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SaraPA Oct 22, 2012 08:38 AM

We are visiting London for the first time in April. Unfortunately, Priceline put us on the South side of the Thames. The closest tube station is Vauxhall, about 1/2 mile away.
There seems to be a dirth of food right around our hotel (Chino Latino seems to be the only game in town).
After a day of touring, I don't want to have to navigate a tube or bus transfer. One night we will be at the Ceremony of the Keys and a friend has suggested drinks at the Dickens Inn or Draft House and dinner at Cafe Spice Namaste.
Beyond that, I am hoping to stay near the Victoria line. It seems that would put us mainly in the Mayfair area. Wild Honey seems to come recommended. Not interested in Automat (I can eat that at home). Burger and Lobster might be on the list. Bubbledogs also seems to have some hype, although I worry about no reservations at both places. Veeraswamy seems expensive and not well reviewed here (plus we are thinking of Cafe Spice Namaste one night). Golden Union for fish and chips?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. We eat anything, but prefer someone more casual places. (ie no ties required).
Sara

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    SaraPA Oct 30, 2012 09:03 PM

    Again, thanks for more good advice! Kennington Lane looks like a great place for a down and dirty breakfast before starting the day!
    Although today I discovered the wonders of the bus system. I'm not sure why I never really considered it before. There's around 5 or 6 lines that stop right in front of our hotel! From what I read, they are a pretty good mode of getting around.

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    1. re: SaraPA
      zuriga1 Oct 30, 2012 11:22 PM

      Buses let you see the city - the Tube does not. The system in London is fantastic.

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        Jon Tseng Oct 31, 2012 03:41 AM

        Agree with zuriga. Bus system is great. Worth downloading a smartphone app which can give you live departure times for your nearest bus stop (provided of course you have a mobile data connection - worth actually picking up a pay as you go SIM just for the trip you can get those from any mobile phone shop). J

        1. re: SaraPA
          babybat Oct 31, 2012 09:46 AM

          In the cheap and cheerful category, there's Hot Stuff, a bit further down Wandsworth Road
          cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/hot-stuff-vauxhall.html
          Plus very good pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) from Cafe Madeira on the Embankment.

          On a non-food related note, get an Oyster card (tfl.gov.uk or the machines in the tube station) - it'll make getting around a lot easier and cheaper.

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            gembellina Nov 6, 2012 07:18 AM

            You should be able to get a bus to Trinity in Clapham - not casual but certainly no tie required - and also to Soif on Battersea Rise.

          2. Kavey Oct 29, 2012 10:35 AM

            Draft House are pretty good, I think. I've only been to one once, as none in my neck of the woods, went with friends for a special event, but beers and food were decent.

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              Patra19 Oct 29, 2012 05:52 AM

              Hi,

              "The closest tube station is Vauxhall"
              "There seems to be a dirth of food right around our hotel "
              "I don't want to have to navigate a tube or bus transfer"

              http://beaconsfield.ltd.uk/cafe/
              http://courthousegardencafe.wordpress.com/
              http://kenningtonlanecafe.co.uk/Welcome.html
              http://vgcc.org.uk/cafe/

              Kind regards
              Patra19

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                Jon Tseng Oct 23, 2012 03:09 AM

                Brixton - Brixton Market, Upstairs Brixton
                Vauxhall - Stockwell - Canton Arms
                Vauxhall - Brunswick House, Casa Madeira
                Pimlico - Escoffier Room
                Victoria - Imperial China, Bumbles, Boisdale, The Ebury, The Goring

                Anywhere north of that - too many to mention

                J

                1. limster Oct 22, 2012 12:25 PM

                  Take the Victoria Line to Brixton -- great places in Brixton Village and Market (see the relevant threads on these places).

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                    SaraPA Oct 22, 2012 11:50 AM

                    Thanks for the advice. I'm not opposed to transferring lines, just trying to avoid after a long day of touring :-) We have no problem getting around NYC, for instance, sometimes just get tired waiting for trains. (I know, what a problem to have, right?)
                    There are a lot of restaurants I am considering off of the Victoria line--Hawksmoor, Opera Tavern, Belgo. Just looking to see if I was missing anything. And already I think Copita and Brunswick House cafe are great options!

                    1. zuriga1 Oct 22, 2012 11:06 AM

                      Please don't worry about changing Tube lines. It is SO easy to get around London. And if you get the train at Vauxhall, it's about two minutes to get off at Waterloo, which opens up the Bakerloo, Jubillee and Northern Lines.

                      I'd just pick restaurants that appeal to you and go for it. I used to be a tourist so I know how daunting it sometimes seems.

                      1. greedygirl Oct 22, 2012 10:29 AM

                        There's a good gastropub near Vauxhall called The Canton Arms. Worth checking out if you're in the area.

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                          mjgauer Oct 22, 2012 10:12 AM

                          Hey - is there any reason you are limiting yourself to the Victoria line? The tube system is fantastic and easy to use so I really wouldn't stick to just the one line!

                          There are obviously hundreds of threads on restaurants across London so i'd have a browse of some of them bearing in mind that you have the whole of the city at your disposal. If you do want to stick near the Victoria line then I'd check out threads on Soho (near Oxford Circus) which has plenty of restaurants which would meet your casual brief - off the top of my head some of my favourites are:

                          Bocca di Lupo / Barafina / Copita / Koya / Bincho Yakitori / Pitt Cue Co / Tonkotsu / Duck Soup / 10 Greek Street

                          In terms of local restaurants in Vauxhall, Brunswick House Cafe is very good and would be perfect for a low key dinner when you want to stay close to your hotel.

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