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Betsypaige Jan 26, 2012 05:04 PM

Hi to all - hope you are doing well.

I'm off to London on Wednesday (I can't wait) and I hope you can help me just one more time. I'm seeing Wizard of Oz at the Palladium on Friday, February 3rd. The show will probably end around 10:30 or so, but whatwith hanging around trying to get autographs, we'll be through later than that. I had been thinking about Dehesa, but I don't believe there is any way that we can make it there before closing. Are there any decent (I'd prefer a lot better than that, but this late at night, beggars can't be choosers) places near the Palladium that are also open late? We're open to any suggestions at this point.

Thank you!

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    emsny Jan 26, 2012 06:56 PM

    You might consider the dining room at the St John Hotel off Leicester Square; they serve till midnight.

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      Betsypaige Jan 26, 2012 08:50 PM

      That looks intriguing - in fact, I have a dinner reservation at St. John on my last night in London. However, it doesn't look like it's that close to the Palladium - especially when it will be late at night. I will mention it to my friend, but I suspect she's going to want something that's closer. Thank you!

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        gembellina Jan 27, 2012 01:05 AM

        It's probably less than ten mins to walk from the Palladium to St John Hotel; or you could try Princi on wardour st which is open til midnight and will take about 5 mins.

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          Betsypaige Jan 27, 2012 05:33 AM

          Gembellina, thanks! On the map, it looks further than that - but 10 minute walk would be ok, I think. I'll check out Princi as well...thanks again!

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            gembellina Jan 27, 2012 07:31 AM

            I always use the "get directions" feature on google maps to give me a walking route and distance (then knock a few minutes off as google walks quite slowly). My new favourite drink is Princi's campari spritz, and if you order just drinks they often give you a plate of nibbles to go with.

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              Betsypaige Jan 28, 2012 09:11 AM

              That's a good idea, thanks!

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              zuriga1 Jan 27, 2012 09:33 PM

              I've always enjoyed Princi. I'm an old lady and can make that walk in 10 minutes or less. The streets are usually crowded so don't be afraid of walking. Things seem further on the map than they turn out to be - same with distance between Tube stops.

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                Betsypaige Jan 28, 2012 09:12 AM

                Someone else mentioned to me just last night that places in London are closer than they appear on maps - good thing, too, lol.

                Princi is definiteley a good option it seems. I went onto their website, though, and they don't list a menu. What kind of food do they serve? Thanks!

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                  gembellina Jan 28, 2012 09:32 AM

                  It's kind of an Italian style canteen, I suppose, where you order at the counter and take your food to the table on a tray. But it manages to be Continental and charming rather than reminiscent of a school lunch hall! There's pizza by the slice, various stuffed breads, pastas, excellent salads, and pastries and desserts.

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                    PhilD Jan 28, 2012 03:27 PM

                    Isn't Prinzi best described as an Italian bakery with tables rather than a restaurant...? IIRC most of the food is bread or cake based.

                    And here is a menu (sort of) http://princi.co.uk/files/Princi_orde...

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                      Betsypaige Jan 28, 2012 05:07 PM

                      PhilD, thank you so much - this is a big help!

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                        limster Jan 29, 2012 09:44 AM

                        Princi also serves a fairly large selection of salads and hot dishes that aren't bakery items (remember seeing osso bucco in the past). Their stuff (baked and otherwise) varies somewhat often, possibly as specials. The menu should be used as a rough guide, rather than a definitive list of what they serve.

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                          Betsypaige Feb 1, 2012 11:58 AM

                          Thank you! If we end up there, I'm sure we'll find something we like..........Leaving tonight, so again, thank you all for your help!

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                        Betsypaige Jan 28, 2012 05:06 PM

                        Thanks, Gembellina - sounds like an interesting option ; it's on my list. Most likely we'll just have to play it by ear.

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