L.A. Foodie, London Newbie. Help!
Short business trip and staying in Trafalgar square. Just looking for the basics - Fish and chips and a couple of pints as well as Indian. Walking distance or a short cab ride preferred. Any recs greatly appreciated!
For Pakistani/Indian, New Tayyabs is phenomenal (and a great value, by London standards). We had a great pumpkin curry there many years ago, and I particularly remember having delicious mutton. Was staying with a friend up near Bounds Green, and I haven't been to London enough times to inform you about relative distance to your hotel, though.
89 Fieldgate St, Poplar, Greater London E1 1, GB
You can get a short cab ride to Master's Superfish or The Golden Hind for fish and chips. Anything acceptable and South Asian is generally further afield. There are plenty of chain pubs near you as well as a few nicer places.
Deux Salons is very close by to Trafalgar Square. This new brasserie has an early evening special menu, also serves high tea, and the menu (online) features French and British dishes. The food is very good. If you want something Indian, you could also walk to Dishoom or cab over to Moti Mohal near Covent Garden.
There may not be fish and chips or Indian within walking distance, but there are some good places. Les Deux Salons, as mentioned above, is fab and French, and just next door is Terroirs, also French but more casual bar food. For somewhere that would probably be condemned by the building inspectors in LA, try Gordon's on Villiers St - it's underground in the vaults, and it's dark and murky and low-ceilinged and great fun. Not sure what the food is like but it's a great place to see. Also second the recommendation for Dishoom.