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Jun 21, 2009 08:18 AM

Visiting London for 3 days from Ireland

I'm going to be going be heading over to London for 3 days in about two weeks time. I'm coming from Dublin in Ireland so fish and chips, pub food etc aren't exactly novelties as they may be for American visitors! That said I would like to try a good seasonal/modern British restaurant. Preferences for the other nights would probably be Indian and Italian/Mediterranean.

I'd mainly be looking for mid-priced restaurants, nothing massively expensive or formal. So far I'm thinking of St. John or Hereford Road for the British place, and the Painted Heron for Indian. I'm not sure about the Italian - I was looking at L'Anima but it might be a bit formal for what we're looking for. Can anyone comment on the atmosphere there?

Any further accommodations and comments would be much appreciated. I haven't started looking at breakfast or lunch places yet. We'll be staying in Chelsea. My preferences would probably be for fairly hearty breakfasts and light lunches/snacks.

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  1. If you are in Chelsea then the Harwood Arms in Fulham (near the Chelsea football ground) is a great for modern british. OK it is a pub, but it is pub food like few others.

    1. I would recommend Bocca di Lupo for Italian. Admittedly I havent been to L'Anima, but can't fault Bocca di Lupo - it's terrific.

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      1. re: pj26

        Howya. Would second "Bocca di Lupo". Lots of dishes you won't be familiar with and friendly service. Easy on your pocket too.

      2. Thanks for the recs. Bocca di Lupo sounds perfect for what we want. It sounds like it's extremely popular from all the reviews - would I need to book fairly far in advance?

        1. Or try assaggi in Notting Hill - not too far from Chelsea. It's Italian (as you probably guessed) and has terrific food made with outstanding ingredients. It has a very bright, light room above a pub. You usually have to book. Would be handy if you were exploring Portobello and that area.

          1. as Phil says the Harwood arms is superb.

            for italian, bucca di lupo sounds a decent bet, but given your location I might also suggest Scalini or Timo.