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Dinner in London: Paddington or Globe Theatre environs

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Miss Rennie Jan 17, 2011 05:38 PM

I'll be in London this summer and am getting my (roast) ducks in a row early: can anyone recommend places to eat either around Paddington (staying at the Hilton) or near the Globe Theatre (going to a play on a Friday night)?

I am a lady boomer traveling solo and do not care for most kinds of the ethnic food found in London. English, Italian, Chinese, steak, all fine. Any ideas?

  1. zuriga1 Jan 17, 2011 11:59 PM

    The Globe has a brasserie/restaurant right on the premises... you take a look at

    www.swanattheglobe.co.uk/. I've never eaten there so can't comment on the quality.

    Not too far away is RSJ, a good spot that on a summer's evening would not be a very long walk to the Globe. It has good food and caters to early dinners for theatregoers as it's near the National and other South Bank venues. I *have* eaten there and enjoyed the meal a lot.

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      pj26 Jan 18, 2011 01:15 AM

      the Swan at the Globe is good - perfect setting over the river. If you are up for a bit of a walk along the river, you could also head to Magdalen which is excellent.

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        ambra Jan 18, 2011 01:39 AM

        Borough Market isn't too far. I've eaten at a couple of fish places there. One being Wright Brothers and the other being Applebee's. Applebee's despite the name actually has an italian chef. there is also a meat-centric place called Roast, but I have never eaten there. I think there is even one of those chain burger joints.

    2. abby d Jan 18, 2011 03:17 AM

      what's a lady boomer?

      i'm a fan of the swan at the rsj - nice brasserie style food and a lovely setting. if you do a search on paddington you'll find various recommendations.

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        zuriga1 Jan 18, 2011 04:40 AM

        I figure a lady boomer is what in the States is called, 'a baby boomer.' These are people born right after WWII and up to some other date. There was a real boom in babies when the men came back home. It also has cultural connotations. I looked it up in Wiki to see what my brother is supposed to be. :-) Think Woodstock.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomer

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          abby d Jan 18, 2011 09:01 AM

          thank zuriga, i'm familiar with baby boomer but not any variation on the theme.

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        Roland Parker Jan 18, 2011 10:32 PM

        If you enjoy Chinese food and roast ducks, I strongly recommend you visit Pearl Liang restaurant, which is in Sheldon Square directly behind Paddington Station. The Peking duck was among the best I've ever had.

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          jonY Jan 19, 2011 02:58 AM

          concur with this recommendation of pearl liang. fantastic duck in addition to quality dim sum

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