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    Visiting London

    Hi guys. I am going to visit London this saturday and I wanted you guys to suggest me nice places to visit. Also I'm looking for nice restaurant in city center which is not too expensive. I wish to eat sushi in London but I suppose that it's not for my pocket. Thanks in advance

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    Well to be fair there are very few UK members on the forums. Perhaps send TB_London a PM? I don't think he lives in London any more but he might be able to help you

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    Ok thanks. I sent him PM yesterday.

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    Atari-ya in Swiss Cottage has decent sushi at reasonable prices. Don't expect the world and you might be pleasantly surprised.

    When I'm in London I head straight for the places that do passable American Barbecue (sad I know, but you can't really get it anywhere else in the country, or at least nowhere I have found).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthebeaver View Post

    When I'm in London I head straight for the places that do passable American Barbecue (sad I know, but you can't really get it anywhere else in the country, or at least nowhere I have found).
    I have been to Bodean's and I thought it was pretty nice. Last time I was in London I went to Cafe Spice Namaste and I liked it a lot. Very nice Indian food and a great informal atmosphere

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    I don't know about sushi but why don't you hit the Burger run mate...Patty and Bun, Meat Liquor, Hawksmoor, Honest Burgers....the sorts you'll be surprised... It's been practically Burger Wars around here for the past couple of months....or if you just want some quality meat go to the Pitt Cue in Soho. For pies go to the Newman Arms pub at Goodge street or if you want classical pub food The Scolt Head or the Royal oak are awesome...for tapas Pintxo place is quite good...but Fino is the best Spanish you can get around, kind-a on the pricey side though...Reader be warned on a Saturday night without a reservation you are pretty much stuck to the really good but relatively speedy "first come first served" places. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenStefano View Post
    I have been to Bodean's and I thought it was pretty nice. Last time I was in London I went to Cafe Spice Namaste and I liked it a lot. Very nice Indian food and a great informal atmosphere
    Pulled pork and ribs are okay (and pretty good value) in Bodeans but I don't like their brisket at all. If you're in Soho I'd skip Bodeans and go to Pitt Cue instead. There's a truck which does great ribs in Brick Lane Market on Sundays.

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    Japan centre on haymarket is passable if you don't want fancy, worth a visit to stock up on ingredients.
    Chinatown has a place that stocks CCKs if you're interested in picking up a cleaver.
    Places to eat that are good can get expensive, one of the nicest meals I had was at Corrigans which was expensive but worth it.
    RDPX is London based and mentioned a good new sushi place off clerkenwell green, but you'd be needing reservations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TB_London View Post
    RDPX is London based and mentioned a good new sushi place off clerkenwell green, but you'd be needing reservations.
    That is Sushi Tetsu - its booked up 2 months in advance and is not cheap but you can email them in case of cancellations. We have managed to get a reservation for my birthday in May but it took 2 hours of redialling and even then only got table for 6:00-8:30! I shall report back but am expecting great things.

    If you really want sushi then Pham Sushi is very good and not too expensive - it is on Whitecross Street in EC1. Between Barbican, Old Street and Moorgate tube stations. http://www.phamsushi.co.uk/ I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was very busy, which is always good sign in sushi place.

    Central restaurants the burgers mentioned above are all right on trend at the moment it's true... Polpo has a few incarnations and is also very good. Another one we like a lot is "Bocca di Lupo" in Soho. http://boccadilupo.com/. If you sit at the end of the bar here you are right at the pass, and everyting that goes out of the kitchen makes you think "oooh that looks nice".

    You might even want to see if you can get a table at The Ivy - if you keep the wine to the house it is actually pretty reasonable. The food is vert good though not michelin style, but the staff are very good and the room is as good as it gets.

    I don't know if you like exhibitions, but there is a fantastic Chuck Close show on at White Cube on Bermondsey Street at the moment. It is free (commercial gallery) and huge show, and the gallery itself is an amazing building. About 40 yards up the road is "JosÚ" a Seville type tapas bar which is tiny and buzzing and truly excellent. Both are about 5-10 mins from London Bridge - I went to both on Sunday and it was a fine day out.

    [If you go there on Saturday, it is also v close to Borough Market, and if you get to the market at about 4:40 you will get lots of stall holders knocking excellent food out at 50%. Well worth a trip and a pint in the Market Porter afterwards.]

    One other thing that is just fantastic is to go to the bar at the top of the Centrepoint tower by Tottenham Court Road tube. It's best if you call ahead and make reservation, but just go up and have a cockatail, or even just a beer. The cocktails are good and the view is AMAZING. http://www.paramount.uk.net/


    Feel free to PM me if you want any more info on anything.

    Robert

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