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d000hg
10th January 2012, 11:23
It seems The Ritz is already booked up for 2 months ahead, when we'll be in London for our anniversary. Are there any other swanky places we could go, that are worth the money?

Probably going to try and fit in one posh lunch/dinner too... went to 15 last time and would quite like to try Heston's new place, but there must be dozens of great places with Michelin stars and the like... recommendations for posh English/Indian places welcome.
What's The Ivy like... pretentious or worth it?

Paddy
10th January 2012, 11:39
It seems The Ritz is already booked up for 2 months ahead, when we'll be in London for our anniversary. Are there any other swanky places we could go, that are worth the money?

Probably going to try and fit in one posh lunch/dinner too... went to 15 last time and would quite like to try Heston's new place, but there must be dozens of great places with Michelin stars and the like... recommendations for posh English/Indian places welcome.
What's The Ivy like... pretentious or worth it?

I would go for afternoon tea or dinner but not both. How about lunch on the Thames?

NickFitz
10th January 2012, 11:43
Diana's Diner (http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/12/dianas-diner-covent-garden.html) - their fried bread is awesome. It's not called an all-day breakfast for nothing, you know :tongue

EDIT: Good review on Russell Davies's egg, bacon, chips and beans (http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/2003/11/dianas_diner_en.html) blog:


http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/dianas_ebcb2-thumb.JPG

BigTime
10th January 2012, 11:44
Cinnamon Club is nice. Heard good things about the Michelin starred one in Mayfair too but not been there.

norrahe
10th January 2012, 11:49
It seems The Ritz is already booked up for 2 months ahead, when we'll be in London for our anniversary. Are there any other swanky places we could go, that are worth the money?

Probably going to try and fit in one posh lunch/dinner too... went to 15 last time and would quite like to try Heston's new place, but there must be dozens of great places with Michelin stars and the like... recommendations for posh English/Indian places welcome.
What's The Ivy like... pretentious or worth it?

The Langham has won best afternoon tea awards.

Benares has had high acclaim for Indian food ( Atul Kochar, 1 michelin star)

I use this website (http://www.3starrestaurants.com/michelin-uk-restaurants.asp) as a guide.

Avoid Galvin at windows, carp food and service.
The ivy is ok if you like comfort food and star spotting.

Hestons new spot you will find it booked up the wazoo for the next few months.

Try Pollen St social, Kensington place, Clarke and St John ( if you like nose to tail eating). Le Gavroche does a good deal for lunch - 4 courses half btl wine and water with coffee and petits fours. Tom Aikens is good but he may have closed his restaurant

If you like steak the following restaurants are good, La relais de venise, Gaucho and the best steak can be found at the Hawksmoor.

Also good are 28- 50 ( fetter lane), Pearl ( Jun Tanaka) and Soseki ( St Mary Axe, best sushi outside of Japan, great tasting menu and sake menu).

d000hg
10th January 2012, 12:01
I would go for afternoon tea or dinner but not both. How about lunch on the Thames?I wasn't thinking on the same day ;)
The river is an idea but any recommendations? I don't want to fall into some awful tourist barge ;)


Diana's Diner (http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/12/dianas-diner-covent-garden.html) - their fried bread is awesome. It's not called an all-day breakfast for nothing, you know :tongueOoh, tempting. We're borrowing a flat so do need breakfast - it's on St. Katharine's Dock and there is a cheap caff there too, but Covent Garden isn't far away by tube IIRC.

quackhandle
10th January 2012, 12:02
When Professional Masterchef was on a few weeks ago, I looked at Michel Roux Jr's place Le Gavroche (http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/), any one recommend this?

qh

The_Equalizer
10th January 2012, 12:19
Diana's Diner (http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/12/dianas-diner-covent-garden.html) - their fried bread is awesome. It's not called an all-day breakfast for nothing, you know :tongue

EDIT: Good review on Russell Davies's egg, bacon, chips and beans (http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/2003/11/dianas_diner_en.html) blog:


http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/dianas_ebcb2-thumb.JPG


Mr. Fitz, a man after my own heart. I will have to go there when I am next in the smoke.

TheFaQQer
10th January 2012, 12:24
Diana's Diner (http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/12/dianas-diner-covent-garden.html) - their fried bread is awesome. It's not called an all-day breakfast for nothing, you know :tongue

EDIT: Good review on Russell Davies's egg, bacon, chips and beans (http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/2003/11/dianas_diner_en.html) blog:


http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/dianas_ebcb2-thumb.JPG


I used to go to the Regency Cafe (linky (http://russelldavies.typepad.com/ateaandathink/2004/06/regency_cafe_17.html)) for lunch when I was in that area.

Be amazed at the vocal projection skills of the counter staff.

DodgyAgent
10th January 2012, 12:26
It seems The Ritz is already booked up for 2 months ahead, when we'll be in London for our anniversary. Are there any other swanky places we could go, that are worth the money?

Probably going to try and fit in one posh lunch/dinner too... went to 15 last time and would quite like to try Heston's new place, but there must be dozens of great places with Michelin stars and the like... recommendations for posh English/Indian places welcome.
What's The Ivy like... pretentious or worth it?

