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Kevin Jun 28th, 2001 04:08 PM

Cheap Eats in London (Victoria)
Does anyone know of any good, affordable restaurants in the Victoria area? How much can I expect to spend for dinner?<BR><BR>Thanks for any input!

David White Jun 29th, 2001 06:04 AM

Kevin,<BR><BR>There's a Pizza Express a few blocks down Victoria Street in the direction of Westminster Abbey. This is a very popular, good quality chain. For a quick bite to eat or takeout, the Pret a Mangier sandwich shop chain is good (they are also smoke-free).<BR><BR>For more ideas, you may want to look at the book "Cheap Eats in London". Food in London can be expensive, so that title is almost oxymoronic...sometimes the best dining deals are at ethnic restaurants.<BR><BR>I heard this rule thumb, and it seems to be borne out by experience: If you are traveling from the US, expect to pay in what you would pay in $ back home for a similar meal. That is, expect to pay almost one and one-half times as much. <BR><BR>David White<BR><BR>[email protected]<BR>< BR>

Tammy Jun 29th, 2001 06:30 AM

Here's a place I ate at in April 1999. It was recommended in the Cheap East book. <BR><BR>Jenny Lo's Tea House, 14 Eccleston Street, tube: Victoria Station. Chinese restuarant with a bit of a flare I thought. It is small and you share tables with other diners, and the food is great and the price was reasonable for London. <BR>

Linda Jun 29th, 2001 11:19 AM

The Shakespeare Pub is right across the street from Victoria Station. Please do not consider eating there. The worst food I've ever had in England. And terrible service. I ordered mussels and half of them were still closed (hence, probably inedible--and I wasn't willing to take the chance). It took 45 minutes to catch my waiter's eye, another 10 for him to respond. When he did, he bought the bill. I complained about the mussels--all he did was buy my coke. The place is crowded and has a bit of ambience, but I'd still skip it.

Geoff Jun 29th, 2001 01:49 PM

There's something like Pasta House or some facsimile thereof right off to the side of the train station that's not expensive at all and has generous portions. You have to look for it a bit, but there is also a Movenpick Marche down stairs across the street.<BR><BR>

Mel Jun 29th, 2001 06:53 PM

Another Jenny Lo recommendation. If you order any noodle dishes, be prepared for a HUGE steaming bowl full of good stuff! (If you want to splurge, her father has a VERY famous restaurant around the corner--can't remember the name) Also, there's a great noisy Irish pub on the second floor of the "mall" in Victoria Station called Molly Malone's. Irish music (at least on the weekends) and a friendly, if young, crowd. There's also a chinese place in there that serves cafeteria style, but the food is good and cheap--looks like working locals eat there. Other than that, I think the pickings are kind of slim. Hop the tube at Victoria to Notting Hill or Covent Garden...

Ben Haines Jun 30th, 2001 03:01 AM

Fodors<BR><BR>Dear Mr McKay,<BR><BR>These notes are from a message I keep on disc about fairly cheap eating in London.<BR><BR>The Nags Head, 53 Kinnerton Street, and the Wilton Arms, 71 Kinnerton Street. Both of these Belgravia pubs have evening meals. Knightsbridge tube station. Children are welcome in summer only outdoors at a street table. <BR><BR>The Two Chairmen. Corner of Queen Anne's Gate and Dartmouth Street, 100 yards from St James' Park tube station. Useful for visits to Parliament, Westminster, the Cabinet War Rooms, and St James' Park. Some Members of Parliament use it. Children are are welcome upstairs for lunch but not down for supper<BR><BR>The Albert. Corner of Buckingham Gate and Victoria Street. Nearest tube St James Park. Downstairs good hot food, with spices well used, served also in the evening. Upstairs for lunches only a carvery, three courses at 15 pounds. The house beer is Courage, but other and better draught is also served. Children are welcome at lunch but not supper.<BR><BR>Two bus stops south of Victoria, at Victoria Coach Station, just west of the entrance, is a good house for fish and chips.<BR><BR>Please write if I can help further. Welcome to London.<BR><BR>Ben Haines<BR>

