London Curry house in Alexandria, Virginia

Washingtonian combed the Washington D.C. area for the best places to eat for less than $25 per person as part of its May issue. The magazine’s food critics named a Cameron Station neighborhood Indian restaurant London Curry House to its 44 best places to eat in a large group.

The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsma reviewed this hidden gem when it opened. The restaurant is located off the main roads, tucked in residential Cameron Station, and nestled in between townhomes and Ben Brenman Park.

Here’s what Washingtonian had to say about London Curry House

With its ornate chandeliers, starched tablecloths, and paprika-red valances, this 125-seat dining room is among the biggest, and most opulent, settings on this list. The food can be equally impressive. Biryanis, served in copper pots, are revealed from beneath their cover of naan at the table. Curries tend to be vibrantly spiced, and salads—such as the cool mix of puffed rice and tamarind known as bhel puri—are well balanced and full of texture. One good way to sample everything: the lavish lunch buffet, $11.99 during the week and $13.99 on weekends.

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Ben Brenman Dog Park in Alexandria, Virginia
Community Meeting regarding the hours of use in Ben Brenman Park on March 3

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA) will hold a community meeting on March 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Cameron Station Community Room, located at 200 Cameron Station Blvd in Alexandria, Virginia. to seek input on the hours of use in Ben Brenman Park. The Planning Commission requested RPCA hold the meeting in conjunction with the Special Use Permit (SUP2015-0128) request to add lights to the Ben Brenman Dog Park, located in the back corner of Ben Brenman Park across Holmes Run.

The original Special Use Permit for Ben Brenman Park (SUP98-0048) allows the hours of operation for the park to be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, the hours have been more limited in large portions of the park to sunrise to sunset, except by permitted use. Because the new lights in the dog park will extend the use of that part of the park, RPCA proposes to change the posted hours of operation in the park as follows:

  • The current posted hours state that the park is open from “sunrise to sunset, except by permitted use.”
  • The new posted hours will state that the park is open from “6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in all lighted areas of the Park.”
  • On April 5, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and action to consider the request to add lights to and to expand the Ben Brenman Dog Park.

Individuals unable to attend the community meeting are encouraged to send written comments to Dana Wedeles, Urban Planner III, by email at or standard mail to RPCA, Attn: Dana Wedeles, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria VA 22314. All comments received by March 31, 2016 will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for consideration.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the American with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, please call Jack Browand at 703.746.5504 (VA Relay 711) or e-mail

Final Construction Phase

alexandria logoThe City of Alexandria has awarded a contract to Environmental Quality Resources LLC, of Millersville, Maryland for the construction of the second and final phase of Backlick Run stream embankment repairs.

This project is divided into two distinct construction sites located at the east and west ends of the existing concrete channel. The work on the east site, adjacent to Ben Brenman Park, located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive in Alexandria, involves concrete repairs to the spillway along with rip-rap placement downstream and on the embankments. The work on the west site involves replacement of the concrete embankment protection adjacent to Armistead L. Boothe Park, located at 520 Cameron Station Blvd in Alexandria.

Construction is anticipated to begin this month and continue for approximately 180 days. Construction access to the east site will be from Duke Street through Ben Brenman Park. Construction access to the west site will be from Edsall Rd. through Armistead L. Boothe Park via the park access drive.

For additional information, visit this link, or contact David Fehr with the Department of Project Implementation at 703.746.4060.

Cool, classic pumpkin in the Cameron Station area of Alexandria, Virginia

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Check out this classic looking pumpkin for Halloween in the Cameron Station area of Alexandria. What do you think?

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