London Journals

Eating your way through London

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A November 2003 trip to London by vampirefan

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: London has a variety of places to tempt your tastebuds. They also have plenty of theme restaurants. This is my list of my favorite (and one not favorite) places, and I have covered the major theme bars!

Fifteen London

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Fifteen London Photo, London, England
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Fifteen is the restaurant owned by celebrity chef and super cutie Jamie Oliver of The Naked Chef fame. Two years ago, Oliver decided to give something back to his community. He took 15 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and trained them to be chefs. Some of these kids were homeless and the others had disabilities, but Jamie believed in them anyway. He took these young kids and taught them how to be a chef. Jamie spends a year teaching these young people how to be one of the best, just like Jaime. Today, Jamie is working with his third group of kids. His students graduate and can stay and work with Jamie in his other restaurants or teach others. And many of them go one to work in some o...Read More

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Fifteen London
15 Westland Place
London, England N1 7LP
0203 375 1515

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe - London"

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, London, England
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On our first night we headed over to the Hard Rock. I am a huge fan of the Hard Rock and always go whenever there is one in town. In this case, we had taken a very long nap and didn’t feel like venturing too far. Thankfully, the restaurant was right around the corner from our hotel and the front desk rang ahead, so we were able to get right on in the front door. This Hard Rock happens to be the original Hard Rock and has been winning fans since 1971. They even still have their original waitress, Rita, in the house. But she only is there at certain times and just happened to be out of the house on our visit. Now, while no one has ever accused The Hard Rock of having the best food around, it is q...Read More

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Hard Rock Cafe
150 Old Park Lane
London, England W1K 1QZ
44-207-514-1700

Planet Hollywood

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Planet Hollywood Photo, London, England
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The London Planet Hollywood sits in the hip and trendy Piccadilly Circus area. It is easy to find and very close to the theater district, making it a great place before or after a show. In fact, they now have a theater menu to get you in and out and on your way to the show. Just like Hard Rock, when there is a Planet Hollywood in town, you can bet I am there. Now, I don’t necessarily go because they have food that knocks your socks off. I go because I love the movies and love being surrounded by all the memorabilia. Plus, quite honestly, I love to let everyone know where I have traveled in this world, and what better way than with a Planet Hollywood T-Shirt. The food, though, is quite tasty and...Read More

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Planet Hollywood
The London Trocadero
London, England W1V 7FE
+44 20 7287 1000

The Rainforest Cafe

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The Rainforest Cafe Photo, London, England
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One of my favorite places to visit is the Rainforest Café. The London branch is also located in Piccadilly Circus. The theme of the restaurant, in case you didn’t figure it out already, is the rain forest. Visitors are greeted with sounds of the rainforest about every 15 minutes. There are animatronics animals tucked in nooks and corners and hanging from the roof. The tables are made to resemble big slabs of wood. At the bar you can pull up a bar stool that looks very similar to animals such as a giraffe or zebra. The café also donates proceeds from the café to a number of charities involved in rain forest conservation. The food is a blend of African, Mexican, and Caribbean influences. We were lucky e...Read More

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The Rainforest Cafe
20 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, England W1D 7EU
011-44-207-434-3111

Maxwell's

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When I ordered my tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat from London Town (www.londontown.com), I ordered the dinner package, which included dinner from Maxwell’s. They made our reservations, and we arrived 1 hour and 15 minutes before show time. We were only about 5 minutes from the theater and had already placed our order for our meal, so we were not expecting any major snafus. We walked in and gave them our name and were seated very promptly. Maxwell’s was nice enough. It looked like your typical American bar/restaurants. There was lots of wood on the bar, tables, and booths. Downstairs was a disco, but upstairs was a little more quiet and quite cozy. There was a mural tha...Read More

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Maxwell's
8-9, James Street
London, England WC2E 8BH
+44 (020) 7395-5804