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we are going up to London for the theatre from our deep country home in Devon. Having experienced the thrashing about searching for a good eatery as a naive tourist and always failing, could somebody please point us in the right diection for a realaxed mid price pre theatre non tourist eating venue somewhere not too far away from Piccadilly - and SW1. I am sure there are eateries that trhe locals know about and we certainly do not. Thank you.

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  1. In my view, there's no such thing as a non-touristy place around Piccadilly. The area is packed with tourists and other non-locals.

    In similar vein, are there any non-touristy places in Torquay? :-)

    1. The Great Queen Street (at 32 Great Queen Street) might be a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly, but the food there is well worth the walk. Highly recommended..

      1. i have had some lovely meals at the criterion brasserie - if you look at toptable they do occasional pre-theatre offers. It is a beautiful dining area and even without an offer they may do pre-theatre menus that are good value.

        1. Brasserie Z├ędel is inches from the Piccadilly Tube and I can't assure not seeing some tourists there, but the food and service are pretty decent. There's also Nopi for elegant vegetarian meals - owned by the well-renowned Ottolenghi.

          1. The Indonesian mini market on Charing Cross Road is definitely not touristy and worth going for.