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A CH in London (on business): Looking for great Food Shops & Restaurant’s w Take-away and more food shopping questions…

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A CH in London (on business): Looking for great Food Shops & Restaurant’s w Take-away and more food shopping questions…

Breadcrumbs | Oct 17, 2012 05:51 AM

I’ll be visiting London on business and I’ll have work to do in the evenings so I’m hoping to pick up something delicious to take back to the hotel. By default I typically pop into Pret a Manger or grab a M&S sandwich but this time, I’m want to plan ahead and have some fantastic meals. I’m working in the City (Financial district) but I’m willing to hop on the tube or grab a taxi to get something great and at the same time, satisfy my desire to explore food shops & the city.

Since I’ll be dining in my hotel room (w no kitchen facilities but w a bar fridge btw) I’ll avoid foods w the possibility of lingering odors so no curries or other stronger smelling foods…I plan to enjoy those at lunchtime.

I’d be especially interested in Modern British food spots/restaurants that are focusing on locally-sourced ingredients/menus.

For context, I always love visiting the Harrods food hall and like many Hounds, we love Marylebone w the Fromagerie, Patisserie Valerie along w many other great noshing and shopping delights. I’ll definitely head there one evening. I’m also wondering whether Ottolenghi or Moro have take-away meals? After cooking from their books, I’d love to enjoy their food first-hand.

I’ve only ever been to the Borough Market on a Saturday (full market day). I see they’re open for lunch on Monday-Wednesday. Will all the vendors be open then…would it be worth a trip over to pick up lunch and something to tuck away for dinner?

I’d also love to hear of any other spots I should visit nearby places your recommend such as a cookery shop or housewares store, wine shop, bakery or something else unique that’s worth a look.

Finally, at some point I need to steal away to do some shopping and I was thinking of checking out Westfield since I’ve never been there before. I see there’s a Waitrose there…any other food spots I should know about? If anyone has a sense as to whether this is always an extremely busy place I’d also love to hear …not sure if I want to go in that case.

Thanks so much!!

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