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Iconic London: Fish and Chips

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 12/26/13 -- Whether they're staying in high-end London hotels or more modest accommodations, visitors simply must venture out on the town for a portion of fish and chips, a London staple for over 150 years. Before you venture out in search of the best fish and chip shop, known as a 'chippie,' check out this infographic from Marriott hotels to learn the ins and outs of this favorite.

The roots of the tasty fried fare run deep in the British capital. Most historians agree that frying up white, battered fish and serving it with thick-sliced fried potatoes started here in England's biggest city, not in its coastal counterparts. As proof of this long tradition, one of the oldest standing chippies in the country, Rock and Sole Plaice, is in London.

How important are fish and chips to the London people? During World War II, the British Government did everything it could to avoid rationing fish and chips, and managed to succeed. Further proof that fish and chips is more than just a meal: It's a national institution.

Riding a double-decker bus, posing next to a red telephone box for a photo, and trying to get Buckingham Palace guards to smile are on everyone's list of things to do in London, a list that's incomplete without dining on the famous fried meal. Restaurants in London hotels tend to be outstanding and often elegant, but for a quintessential British experience, try a casual dinner at the local chippie. And don't be shy about asking our London hotel staff to suggest the best in town for your next meal.

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