One day in London for lunch!
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2013 2:43 AM Last Post By: reesewithersmith
Sep 28, 2012 10:16 PM
One day in London for lunch!Hey I hope someone can help me with this stupid question. My boyfriend and I have a 12 hour layover at Heathrow next week and we want to go out to lunch and have a couple drinks somewhere in London. We are pretty chill and would be into a good gatropub, but I reckon we might like to sit outside and people watch and maybe also check out a few pubs in one area. Does anyone know what neighborhood we might want to be in? Thanks!
Sep 29, 2012 2:20 AM
2you do have enough time, but remember:
flight may be late
takes at least an hour to get through immigration, maybe more
90 minutes to central London on the tube.
need to be back in time for check in for your next flight - possibly two hours ahead.
so that's eight of your twelve hours gone. Still enough time for a good relaxed lunch but do remember how much time you need.
Windsor maybe which is closer? Or into London and I would say Covent Garden would be fun. And on the Piccadilly line too.
Sep 29, 2012 2:46 AM
3You could try here-
Near Hammersmith tube, by the river and has an outdoor area although it's getting chilly here now.
I don't know about other pubs in the area but you could check out fancyapint.com to find some.
If it's a weekend you will have to book for lunch as it's a very popular place.
Sep 29, 2012 3:10 AM
Sep 29, 2012 3:22 AM
5Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
Your 12 hour layover in London is on the assumption that your arrival flight is on time ! !
Do you have 12 hours to be in London, or 12 hours from arrival to departure? There's quite a difference.
*7 - fcannie's suggestion gets a 2nd shout from me. It's not cheap, but then it is the Park Lane Hilton ! !
I'm a fan of Covent Garden too. Great bars, great food - and plenty going on day and night.
A little away from all the tourists, are the bars around Chelsea. Nice choice and never too crowded.
When are you coming to London? Not so many bars have outside tables in late autumn and winter.
Sep 29, 2012 2:06 PM
Sep 29, 2012 2:44 PM
7My favourite spot for pure people watching would be the outside seating at the bar/cafe of the Ritzy cinema in Brixton. Plenty of gastro- and non-gastropubs around and very good cheap restaurants too. But possibly a bit of a hike.
Hammersmith is obviously a much more convenient location, though I'm not familiar with it myself.
The Piccadilly Line will also get you to Bloomsbury (Russell Square station) where there are some options, a bit less frenetic than Covent Garden.
Also on the Piccadilly line is Knightsbridge, rather upmarket but plenty of choice and streetlife there too.
Sep 30, 2012 12:02 AM
Sep 30, 2012 1:41 AM
9Another excellent restaurant in Covent Garden is Battersea Pie Station.
If you're into fine meat (and veggie) pies, look no further.
Sep 30, 2012 2:53 PM
Oct 2, 2012 5:18 AM
11my First thought was to come down to the Southbank and have lunch somewhere like Skylon or if you are not feeling quite that rich to sit outside the Royal Festival Hall and have a bit eat there... or you could go downstairs and eat at the Strada (italian chain). All of these look over the SOuthbank and across the Thames. You get a lot of atmosphere :)
I hope your flight / timings goes well and 'living life on the edge' works for you !
Oct 4, 2012 7:10 AM
Jun 24, 2013 2:43 AM
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