Christy Jul 2nd, 2001 09:35 PM

I enjoyed the tips on ethinic spots-any specific recommendations for cheap eats in Bloomsbury(for vegetarians)? <BR> <BR>christy

Ben Haines Jul 3rd, 2001 02:00 AM

Fodors. For Christy <BR> <BR>Half a mile north of Bloomsbury, just west of Euston station, is Drummond Street, strong in South Indian vegetarian curry houses. And half a mile east of Russell Square is Lamb's Conduit Street, where careful inspection will find you quite a range of vegetarian dishes, though I think no fully vegetarian restaurant. <BR> <BR>Please write if I can help further. <BR> <BR>Ben Haines, London <BR>

Linda Jul 6th, 2001 04:26 PM

Hi...there is a decent pasta chain called Bella Pasta near Victoria station. This might be what Goeff was referring to. They are all around the city and there were even coupons in one of the free guides you find at the hotels and what not. I liked Bella pasta for a good simple and affordable meal...and my teenage niece appreciated food she recognized (oh well).

elvira Jul 6th, 2001 05:03 PM

Thai food about 10mins from Victoria: <BR>Blue Jade, 44 Hugh Street. Dishes are around 6. I pigged out and spent about 15 on food (the 2 Singha beers were an additional 5.50). Seemed to be popular with guys in suits.

Karen Jul 6th, 2001 05:28 PM

Chimes on Churton Street is a very nice cozy little place serving delicious English food and ciders. Dinner for two with drinks was around $40-50. I second any recommendations for Pret a Manger - even their pre-made sandwiches are good. <BR> <BR>We ate a Pizza Express by Victoria Station. It was ok - there are better choices. <BR> <BR>We used the book "Chap Eats in London" by Sandra Guftason. I would recommend it! <BR> <BR>Enjoy your trip to London!

kate Nov 27th, 2001 05:23 PM

Maira, just noticed your post. This old thread should help.

Mike Miller Nov 28th, 2001 02:49 AM

I fully agree with Linda's post about avoiding the Shakespeare. It is definitely a tourist ripoff. We had 2 orders of fish and chips there and the price was almost $30.00! The next night, we walked to the Royal Albert and had a wonderful meal for much less.

david west Nov 28th, 2001 03:14 AM

No specific recommendations here but a warning. Under no circumstances eat in the Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse. This is easily the worst food in England (a considerable achievement). No matter how hungry you get don't go there. Eat other members of your tour party first, or try to catch a pigeon.

Ben Haines Nov 29th, 2001 10:32 AM

For Mr miller. I warmly agree: the Shakespeare is second rate.<BR><BR>To help others find a good meal, may I say that the good pub on Victoria Street west of Victoria Station is The Albert, not The Royal Albert. I do agree that Her Majesty might suitable eat there a bit, and give them a Royal warrant.<BR><BR>Ben Haines

sonia Nov 29th, 2001 12:36 PM

Check this board for good fish-and-chip eateries - most are very affordable. When we want an affordable, non-touristy Indian we hop the tube to Holland Park. Turn right out of the station and walk to the intersection opposite the Kensington Hilton (about 5 minutes). There you'll find the Royal Tandoori -- good service, very reasonable, nice food. They've been there for a while, and most patrons are locals. It's in a residential area a bit off the tourist track, but worth the walk.

sonia Nov 29th, 2001 12:39 PM

Oops, should say:<BR>When we want an affordable non-touristy Indian meal...<BR><BR>My bad!

Maira Dec 11th, 2001 08:54 AM

Any takers? Going to London in Feb.

MaryC Dec 11th, 2001 07:09 PM

Ben Haines<BR><BR>Did you ever find out the name of that fish 'n' chips shop? I loved that place. Went there my first moment in London at your recommendation. Thank you, AGAIN!!<BR><BR>Warmest regards,<BR>Mary :)

Maira Feb 3rd, 2002 07:01 AM

Thanks Kate!! I made some notes!!

