London is great

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Re: London is great

Post by northernlight » Thu Jan 26, 2012 20:17

Trev wrote:Try Manna.

http://www.mannav.com/

It's lovely. Just down the road from Chalk Farm in Primrose Hill.
Thanks for that! It's for a family birthday thing, so will pass on details that you provided. It is also good to know about it for another time.

I'd have thought a few folk here might have been able to recommend a fair few good veggie places in London - as there seem to be a few London folk who post here.

Or perhaps not?

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Re: London is great

Post by Trev » Thu Jan 26, 2012 20:21

There's also http://www.mildreds.co.uk/ in Soho - which is a bit more lively - but food is lovely there too.
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Re: London is great

Post by northernlight » Thu Jan 26, 2012 20:30

Trev wrote:There's also http://www.mildreds.co.uk/ in Soho - which is a bit more lively - but food is lovely there too.
You know, that is actually the one place that I'd picked up as worth checking out, from the bit of digging around online that I had done, so far!

Thanks again :)

The only other Veggie place that I know of is Food for Thought. I struggle to find places to eat in the Big Smoke simply because I don't know the place.

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Re: London is great

Post by oldgreentieon » Thu Jan 26, 2012 21:22

Food for Thought's pretty good, but can get cramped.

Haven't been to Mildred's for ages cos there's often a queue, but it's good scran, and I think they're good for wheat/gluten-free options, too.

If you're not looking for anything fancy, Vitao at 74 Wardour Street is good. It's a buffet - you can go for an all-you-can-eat option (might be at lunchtime only, not sure), or a cheaper one-plateful option. The chickpea stew has been ace the 4 times I had it.

There's also Tibits on Heddon Street (off Regent Street) - it's another buffet, and a lot more expensive than Vitao, but most of the food is amazing, and there's lots of space. You weigh your plate at the counter. They do fancy smoothies, teas etc. Last time I was there, someone from the/a French vegetarian society was there, taking photos, and getting VERY excited about what he was eating.

If you fancy trekking further out of town, the Bonnington Cafe in Vauxhall is often amazing. And Panda Panda in Deptford does a brilliant tofu and coriander baguette (but it's not an all-veggy place, and isn't open at night - it just needed mentioning cos of its brilliance).

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Re: London is great

Post by String Bean Jen » Sat Jan 28, 2012 17:14

oldgreentieon wrote:Food for Thought's pretty good, but can get cramped.

Haven't been to Mildred's for ages cos there's often a queue, but it's good scran, and I think they're good for wheat/gluten-free options, too.

If you're not looking for anything fancy, Vitao at 74 Wardour Street is good. It's a buffet - you can go for an all-you-can-eat option (might be at lunchtime only, not sure), or a cheaper one-plateful option. The chickpea stew has been ace the 4 times I had it.

There's also Tibits on Heddon Street (off Regent Street) - it's another buffet, and a lot more expensive than Vitao, but most of the food is amazing, and there's lots of space. You weigh your plate at the counter. They do fancy smoothies, teas etc. Last time I was there, someone from the/a French vegetarian society was there, taking photos, and getting VERY excited about what he was eating.

If you fancy trekking further out of town, the Bonnington Cafe in Vauxhall is often amazing. And Panda Panda in Deptford does a brilliant tofu and coriander baguette (but it's not an all-veggy place, and isn't open at night - it just needed mentioning cos of its brilliance).
Thanks for all these. I love the mix and match at Vitao. That's my favourite thing to do for lunch/linner - just have a big dish/bowl/box of STUFF.

Had never heard of Tibits so will check it out next time I'm in that area.

What's the deal with the Bonnington Cafe? There is no menu and they list their chefs like they're locals strolling in to cook for the night! I can't tell if you need to book in advance? I like the twee kitten icon on the website - it looks like Doraemon!
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Today at Brockley Market was Panda Panda's debut of having a stall there. I asked the guys working about this tofu and coriander baguette and they confirmed they have it at their shop though can't have it at the market due to set-up and space. I want to try it now, the way they described it. Mmmm.
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Re: London is great

Post by oldgreentieon » Tue Jan 31, 2012 21:54

String Bean Jen wrote:What's the deal with the Bonnington Cafe? There is no menu and they list their chefs like they're locals strolling in to cook for the night! I can't tell if you need to book in advance?
Hmm, haven't been there for ages, so not sure. It used to be that there was a different chef each night (and still might be, and yes - they were mostly locals, some being long-term residents of Bonnington Square), although some chefs would regularly do a Friday or Wednesday or whatever. Some nights didn't have regular chefs, and groups could go in and do fundraiser dinners. The menu was often dictated by what the chefs harvested from their allotments that day.