Try the wolseley next door to the Ritz

The Wolseley - Café restaurant in the grand European tradition - Piccadilly, Mayfair, London (http://www.thewolseley.com/)

BrilloPad
10th January 2012, 12:32
Ritz is definetly the best. If it is booked then Mrs BP goes for Dim Sum in ChinaTown instead.

Lockhouse
10th January 2012, 12:36
Try the wolseley next door to the Ritz

The Wolseley - Café restaurant in the grand European tradition - Piccadilly, Mayfair, London (http://www.thewolseley.com/)

I've been to the Wolseley 3 or 4 times. The service is rubbish - I mean it, diabolical.

Le Gavroche is great value for lunch, in the evenings it's much more expensive but it's a tremendous restaurant. Last time I went there for dinner my wife's menu didn't have any prices on. When they delivered the food on silver platters they would announce it in French and a separate waiter would whisper in my ear what it was in English. You can't beat that.

My personal favourites are The Ivy, Le Caprice and Galvin la Chapelle (in The City). Also I like Magdalen at Tower Bridge, not very well known but superb food. I did so many restaurants in the 90's I just got bored with it. Now I like decent quality food, not ponced about with too much.

BrilloPad
10th January 2012, 12:40
How about lunch on the Thames?

Its always nice to go up the Oxo tower. fnar fnar

Arturo Bassick
10th January 2012, 12:42
Not been for years, but have been to "The Chop House" on Butlers Warf. Straight across the river from where you are staying. S&K pud with oysters is top stuff (and I dont like oysters).

PAH
10th January 2012, 13:04
I come over all tourettes when ever I'm forced into such establishments. Something about the pretentious poncy snobby ***** you find in these places I just can't stand.

Was in one (though a country place, not central London, but expect they're much the same) last year for a funeral wake. High tea I think they called it. A cup of tea and a cake for something like £20 per head.

I was tempted to recreate that food fight Rihanna did on X Factor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDQKjG11tSs), but as it was an auntie's wake I didn't want the grief off my cousins.

Scrag Meister
10th January 2012, 14:57
Jamie Oliver's gaff Barbecoa in New Change.

Awesome steaks.

manclarky
10th January 2012, 15:39
Diana's Diner (http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/12/dianas-diner-covent-garden.html) - their fried bread is awesome. It's not called an all-day breakfast for nothing, you know :tongue



I like "Simpson's on the Strand" for breakfast

redgiant
10th January 2012, 15:42
Has anyone been to the Savoy for afternoon tea since it reopened? Have managed to book a table in March but have some time to change it somewhere better if it's a bit tulip.

NickFitz
10th January 2012, 16:57
I like "Simpson's on the Strand" for breakfast

Ah, but does it have grubby lino and rickety furniture? ;)

DodgyAgent
10th January 2012, 17:24
I've been to the 3 or 4 times. The service is rubbish - I mean it, diabolical.

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They might be trying to tell you something :happy

SimonMac
10th January 2012, 17:42
Why not take her up the Oxo Tower (http://www.harveynichols.com/oxo-tower-london-restaurant)?

Freamon
10th January 2012, 22:16
For afternoon tea, Fortnum and Mason is supposed to be very good (and comparatively reasonably priced).

For a caff, second the suggestion above for the Regency.

Old Greg
10th January 2012, 22:36
It seems The Ritz is already booked up for 2 months ahead, when we'll be in London for our anniversary. Are there any other swanky places we could go, that are worth the money?

Probably going to try and fit in one posh lunch/dinner too... went to 15 last time and would quite like to try Heston's new place, but there must be dozens of great places with Michelin stars and the like... recommendations for posh English/Indian places welcome.
What's The Ivy like... pretentious or worth it?

Afternoon tea is great fun. I went to the Waldorf but that was 15 years ago.

If someone wants to arrange a CUK afternoon tea, I could be up for that.

Jubber
10th January 2012, 23:10
For afternoon tea, Fortnum and Mason is supposed to be very good (and comparatively reasonably priced).

Yep I recommend Fortnum & Mason for tea followed by dinner at The Albemarle Restaurant (Browns Hotel)

Lockhouse
11th January 2012, 08:11
They might be trying to tell you something :happy

I wouldn't be surprised!

TheFaQQer
11th January 2012, 09:47
Why not take her up the Oxo Tower (http://www.harveynichols.com/oxo-tower-london-restaurant)?

KUATB


Its always nice to go up the Oxo tower. fnar fnar

d000hg
12th March 2012, 12:32
Diana's Diner (http://londonreviewofbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/12/dianas-diner-covent-garden.html) - their fried bread is awesome. It's not called an all-day breakfast for nothing, you know :tongue

EDIT: Good review on Russell Davies's egg, bacon, chips and beans (http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/2003/11/dianas_diner_en.html) blog:


http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/dianas_ebcb2-thumb.JPG
Good call Nick, we went there on Saturday morning and it was pretty nice. Thanks!

russell
12th March 2012, 12:44
Good call Nick, we went there on Saturday morning and it was pretty nice. Thanks!

Every time you look at the name you will think about me though.