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On the District, Circle, or Piccadilly lines [London]

My husband and I will be staying in a hotel close to the Gloucester St. underground station. Our last trip, we bought Oyster cards and became comfortable navigating the Underground. We'll be visiting London in a couple of months and we'd like restaurant recommendations for places that use our newly acquired confidence, with a couple of restrictions. We're seniors who tend to go non-stop during the day so we'll probably be tired by dinner.

Even though we can handle the complexities -- and the stairs and tunnels associated with changing lines -- we'd like our like to keep our dinner trips simple. Please limit your suggestions to places that aren't too far away from the stations of the District, Circle or Piccadilly lines. We're confident there will be lots of great restaurant possibilities along those three lines.

Our previous trip we ate at Rules, Moti Mahal, Hakkasan, Polpo, 10 Greek Street, and Kopapa. Our favorite meals were Moti Mahal and 10 Greek Street.


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  1. Indy

    That's far too broad a question.

    There are at least a thousand restaurants within easy walking distance of stations on those three underground lines.

    I suggest you narrow it down to a more specific area or areas.

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    1. re: alexjames

      I realized that question was broad, but I assumed that the London experts would simply think about their favorite restaurants, filter the list through their locations, and post two or three -- whatever -- that qualify.

      Do you think naming specific stations would elicit more responses? Do you think naming specific types of restaurants or cuisines would help? My problem with the latter is that my husband and I enjoy a broad range of cuisines and types of restaurants. Perhaps the only category I could rule out is French restaurants since we will have come from a stay in Normandy and Paris.

      In the meantime, I haven't been lazy. I've been looking up every specific restaurant that has been mentioned and comparing its location to the Underground map. No luck so far. For example, Donostia and Lockhart are on the Central Line. I suppose we could go clockwise to either the Circle or District to Notting Hill and then, transfer to the Central, but that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid.

      Happily, we have some time before our trip for me to refine my question and unlock the Board's collective wisdom! Thanks!

      1. re: Indy 67

        You need to be careful with the tube map as it doesn't represent where stations are physically compared to others.

        For Donostia take the Picadilly line then a shortish walk up through Mayfair. Or you can change to the Jubillee line to Bond Street - although I think its a hike through the station - its shorter if you head up to the ticket hall then down to the platform.

        Its always good to check the interchanges as London has old shallow and new deep tube lines so the interchanges can either be very short across a platform or through endless tunnels - there are websites with good recommendations.

    2. Years ago I used to stay near the Gloucester Tube stop when I visited London. I'm happy to say there are a lot more restaurants to choose from now than there were then. You can walk to Launceston Place. It doesn't have the chef it once did, but maybe someone can tell us if the food is still excellent.

      You'll be very close to Kensington High St. - lots of choices there. Take the District Line that goes to Edgeware Road. Min Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel has wonderful Peking duck and is a bit pricey but delicious with a view overlooking Kensington Gardens.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        I've figured out that I can get to three Michelin-starred restaurants on either the District, Circle or Piccadilly lines: Launceston Place, Dabbous, and Hedone. At most, we'll do one of these places.

        And then there's The Ledbury to consider as well.

        Any and all help welcome!

        1. re: Indy 67

          The Ledbury isn't that close to a tube stop - long walk, best to get a taxi.

          Hedone is close to both Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury stations, the latter being slightly closer but each works and it's not worth waiting for the Gunnersbury train.

          1. re: PhilD

            Thanks for being my reliable go to person on transportation, but any additional thoughts about the merits of each of those restaurants?

            1. re: Indy 67

              Hedone is one of my best meals of 2013, and I love the Ledbury (Brett also owns, but does not cook at, the Harwood Arms)

        2. re: zuriga1

          Hi June, I revisited Launceston Place fairly recently, and I enjoyed the food even more with the new chef. I'd happily recommend it.

          1. re: deansa

            Thanks, Dean - that's great to know. I was there right before the new chef arrived. Then it certainly a convenient place for someone staying at Gloucester Rd.!

        3. I have a suggestion. If you look at a tube map on the TFL website you can identify the stations on these lines. Then if you go to Londoneating website you can filter resraurants by tube station and there is also a map for each restaurant. This should give you some specifics we can comment on.

          1. No problems at all attaching some of my faves to relevant tube stations!
            Terroirs, 5 mins walk Embankment
            Bocca Di Lupo, 5 mins, Piccadilly. Circus
            Portrait at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, 10 mins, Leicester Square

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            1. re: Londonlinda

              Thanks so very much. I've looked at the web sites for Terroirs and Bocca and really liked what I saw. I haven't checked out Portrait yet. Is Portrait open and accessible beyond the Gallery operating hours?

              1. re: Indy 67

                It's open in the evenings (as is the Gallery) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And it has a really great view.

              1. re: howler

                Thanks! Very helpful!

                Looking at this map certainly solved one problem for me. We have been planning on eating at the Harwood Arms even before I started integrating Underground routes with restaurant choices. I'd gone so far as plugging the route into pedestrian Google Maps. (I'd learned that the route 1/2 mile beyond our typical 1 mile walking limit.) I'd assumed we would have to take a taxi and now I'm delighted to see that there's a branch of the District line that appears to take us close to Harwood Arms. Should we be looking for a train marked Wimbledon to get us where we need to go? If not, what is the correctly marked train?

                Finally, would it be better to get off at the West Brompton or the Fulham Broadway stop?


                1. re: Indy 67

                  For the Harwood I use Fulham Broadway and cut through to Jerdan Place (via a little pedestrian area) from the Fulham Rd so it's quite a short walk down a residential street.

                  Yes on the district line you need the right train! best to get ant train to Earls Court and change there, the platform has the Wimbledon, Richmond and Ealing district line trains stopping at the same platform and the sign boards at the station tell you where they stop ( the Wimbledon train usually comes down the Edgware Rd line so not through Gloucester Rd).

                  1. re: Indy 67

                    I very often take that District Line train that goes up from Wimbledon and runs along to Edgeware Rd. It can sometimes seem confusing to get off at Earl's Court and switch to the other line going back towards central London, but Phil has given you good directions, so have no fear. If in doubt, just ask someone for help. Londoners are very friendly.

                    1. re: zuriga1

                      Thanks PhilD and Zuriga. Saying that the train to Fulham Broadway is "back towards central London" is definitely confusing, but I'm confident all will work out.

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        There are two levels at Earl's Court. I'm sorry... I type quickly and sometimes confuse even myself. Just follow the signs - it won't be a great problem. I suppose what I meant was that when you get off at Earl's Court on your way *back' from Fulham, it's sometimes is confusing as where the District Line that goes to Central London is positioned. Oy.

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          I think you are confused - don't all the district line trains heading west arrive on the same platform at Earls Court (on both sides of the same platform). The Piccadilly line the one on the deeper (lower) level.

                          To go back to London (or up to Edgware Rd) go up over the bridge for the eastbound line.

                            1. re: PhilD

                              I probably am confused. Getting lost is my specialty. All I know is that recently I took the District Line from Hammersmith to Earl's Court. To get the line down to Wimbledon, I'm sure I had to go to a different level. I had just left my husband in a hospital, so maybe I wasn't thinking on all cylinders.

                              1. re: zuriga1

                                you may have taken the piccadilly line to get from Hammersmith to Earls court - in that case you would have needed to take a lift (elevator) to get from the piccadilly line to the district line for wimbledon. You may also have taken the district line from Hammersmith to Earls Court - in that case you would have needed to change platforms to get from Eastbound to Westbound district line. Changing platforms would have required you to go upstairs and then downstairs.

                                1. re: kagemusha49

                                  Thanks, kagemusha... i think it was the District Line from Earl's Court but it was awhile ago. Heck, I'm just a stranger in a strange land. :-)

                                  1. re: zuriga1

                                    When I was a little kid Earls Court was my local tube station. Even 60 years later the basic layout hasn't changed and I remember it vividly.

                        2. re: Indy 67

                          When we went, we got off at West Brompton - only a few minutes walk to the Harwood.

                          1. re: Harters

                            Clearly, I won't go wrong getting off either stop. Thanks.

                            1. re: Indy 67

                              No - it's pretty much midway between the two stops. Getting off at whichever you'd arrive at first would be the easiest.

                              1. re: Harters

                                Slightly shorter walk from Fulham - Google doesn't show the pedestrianised areas that are short cuts that well i.e. Vanston place runs through to Farm lane.

                      2. If you head West from Notting Hill Gate tube for a couple of hundred yards, you will see Farmer Street on your left. Walk another hundred yards down Farmer and you will find Geale's fish restaurant on your right.

                        1. If you like spicy food try No. 10 Chinese Restaurant for Sichuan near Earl's Court.

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                          1. re: limster

                            I've liked both water boiled beef & dry fried duck at No. 10.

                          2. 1. Catch the 49 bus by Gloucester Rd station to King's Road, get off at the Carlyle Sq stop & walk a couple minutes to Kurobuta, 251 Kings Road, a Japanese Izakaya pop-up that I ate at a couple days ago - I thought it delicious (was told they Will keep that location as well as the one opening soon by Marble Arch). Moist, succulent tea-smoked lamb chops on a small pool of sublime smoked eggplant (note: I usually really DisLike eggplant!!); must return to try what I think was the crispy skin duck confit dish that was walked past me - it looked So intriguing!! Grains & greens salad w/ honey-soy-ginger dressing also nice. I enjoyed the squid too, tasty tangy jalapeño sauce. I can't believe I actually WANT to try their sticky miso-grilled eggplant! The flavors were delicious! Across the road within sight is the Cadogan Arms pub, 298 King's Rd @ Old Church St; good sounding food review from 2011 but I haven't looked into it now. Lots of little bistros & bakeries within a few blocks that I must explore.

                            I had a wonderful lunch around Xmas 2012 at the The Pig's Ear not too far from there, 35 Old Church St SW3 just S of Kings Rd (same bus & bus stop); found out about it here on chow hound :). Char-grilled bavette steak with French fries, show roast tomato, mixed leaves, béarnaise sauce £15.50.

                            If you get off a stop or 2 earlier right before the bus turns onto Kings Rd (Sydney Street Old Town Hall stop), I like a couple of the couches at The Trafalgar Pub, 200 King's Rd, less than 2 blocks away - painted purple on the outside.

                            Haché Burgers: Chelsea, 331 Fulham Rd isn't too far a walk & buses 414 & 14 to Putney go from S Kensington station if I recall. I had a delicious Catalan burger w/ chorizo, & sweet potato fries January 2013.

                            Another current Favorite, easy tube access from Gloucester station, take Picadilly line to Picadilly, easy < 5 min walk to Shoryu Ramen, 3 Denman St - I personally thought a couple of their ramens tasted more fully flavored than many I had in Japan last Nov over 3 weeks. I personally love the Karaka Tantan Tonkotsu & the Dracula Tonkotsu. www.shoryuramen.com - I'm READY to go again but misplaced my loyalty card LOL.

                            Btw, there's a pretty good little Waitrose grocery store right there at the Gloucester Rd station, go left as you exit the ticket stiles (closes Early Sunday eves)... I like the flower vendor right there too - just outside the hall to Waitrose. Across the street is Paul French Country Bakery; great bread, sandwiches, pastries.

                            AND, for when you're TIRED, my favorite Cafe Nero branch is 1.5 blocks to the south, Gloucester Rd @ Stanhope Gardens; couches & some comfy chairs. If you'd like & schedule allows, we could meet there :); some great staff on the right days. Oh, and on the walk from the station you will pass Caffe Forum, 146 Gloucester Rd, great for breakfast, cappuccinos, & people watching - first 50-100?? coffee drinks come with a free yummy croissant. The Tibetan guy with the dreadlocks put up is really nice.

                            Another block south past Cafe Nero on Gloucester Rd is Hereford Arms Pub where I had a really tasty lamb sandwich for lunch recently. Some of these are not necessarily the BEST places but good and close for those times you are too tired to venture too far.

                            S Kensington station is only 10 min walk; several places & lots of outdoor square tables. I want to try Casa Brindisa. I've had good breakfast at Comptoir Libanais.

                            Don't bother with Jia or Khan’s of Kensington on Harrington Rd, or Saki on Old Brompton Rd. Others will likely have much better suggestions but these are in the area if you're too tired to wander far.