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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:00 am 
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Does anyone know if there's anything to eat there? I've got to go next week for a work thing, and I'll be staying over the night before, so no opportunity
to take anything with me. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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It's about a 15 minute walk into kensington high street from there, where there's a big whole foods. Also, 222 isn't that far from Olympia. If you hop on the tube to west brompton, which should only be a couple of stops, it's round the corner from there, or you could probably walk it.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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There's a big group of us going from work so I'm not sure whether we'll be staying together and be unable to escape at lunchtime! I'm meeting them there though, so i should be able to nip to WF for provisions first though, thanks!

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It's possible to make it to 222 and back within the hour from Earls Court, but not really from Olympia (unless you run!).

Last time I was at Olympia (a few years ago, probably for the same show as you) there was a pizza express and not much else. There are supermarkets in the area (Tesco round the corner), if that helps!

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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Okay, here's some info from my last secret mission (the saddest mission of all - just imagine Torchwood without Jack Harkness...).
If you turn back towards Kensington High Street from Olympia, first you get to a (railway?) bridge. If you cross that and just keep on walking, at some point a tiny shop should pop up to your left. It will look like a juice bar, but it will also have food. (I don't remember whether it was vegetarian or all vegan, but you should be all right.) It's not cheap, but it's a lot closer to Olympia. So if you're going that way and/or can separate from your group, give it a try. :)


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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:52 am 
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ooh thanks all. I don't know what the others will do about lunch. We don't work together all that closely so I doubt we'll all stick together. I think I'll try and pick up something from WF but if there's an opportunity to slip out I will, and save that for the train home. I may even be able to get out for longer than an hour if we totally split up and do our own thing.

It's for the BETT show - is that the one you went to? I also haven't been for donkey's years and probably wouldn't have bothered this year except I'm in London for football the night before anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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There's also Chez Marcelle which is really, really close. It's Lebanese - I went there a few years ago and I'd say it's not quite as amazing as the reviews might suggest but the owner is really friendly and there'd be a reliable houmous, falafel, tabouleh and all that. It's an authentic cozy sort of a place which you don't find that much in London any more. You'd probably need to call to find out lunch opening times as I'm not sure about those & there's no website.
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Yea, have been to BETT a few times - i used to work for a vendor that exhibits there.

Funilly enough i may have been to the lebanese place too - a long time ago. Wherever it was it was pretty standard "edible if work are paying, but would be pissed off if your own money" food ;)

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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An update. I went to Wholefoods on the way. Someone I know asked me to pick up a bottle of liquid smoke, so I did that, had breakfast (coffee and muffin)
and took a SAF wrap in with me. I passed a place called Luscious Organic on the way http://www.lusciousorganic.co.uk/ - not sure if that's the place you meant Phoenix? I could certainly have got something there but it was too late.

I wasn't really looking, but inside Olympia I did notice that some of the cafes had that Fresh range of sandwiches that Boots stock, and there were some grain salads like the M+S ones, so I probably wouldn't have starved.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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It's totally possible that that place I found last summer was Luscious Organic!


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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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Bumping this because I'm going to be at Olympia for work next month and will be staying in the area too. Wondering if there are any new places in the area I should watch out for for dinner at the end of the day. Also wondering if there will be any place in the convention center itself to get a bite for lunch or if I should stock up on pre-made wraps or something from WF. I've got back to back rep meetings for some of the days I'm there and probably won't have time to slip out for an hour for lunch.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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Ok, I see there's a Crussh in Olympia, and looking at their menu, it looks like they have lots of vegan options, so that's promising! I'll probably pick up something at Whole Foods for a quick breakfast in my room, but I'd still love to get recommendations for places to eat in the neighborhood for when I want to just grab a bite at the end of the day and collapse in my hotel room.

Recommendations for places further afield are also welcome as I'm tacking a day on each end of my trip to eat/shop. I'd love to find a place that does a good vegan breakfast fry up for my last day there!

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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Ok, I see there's a Crussh in Olympia, and looking at their menu, it looks like they have lots of vegan options, so that's promising! I'll probably pick up something at Whole Foods for a quick breakfast in my room, but I'd still love to get recommendations for places to eat in the neighborhood for when I want to just grab a bite at the end of the day and collapse in my hotel room.

Recommendations for places further afield are also welcome as I'm tacking a day on each end of my trip to eat/shop. I'd love to find a place that does a good vegan breakfast fry up for my last day there!

i've heard good things about the breakfast at Black Cat Cafe in Hackney, but haven't been yet because it seems a bit tricky to get to from where i usually am in London. The Gallery Cafe is pretty good and a short walk from Bethnal Green tube station.

on Kensington High Street towards Holland park is Down To Earth, which has a good number of vegan options. i had breakfast there once, which i remember being tasty, if a bit small for the amount they charged. there are also several Italian restaurants in that area and a Pizza Express, which will do you a vegan pizza.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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Black Cat in Hackney is amazing, especially if you can get there for their vegan fry ups on the weekend! I also second the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green.

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 Post subject: Re: London olympia
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Unfortunately, I'm only going to be there M-F. Hackney and Bethnal Green might also be a bit further afield than I'm willing to go considering I'm staying clear on the other side of town. If I was staying more in the center of things, I might be willing to make the trip.

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yeah, that does pose a problem. those are the only two places i can think of that do vegan full English breakfasts (and Black Cat might only do them on the weekends). there are a few other more centrally located vegan-friendly places open mornings, like Le Pain Quotidien, Tibits, and Kin Cafe. sometimes i just get a muffin from Whole Foods Kensington and eat it at one of the nearby chain coffee shops (WF's coffee is not very good, just to warn you).

http://www.veganlondon.co.uk/ is also a good resource.


ETA: apparently Mildreds has a Kings Cross location now that's open from 8am on weekdays. no sign of a breakfast menu, though.

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yeah, that does pose a problem. those are the only two places i can think of that do vegan full English breakfasts (and Black Cat might only do them on the weekends). there are a few other more centrally located vegan-friendly places open mornings, like Le Pain Quotidien, Tibits, and Kin Cafe. sometimes i just get a muffin from Whole Foods Kensington and eat it at one of the nearby chain coffee shops (WF's coffee is not very good, just to warn you).

http://www.veganlondon.co.uk/ is also a good resource.


ETA: apparently Mildreds has a Kings Cross location now that's open from 8am on weekdays. no sign of a breakfast menu, though.


Thanks, EmperorTomatoKetchup! Those are good tips! It's funny, Le Pain Quotidien is a Belgian company, but some of their menus outside of Belgium seem a lot more vegan friendly than the ones here (at least in Brussels). That link is really handy, too! Also, thanks for the warning about WF's coffee. Luckily, I'm more of a tea drinker. :)

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