lunch ideas near tourist attractions - that are non touristy
- Dapuma May 25, 2011 03:10 PM
now that my trip is very close i am trying to figure out a few lunch ideas
Monday: Will be by Big Ben / Houses of Parliment / Maybe the British Museum
i have Neals Market in Borough Market for after London Tower for lunch and/or there is a Wine Liberary in the biz district we could go to as well but we will probably stick with the Market
Also am trying to get Masters Superfish in there somewhere...does anyone know if that is near parliment / big ben or if that is near any other attraction
Going to be headed to st pauls cathedral and westminster abby also is there anything out that way that would be good for a quick simple lunch?
Masters is, as far as I'm concerned, very close to Big Ben. By Tube, it's a short hop to Waterloo, and the little restaurant is only a 10 minute walk up the street. Anchor & Hope is equally close to Waterloo if you'd like a good gastropub lunch.
I haven't been, but I'm very sure that there is a well thought of restaurant now in St. Paul's. Someone here will know.
The obvious place near St Paul's which actually over looks the cathedral is Barbecoa, the bbq place opened by Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang. It has has fairly mixed reviews really but would satisfy with a good lunch I'm sure.
Personally if it's just a lunch then Beas of Bloomsbury will do you a wonderful afternoon tea at One New Change right next to St Paul's. Sandwiches, cupcakes, scones, champagne etc and it's really good value. That would be my suggestion.
I'll take the word of someone who has been!
Thinking about St Paul's, the obvious thing to do is to head north towards Farringdon. Within a few minutes you can be at St John for a quick lunch, Vinoteca, Smiths of Smithfield, Club Gascon, Hix Oyster Bar. All great places.
St Johns Restaurant
24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB
Sorry Limster I've just seen your message.
From a combination of reviews and the reports of friends I'm told
Baby back ribs starter
Burger (albeit at £16)
Don't eat :
Picanha rump cap
The Pulled pork divides opinion seemingly between it being a good dish and one that is too smoky and dry, depends on taste I guess.
This is not at all a foodie recommendation, more of a drink-y one, but very close to St. Paul's (174 Queen Victoria Street) is a wonderful pub called The Blackfirar. The pub was built in 1870 on the site of a friary, and remodelled in 1904 in arts & crafts style, with all of the artistic flourishes in homage to the monks. There are metal relief carvings over the bar and the fireplace showing the monks in various scenes. Amazing craftsmanship-- everything is dark wood and marble with copper accents. There is a little back room with pretty vaulted ceilings and gorgeous tilework. It's one of my favourite pubs in London. Great atmosphere.
They do a fine selection of beers, including several cask ales. They'll let you sample a few before you buy, if you can't decide. There's a basic food menu, leaning heavy on the pies. Nothing gourmet, mind you, but decent pub grub. If you're in need of lunch near St. Pauls, this is a nice place to rest your feet for a while.
Barring that, I'd walk over the Millenium Bridge and have lunch at the Tate Modern restaurant. It is very touristy, but the view is spectacular. If you are on a short visit to London, it's a great way to take in the city.
I will clarify a bit more - have dinner at st johns planned already so dont want to do lunch there as well - based on the info provided so far:
so basically i am thinking:
monday big ben / parliment / lunch masters superfish
tuesday london tower and borough market or wine libarary
wednesday not in the city
thursday shopping for the mrs so probabbly do food court at harrods just because we are in that area - and am doing high tea at browns
friday - st pauls cathedral resto / tate modern / blackfriars / by the hotel would try Queens Arm pub for options
everything is lunch only because we have dinner options already just trying to get a decent lunch that is simple near where we will be each day, so need to have a few ideas depending on how each day goes
i think this gives us a pretty good chance to get in a solid variety - one of the days lunch has to be in a proper pub
This is the Wine Library:
It's only a couple of hundred yards from the Tower. It's rather a cramped basement and a bit basic (hard seating, low tables etc.) but the price of the wine by the bottle is the real reason for going. Food's good too.
This is a similar concept, 10 minutes walk west (about half way to St. Paul's Cathedral from the Tower) and would be my choice: