Posts Tagged ‘food’

(cheap) Places to eat in London


2010
01.27

I’m not into Michelin stars of famous chefs. I was a student when I lived in London so the following restaurants have student-friendly prices.

One last tip: try to avoid tourist spots if you want to have a decent meal. Most of the restaurants in these areas are way overpriced and not very good. Leicester Square and every restaurant on Oxford St are to be avoided, for instance.

(closest tube station)

Curry 4 U
114 Camden Road London NW1 9EE (Camden Town)
The best indian I’ve had. Great prices. Not on the average tourist track, but great for a take-out if you’re staying in the area, or if you want to eat it by the canal near Camden Locks or in Regent Park. Plus the staff is really charming.

Saharaween
3 Panton Street, London, SW1Y4DL (Piccadilly Circus)
Great morrocan food. I’ve never tasted a better chicken pastilla. Great prices too considering the location. If it appears to be full, make sure to ask for a table downstairs. For all the French-speaking people out there, indulge.

The Wellington
351 Strand, London, WC2R 0HS (Covent Garden or Temple)
Has the best fish & chips of the city and a nice atmosphere upstairs. When you’re done eating, you can go downstairs for a true pub experience. Part of the London Ale Trail, which gives you a free T-Shirt when you buy 5 pints.

Prêt-À-Manger
Everywhere, really.
This is probably one of the things I miss most about London. Gotta love those fresh, organic and healthy sandwiches. Plus you support a great company as they distribute unsold products to homeless people in the city. My favorite is the Chicken Salad sandwich with the Tomato Soup. Mmmm.

Goodfare Italian Restaurante
26 Parkway, London, NW1 7AH (Camden Town)
Best lasagna in town. Enough said. Not the kindest people (they’re Italian after all) but it’s a small, cosy place for a relaxed meal. They only accept cash though.

The Court
108 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 5AB (Warren Street)
Definitely the cheapest pub in Bloomsbury. It’s very close to UCL so it has a very friendly and laid-back atmosphere. Huge TV downstairs and upstairs, hence the incredible vibe on a game night. More often than not, you can get 2 selected plates for £10 (mostly burgers, but also fish & chips and the usual).

Dickens Inn
St. Catherine’s Dock, Wapping, London E1 9LB (Tower Hill)
If you can get a table outside, you will have Tower Bridge in sight. The food was great and not too expensive for the location. Great choice on a sunny day.

Top 10 London


2010
01.26

I should warn you right away: I have unconditional love for London. I just love everything about it, its architecture, its life, its green spaces, its people. I even like the weather, which I guess makes me a true fan.

So here are my Top Ten favourite things about London:
10. Primark
Any girl who loves shopping will tell you this: Primark is hell, and heaven, at once. So many clothes, so many tiny prices. I know the clothes start to disintegrate the moment you wash them and I am aware of the methods they use to produce these clothes. Yet, I still like to shop there as I feel I have saved so much money for things I’m not going to wear a hundred times. Perfect store for short-fashioned items. One tiny problem though: be there really early, because after noon, its overcrowded with excited teenagers and the queues for the dressing room are always at least 30 minutes long. The one in Ealing Broadway has less people but fewer items too. I know it’s something most people would over look but I just couldn’t have that Top Ten without my shopping paradise.

9. Albert Bridge
It just gets magical at night, reflecting on the Thames. Plus it’s in a really nice and quiet area.

8. Entertainment
London is entertainment by itself. The constant hustle and bustle creates a very special environment for all people who like to do some people watching. That being said, the West End truly is the Mecqua of all musicals in the country. Buying your tickets half price at TKTS in Leicester Square makes it even more enjoyable.

7. Camden Locks
Such a quirky place. You can find anything from earrings to art to tutus and that funky thing your niece would love. Although my favourite thing about it is the mix of smells and noises when sitting along the canal. Why not take the water taxi to Maida Vale while you’re there, it’s pretty fun.

6. Public Transit
An activity by itself! For the non-initiated, travelling on the tube can be quite daunting. 270 stations amongst 11 lines travelling in 6 zones with each different fares… impressive, huh? It is definitely the most reliable way to travel around the city. I do prefer the bus, especially double deckers, as they are cheaper and allow visitors to do some sightseeing while relaxing.

5. Variety of food
Whether you feel like Italian, British, Indian, Moroccan or whatever comes through your mind, you will find it in London, no matter how thick or thin your wallet is.

4. People
Londoners are impossible to define. They are all so different from one another, each with different styles and manners. People watching at its best.

3. Architecture
Luckily, London was not as damaged as other cities during the Great Wars, allowing us to witness different styles and eras, including the unclassified and discussable O2 arena and the noticeable Gherkin in the City, as well as lovely Georgian houses in residential neighbourhoods.

2. Big Ben (Tower Clock)
Very cliché, I know. It just remembers me how lucky I am to be there, in that wonderful city, seeing all those wonderful things. More of a spiritual favourite.

1. Hyde Park (Lancaster Gate)
That one is a bit personal, as this is where I got engaged. But I’ve always loved this particular area, the calm that fills you in when you enter the park. I just love to see all the fountains and the birds. Plus when you walk west, you get to Kensington Palace, which is really nice too.