Where to grab a bite after/before a London Walk?
I've asked my London Walks colleagues to chip in their suggestions and I'll share them here regularly on The Daily Constitutional.
The Rules: All "reviews" were conducted anonymously and we paid our way. No kick-backs, no payola, no deals: these are the places that we London Walks guides - and London Walkers – choose when eating and drinking out and about in London. No buckshee burritos, nary a gratis granola bar was received in exchange for these recommendations.
And I promise never to use the word "eaterie". Seriously: have you EVER heard anyone SAY the word eaterie?
The Criteria: As well as the one-offs, the unique cafes, bars and stalls that make London so special, I'll be featuring reliable chains along the way. They have to be in London and within five minutes of the end of a London Walks tour.
I hope you enjoy them.
Have your say: As usual we'd like to hear from you – drop us a line with your own London foodie (and drinkie) tips.
Poppies in Soho
We've long-known that Poppies Fish & Chip shop in Spitalfields is one of the best chippies in London. Indeed, when I asked my London Walks colleagues to nominate the best places in London for fish and chips, Poppies was recommended by Pepe, Justin and Nick. Catch up with that post HERE.
Well now Poppies has moved up west, too.
The move is of particular interest to me because they have taken up residence on Old Compton Street, Soho, occupying a building that is nothing less than the birthplace of British Rock'n'Roll. And here's the plaque that says so…
The Famous 2 I's coffee bar was a skiffle venue in the 50s, the home of the embryonic British rock'n'roll scene that would go on to change the world of music.
I sneaked in a couple of weeks ago to grab a spot of lunch and was impressed not just with the fun decor – a 50s theme runs through the place…
…but with the warm welcome, too. And, of course, the fish and chips remain peerless…
Find Poppies at 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho. I point it out on the route of the Rock'n'Roll London Walk and it's the perfect spot for a bite after the tour…
The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road every Friday at 2pm. More details HERE.
And here's a skiffle playlist to put you in the mood…
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