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Anniversary Dinner in London

LindsayH Jul 18, 2010 10:05 AM

My husband and I are traveling to London for our 3 year anniversary and would love some suggestions on where to eat for this occasion. We are staying near Piccadilly Circus and would love to be able to walk to a restaurant but are willing to travel by the tube if the meal is really stellar. Our budget is around $150-$200 so I think that's about 100-125 pounds. We want a place that is trendy/modern. We love American, Indian, Italian, and would like to try anything else that is ethnic or "British" (but I don't really know what British food is.) Any suggestions? I appreciate them!

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    pj26 Jul 19, 2010 04:45 AM

    For that kind of budget I would head to Arbutus in Soho - had a fantastic lunch there the Saturday just been. Really great food, charming service and they do all their wine by the carafe so a great oppotunity to try some of the more expensive bottles.

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      PhilD Jul 20, 2010 02:28 PM

      Arbutus is good, but its sister restaurant "Wild Honey" is better for a celebration as it is a bit more intimate, lots of British food and ingredients on the menu with some European dishes. It is approx 10 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus, just off Regent Street, and should fit the budget well.

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      Nancy S. Jul 19, 2010 06:34 AM

      I would recommend The Ledbury -- great food, great setting and charming and young chef.

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        pj26 Jul 19, 2010 07:00 AM

        Could you realistically have a dinner for two at the Ledbury for £100 - £125?

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          PhilD Jul 20, 2010 02:32 PM

          The Ledbury - food alone is £65 a head (plus 12.5% service) for three courses, add wine and it will probably be north of £200

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        judithuk Jul 19, 2010 08:42 AM

        www.boccadilupo.com/ walking distance Italian need to book as very 'in'.

        but this area is quintessentially English club land, certainly not trendy or modern
        Fortnums for very very English and also a small restaurant on Jermyn St whose name is temporarily escaping me - very English, dark, good Dover Sole, not cheap. ah Wiltons
        Quaglino's is very glamorous space but food not as good as it used to be

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          judithuk Jul 19, 2010 08:45 AM

          don't forget to pig out at Laduree, tiny shop in Burlington Arcade just west of Royal Academy great macarons

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          gembellina Jul 19, 2010 09:25 AM

          For an anniversary dinner I'd look at Andrew Edmunds in Soho. I went with my mum but I think it would have been far more suited to a romatic dinner a deux! I remember thinking the food was excellent, but a few months later I can't actually remember what I ate. I was more struck by the overall experience - candlelight, steamy windows, dark wood, tables crammed in together as staff shimmy in between, a vague impression of getting gently steaming on (very reasonably-priced!) wine in a warm cosy bustling room, then the absolute shock of being tipped out onto the Soho streets on a freezing Feb night! Might be prohibitively hot and stuffy if you're coming in the summer though.

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          1. re: gembellina
            gembellina Jul 19, 2010 09:28 AM

            Though I've just noticed you specified trendy/modern, which it's definitely not...

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            LindsayH Jul 19, 2010 04:52 PM

            Thank you all so much! I'm going to be doing my research on all of these places tonight :)

            1. limster Jul 19, 2010 05:03 PM

              I'm a big fan of Trinity, it's great but slightly far in Clapham. Should be just right for your budget and leave you a healthy amount for wine. Modern British/European cooking.

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                zuriga1 Jul 19, 2010 11:18 PM

                How far is Trinity from the Clapham train station? Thanks.

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                  pj26 Jul 20, 2010 01:42 AM

                  I love Trinity - they appear to have some pretty good lunch specials on at the moment as well. It's about a two minute walk from Tube station, not sure how far from the overground station though.

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                    limster Jul 20, 2010 03:12 AM

                    Maybe this will give a good estimate; I've only walked from the Clapham common tube.


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                      zuriga1 Jul 20, 2010 03:23 AM

                      Thanks to you and pj26. It seems to be an equidistant walk from either Tube or National rail station. I was too lazy and should have Googled the map myself!

                2. patrad Jul 20, 2010 09:34 AM

                  It's not close to Picadilly, but you may try Gordon Ramsey's Narrow. It's as high class British food you can get. Very, very tasty. Not quite pre fix fine dining, but everything is done very well. For this time of year, it's location on the river is fantastic. Ask for a table on the pavillion, along the floor to ceiling open door/windows. . .

                  if you go early enough you could take the thames clipper there and back for a romantic boat trip . . . and see london from the river. . . or you can take the tube/DLR or a cab.

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                    pj26 Jul 21, 2010 01:49 AM

                    'It's as high class British food you can get'...err, no it's not. It has a lovely view but there's dozens of places around with much a much better offering of British food in London.

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