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London for Thanksgiving

going to london Friday to visit our daughter for a week who is studying there this year. She rarely eats out because it is too expensive! Need recommendations for our family of 4, 2 adults, 2 kids, 16 and 20...we are staying at a friend's place in Chelsea. Dinner recommendations needed for Thanksgiving dinner (have done some research and la fromagerie and Julies are having thanksgiving, also Christoohers and Claridges...other suggestions/ or recommendations on those mentioned?). We are also looking for some place to eat after a 4 pm soccer match in Cravens Cottage on Sunday. the Cat's Back? The White horse? Need an east end eatery (Moro?) not far from Broadway Market. Also looking at River Cafe for another night. Would love a Dim Sum place and also Indian. What about Andew Edmunds? And perhaps someplace off the beaten track for afternoon tea that would appeal to a teenage girl? Thanks!

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    1. Personally, I would not opt for Thanksgiving at La Fromagerie... no atmosphere! I think you'll find something more appealing on the Time Out list or you can Google for more names if necessary, as restaurant names will appear.

      For Dim Sum, Min Jiang is terrific, albeit pricey - Indian could be Moti Mahal, Amaya, Cinnamon Club (unusual dining area), weekend brunch at Bombay Brasserie.. the list is endless. Quilon is also excellent.

      I had tea recently at the Mandeville Hotel - lovely room with good food and it was quite empty the day we were there. Off the beaten track could be the tea at Sotheby's Auction House.. there's also Fortnum & Mason's, the Wolesley, Harrod's... check tips here with the search box above.

      1. I once had Thanksgiving at Joe Allen's in Covent Garden - but that was quite a while back. Don't know if they still do it.

        1. Moro is great but not that close to Broadway Market, maybe a £10 black cab ride. For places a bit closer, you could try Bistrotheque - if your teenage girl is in to fashion she will love it and you could walk to the market from there. Or you could try one of the many Vietnamese places on Kingsland Road which are also a (slightly further) walk away. Albion or Boundary are also not too far away.

          1. The Charles Lamb in Islington is doing a Thanksgiving. I've really enjoyed everything I've ever eaten there. I would also recommend it as a pleasant canal walk from Broadway Market if the weather is ok. I'm also fond of the Green Papaya on Mare Street which is v close to Bway Market. I think Moro is in a different league and if I was offered the choice, I'd go to Moro in a heartbeat.

            1. For dim sum, Hakkasan at 8 Hanway Place (north of Oxford Street, west of Tottenham Court Road) is a de luxe option at de luxe prices. If your budget will stretch that far, it should be an amazing meal.

              1. Just checked the Time Out list and saw that Bodean's is doing Thanksgiving dinner. Never ate there before so can't comment on the quality of the food, but the cost is £20 for three courses. It is well regarded though and I was thinking of trying lunch there today at the Fulham Road one.

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                1. re: cathodetube

                  I don't think I'd want Thanksgiving dinner at the Bodean in Soho. It's a little less ambiance than a diner. :-) I like their food, and maybe the other locations are more like a restaurant. Maybe they do fried turkey!

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    I think they do smoked turkey!. Went to the Fulham one yesterday for lunch and had a special called burnt ends which was like a pot roast in bbq sauce. Hit the spot. Came with coleslaw and very tasty seasoned fries plus drink either soft or beer or wine. The sandwiches look really good value from £5.95-£6.95 and include fries and coleslaw. They do pulled pork, and ribs as well as the burnt ends. Was told that the Clapham branch is the biggest. The Fulham one was cosy but didn't have very large tables except for a few spacious booths so if going there you'd definitely have to book.

                    1. re: cathodetube

                      I'm glad you mentioned Bodean's as I haven't been there in ages. I remember once having a huge sandwich with onion rings.. very decadent but so 'American.' Burnt ends sounds pretty good!

                      I often had a smoked turkey and/or a traditional one for Thanksgiving back in the States. My aunt started me loving the smoked variety when she'd serve it years and years ago. They're pretty common I think down south.

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        I would definitely go back there. The service was very friendly and swift. If you look on their website they also offer turkeys to order for Thanksgiving and I think Christmas.

                2. I'd look into Simpson's on The Strand been around for decades. They used to specialize in roasted meats carved at the table. They might do turkeys.