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Lunch near Royal College of Art - London

zuriga1 Feb 16, 2009 12:06 AM

I'm going to an exhibition at the Royal College of Art later this week. Any tips for a good lunch spot nearby... Kensington Gore or anywhere in the vicinity? Would we do better heading for South Ken... Gloucester Rd.?

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    pj26 Feb 16, 2009 01:17 AM

    you could try Racine - it's pretty close on Brompton Road. They used to have a really good lunch special, not sure if they are still doing it.

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      zuriga1 Feb 16, 2009 02:49 AM

      I'll check about the lunch special. I'm trying to wean myself from French cuisine a bit... it's a lifelong obsession. :-)

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      Ibrahim.Salha Feb 16, 2009 01:28 AM

      Budget? The immediate area is a bit barren, though there are a couple of nice places on Kensington Road/Kensington High St, and a couple of chains.

      Zaika looks nice from the outside and gets some good reviews. 19.50 for a set lunch:
      http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/reviews/263.html

      L Restaurant is nearer to where I live (Olympia) but is still good. Might be a bit far to lunch, but some nice tapas:
      http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/reviews/10921.html

      Launceston Place is nearby. Would be my choice. Good set lunch deal:
      http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/reviews/13364.html
      http://www.danddlondon.com/conran/cms...

      Then there are the usual Wagamama's, Giraffe's and Strada's nearby, plus a couple of places in South Kensington which I'm not too familiar with, apart from the Kensington Creperie which is good.

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      1. re: Ibrahim.Salha
        zuriga1 Feb 16, 2009 02:48 AM

        Launceston Place might be a very good choice indeed. Their lunch deal is £18 for three courses. I've wanted to try the Creperie for ages so that might also be good... thanks for reminding me about that place.

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        relizabeth Feb 16, 2009 09:24 AM

        Gah 2 years at that place, and, let me tell you, very few good lunches nearby. If you can, get somebody to get you into the Senior Common Room , do it! Very good food, lux silver, and fabulous art. Also, sometimes you can sneak into the lunch room at the Royal Geographic Society.

        1. PhilD Feb 16, 2009 09:34 AM

          "Foliage" isn't that far, and has a very good set lunch at £29 for four courses.

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            zuriga1 Feb 16, 2009 10:13 AM

            My list overfloweth - thanks, Phil. I don't usually eat a big lunch but it's nice when having a day out.

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