/ Cheap place to meet & eat in London

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owlart - on 16 Apr 2013
I know there's quite a few Londoners on here, so I'm posting this for a friend. She's coming to the UK to meet up with her partner and they're staying a couple of days in London before going up to his place. They'd like to meet up with a few of their online (a forum) friends while they're in London, and so were looking for suggestions for somewhere to meet. They're suggesting meeting for something to eat in a pub type place preferably near Waterloo or the Eye (so I'm told). Any suggestions for nice (cheap!) places they could meet up with a small group of people around there?

Thanks.
owlart - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart: Nobody have any suggetions for places to meet/eat?
Little Brew - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart: Been here twice and loved the bar food both times
http://www.thefirestationwaterloo.com/
Just a starter for you as a guess a local will have better knowledge than i.
owlart - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Little Brew: Thanks!
Dauphin - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

It's a big question. Plenty of places around there but none of them cheap - it's worker/tourist central around there, so you are going to get fleeced for generic muck. Wouldn't be the first place I had in mind for a meet up in London. Somewhere down the south bank would be nicer in spring.

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Ramblin dave - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:
The other side of the river, and slightly more traditionally pubby, but the Edgar Wallace is nice:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1044086-Reviews-Edgar_Wallce-London_England....
Mike Highbury - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart: Do you want places in London or Kent?
owlart - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Dauphin: I'll let them know. I'm not deciding on the place, just asking on their behalf ebcause I knew UKCers would know the area better than I did.
dissonance - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

Sam smith pubs tend to have a fairly good rep for beer and not being to badly priced. Dont know a particular one to recommend though.
Is eating the most important thing or some decent beer?
owlart - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Mike Highbury: Erm, London, preferably near Waterloo or the Eye (see OP).
owlart - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to dissonance: I'd guess in order it's 1) nice (easy for a group of say 6/7 to meet), 2) cheap, 3) food, 4)beer!
Tony the Blade on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

Fire Station is very expensive and full of suits after 5pm.

I'd suggest:
Hole in the Wall (in fact I'm going there tonight) https://plus.google.com/107675450376971942527/about?gl=uk&hl=en

The Wellington is cheap and cheerful (for London)

But the cheapest beer I know is Sam Smiths pub over the bridge called The Lyceum Tavern (we usually have the London UKC drinks there) https://plus.google.com/105815376633917228536/about?gl=uk&hl=en
Dauphin - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

I guess it depends what you are after. It's busy, but fairly central and easy to meet up with people coming from all compass directions. Everywhere in town is eye watering these days unless you find some nice little ethnic place down a back street.

Sam Smiths are you kidding - filled with Jakeys and the beer is cheap for a reason.

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Tony the Blade on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

If any of the group are in the forces (or indeed carry a prior forces card) then there's always the Union Jack Club - pretty cheap and half decent food.

Dauphin - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Tony the Blade:

Whats the place called out the back of station down the stairs from the taxi road? Proper London boozer with a great party atmosphere on a thurday/friday night.

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Tony the Blade on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Dauphin:

Camel and Artichoke on Lower Marsh?
Bob kate bob on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Tony the Blade: Only issue I had with the Lyceum Tavern was it might be good for Beer, but their other alcoholic drinks weren't very good at all (well at the least the ones I drink :-S )

in that area there is the coal hole http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thecoalholestrandlondon/

Though I havn't been there since I used to work on the strand about 10 years ago.

cfer - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Tony the Blade:
> (In reply to owlart)

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> But the cheapest beer I know is Sam Smiths pub over the bridge called The Lyceum Tavern (we usually have the London UKC drinks there) https://plus.google.com/105815376633917228536/about?gl=uk&hl=en

I would second this one, a nice place to have drinks and easy to get to.

Tony the Blade on 16 Apr 2013
Tony the Blade on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Bob kate bob:

You're right, I can't touch their cider, reeks of stale eggs and tastes worse!

Don't think they have draught Guinness, although I could be wrong
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Dauphin - on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Tony the Blade:

That's the one. Normally end up in there on autopilot....

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Tony the Blade on 16 Apr 2013
In reply to Dauphin:

Yeah - I was there last week as it's near where I used to work.

A good choice of ales with nice scran.
seankenny - on 17 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

I had a very nice lunch in a Turkish restaurant near Southwark. Food was excellent, nice surroundings too.

http://www.tasrestaurants.co.uk/ev.html

SteveoS - on 17 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:
Nice 'spoons outside Victoria station
SARS on 17 Apr 2013
In reply to seankenny:

I was just going to suggest Tas. I haven't been to the one at Waterloo, but Tas is usually cheap and good food.
kingborris - on 17 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

The Kings Arms on Roupel street. Decent beer and reasonable Thai food.
Sam_in_Leeds - on 17 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart:

I went to a nice Thai place called Busaba Eathai (Think that's how it's spelt) on Wardour Street in Soho.

Think it's a chain (almost like Wagamama but Thai).

Big sort of communal tables but food was nice and came to less than 30 for Mrs Sam_In_Leeds and me few months back

Food was nice.
thomaspomfrett on 18 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart: Used to live five minutes from Waterloo. Lower Marsh is a good shout, Camel and Artichoke is not bad but there are probably better pubs.

If you want good and cheap thai food there is a little greasy spoon that doubles as a thai restaurant in the evening on lower marsh. We used to eat there all the time, one of Waterloo's best kept secrets!

I think this is the place http://goo.gl/maps/Rl1dI

The White Hart on Cornwall Road is a nice pub but can get very busy.

If you are willing to walk 10-15 minutes there are loads of good pubs in the Kennington Road are. The Prince of Wales in Cleaver Square is brilliant and the Three Stags on the Kennington Road/Lambeth Road crossroads is nice too.
owlart - on 18 Apr 2013
In reply to owlart: Thanks everyone, I've linked them to this thread so they can check out your suggestions!
Tony the Blade on 18 Apr 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett:
> (In reply to owlart) Used to live five minutes from Waterloo. Lower Marsh is a good shout, Camel and Artichoke is not bad but there are probably better pubs.
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> If you want good and cheap thai food there is a little greasy spoon that doubles as a thai restaurant in the evening on lower marsh. We used to eat there all the time, one of Waterloo's best kept secrets!

YES - and there's also Ecco for really really cheap pizza. Next door to Chariots ;-)
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> If you are willing to walk 10-15 minutes there are loads of good pubs in the Kennington Road are. The Prince of Wales in Cleaver Square is brilliant and the Three Stags on the Kennington Road/Lambeth Road crossroads is nice too.

I thing the Three Stags are way over priced - iirc 4 for a pint!
Prince of Wales is a good shout, pretty decent scran as well. There's also The Horse on Westminster Bridge Road - http://horsebar.co.uk/
nniff - on 18 Apr 2013
In reply to Tony the Blade:
> (In reply to Dauphin)
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> Camel and Artichoke on Lower Marsh?

That's what I was going to suggest - not been there for a while mind. Firestation - had my laptop nicked there

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