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Traveling solo to London (22 hour layover)

SDJoe Apr 25, 2010 10:41 PM

I will be in London for the first time on a 20 hour layover. Will be staying at the Marriott London Grosvenor Square. Arriving little past noon on Sunday (May 30) and leaving 10 am the next day.

Open to farmer's markets, pub food, etc and I prefer casual eating places over formal dining. Looking forward to this trip and to all your suggestions. Thanks!

  1. memphisman Aug 25, 2010 11:17 AM

    Be sure to poke around Shepherd's Market in Mayfair - a tucked away little village square opposite Green Park and a short walk from Grosvenor Sq. Check out the Audley Pub, a well preserved Victorian era classic, on Mount St in Mayfair also very close to your hotel.

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      SDJoe Apr 27, 2010 11:17 PM

      Sight seeing is part of the trip but food is as interesting if not more interesting :) I do plan to visit Harrods for the experience, if anything - just to browse.

      Appreciate all your suggestions! Thanks again

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      1. re: SDJoe
        Jenny Sheridan Apr 28, 2010 12:46 AM

        Selfridges food hall is much nearer your hotel and also pretty wonderful. An alternative for Saturday is a walk along the South Bank from Waterloo Station to Borough Market, combining sightseeing and food. You could have a drink in the lively bar at the Young vic theatre and supper at Tas (cheapish Turkish), RSJ (French with a wine list specialising in the Loire) or Meson Don Felipe (good tapas, fun, crowdee and buzzy). You would need to book for any of these on a Saturday evening.

      2. Robin Joy Apr 27, 2010 11:08 AM

        As it is your first trip to London, is food the only consideration for your half-day here? I know this is not a tourist advisory site, but an hour in a taxi will get you a look at the outside of most of the worthwhile sites, and maybe a quick dive into Harrods food halls, which are astonishing. Then you could taxi (plenty around) to one of the above recs.

        1. abby d Apr 27, 2010 12:24 AM

          if you're running late and the market is likely to shut another option would be to go into green valley on upper berkeley st which is a wonderful middle eastern grocers with lots of food to takeaway, both sweet and savoury, which would form the basis of a good picnic.

          if you do get to the market, for dinner you could try one of the middle eastern restaurants on edgeware road . i can't recommend a particular one though, sorry. perhaps other can advise?

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            SDJoe Apr 26, 2010 07:16 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. The farmer's market sounds good - just what I was thinking. Hope I make it in time before it closes.

            Any suggestions for dinner? Or should I stuff myself at the Farmer's market? :)

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            1. re: SDJoe
              greedygirl Apr 27, 2010 12:41 AM

              The Duke of Wellington on Crawford Street is a decent gastropub in that area.

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              cathodetube Apr 26, 2010 03:07 AM

              I second Jenny Sheridan's suggestion. The market is great and wandering around Regents Park even greater. If you love cheese definitely go La Fromagerie and have some tastings before you buy. Make sure you go to The Rose Garden in the Park. You can find lots of places to have coffee on Marylebone High Street. You could also try Providores on MHS for food if you want to have a sit down.

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              1. re: cathodetube
                zedman_1 Apr 26, 2010 10:48 AM

                Do bear in mind that the Marylebone Farmers' Market winds up at 1.30- 2pm.

                I second cathode's suggestion of Providores. A wander up and down Marylebone High Street on Sunday is a real favourite especially if the weather is behaving.

                And the Angel in the Fields pub on Marylebone High St must have the cheapest pint in London (< £2) but a bit utilitarian.

              2. Robin Joy Apr 26, 2010 12:08 AM

                The Thomas Cubitt would probably suit. It's a perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon, and good for people watching if you're solo. About a 30 minute walk from Grosvenor Square through some of the nicest bits of central London, and a small detour would take you past Buckingham Palace.


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                  Jenny Sheridan Apr 26, 2010 01:55 AM

                  Or an even shorter walk to Marylebone High Street and the farmers market, La Fromagerie, Ginger Pig etc. Youcan buy delicious food for a picnic, stroll up to Regents Park, watch people having their wedding photos taken, admore the lovely park and have a snooze on the grass if you're tired after your flight.

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                    abby d Apr 26, 2010 07:37 AM

                    we stayed at that same hotel last weekend and walked up to marylebone food market - i had oysters for breakfast and my partner had a vegetable wrap. we then shared a sausage roll from the gonger pig and nibbled on fruit we'd also bought at the market. the sun was shining so we went for a drink on the terrace at the orrery restaurant (top floor above the conran shop, overpriced but a nice setting). roccoco chocolates for pudding.

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