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Old 30th Jun 2008, 20:18
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Things to do on LHR trips

Will be doing a few LHR trips in Aug, Sep...would appreciate any information regarding, clubs, bars and restaurants worth visiting during short stays in Hounslow etc.

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Old 30th Jun 2008, 21:56
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The Sipson Tandoori is excellent, its a place I always go to for Dinner when in the area. Although its close, avoid the Pheasant if you want anything more than just a pint. We wont be going back, bad food and poor service.

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Old 1st Jul 2008, 18:27
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LHR is my home base.

Here is some good advice: stay well clear of Hounslow and Slough - they are basically dumps with absolutely no appeal whatsoever.

I recommend you head either into Windsor, Richmond, Kingston or maybe London if you really want to (all very easily accessible by public transport).

All are good for shopping and beers/lattes; Richmond and Kingston have some lovely river-side cafes which are worth a visit (crowded on weekends but still pleasant). Windsor will be full of tourists (summer) but it's still a much better option than Hounslow ...
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Old 1st Jul 2008, 20:46
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In Windsor, there is a great all you can eat Chinese called Yangtze's, it's next door to the theatre. £12.50 and it is all cooked fresh, not one of those awful buffet places found elsewhere. There is a good Greek restaurant called Latino's that has live greek music on a Friday and Sat night. Almost all the bars/clubs in Windsor are good too - although Chicago Rock Cafe and Liquid tend to be frequented by the squaddies based in the town. Vanilla is much more upmarket.

Kingston is good for shopping if you can't be bothered to trek into Central London and there are some nice restaurants there too and a few clubs, Oceana being the best out of the 3 big ones, although there are not all that many bars in Kingston.

Staines isn't bad either, some nice pubs/bars and restaurants. The Swan Hotel just over the river is very nice to sit and have a drink at, whilst watching the world go by.

As STC said, avoid Hounslow if you can, it isn't the best part of the UK to spend time !!.

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Old 14th Jul 2008, 21:55
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Head for Chiswick, not too far into central London and accessible by bus, taxi or tube from Heathrow if you change at Hammersmith.

Lots of excellent restaurants but the jewel in the crown has to be the Fullers pub The George IV just down from the Police Station.

They have a comedy club on weekends where most of the big names on the circuit perform. Great food, excellent service and friendly staff and customers.

Other restaurants to try: Fish works, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, The Devonshire, The Fish Hook and the High Road Brasserie - all highly recommended making a night stop well worth it.

Home base for me, speaking from experience.
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Old 15th Jul 2008, 21:57
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If the wx is agreeable, why not spend a nice afternoon in Kew Gardens? It isn't far from LHR and can be very relaxing on a fine day...
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 07:56
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As previously posted Hounslow is a dive!

If you mention itdue to hotel location then Staines is the next somewhat OK town down the road, £5 by cab? Then there’s Egham, same distance again beyond Staines.

Staines: Cinema/food/bars Get can to the “Two rivers shopping centre”. Full of Chavs in the evening but the food is OK as shopping centre outlets go: Pizza hut, Nandos, Chinees etc.

Egham : Small Uni village/town. Ask for Egham High street. A few bars and local pubs. Some independent restaurants. A short walk west from the high street is a Chez Gerard and Loch Fyne fish restaurant.

Up the hill from Egham is Virginia water, a village with (should be) nice indy restaurants (next door to “Millionaires’ Row”).

Windsor: (try Windsor cars, flat rate cab ride to/from LHR, or take a bus), Good sushi (if a little expensive) at Misugo, Various nice restaurants on St Leonard’s road and Peascod st, Wagamama’s is good (asian/noodle bar style). Lots of pubs, can be lots of squadies (soldiers) as mentioned. Try the River house(next to the river by the station), Beer’s not cheap anywhere in the uk these days but
Windsor’s at the higher end as regional towns go…

Lots of pubs/clubs have a no trainers, no boots, no sportswear rule.

Pubs don't charge a cover but clubs will charge for admission.

More off piste activities ;-)

Dry slope skiing in Uxbridge, water skiing/wakeboarding in Colnbrook, pole dancing in Colnbrook and Windsor, river cruise on the Thames, walk/cycle in Windsor Great Park (herds of deer, statues etc, hire bike from Windsor)


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Old 31st Jul 2008, 09:47
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I find the Sipson tandoori way too noisy. The plastic tag from a sack of some kind that ended up in my partners meal was also rather inedible !
The go sing further along the road is a really good chinese and with their all you can eat buffet also good value.
A bit further still - all on the 222 bus route - is the Taste of Bengal. I have eaten there and in the previous restaurant where the owner was employed, for the past 6 years. The food is great and it's small enough to hear the conversation.
Second the Pheasant being crap. There are more pubs along the road but none of them are very sparkling. I think that the topless bar has changed having noticed that the windows are no longer blacked out.
There are a couple of passable pubs in Harmondsworth village and despite its proximity to the airport you don't get much noise.
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Old 2nd Aug 2008, 18:06
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What is the name of the thia pub and the village which is near approach for easterly landings. Sorry to be vague but there was also Arora hotel across the road. The food was excellent and cooked by Thia cooks yet still English pub and beer. Great combi!


P.s Village name begin with a P maybe?
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Old 4th Aug 2008, 09:45
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The Thai you speak of is in the pub opposite the Arora Hotel, on the Old Bath Road in Poyle (technically Colnbrook but that's really splitting hairs because it's right between the two). I have to admit, I was sceptical when I first went there but it really is very good and very close to LHR.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 20:55
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Head for Chiswick, not too far into central London and accessible by bus, taxi or tube from Heathrow if you change at Hammersmith.
Jox, I think you mean Acton Town for the change to Turnham Green. About 30 minutes on a good day from Heathrow, expect 35, fear 75.

The KG IV is, as you say, very welcoming. The Roebuck, about 300 yards East of it, can also be entertaining, although the food is not as good, pretty women frequent it. There are some excellent gastropubs near Chiswick Park, one stop before Turnham Green on the way from Acton Town.

Stay on for one more stop (Stamford Brook), and you are ten minutes away from the Thames by foot, and some excellent pubs serving food down there. Straight back onto the Piccadilly Line from Hammersmith back to Heathrow.

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Old 1st Sep 2008, 07:05
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La Bettola, excellent Italian restaurant in Colnbrook, doesn't look anything from outside but food is great.
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Old 10th Sep 2008, 04:51
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Agree with Aerodelboy on La Bettola, food is excellent, also a little further down the road, in Colnbrook village is the Ostrich pub, again very good food. When I was last in LHR it was owned by an ozzy couple, who (after seeing my face in their most nights), would turf out all but "locals" after closing time, and sit and had a few beers with you and a chat.

Also can add a trip to Windsor is a must.

Cheers Lewis
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