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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 & Chips shop Ben Haines recommends & 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):
http://www.eyp.co.uk/

Another (absolutely priceless) great London website is:
http://www.upmystreet.com/

ciao,
MaryC

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 & there so it must be.

I'll be there this Christmas & 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 "child"..both in England and France? I'm traveling this summer with my two sons, ages 20 & 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 food..in 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

Gingergirl:

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 "Repression de l'ivresse et protection des mineurs" 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 info...gg

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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