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Jan 17, 2011 05:38 PM

Dinner in London: Paddington or Globe Theatre environs

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?

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  1. The Globe has a brasserie/restaurant right on the premises... you take a look at 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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    1. re: zuriga1

      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.

      1. re: pj26

        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. 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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      1. re: abby d

        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.

        1. re: zuriga1

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Roland Parker

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