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Mar 27, 2011 10:33 PM

Great meal near Picadilly undergroud line (London)?

Because of a schedule change, I will have an overnight layover at a Heathrow hotel, but will have time to go into the city for dinner. Want to keep it simple - no transfers from one line to another. What great restaurants might be within, say, a 7-10 minute walk of a station on the Picadilly Line, probably somewhere between Knightsbridge and Covent Garden stops (or thereabouts).

Not sure what I am looking for. Only criteria are great food, good wine, and suitable for a solo diner who after almost a month of travel is probably not going to have much of a clean wardrobe so has to be jeans friendly. Food style...whatever, though probably not Indian or Chinese or anything else that really works better for more than one person. French, Italian, British, etc. Price isn't much of an issue either. Maybe would like somewhere that does a multi-course tasting menu because I hate making decisions!.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Hi Dan, welcome to London! I was in town yesterday and it smells like spring. Firstly, do yourself a favour: unless you really like 45 minute tube rides, save the interminable grind of the Picc and take the Heathrow Express train - 15 minutes to Paddington. A leisurely stroll along Praed St. will reveal plenty of good eats, especially Turkish/Lebanese/Iranian and one or two perfectly good trattoria. Take the edge off with a pint first: loads of friendly pubs (just don't eat there). As a London exile I'd be looking for neighbourhood flavours to show a visitor, especially if time is important.

    But If you must have the West End you can easily Cab it from Paddington and get recommendations - as well as right-wing opinions - from the driver en route.

    I hope you enjoy whatever you end up doing!

    1. Bocca Di Luppo is a nice Italian, has a bar you can eat at (so perfectly fine to go alone) and is a few mins walk from Piccadilly Circus. You'll need to make a reservation to be sure of a place, though.

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      1. re: deansa

        Oooh yes, Bocca di Lupo is quite marvellous.

      2. Terroirs is a few minutes from Covent Garden. Small plates, great wine list. Bar seating. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable - should be very comfortable for the single diner.
        5 William IV Street
        London WC2N 4DW

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        1. re: MonkeyC

          Terroirs is wonderful; cozy and ideal for a single diner. If you have time, Lamb and Flag is a very short walk away.

        2. what do people think about Nobu? Yes, I realize it goes out of my original idea of euro cuisine, but 1) my wife who is allergic to seafood will have just gone home so this would be a great time for me to go for sushi and 2) the Green Park station would be convenient becuase I also plan on visiting Tate Modern in the afternoon and Jub line would get me there.

          Tate Modern
          Bankside, London SE1 9TG, GB

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          1. re: Dan G

            If you want sushi, don't choose Nobu. Check out this thread for sushi tips:


            1. re: CTownFeedR

              any reason not to go to nobu - i would probably want a mixture of seafood and meat and assume they do omakase. And I'm not familiar enough with London (will only be 3rd time there) to read through that thread and know what is where...any suggestions as to where would fit my location criteria?

              1. re: Dan G

                Sorry, I was responding to your sushi comment.

                If you can get a reservation, Dinings would fit your requirements of a mixed sushi and cooked items meal.


                It is a bit out of the way from the Piccadilly line, but it is close to two lines which go to Baker Street. Honestly, it's an easy journey for anyone.

            2. re: Dan G

              Nobu is over priced and out of date (miaow)...if you're after a fishy hit, try J Sheekey, they have a sit up bar so perfect for the single diner.

            3. How about the Wolseley, on Piccadilly, near the Green Park tube station?


              The Wolseley
              160 Piccadilly, London, Greater London W1J 9EB, United Kingdom

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              1. re: DavidT

                The Wolseley is great for atmosphere but not for food.

                The Wolseley
                160 Piccadilly, London, Greater London W1J 9EB, United Kingdom