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sapper
8th March 2017, 09:08 PM
I have a friend (an Oly user of course) coming over from Italy and we will be meeting up in London on Monday. When I last saw him in Milan he treated my wife and I to a super meal and didn't let me pay, so I want to return the treat.
I am not sure where we will be meeting but it will be central London to get some pics and I want to treat him to lunch.

Any ideas folk?

drmarkf
8th March 2017, 11:17 PM
I have a friend (an Oly user of course) coming over from Italy and we will be meeting up in London on Monday. When I last saw him in Milan he treated my wife and I to a super meal and didn't let me pay, so I want to return the treat.
I am not sure where we will be meeting but it will be central London to get some pics and I want to treat him to lunch.

Any ideas folk?

Depends hugely on area, budget and preferred cuisine, but some places we've enjoyed recently that aren't too stratospheric in price for lunch (and in some cases are positively cheap by London standards) are:

http://moro.co.uk/
http://www.jasonatherton.co.uk/restaurants/social-eating-house/
https://www.monplaisir.co.uk/
http://www.bengalvillage.com/ (can be v hot food!)
http://www.cinnamon-kitchen.com/
http://www.theculpeper.com/
http://www.gunpowderlondon.com/ (no reservations, but very authentic IMHO)
http://www.yauatcha.com/soho/
http://yming.co.uk/
http://drakeandmorgan.co.uk/collection/the-refinery/ (mainly cocktail bars, but the food is straightforward & good)
http://thehawksmoor.com/locations/seven-dials/

DerekW
8th March 2017, 11:23 PM
The Portrait Gallery Restaurant (on the top floor) views to the Eye etc. Advisable to book

V&A Museum has an interesting buffet style restaurant, in an interesting set of rooms

Goon525
9th March 2017, 09:16 AM
Derek means the Portrait Gallery Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery - and ,yes, it's a solid recommendation. Both views and food are good.

AMc
9th March 2017, 09:16 AM
Both Tate Modern's restaurants are good and not too eye watering considering the location.
The one in the Switch house doesn't have any views when you're seated but you can pop-up to the viewing gallery for a cheapskate alternative to The Shard viewing gallery (with no glass in the way).
The restaurant in the main gallery has panoramic views of the Thames across to St. Paul's which I would recommend for food and the view.
All assuming you're heading in that general direction.

DerekW
9th March 2017, 09:31 AM
Ta for clarifying - being southern based the default for Portrait Gallery is the National Portrait Gallery in London not the one in Washington DC.

Well worth a visit to see the regular pictures as well as the Taylor Wessing etc junkets.

Now going in to "witter" mode, I did not visit portrait galleries' for a long time (until I got decrepit!) cos I thought it would be a boring old collection of faces, however I have found that often the images give a very good understanding of life at the time of the subject and their position in society.

sapper
9th March 2017, 12:26 PM
Thanks guys, very helpful.

Graham_of_Rainham
9th March 2017, 01:45 PM
The Goring Hotel is very good, used it many times and never disappoints...

Crazy Dave
9th March 2017, 07:16 PM
Duck and Waffle Bishopsgate. 40th floor Heron Tower

David

peak4
10th March 2017, 01:47 AM
I know it doesn't help you Dave, but I was just looking on the net for a link to the best Greek restaurant I've ever been to, Jimmy's in Soho, even knocked the socks off anything I've met in Greece.
Sadly it's closed (https://thesohoscene.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/jimmys-greek-restaurant-soho-100-club/), so my promise to take Jane there will never be fulfilled. (and I can't even find a crying smiley on this forum)

sapper
10th March 2017, 08:21 AM
I think I have settled on the Tate Modern. Thanks again guys.

DerekW
10th March 2017, 09:18 AM
I hope to go there in 10 days time.

This is what you can see - if the weather is good

http://www.w9259.co.uk/St%20Pauls/

Jim Ford
10th March 2017, 09:42 AM
You can get a meal in the crypt of St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square. It's an iconic location and IIRC not expensive.

There's also Selfridges and a restaurant in the Wallace Collection, behind Selfridges. (I can thoroughly recommend the Wallace Collection - the collection, that is),

Jim

AMc
10th March 2017, 10:01 AM
Just had a look at the website

The Kitchen and Bar is in the main building. They seem to suggest you can't book ahead, it might not be too bad for a Monday lunchtime but I have seen it very busy.
http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/kitchen-and-bar

You can book ahead online for the Restaruant in the Switch House extension. They make a big deal about the panoramic view but unless my memory is faulty you can't see when you're sitting down :)
http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/restaurant