Local Services / Concierge Desk

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EuroPerio8 offers free Concierge Desk service to all delegates.

Services offered include:

  • Restaurant bookings across London
  • Theatre shows
  • London attractions
  • Hospitality events
  • Tours

There is so much scientific content to soak in at EuroPerio8 but you also want to enjoy some quality time in the city of London while you are there?

TFI Group, EuroPerio8’s Official Local Preferred Supplier, will be happy to help arranging bookings for your spare time in London!

Offering a highly personalised service, the team of TFI Group can take care of everything for you to make the most of your free time. Besides a wide range of London entertainment, restaurants and you can also take advantage of hospitality packages.

TFI Group is an independent company, guaranteeing impartiality in recommendations. You can contact the team of TFI Group securely online, for pre-bookings, saving yourself hassle and fuss.

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Contact

TFI Group
192 Vauxhall Bridge Road
Tel.: +44 203 735 6436
e-mail: Europerio8@TFIGroup.com

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You will also have the chance to arrange bookings on-site.
Just visit the Local Services counter within the registration area!

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EuroPerio 8 quick guide to Eating Out in London

General advice

It is impossible to produce a comprehensive and objective guide of places to eat and drink in London for EuroPerio 8.  However we thought that collectively we could put together a list of some places on a purely subjective basis that might help you if you are stuck for somewhere to go, concentrating particularly on places easily accessed from Excel or East London.  We have not listed the very highest end dining experiences in London of which there are many, but you may have to fight for a table and be prepared for the bill!  Obviously we make no guarantees about our suggestions, which have been proposed by some of us who live, work and study in London!

The information available online tends to be very comprehensive and it is possible to search for restaurants and bars by area of London which is very helpful.  You can usually view menus and prices and make restaurant reservations on line, except for larger groups.  Comments on review sites such as TripAdvisor are often helpful although not to be slavishly relied on.
If you want help you can also visit our Concierge desk in the registration area of the exhibition.

It is strongly recommended to book restaurant tables in advance – many of the higher end restaurants need booking a long way in advance so be organized or be prepared to be disappointed!

In restaurants it is typical to leave about 10 – 15% as a tip unless service has already been added to the bill (typically a 12.5% service charge, so do check your bill to make sure you don’t pay twice).  Many pubs (but not all) also serve food which may range from simple sandwiches to high end gastronomic treats.  Tips are not usually paid in Pubs.

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Eating Out

Restaurant Chains

There are many restaurant chains which offer reliable food, usually at reasonable prices.  They are found in very many locations throughout London.  Some of the more ubiquitous include :

Pizza Express
Superior Pizza restaurants – good range of Pizzas and limited other dishes on the menu.  Reliable, reasonably priced and popular.

Zizzis  
Italian style range of Pizzas and Pasta dishes mainly.

Ask Italian
Italian style range of Pizzas and Pasta dishes mainly.

Café Rouge
French Bistro style food .  Reliable if unspectacular.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen
As the name suggests mainly Burgers and more Burgers.  Definitely a step above fast food restaurants!

All Bar One
Chain of Bars with reliable Bar Snack style food.

Restaurants by District

Canary Wharf Area
Lots of options for all tastes (and budgets) .  Worth checking online for different options but some worth a look include Jamie’s Italian, 28 West Bar & Grill ( American),  Spice Merchant ( Indian),  Tom’s Kitchen ( Contemporary British), Gaucho ( Steaks), etc.

Tower Bridge South of the River
(nearest tube stations London Bridge or Southwark)
A number of good restaurants by the riverside, (along the street called Shad Thames) with great views of Tower Bridge.  Including Le Pont de la Tour restaurant and bistro ( French), Cantina del Ponte ( Italian),  Blueprint Café ( Modern European) , Butlers Wharf Chop House ( Steaks) , Bengal Clipper (Indian)

London Bridge Area

In the Shard (31 – 33rd Floor)
Oblix (Contemporary British restaurant and a cool lounge bar with excellent bar food), Aqua Shard (Contemporary British), Hutong (Chinese). In general the view is the thing here and prices reflect this).

