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Nov 15, 2005

Hi everyone,

Next weekend I'm taking my (Spanish)in-laws to London on a family visit/tourist expedition. On Saturday we're going to "do" central London - Tower of London to Harrods - in a day (I feel exhausted just thinking about it):-)

So, my question is: can anybody recommend a good pub lunch in central London? The kind of thing I'm thinking of is ploughman's lunch, roast beef sandwich etc

I'm planning on being around the Covent Garden area around lunchtime, so any suggestions would be welcome, especially if they're from personal experience.

Many thanks in advance -

Linda

PS - I forgot to ask those of you who are there right now - Is it really as cold there as my parents are telling me? I live in Malaga and they tend to over-compensate with their weather reports

[Edited at 2005-11-15 10:03]


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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London Weather Nov 15, 2005

Hi Linda
I live outside London so can't help you with pub lunches. As regards the weather though, we did have our first frost the night before last. You can expect typical daytime temperatures of around 9-10 degrees C, falling to maybe 3 or 4 degrees at night.
HTH


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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weather Nov 15, 2005

Arctic weather has been forecast for this week... for London the forecast is max 7° and min 1°... but sunny!

Giovanni


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Brrr! Nov 15, 2005

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

Arctic weather has been forecast for this week... for London the forecast is max 7° and min 1°... but sunny!

Giovanni


Thanks Russell and Giovanni. I suppose I should count myself lucky if it doesn't rain! Maybe I could just go to strategic pubs and fit the sights in en route

(I knew there was a good reason for living on the Costa del Sol.)

[Edited at 2005-11-15 11:34]

[Edited at 2005-11-15 12:24]


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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check the weather forecast... Nov 15, 2005

on the BBC website...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

or, even better, the Met Office site...

http://www.met-office.gov.uk/

G


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Of course... why didn't I think of it before? Nov 15, 2005

Thanks G -

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

on the BBC website...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

or, even better, the Met Office site...

http://www.met-office.gov.uk/

G



...and since my parents live a mile from Heathrow, I now know exactly what to expect.

Now I only have to find a decent pub!


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LindaMcM  Identity Verified
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London eye Nov 15, 2005

... or "how to "do" London in half an hour".

One month ago I took a ride in this huge observation wheel, it was impressive.
http://www.londoneye.com/

Unfortunately we didn't eat in London so I can't give any advice on any pub...


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xxxPuicz  Identity Verified
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Marylebone Road pubs Nov 15, 2005

Just off the top of my head - where it's often chilliest - I have fond memories of a pub in the Marylebone Rd. that served wonderful home-made steak and kidney pie.
This was many years ago and I'm afraid I can't recall the name of the pub. Again, it's not very near to Covent Garden.
Have a good time!
Mike


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This pub has a top rating...... Nov 15, 2005

The Roundhouse
Phone: 0871-223-1165

Address: 1 Garrick Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9BF


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Emma Grubb  Identity Verified
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This website might help.... Nov 15, 2005

Have a look at www.beerintheevening.com

You can search for pubs by nearest tube station, and there are lots of comments and reviews by people who have visited the pubs before.


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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The Salisbury Nov 15, 2005

...in St. Martin's Lane is my favourite one in the Covent Garden area (although the Roundhouse is supposed to be good as well):

The Salisbury
90 St Martin's Ln
London WC2N 4AP
+44 20 78365863

Description (taken from www.thisislondon.co.uk, the Evening Standard's website:


With its mirrors and mahogany, this lovely pub is one of the most attractive Victorian boozers in the West End. By virtue of its location -- in the heart of Theatreland, next to the Albery -- it's always very busy, but well worth a quick visit nonetheless.


A few photos are here, but they're nowhere like the real thing (did I say it's one of my favourites in London...?)

Best regards,
Ralf


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Mine is the Maple Leaf Nov 15, 2005

Not surprisingly

Now my own info is 15 years old, but I found this site with decidedly more recent info.
I see they now serve poutine (a Canadian so-called delicacy) but I only ever ate English pies there, and they were excellent.

I notice someone mentioning the Georgie manager, so things have changed - Noel was the (Irish) manager in my day, but I heard he left shortly after I did, to go to Dublin (the Brahms and List (sp?))

The staff were definitely courteous and quick when I worked there!

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/37/373/Maple_Leaf/Covent_Garden#picture

You'll have to let us know of your experiences when you return.

Nancy


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What about... Nov 15, 2005

the Nag's Head (LONDON SW1X 8ED 53 Kinnerton St, Belgravia ), here is a description:

http://www.pubs.com/nagssw1.htm

I've been there last August, just coming out from Harrod's . I went there because it was quoted in a Harold Pinter's play with which I graduated So, it was a homage, actually. It is sooo typical (a REAl pub), people are fun, the food is.. real British and no mobile phones are allowed!

Cheers!

Laura


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Weather Nov 15, 2005

Regarding the weather... I was in London this weekend and there was frost outside in the mornings. Pack scarves and gloves!

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