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Restaurants & Pubs
There are thousands of restaurants in London and it is possible to eat very well indeed. The old idea that food in England is poor is certainly out of date.
Because London is home to people from so many different countries it is an ideal place to try the food from different parts of the world.
It is not possible on this website to give details of all the different possibilities, although we have listed some of the most popular places below. The range and variety is enormous, both in terms of style of cuisine and also price. We have reference books and recommendations in the school so please come and talk to us and we will help as much as we can.
It is still usual to tip in restaurants unless service is already included (this will usually be shown separately, but ask if it is, if necessary). If service is not included then leave 10-15% of the bill. If service is already included it is not necessary to leave anything.
You may also like to try these website for eating out ideas:
Below you will find some restaurants that our course participants, staff and homestay families have enjoyed in the past and recommend. You can add your own comments about the restaurants in the reviews and comments box at the bottom of the page.
£= under £25
££= £25 - £35
£££= over £35
(Prices are approximate and do not include drinks)
Restaurants near Holland Park & Shepherds Bush
Blah Blah Blah (Vegetarian) £, 78 Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA
Patio (Polish) £, 5 Goldhawk Road , W12 8QQ
The Meat and Wine Co. (African) ££, Ariel Way, Westfield, W12 7GA
Julie's Restaurant and Bar (British) £££, 135 Portland Road, W11 4LW
Restaurants near Notting Hill, Bayswater & Paddington
Churchill Arms (Thai) £, 119 Kensington CHurch Street, W8 7LN
Eat Tokyo (Japanese) £, 18 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR
Taqueria (Mexican) £, 139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS
Mazi (Greek) ££, 12-14 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR
Polpo (Venetian) ££, 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3QG
Tom's Deli (Modern European) ££, 226 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
The Ledbury (French) £££, 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
Assaggi (Italian) £££, 1st floor, 39 Chepstow Place, W2 4TS
Restaurants near Acton & Ealing
Sushio Hiro (Japanese) £, 1 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, W5 3LD
Lazeez (Lebanese) £, 253 Acton High Street, W3 9BY
Santa Maria (Italian) £, 15 St Mary's Road, W5 5RA
Charlotte's Place (European) ££, 16 St Matthews Road, W5 3JT
Piano (Iranian) ££, 80 - 82 Chiswick High Street Chiswick, W4 1SY
Ealing Park Tavern (Modern European) £££, 222 South Ealing Road, W5 4R
Restaurants near Chiswick & Hammersmith
Franco Manca (Italian) £, Chiswick High Road, W4 1PU
101 Thai Kitchen (Thai) £, 352 king street, W6 0RX
Diniva's Cafe & Deli £ (Italian), 369 King Street, W6 9NJ
Mahdi (Iranian) £, 217 King Street, W6 9JT
The Ritz Café (English Breakfast) £, 340a King St, W6 0RR
Haweli (Indian) ££, 357 King Street, W6 9NH
Carpenter's Arms (Modern European) ££, 91 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG
Malabar (Indian) ££, 27 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TQ
Sam's Brasserie and Bar (Modern European) £££, 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH
The River Cafe (Italian) £££, Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA
Restaurants near Kensington, Earls Court & Fulham
222 Veggie Vegan (Vegetarian) £, 222 North End Road, W14 9NU
Best Mangal (Turkish) £, 104 North End Road, W14 9EX
Osteria Basilico (Italian) ££, 29 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU
Maggie Jones's (British) ££, Old Court Place, W8 4PL
Kensington Place (Modern European) £££, 201-209 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LX
Clarke's (Modern European) £££, 124 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH
Bunga Bunga (Italian) £, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA
Restaurants in Central London
Vapiano (Italian) £,19-21 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QB
Joy King Lau (Chinese) £, 3 Leicester Street, WC2H 7BL
Goodman (North American) ££, 26 Maddox Street, W1S 1HQ
Sauterelle (French) ££, Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill £££, 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
Aqua Nueva (Spanish) £££, Fifth floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance in Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Tempo Restaurant and Bar (Italian) £, 54 Curzon Street, W1J 8PG
Tsunami Restaurant (Japanese) £, 93 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PY
The London pub (the name is short for 'public house') is an institution in its own right and you should find the time to visit a few while you are in London. After all, a lot of English people go to the pub and it can be a good way of meeting people and practising your English.
We often arrange some pub tours as part of the Social Programme.
Many pubs these days serve good food as well as alcohol, and also offer a wide selection of non-alcoholic drinks, so you can enjoy an evening in one without having to drink too much if you don't want to.
Remember that in pubs you have to go to the bar to get served - there is no waiter service unless the pub also has a restaurant (some pubs take orders for food at the bar; others may come to your table).
The English habit is for people to buy a 'round' of drinks - in other words they buy drinks for themselves and their friends all together. Then later another person buys a round.
All pubs and restaurants are smoke-free.
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to be served alcohol in a UK pub (and it is also illegal to purchase alcohol for someone else under the age of 18). Some pubs have a policy to ask for ID (identification) from anyone who looks under 21. It is a good idea to carry ID with you that proves your age, particularly if you look younger than 21 years old.
Below is a list of pubs that our students have enjoyed in the past. Most of them are near our schools, although there are a few that we recommend you try if you are exploring other parts of London. If you have visited a pub that you think should be on this list email us and let us know.
Pubs near Notting Hill & Holland Park
Fashionable Notting Hill captivates visitors with its unique charm. Millions flock here every August for the Notting Hill Carnival, but there are also plenty pubs you can visit all year round.
Hillgate, 24 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR
Castle, 225 Portobello Road, W11 1LU
Ladbroke Arms, 54 Ladbroke Road, W11 3NW
Sun in Splendour, 7 Portobello Rd, W11 3DA
The Earl Of Lonsdale, 277-281 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA
Pubs near Hammersmith & Chiswick
There are some brilliant pubs in this area, whether you want to sit by the Thames or stay away from the water.
Carpenter's Arms , 91 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG
Stonemasons Arms, 54 Cambridge Grove, W6 0LA,
The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, W6 9TA
The Old Ship, 25 Upper Mall, W6 9TD
City Barge, 27 Strand-on-the-Green, W4 3PH
Belushi’s in Hammersmith, 28 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 7AB
Pubs and Bars near Central London & Soho
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