Tooley Street SE1
Magdalen (good contemporary British), Brigade (modern European Bistro), Cote Brasserie (French) , Story  (quirky fine British Dining – people seem to really love it or hate it !)

Borough Market SE1
Fish!  (simple classic fish dishes),
Roast (traditional British),
Silka (Indian).
Rabot 1745 – offers a ‘cacao cuisine’ menu featuring eclectic contemporary dishes influenced by West Indies and Britain

New Globe Walk SE1
Tas – Turkish ( Anatolian) Cuisine

Bermondsey Street SE1
Zucca ( acclaimed modern Italian –gets booked up very quickly).

Southwark Area ( Southwark or Waterloo Tube)

Union Street Café
Urban Warehouse style modern Italian food from the celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey’s stable

Brasserie Blanc  
French Brasserie from the Raymond Blanc stable

Sea Containers
Modern European in a seafaring setting in the Mondrian Hotel by the riverside.

Oxo Tower Bistro and Restaurant
Modern European – great venue with river views

St Katherines Dock  ( North of the river near Tower Bridge)

Unexpected haven and yachting Marina just behing the Tower Hotel with lots of cafes, restaurants and bars.  As well as a number of the usual restaurant chains, try Tapas Bravas, Tom’s Kitchen, Cote Brasserie,  and the Dickens Inn (large popular touristy Pub with Pizza restaurant).

East End

Brick Lane London E1
– ever popular destination for the Indian restaurants.  Often surprisingly reasonable prices and a real taste of the Indian subcontinent.

Spitalfields E1
Great array of fairly trendy restaurants with flavours from all over the world from Argentinian to Thai, and everything in between.

The Typing Room ( Patriot Square E2)
Much acclaimed modern European in slightly unfashionable London E2.

Whitechapel E1
Tayyabs – Punjabi Cuisine.  Famous Indian restaurant – very popular and gets very busy

Dock Road, Royal Docks E16
Nakhon Thai – Thai food  – Walking distance from Excel.

Various Other Locations

Chinatown W1
More chinese restaurants than you can count – here are 4 recommendations:

  • Wong Kei  -legendary restaurant popular with students and those on a budget.
  • Young Cheng (Shaftesbury Ave, Chinese and Cantonese dishes)
  • Bashan Restaurant (Chinese (Hunanese) food)
  • Café TPT (Cantonese and Malaysian dishes)

Denmark St, WC2  
Smoking Goat Bar/Restaurant
Excellent Thai BBQ  The place is always packed…whole chilli crab (when its available) and roast lamb or duck are wonderful. As are the nam jim scallops and oyster.

St Christopher’s Place near Oxford Street W1
Look out for the landmark purple clock as you walk along Oxford Street and you’ll suddenly discover the entrance to St Christopher’s Place – home to an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars and the best fashion in London. Definitely a fun place to relax and enjoy a wonderful and drink.

Burlington Gardens, Mayfair W2
Cecconi’s is a modern day classic Italian restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Cecconi’s originated in Venice and serves hand-made pasta, seafood and dishes from Northern Italy.

Trafalgar Square WC2
Vista – rooftop bar at The Trafalgar Hotel – expensive drinks and light snacks but amazing nonetheless

240 Regent Street W1
Aqua Kyoto (Japanese,  entrance at 30 Argyll Street)  Great venue, at a price.

Baker Street NW1  
Royal China (Chinese)

Bleeding Heart Yard, Greville St EC1 
Bleeding Heart Restaurant and Bistro.   Excellent classic French Restaurant and great relaxed French Bistro .  A bit difficult to find without a map or a taxi driver but worth it!

Devonshire Square ( Liverpool Street, EC2 )
Kenza – Lebanese with belly dancer – pricey but great place to eat, great food, belly dancers are classy!

1 New Change, St Pauls EC4.
Madisons.  Steak and Seafood on rooftop terrace.  Great Views.

Masala Zone – numerous venues across London – Indian food, great variety, good prices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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