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Good food close to Hotel Cromwell in London.

We will be staying at the Best Westen Hotel Cromwell and are looking for good restaurants in the area. We are looking for good food and don't want to break our budget, but will pay if it's worth it!
Hotel is on Cromwell, fairly close to Gloucester station.
Thanks, Linda

Posted by
5314 posts

I'm assuming that you mean the Gloucester Road tube station. I usually stay in this area ... there are a lot of chain restaurant here. I've got a few places that I like, but all-in-all you will find better food in other parts of London.

My guilty pleasure is Nando's. I don't want to mislead you, this is absolutely not fine dining. It is semi-fast food. I love the grilled spicy peri-peri chicken with chips. This is a chain and they have a branch about a block from the Gloucester Road tube station. They are open until 11:30 or 12 at night.

One of my absolute favorite places to get takeout is Ottolenghi. They have 4 shops in London, one of which is off of Kensington Church Street (closest tube is High Street Kensington but you can walk from Gloucester Road). This is a tiny shop with absolutely beautiful and delicious salads and baked goods. I just love their food ... so much that I bought their cookbook on my last trip. There is no place to eat in this shop so you really have to take it with you.

Brindisa has opened a restaurant called Casa Brindisa near the South Kensington tube station. I have not eaten at this restaurant, but I have eaten at their place at Borough Market which is a good choice for Spanish tapas.

Posted by
780 posts

I have stayed in this area on my 3 trips to London so far!

Take the tube to the Earls Court stop (one stop from Gloucester rd stop) and exit at the Earls Court Rd exit. Once you step out of the station you will see a main street filled with all types of restaurants, indian food, grocers, and Boots the chemist if you need. Make a Left outside the exit for the aforementioned portuguese restaurant Nandos (spicy chicken, etc) which is also next to Prime DVD rentals which has an internet cafe.

Earls Ct is also just 2 stops from South Kensington via the District line (green).

Don't miss Kensington High Street either! It is filled with great shops and also has restaurants, Marks and Spencer and a Whole Foods. There is a stop for that off the northbound district line (green) or the circle line (yellow).

If you need a larger grocery store, you can exit Earls Ct station at Warwick road and make a right and walk about 7 minutes and youll see Tesco on Cromwell road. (The main street you would cross to get to Tesco is Cromwell Road). High Street Kensington would be also accessible by walking another couple blocks up Warwick rd past Tesco.

Posted by
14129 posts

No need to go to Earl's Court for a supermarket.

Right next to the Gloucester Rd tube station, and across the street from your hotel is a Waitrose supermarket with excellent take-away food.

Two blocks west of your hotel is a huge Sainsburys.

Gloucester Rd has mostly chain/fast food restaurants but there are quite a few pubs in the area serving decent pub grub.

Posted by
1829 posts

Linda - just a tip. Don't truncate street, station etc names, it will only lead to confusion. For example, Gloucester is a city in the western part of England so asking directions for Gloucester station while in London will get you some puzzled looks and perhaps a very long train journey. LOL. Also the same name can be used many times over followed by "road", "street", "lane", "crescent", "way" etc etc, so you can see how important it is to use the full address.

Have a great holiday in London.