Beatchick Mar 14th, 2004 06:34 PM

The name of the Fish &amp; Chips shop Ben Haines recommends &amp; the exact address is:
The Friar's Inn
21-23, Elizabeth St
London SW1W 9RP
Tel: 020 7730 1990

Found it using this website for London (pretty cool):

Another (absolutely priceless) great London website is:


Patrick Mar 14th, 2004 06:38 PM

But since that recommendation was three years ago, is it still just as good?

Beatchick Mar 14th, 2004 06:56 PM

I'm not sure, Patrick. I do keep seeing references to the place sprinkled here &amp; there so it must be.

I'll be there this Christmas &amp; I'll let you know my personal experience with the place (and the new name if they have one!!). :)

janis Mar 14th, 2004 07:00 PM

beatchick - what gives?? Today you have posted this same identical info to three (at least - I gave up looking after 3) really, really ancient threads . . . . .

bchristi Mar 15th, 2004 09:17 AM

I disagree with a previous post. I have ate at Shakespeare's pub numerous times upon arrival in London. The fish and chips are great. Staff is friendly, it is often crowded though. Prices are reasonable. You can eat for around $6-7 a person.

gingergirl Mar 19th, 2004 06:58 PM

I hope not to show my ignorance on this...but at what age are you considered a &quot;child&quot;..both in England and France? I'm traveling this summer with my two sons, ages 20 &amp; 16 and might need to know this ahead of time..thanks!

GSteed Mar 20th, 2004 12:08 AM

Hungry..? Why not McDonald's? Nice dining? The Grovenor Hotel at Victoria Station. Fast the station! Fish and Chips..on Wilton, Sea Fresh. Pubs..St George near VS. Save money? Local market or Tesco. Picnic. If possible check the loo before ordering.
Cheap will usually include poor service, unsavory food, and little value for money. My advice, take a bus to Chinatown..tasty food and inexpensive. Prices are usually posted at entrance.

flanneruk Mar 20th, 2004 12:39 AM


At what age are you considered a child?

For what purpose, and by whom?

My mother still considers me a child, even though I'll never see my 55th birthday again. OTOH, a 20 year old can do just about anything in most of Europe except hire a car without paying a premium.

If it's drinking you're concerned about, everything's legal in the UK at 18: there are a series of complicated compromises about younger people, which - to simplify massively - come down to younger teenagers being allowed in most pubs, most of the time, but not being allowed to buy booze themselves. The law is widely flouted, and a 16 year old boy with his parents is very unlikely to attract attention or comment in a pub. And I believe they can drink whatever you and they like in a restaurant with a meal.

In practice, at that age, the technicalities are really unlikely to concern you, unless the 16 yo looks exceptionally young, but he might find sometimes find it difficult to buy drink himself. Though that doesn't seem to cramp the style of any 16 year old I've ever known, or been.

In France, in spite of posters about &quot;Repression de l'ivresse et protection des mineurs&quot; hanging in every bar, the attitude is still more tolerant. Mostly because French teenagers tend to be a lot more sensible in all this than their British, Irish or Scandinavian peers.

gingergirl Mar 20th, 2004 02:00 PM

Thanks, flanneruk...I guess I mostly wanted to know the legal drinking age..also whether my 16 year old could be admitted to a pub for lunch, etc...thanks for the

P_M Mar 20th, 2004 04:28 PM

I was in London recently, and although I have never been a fan of Indian food, I had heard so much about curry bowls I had to try one. I was staying at Thistle Victoria, and I found a little take-out curry place near my hotel. I bought a chicken curry bowl for 3 pounds. I'm sorry I cannot remember the name of the place, but it's somewhere between the Thistle Victoria and a restaraunt I didn't care for called Garfunkels.

The next night I was looking around at different menus posted at pubs in the area, but I kept thinking about that curry bowl I'd had the night before. I finally caved and went back to try a vegetable curry bowl. I enjoyed that even more, and it was only 2.75 pounds!!

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