With one of these stores on practically every corner in London, Pret a Manger, translated from French as Ready to Eat, is fast, fresh and really great value. There are different prices for eat in or take away and you can pick up delicious salads, gourmet sandwiches and rolls, pastries and fruit. We have eaten here several times and taken a light dinner back to our hotel room, when we were too tired to venture out for a big night.
If you fancy a little French on your shopping travels. The beautiful Cafe Rouge is situated just behind Harrods in Knightbridge. Sadly it wasn't open when we passed by, but it sure looked like the real deal.
27 Basil Street
Ph: 44 20 7584 2345
Opens daily 8.30am - 11pm
Speaking of French, the oldest French restaurant in London is Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden. We did dine here and apart from being completely authentic, they have some great value options on the menu. If you take the pre or post theatre menu you can have a 2 course meal for 13.95 pounds or a 3 course meal for 15.95 pounds.
Details of the times the theatre menu is available is here on the top of that menu. We got out of there for around 61 pounds for 2 adults and 2 kids (2 courses each). They also charge a discretionary 12.5% gratuity. We chose to pay it, as the meal was fabulous and the service was gentle and attentive.
It is rare too that my kids eat everything on their plate. That's how good the food was
19-21 Monmouth Street
Ph 020 7836 7243
Monday - Friday
Open Lunch: 12pm -2.30pm
Dinner: 5.45pm- 11.15
Open Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: 5.45pm- 11.15
For a Classic Pub Lunch you can get a great value meal at The Old Monk. A traditional English pub just up from Westminster Abbey.
If it's Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips or an Beef and Ale Pie you fancy, at 6 pounds it's not gourmet, but this is great value and more than adequate for a hearty lunch.
61 Victoria Street London SW1H 0HW
Ph: 44 20 7233 2248
The Beef Pies (Below) at the Lord Moon of the Mall were amazing. Just down from Trafalgar Square, this pub is about as traditional as it comes. Don't let the "Hang on to your handbag" security signs put you off. Just make sure you don't leave your bag anywhere.
They also have a good kids menu, which is great value at 3.99 pounds. Including a drink and bag of fresh fruit.
They also have a range of meals on the menu, which are below 500 calories. That pasta bottom right is one of them.
Now it's a toss up between Mon Plaisir and Jamie's Italian Kitchen, as to which was the best meal we had in London. For star power, I would have to say Jamie's, purely because he is so inspiring to this home cook.
With a fantastic atmosphere, great food and lots of wow factor this restaurant in my opinion is one not to miss. We did not need to book. You can see a full review here.
11 Upper St Martin's Lane
LondonPh:020 3326 6390
I will be dining here next time, believe me there will be a next time as Covent Garden and London in general was totally fantastic.
12 Upper St Martins Lane
London WC2H 9FB
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