Places to eat in London?

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1. Posted by Angiemx (First Time Poster 1 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hey guys,

Hope your week is good so far?

I'll be travelling to London in a few weeks and I'm just wondering if anyone knows any good spots to eat? Will mostly be around central London (so anywhere within the tube network).

Also has any used -snip- before? Looks like you can get some good discounts around and a lot of the restaruants are in London.

Thanks :)


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2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1961 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

There is a chain run by Wetherspoon and they are fun. We ate at the Masked Haunt in London a few times and really enjoyed it. Check out the company web site at

I'm not from London and have only been there a few times, but Wetherspoons were a lifesaver when we got stuck there for 5 days once. The food is good and the prices very reasonable and they are fun.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2840 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Depends what is meant by "good".

Wetherspoons is indeed cheap, in an expensive city, so it's good in terms of budget. We ate there last night - their excellent Curry Night makes a good but cheap date night for us.

If the original post wasn't just a spamdrop, which I suspect.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5102 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Wimpy Restaurant.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1961 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Wimpy Restaurant.

Is that the name of a restaurant . . . which would be somewhat helpful? They are looking for suggestions, not Yelp. Criticism is very easy to find. Useful suggestions, not so much.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5102 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

I have not been to a Wimpy Restaurant in years. To me they are sort of like a McDonalds, all over. Although not as many now as years ago.

Google shows they still have places serving food. If it is convenient or not for post 1 don't know.
Looks like 13 locations. Bermondsey is one that comes up first.

I find hotel front desk people helpful for restaurant suggestions other than just their own place.

  • My preference would be to wander around and find a fish and chips place. I don't need fancy sit down restaurants.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1961 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

That's a great plan if you like fish and chips. We're not great fans. We really don't eat any fried foods. Just personal preference.

We don't do fancy restaurants, but we do like to sit and chat while we eat. We've found asking people where they like to eat works well. We don't ask for restaurant recommendations because you get sent off to a tourist spot that is usually noisy, crowded and often not very good. When we ask people where they actually like to eat, we've been sent to some really nice local restaurants that are very reasonable and have very good food. They just don't think of them as tourist spots and if you're a tourist, it's hard to find them.

I might add, we definitely don't care for "gourmet" restaurants with extremely creative cooking. The foam binge cured us of anything gourmet. I like to recognize what I'm eating.

We do love fish and eat a lot of it, just not fried, especially battered and fried. I like my fish naked. . . possibly with a light sauce, but preferably just plain fish, grilled if possible.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2466 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Personally I find that when I am hungry it is too late to get to a recommended restaurant. So I look around wherever I am and see what restaurant seems reasonable (sometimes I can look at the menu posted outside) and then go there and eat. So unless it is a designation restaurant, I don't bother much with recommendations. Also I find that TIME is a big important factor in restaurant recommendations. Someplace that I ate in 2 years ago is probably no longer an option.

I do like fish and chips and so does Bob which is important to me. When we were visiting our daughter who was working in England, she had take-out from an Indian restaurant which there are also many of in London and Bob liked what he got then but I have to be very careful with suggesting Indian food to him as he doesn't like a lot of Indian food.

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10. Posted by Valenco (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

It depends on which part of London you are staying, there are so many Chinese "Eat As You Like" available almost everywhere. Just ask around. Most corner shops harbor Kebab shops where you can get cheap food to eat. For budget-minded tourists just go into shops like Marks and Spencer, Iceland, Tesco, or Asda where you can get cheap healthy packaged food. Wetherspoon or pubs are alternative places but their choice of food is limited to mostly fries, fish, and beef.