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Even with the pummeled pound, getting out of a restaurant in London that cheaply strikes me as depressing and possibly illegal. But Elaine has managed to sniff out a wide range of excellent, affordable, attractive places — and not just in deepest darkest Shoreditch...Each entry in this adorable, slightly-larger-than-pocket-size book comes with a short review, suggestions for when to go and what to order and some very nice Phil Nicholls photos, not one of them of formica tables or fluorescent lights." --The Moment, The New York Times Magazine blog

"Elaine Louie singles out 50 spots for Stylish Dining under $25.00. When you see how humble some of these feederies are in the revealing photographs – pastry shops, burger joints, chocolate shops, department stores - you’ll be reminded how expensive London is and be impressed she found anything. Some travelers need to eat cheap but for others, dedicated to splurge at dinner, Louie’s finds will seem perfect for lunch or a snack." --Gael Greene

"What could be more fitting in tough times than a guide to saving money? High-priced London has a way of making visitors feel poor even when they're not. This little chock full of cheap-eats destinations, all serving meals under $25 (U.S.)." —The Globe and Mail

"Being in London makes me so happy....But the prices are so high! When I discovered this new little book, I pounced--and booked a flight." --Ruth Reichl, Gourmet

"If you're looking for cheap eats, Savoir Fare London: Stylish Dining for Under $25 by Elaine Louie...might do the trick." --The New York Times

"A tasteful, eclectic compilation of 50 affordable, yet delicious restaurants, bakeries and bars with loads of style. Author Elaine Louie solicited suggestions from some of England’s top tastemakers, among them Peter Ting, (a crystal and porcelain designer at Asprey who also went to cooking school) and gallerist Libby Sellers. The entries read like e-mails you’d send to a close friend, all packed with insidery details like what to order, where to book in advance and where to people watch." --Mouthing Off, A Food+Wine Magazine blog

About the Author

Elaine Louie is a writer on staff at The New York Times, contributing to the paper’s House & Home, Dining, and Sunday Styles sections. She is the author and co-author of many books, including The Shun Lee Cookbook, House Beautiful: Collections on Display, Living with Textiles, Living in New England, Martha Stewart Living: Great Parties, and Premier Beer: A Guide to America’s Best Microbrews. She won the 1995 James Beard Journalism Award for a series of articles on ethnic cuisine in New York City.

Phil Nicholls was born in Cornwall and studied fine art at Falmouth and Bath. He joined weekly music magazine Melody Maker in 1985 and over the next twelve years became renowned for his portraits of rock celebrities. Nicholls’s photography book, Classic Cafés (Black Dog Publishing, 2003), is a study of London's “greasy spoon” café culture. His photographs appear in The Little Bookroom’s The Traditional Shops and Restaurants of London by Eugenia Bell.

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Product Details

  • Series: Savoir Fare Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145659
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Stone on December 22, 2008
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I got this book for my friends who come visit me in London all the time---and the picks in there are great! It reads like a NY Times dining article but about places in London, which lends it a credible voice to the places mentioned---great picks include Chowki (great Indian food), Bea's of Bloomsbury (best cupcakes in London although the book doesn't mention that), and Ottolenghi, although I don't know how the last one reached under the 25 dollar limit!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RLH on April 8, 2010
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Great book for above average meals in London. The only flaw was that each restaurant had only the name of the neighborhood the restaurant was in. London is a HUGE place and postal codes for the restaurants would greatly help in finding each one on a map. I spent a lot of time on the internet/Google looking for them. Many are on tiny streets, alleys or passages which don't appear on any printed maps and the internet is the only way to find them. Most were easy to get to via the Underground.

The two best were:

Baker & Spice at 54-56 Elizabeth St, Belgravia SW1W 9PB. A short and beautiful stroll east of the Sloane Square station. Delightfully fresh ingredients in unusual combinations.

One not included that should be is Geales at 2 Farmer Street, Notting Hill Gate W8. Down a small alley just across from the Notting Hill Gate station. Great seafood in a quiet, sophistocated atmosphere. Unhurried service. We were there for about 3 hours for a late lunch.

Also check our the seafood bar in Harrods food court.
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