First time in London..from Vancouver
Hi there...going to London in November staying in the Marlyn Lodge right by London tower. I have never been...and need help!! Most recommendations espouse all the available ethnic foods but coming from vancouver we get alot of exposure to that. What I'm looking for is a gastropub...lots of beer, interesting food, some real english grub (hopefully including a full english breakfast) best fish n chips..you get the idea! Nothing chinese, or japanese related and certainly not seafood (as these are the things I work with on a daily basis.) Are there such things as happy hour in london as well?
Gastropub - The Anchor and Hope
FnC - Master's Super Fish near Waterloo station (also close to the former place.)
The White Horse in Fulham for beer and exceptionally beautiful views of a nice area with a pretty park. Weather permitting of course (though we've been surprisingly lucky lately. November... I dunno.)
What sort of ethnic cuisines are you after?
I'm afraid I don't know London's geography well enough to make breakfast recommendations for you that are local to where you're staying. But this website should give you a fun read as well as some tips: http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogs...
Assuming you are going to Borough Market, forget the fancy pants coffee places and get stuck into a "full English" breakfast at Maria's Cafe. A really good southern breakfast (by which I mean it includes bubble and squeak - but excludes black pudding which is a necessity of the northern breakfast.)
Bull and Last is one of my favourites gastropubs. In Nov you'll be in game season, look for grouse and pther game birds. I've enjoyed that at Trinity in Clapham that often offers a modern take on British cooking. Always enjoyed the down to earth pies at the Newman Arms, a pub in Fitzrovia.
You might find the local seafood here somewhat different from what you get in Vancouver. Do try Wright Bros in Borough Market -- Cornish crab, beef pie with oysters were some of my favourites. The local oysters are worth a try just to see the differences with many of the Pacific ones in North America.
Also in Borough Market is a small wine stall that sells British wines, some are worth trying -- my gripe with them isn't the quality, many are very drinkable, but they aren't always price competitive with wines from the continent at a similar quality. (BTW, it's located next to a superb chocolate store, Rabot Estate).
If you have an interest in single malts, consider the Britannia, a pub in Borough.
Worth noting that the quality of the ingredients here are very high, and that can really change many diverse cuisines here including Chinese and Japanese (e.g. had a superb shiso maki at Tosa a couple years ago thanks to amazing pork here).