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Suggestions For Good Spots Near Touristy Areas [London]

Hey, we're going to London for a week and i'm just looking for some recommendations as to eateries. We're looking for reasonable prices, nothing too expensive or fancy. Preferably small takeout places and restaurants , we're staying in the South by the London Bridge. I'm a sucker for good Indian and ive heard alot about the Indian there but we're open to anything. A good spot for fish and chips, a great pub meal etc.

We're trying to avoid the tourist traps, but since we're going to be doing all the typical touristy things (first time there) i'm afraid of walking into a place with garbage food.

Thanks guys

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  1. You won't go wrong if you hop on the Tube at London Bridge and go a few stops to Waterloo. In that area are the great pub, Anchor & Hope (no reservations, try to go early) and down Waterloo Road is Master's Superfish - maybe the best or at least one of the best fish and chip places in London.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Cool, what about bargain takeaway Indian? I keep hearing about a place called Tayyabs.

      1. re: Nodnarb518

        Tayyabs is great but is closed for Ramadan.
        If you are staying near London Bridge, you will be near Borough Market which you should defintiely not miss for all kind of foodie treats.
        And if you are in the Waterloo nearbourhood, Tas on the Cut (actually there is one near Borough market as well) or it's deli sister EV is pretty good for Turkish food.

        1. re: Nodnarb518

          Soho is an area filled with eating places - some takeaway and not that expensive. It's fun to wander the streets and see what you find. You'd probably like Chinatown.. lots of inexpensive choices there.

      2. Not sure which tourist spots you are hitting but if you want something a bit different Abeno near the British Musdeum or Obeno Too near Leicester Sq tube do Okonomiyaki-good food and great fun.
        www.abeno.co.uk if you need more info.

        1. Try the Lanzhou style handpulled noodles at Noodle Bar, on Cranbourne Street, it's more or less between Covent Gardens and Leicester Square.

          1. Not sure what happened to my post, but will try this again. In London, I would advise to refrain from those all you can eat restaurants. Their quality is usually very ppor and most places can be very unhygenic.
            Also, trying to find somewhere cheap is not always the best as they would use sub-standard food like not using free range eggs, or not free range chickens etc.

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            1. re: Soyabean

              ooh yes, avoid those all you can eat 'tai' buffets which advertise for £3.50 -£5 like the plague. Have posted on here about those before. What you don't realise is that all the stuff is synthetic meat and fish lookalikes and leave a very nasty aftertaste. The worrying thing is that they seem to be popping up all over london...........yuk

            2. A few more options:

              Lahore Kebab House is not far from Tower Hill
              Tsuru behind the Tate Modern
              Gastronomica Pimilco behind the Tate Britain
              Thomas Cubbit near Buckingham Palace
              Kulu Kulu right by Picacdilly Circus
              Princi/Yella Yella in Soho


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              1. re: CTownFeedR

                A place I always recommend to visitors to London is the restaurant on top of the Tate Modern. It has amazing views and the food is also pretty good. Although I agree Tsuru is also a good option in that area.


              2. have a look at a website called 5pm.co.uk. You can book places online and it gives good information on cuisines, locations and menus as well as the special offers for lunch and dinner.

                1. Definitely make time for a gastro pub - it'll mean jumping on the tube and going to zone 2, but you'll get a better idea of what many Londoners do of an evening or Sunday lunch.

                  All of these are a short walk from a tube, in residential areas:

                  St John's in Archway (north, on the Northern line) http://www.timeout.com/london/bars/re...

                  The Morgan Arms in Mile End (east, on the Central and District lines

                  Princess Victoria (west, Hammersmith & City line

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                  1. re: therubyslippers

                    Brindisa tapas bar at London Bridge, just next to Borough Market isn't ultra-cheap but is very good. The food stalls in the market itself are excellent - you'll get the biggest choice from Thursday to Saturday - options include really good felafel, barbecued chorizo sandwiches, roast pork belly from Roast etc. The Monmouth Coffee Company at Borough does really good coffee.

                    I'd second the vote for St John in Archway (no relation of the restaurants in Clerkenwell or Spitalfields, but a really good gastropub).