We are staying at Premier Inn County Hall (near London Eye) and was looking for inexpensive restaurants that would be with 15-20 minutes walking distance. We arrive on a Sunday and the one place I found, Padella, is not open.
Within 15 -20 mins of the South Bank are dozens and dozens of restaurant to suit all food choices and budgets. Padella is a fair hike away at Borough Market. On the way you pass the Globe so try
TAS https://www.tasrestaurants.co.uk/tas-pide - there’s another branch at The Cut.
Laughing Gravy is a a nice place south of the river https://www.thelaughinggravy.co.uk/
There are lots of cafes and restaurants lining the pedestrian path along the river, heading east from your hotel ( toward Tower Bridge). Some are listed on the Southbank Centre ( event venue) website:
Scroll down to "family friendly" and you will find Giraffe, Wagamama, Côte Brasserie, and other inexpensive places. We like the early ( before 7:00) Prix Fixe menu at Côte, 2 courses for £12.95.
If you are travelling with munchkins you might subscribe to the e-newsletter of Giraffe. They and Eds Diner are in so much financial trouble that they run almost weekly email promotions for kids eat free or 40% off for adults. Decent - not spectacular - international food. Ed's run much the same. They are owned by the same in trouble company. Decent burgers. Not low-cal.
This is wonderfully helpful! It is just my husband and I so no worries about children.
And you can tell, I still don't have the geography of the area down!
I think you will like your location, especially if you enjoy walking. The Thames Path along the river (south side) is traffic-free and offers wonderful views of the iconic London buildings across the river, such as Parliament, St. Paul's, Tower of London. We like to start out on this path and then cross the river on one the pedestrian bridges ( Golden Jubilee or Millennium) depending on our goal.
Close by heading toward Westminster Bridge is a Pret A Manger. They are all over London. Give it a try.
From the hotel, head east along the river. Head for the Royal Festival Hall, just a short walk away. Underneath and around it are family-friendly restaurants of every sort: Giraffe, Wagamama, Strada, a Wahaca in shipping containers on the walkway outside, Ping-Pong for dim sum by the steps at the side. In the street behind is a Pizza Express - a good-quality family favourite in the UK. A bit further along that street is a Nando’s. Oh, and there’s often a street food market in the space behind.
Additionally if you’re looking for takeaway food or a quick bite to eat, Waterloo Station has loads of takeaway and eat-in places.
By the way, if you’re in a Pizza Express, log in to their website, type in the location of the branch you’re in, and there will often be discounts such as 25% off food or two-for-one main courses (unless it’s a Friday or Saturday). Just show the voucher on your phone to the waiter! (I never pay full price in Pizza Express).
Thanks so much! I do think this location is going to work well!
I do think this location is going to work well!
It’s an excellent location. You can walk across Westminster Bridge to see the sights of that area then stroll to Trafalgar Square, or across the Jubilee footbridge by the Royal Festival Hall towards Charing Cross and Covent Garden, or just walk east along the river for all the South Bank & Southwark sights.
Plus you’ve got both Westminster and Waterloo tube stations, also Waterloo rail for day trip to Hampton Court - plus a whole bunch of bus routes.
Wagamama is a favorite of mine and quite close.
It is about a 15 minute walk to the Sherlock Holmes pub, one of our favorites. It is near Trafalgar Square. We also enjoy the casual restaurant at the Globe Theatre which I think is called the Swan. It is a little farther, 1.2 miles, but a pleasant walk along the South Bank.
So many choices! Thank you! We will be in London for six days so we will try a number of these.