Eating out? London offers something for everyone, rich or poor.
At the top end of the scale are some of the finest and grandest eating places in Europe, such as the Connaught Hotel. There, in the Grill reached through an elegant porch guarded by a top-hatted doorman, you will find a warmly paneled room, fastidious waiters and superb French and English cuisine. The Chef is famous and the restaurant must be treated with respect - no open-necked shirts or trouser suits here. You must also be rich enough not to worry about the bill.
For the serious gourmet who also wants a little style, London offers a big choice. The Grill Room at the Savoy Hotel still follows its tradition of classic cooking in the French style, and quiet efficient service. Even today, when the cosmopolitan types come here for its fame, not an eyebrow is raised. Here one pays not just for the food, but also the bands, the floor show and the name.
The working Londoner often thinks more of his beer than his food. Many cheap cafes offer the same monotonous menus of "meat and two veg" "fish and chips" "beans on toast". But if you search away from the busy main streets you can find all kinds of places that are highly popular, not only for their price or convenience, but for their food.
The traditional fish and chip cafe is hard to find
now in central London. It has been superseded by American-style
fried chicken and hamburger bars. But you can still find them.
Look down the end of Villliers Street, off the Strand. Under the
railway bridge in the most insalubrious surroundings can be found
excellent fish and chips. There is no decor or table service .
But the service is quick and the place clean.
In the City of London are many lunch places. A Fixed menu of three course may cost less than a starter at one of the grander establishments. Extremely popular with the office personnel, who may have "luncheon vouchers" from their employer, they provide the main meal of the day to many there is usually a cheerful waitress calling "love" or "dear" to her regulars. The food can be unexcitingly English: steak-and-kidney pie, spotted-dick, rolypoly pudding and custard. But at least the service is quick, and the bill modest.
London's Top Restaurants
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