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Jul 26, 2009 11:55 AM

Please help with London visit

We will be coming to London for a week in early September, staying at the Marylebone Hotel on Welbeck Street.

I would very much appreciate your suggestions for
1) A pleasant restaurant for the evening we arrive. We don’t have to stay in the neighborhood of our hotel, we can take a bus or the tube.
2) Places that are close to our hotel or to Wigmore Hall, for the times we finish our event at 6pm.
3) Someplace near the New London Theatre on Drury Lane, for before a 7:30 performance.
4) Someplace for after a matinee at the National Theatre. We can stay in that area, come back across the river, or anywhere else.
5) Anyplace to get a quick meal near Royal Albert Hall.

Are there good places for about or under £20 to £30 per person? A couple of years ago, we found some lovely prix-fixe dinners, but I don’t know if they still exist. One was Garvin on Baker Street; I don’t know if that is still offered.

I would also appreciate any thoughts on these recommendations: Alloro, Arbutus, L’Escargot, St. Alban, Wild Honey, Incogniko, Maze, J. Sheekey

Prefer not to have Indian or Asian, since we have great places at home for that. We might do one Chinese dinner; I seem to remember a very good restaurant on Baker Street that was walking distance.

Thanks in advance.

Sylvia in Philadelphia

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  1. I love Maze. I don't think there's anything quite like it in Phila. except for perhaps Tinto. It's the same tapas idea with small offerings, but in London the food at Maze is French inspired to a certain degree and of course is not the delicious Basque cuisine.

    Enjoy the trip!

    June (Who grew up in Phila. but now lives near London)

    1. I love Arbutus and Wild Honey - had a great lunch at Arbutus a couple of weeks ago and everything was fantastic - and pretty good value as well. You will find a lot of the top places have very good lunch specials on at the moment, and have a look at for other offers.

      1. If you like a nice steak, Relais de l'entrecote is close by on marylebone lane. Always good value, but you do have to queue for a table.

        If Lebanese appeals, then take a short walk to Edgware road, you'll find a multitude of options, the nicest (and most expensive) is Maroush Gardens, but I find any of them to be excellent food, it really only matters on your opinion of the surroundings. (I honestly like Abu Ali the best- but you really have to close your eyes and pretend to be somewhere else, it does not look too good.)

        Arbutus and L'escargot I love, however J Sheekey I found overpriced and under tasty!!

        I think someone already mentioned toptable, otherwise try which sometimes has interesting offers...

        1. If you are considering Maze - reservations are a must and really should be made as soon as possible. Check out the sample menus on-line (also for Maze Grill). By the way, why not glance at Time Out London for other dining suggestions (by food type,price, location, etc.)

          On another note, the play you are going to see at the New London Theatre - "War Horse" is, to say the least, excellent. I attended a performance last month when I was in London and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully you will too!

          1. Thanks so much for your responses. They are really helpful. And Time Out is a good source for ratings, hours, prices, etc.

            It looks like both Maze and Wild Honey would be walking distance from Wigmore Hall or our hotel. And I will reserve Arbutus for pre-theatre - a bit of a walk, but should be okay.

            Question about Maze: is it very expensive? And is it very noisy? Which should I be reserving, Maze or Maze Grill?
            I am asking about noise because lately we have a problem with some of the good places in Philly. The noise level, with loud music in the background, has become impossible; you can't even talk to the person next to you. We have never had that trouble overseas, and I hope London hasn't copied that.

            I found one more place that looked interesting. L'Autre Pied, on Blandford Street, has a reasonably priced set menu during the week. Anyone been there?

            Again, thanks for your help.


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            1. re: sylviag

              I don't rememebr Maze being particularly noisy I think they've got a good buzz but you can carry on a conversaion easily.
              I would personally book Maze, not the grill.
              I think the tasting menu is about 60 a head plus drinks, well worth it.