Le Pain Quotidien
Covent Garden, London

Le Pain Quotidien is a chain of tasty bakeries that provide coffee, pastries and other meals.

They are not just in the UK either - they are in Sydney as well.

We were in Covent garden and needed a snack. Pastries are a favourite of Sir and once this place was spotted it was always going to get a visit.

We had take away but you can eat in as well - but they have communal tables which not everybody likes.
As you can imagine from the sound of their name - it's a French themed place.

They have plenty of pastries and rolls as well - but also lovely croissants and other French goodies.

We ended up just grabbing a pastry twist. It was beautifully fresh with custard and sultana's inside and was bigger than it seems from the photo.

Its a pleasant place. Prices aren't low but the food was nice.

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The Moon Under Water
28 Leicester Square
Leicester Square, London UK

This pub hangs off the edge of Leicester Square and is deceptively big. From the street it has a small frontage with a few outside tables, but inside it stretches back a long long way. It has some decent food as well, and judging by the crowds it attracts others must think this too.
We were on our last night in London and felt like finishing in traditional style with fish and chips. From memory this was a mere 7.00 or 8.00 pounds per person for what ended up being a very big serving.

You order at the bar and your food is delivered to your table. It was pretty quick from ordering to eating too. The fish was very succulent with a nice crisp batter coating it. The chips were crisp as well and the peas finished the meal off nicely.

The Moon Under Water is a nice pub to grab a good value decent meal in Leicester Square.

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Simpsons in the Strand
100 The Strand
London UK

We were keen to meet Mlady's Uncle L for a meal and he suggested Simpsons on the Strand. Its part of the Savoy - and a very nice place as you would expect. We had some lovely main courses which I sadly didn't photograph and finished off with some equally nice desserts shown  here. We all loved our meals. This is a classy place. Silver service fine dining at its best. The service was excellent, the food delicious and the decor was very British. We loved it all, including the wonderful company, and would eagerly dine here again.

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Fish and Chipper
Leicester Square
London UK

You basically know what to expect from a place in Leicester Square called Fish and Chipper. We wanted fish and chips and were dining with lovey relo's from the UK, A and C - and this was nearby.

Its a pleasant place and they cleverly have their servings in full and half sizes. A and I went the full size whilst Mlady and C went for more dainty proportions. 
The fish and chips came as is - a piece of fish, a serving of chips and a generous dollop of tartare sauce. However when you're in the mood for fish and chips this is often all you want or need. You can get other versions with salads as well.

The fish was nicely cooked. It had a crisp batter outside and tender juicy fish inside. The chips were chunky - the way we like them. As always, a wedge of lemon capped it off nicely.

Its probably not the cheapest fish and chips around, but then it is on Leicester Square so what do you expect. We had a nice meal here, with good sized servings, well cooked food and friendly fast service. The decor was basic but not unusual for a fish and chips place.

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