing to walk through once I get off the plane, nice and early.

                      1. re: Vickers

                        Yes that farmers market is very good and right next to it is Daylesford Organic which is a really nice casual lunch option. Again it is a bit "Sloaney-Poney" but after all it is Sloane Square and I am still craving the smoked trout salad I had there.

                2. I second the recommendation for the Painted Heron on Cheyne Walk. I've also heard good things about the Cheyne Brasseries but haven't been personally. Also within walking distance of Sloane Square is The Pig's Ear, which is a pretty decent gastropub.

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                  1. re: greedygirl

                    Tha bar under the Royal Court Theatre is a pretty lively, fun place in the early evening. Conversely, it's a quiet place for lunch. When I last went there the food was casual, varied and quite good.

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      I ate at the Pigs Ear (Old Church Street) last week and the food was pretty good - I had partridge and my two fellow diners had the mutton. Mains were in the £11-£15 range. We were all very happy although a woman at the next table over eyed our food and said it looked much better than the miserly fish dish she had just had (I can't remember from the menu what the fish was - perhaps sea bass? with scallops). I would recommend booking at the Pigs Ear - I hadn't been there for a year or so and it was a lot busier than I remembered - we were lucky to get a table for 3 due to a no-show. Oh BTW, we ate downstairs - I think the menu upstairs is different - perhaps more expensive?