It can get busy, so yes, it's a good idea to book, although I've heard of people turning up early-ish without booking and still getting a table.

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Re: London is great

Post by crystalball » Fri Feb 03, 2012 20:12

Pub club! This coming Tuesday. In Mayfair. Well, Piccadilly. It's at the Market Tavern (http://www.themarkettavernmayfair.co.uk).

Don't know if I'll be able to go yet but hopefully everyone else will be there. Pub club!

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Re: London is great

Post by Murray » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:17

For those coming to Pub Club tonight, (and everyone is welcome) it’s dead simple to find the Market Tavern. Best bet is to get the tube to Green Park, leave by the main entrance and turn right. Walk down Piccadilly for about 150 yards, and on the right is White Horse St. IT LOOKS LIKE A SCARY, DESERTED, DUMP, but walk up it for a hundred yards and you come to a nice, vibrant square(ish) called Shepherd’s Market. The Market Tavern is on the left.

Those of you who fancy a bracing stroll via the scenic route can walk from Victoria in 10 – 12 minutes, past Buckingham Palace and across Green Park.

See you later.

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Re: London is great

Post by emml » Tue Feb 07, 2012 13:15

I'm coming straight from work, which is not usual for me! Will anyone be there about 6pm?

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Re: London is great

Post by Trev » Tue Feb 07, 2012 13:18

emml wrote:I'm coming straight from work, which is not usual for me! Will anyone be there about 6pm?
I should be.

I can't stop too late this time around as I've got a MOUNTAIN of stuff that needs doing at home...
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Re: London is great

Post by emml » Tue Feb 07, 2012 13:22

Nice one. See you for an early pint Trev!

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Re: London is great

Post by Mr Bear » Tue Feb 07, 2012 16:59

I'll be there earlyish too. Feel pretty grotty, but it's not too far from my work, so it'd be ridiculous not to come along for a bit at least.

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Re: London is great

Post by deerful » Tue Feb 07, 2012 17:30

I on the other hand won't be there until 8:30. I'm assuming there'll still be people there!
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Re: London is great

Post by Murray » Tue Feb 07, 2012 17:56

tonightwefly wrote:I on the other hand won't be there until 8:30. I'm assuming there'll still be people there!
Yeah. I'm still at work in Beckenham and need to go home to get changed first, so I'll probably just be starting my second pint at 8.30. See you there.

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Re: London is great

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Feb 07, 2012 18:17

Murray wrote:
tonightwefly wrote:I on the other hand won't be there until 8:30. I'm assuming there'll still be people there!
Yeah. I'm still at work in Beckenham and need to go home to get changed first, so I'll probably just be starting my second pint at 8.30. See you there.
Sorry to butt in, but this is my kind of maths.

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Re: London is great

Post by Murray » Wed Feb 08, 2012 00:55

a layer of chips wrote:Yeah. I'm still at work in Beckenham and need to go home to get changed first, so I'll probably just be starting my second pint at 8.30. See you there.

Sorry to butt in, but this is my kind of maths.
Surely it's the only kind of maths?

Us Londoners hope that you and Lisa and Andy and Hayley and Jamie and everyone else will be in the pub between the bands on Saturday at Popfest. Popfest Pub Club at the Blue Posts will be t'riffic.

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Re: London is great

Post by linus » Wed Feb 08, 2012 08:03

Sadly Hayley won't be able to be there and I'm looking a bit unlikely

Carn't speak for the others though

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Re: London is great

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Feb 08, 2012 08:19

Ah, we can't make it this year, either. Can't get a babysitter, alas. Mum is going to Lanzarote, or somewhere. Selfish bitch.

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London is great

Post by Carys » Wed Feb 08, 2012 09:29

I'll be there though, Danes in tow. Can't flippin' wait!

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Re: London is great

Post by Murray » Wed Feb 08, 2012 09:30

Murray wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:Yeah. I'm still at work in Beckenham and need to go home to get changed first, so I'll probably just be starting my second pint at 8.30. See you there.

Sorry to butt in, but this is my kind of maths.
Surely it's the only kind of maths?

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