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 A Cabbie’s guide ….. 10 OF LONDON’S BEST FISH & CHIPS

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London is justifiably famous for the most British of all dishes – fish n’ chips! And a fish and chip lunch or dinner should be on every visitor’s ‘must do’ list. But some establishments which serve our national dish do not do exactly live up to expectations. So here is a  London Cabbie’s  guide, broken down by area, to a few of the most popular fish and chip shops in Central London!

 

 

SEAFRESH RESTAURANT, 80-81 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DL  Tel: 020 7828 0747 (Suggestion: Go visit  the Queen at Buckingham Palace and then off to Seafresh for a  royal fish and chip meal!)

SEASHELL OF LISSON GROVE 49-51 Lisson Grove, NW1 6UH  Tel: 020 7224 9000 (Cabbie’s Suggestion: Check out the Sherlock Holmes Museum , Madame Tussauds and then take the weight off your feet at The Seashell )

POPPIES RESTAURANT 1, 6/8 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR  Tel: 020 7247 0892 (Cabbie’s Suggestion: Take a  Jack the Ripper Tour and then seek refuge in one of the best fish and chip shops in town!)

POPPIES RESTAURANT 2 – 30 Hawley Crescent, NW1 8NP  Tel: 020 7247 0892 (Cabbie’s suggestion: Visit 

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Camden Lock, one of London’s coolest street markets and then fill up at the award winning Poppies.

FISH HOUSE OF NOTTING HILL, 29 Pembridge Road, W11 3HG  Tel: 020 7229 2626 (Cabbie’s suggestion: take a trip to the vibrant Portobello Street Market and refuel at the Fish House)

MASTERS FISH AND CHIP RESTAURANT, 191 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UX (Cabbie’s suggestion: Take a trip on the London Eye and when you’ve recovered your land legs, get a treat at one  of South London’s finest fish and chip restaurants)

GRAND UNION FISH AND CHIP SHOP, 38 Poland Street, W1F 7LY  020 7434  1933 (Cabbie’s suggestion: Take a walk through trendy Soho and the famous Carnaby Street, then take a pit stop at this classic fish and chip shop

THE GOLDEN HINDE, 73 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PN  020 7486 3644 (Cabbie’s suggestion: Go shopping in the busy Oxford Street or the chic Marylebone High Street with a food break at this wonderful fish and chip restaurant)

ROCK AND SOLE PLAICE, 47 Endell Street, WC2H 9AJ  020 7836  3785 (Cabbie’s suggestion: Visit London’s favorite museum, The British Museum, and afterwards visit one of London’s favorite Fish and chip restaurants!)

KERBISHER & MALT, 164 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7PB  020 73556 0228 (Cabbie’s suggestion: Little to the west of town but you can always go shopping at the Westfield Shopping Centre with a Fish and Chips as your reward!) 

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A Cabbie’s guide……. 10 OF LONDON’S BEST HISTORIC PUBS

pub generalWhen you think of England you tend to think of old Pubs – cosy hideaways where the locals  go to idle away their time – drinking, eating, chatting with friends, or just taking a breather from the hectic world outside. And it’s fair to say, that some of the most historic and atmospheric pubs can be found in London’s ancient streets. So here is a London Cabbies guide to some of the most memorable historic pubs in Central London.

 

 

THE MAYFLOWER 117 Rotherhithe Street SE16  020 7237 4088  (a wonderful old pub on the river and site of the original 16th Century mooring point of the Pilgrim Father’s Mayflower Ship)

THE GEORGE INN, 77 Borough High Street SE1 1NH   (The last surviving ‘galleried ‘ Inn in London. Was Shakespeares and Dickens local pub! Close to Borough Market, London Bridge experience)

PRINCESS LOUISE 228/9 High Holborn, WC1  (Step back into time into a real Victorian Gin Palace!. Handy for the British Museum)

Famous London Pubs - cheshire cheeseYE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE 145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU   (oldest pub in the City of London built 1667, many of London’s literary greats drank here. Not too far from St Paul’s Cathedral))

THE MITRE TAVERN 1 Ely Court, EC1N 6SJ   (one of the smallest, oldest and historic pubs in London. Not far from Smithfield Market)

THE FRENCH HOUSE 49 Dean Street, W1D 5BG   (Wonderfully atmospheric pub in Soho. Charles de Gaulle and The Free French made it their base during WW2. Covent garden and the theatre district a stone’s throw away)

THE DOG & DUCK 18 Bateman Street, W1D 3AJ  (a bohemian writers and actors pub in Soho. Covent garden and the theatre district a stone’s throw away)

THE PROSPECT OF WHITBY 57 Wapping Wall, E1 prospect of whitby    (Is this the oldest pub in the whole of London? Situated on the Thames with a fascinating history including smugglers and Pirates! Tower of London a short cab ride away)
THE GRENADIER 18 Wilton Row, Belgrave Square SW1    (a lovely old pub down a delightful Mews, not far from Harrods & Buckingham Palace)

THE CHURCHILL ARMS, 119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN 020 7727 4242 (A great pub, lots of history, and winner of London in bloom two years running! A celeb’s pub. Not far from Kensington Palace)

 

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A Cabbie’s guide ….. 10 OF LONDON’S BEST VENUES FOR AFTERNOON TEA

 

BROWNS HOTEL Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BP (Elegant hotel in the heart of Mayfair where Queen Victoria used to dine, serves a delicious light afternoon tea from £41.50)

KENSINGTON PALACE ORANGERY, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX (Wonderful venue just behind the Palace, especially in the summer with its outside terrace. Originally Queen Anne’s greenhouse, now serves afternoon tea from £22.65)

RITZ HOTEL 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR (One of London’s top hotels has been serving afternoon tea here in the ornate Palm Room, since 1906. Very posh and refined, so posh in fact, that gentlemen have to wear a jacket and tie in the restaurant.)

DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE 69/71 Dean Street, W1D 4QJ (Take tea in fashionable Soho in this cool and chic Hotel/Restaurant. Prices from £15.75)

CLARIDGE’S, Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR (A hotel famous for the amount of royal residents over the decades, tea here oozes class and style. Prices from £50)

THE GORING HOTEL Beeston Place, SW1W OJW (The hotel made famous by Kate Middleton and her family who took over the whole hotel prior to her marriage to Prince William. Won the 2013 Tea Guilds award for the top venue for afternoon tea in London.)

FORTNUM & MASON 181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER (Marvelous and historic old fashioned department store, the Queens grocer, where the old ways are still considered to be the best way.)

THE LANGHAM HOTEL, 1c Portland Place, W1B (has been serving tea since 1865 and has a reputation second to none, twice winning the prestigious Tea Guild Award in the last 5 years)

OXO RESTAURANT Oxo Tower, Wharf Barge House Street, SE1 9GY (for tea plus a fantastic view of the River Thames and St Pauls Cathedral, head over to the South Bank, where if the weather is fine, you could sit outside, enjoy your tea and take in the breathtaking views.)

SAVOY HOTEL Savoy Way, Strand, London WC2 (and finally, arguably London’s most famous hotel, serves tea in the historic Thames Foyet whilst being entertained by a pianist on one of the Hotels white pianos.)