I will have 60 conference delegates, Francophone linguists, several first-timers to UK (!), staying Waterloo Sept 8-13.
I would be very grateful for names of a real gems of pubs
or restaurants (historical etc) within very short walking distance of Travel Inn, which will make their trip.
If you are close to the river, the Museum of Garden History, in the Church next to Lambeth Palace, by Lambeth Bridge, does good simple lunches and has a fair amount of seating. Plus is a pretty church with plenty of history and a nice garden. (My kids love the gravestones!) There is a suggested entrance charge for the musuem, but it is not enforced. Teas are good too, with nice cake from the Fine Crown Bakery in Lambeth Rd. Generally a good destination for locals wanting to take a walk along the river. (If there are 60 it would be worth phoning in advance though there shuld be room.)
The gift shop is worth noting with lots of National Trust type things that make good Christmas presents for mother-in-laws.
Also good as a destination, though not for 60, is the cafe on Lambeth Pier. Which both has the best views and the best cappaccino (well it won an award) in London. Also does good Italian ice cream which though expenisive by normal standards is good value on the South Bank.
The Imperial War Musuem Cafe is also quite good.
The Pool of London Partnership has just re-launched its website targeting tourists in the area. The Pool of London is the area between London Bridge just past Tower Bridge on both sides of the River Thames - a real magnet area for tourists. It is a convenient 2 stops on the new Jubilee Line from Waterloo (takes about 10 mins).
Have a look at the site, it has a whole host of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. It also has the full address of the George Inn on Borough High St that Sarah (above) is talking about.
The Pool of London is where London really originated from. Your delegates might like to visit, sit and relax in one of the many food and drink outlets along the river in some renovated historic wharves where ships used to dock and unload goods from the East many years ago. All the attractions and places to eat and drink are within walking distance of each other so they can explore as much (or as little!) as they like.
Try the Stamford Arms on stamford street. There's a large, comfortable upstairs bar that will seat all your delegates and can be booked to hold private meetings, with food to suit your needs. Discos, quizzes and other events can be arranged. This is a very good base from which to explore the South bank, and is a short walk from tate modern in one direction or the millenium eye in the other. The stamford is a really friendly, traditional british pub with a good range of food and drinks, including the traditional sunday lunch with all the sunday papers available. The bar staff are welcoming and make visitors feel at home. If you would like any more information, ring Roland (the manager) on 020 7928 6445