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My husband and I will be in London at the end of this month and are looking for some great dining and pub recommendations. Some requirements -

- We'd like recommendations for all times of the day - great breakfasts, lunches and dinner.
- We love fine dining and are relatively adventurous; however, we won't be traveling with formal attire, so no recommendations that would require a jacket and tie for my husband or a dress for me please.
- Would love recommendations for places with local sourcing/flavors/atmosphere. It doesn't have to be traditional English food, but definitely not French (we're going to France too and I suspect we'll get our fill of French food there).
- A recommendation for a great Indian restaurant would also be lovely.
- We're planning on going to Master's Superfish based on Chowhound recommendations here. Is that still the place to go for the best fish and chips?
- Would also love recommendations for some traditional English pubs.
- We'll be taking in a show at the Dominion Theatre one night and would like an early dinner recommendation nearby.
- Anything quintessentially British and something we wouldn't get back in the States would be awesome.

Thanks very much!

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  1. My top picks:

    The Square -- my favorite in London, perhaps "French-inspired, but to me, not what I eat in Paris

    The Ledbury -- great chef and great preparations

    J. Sheekey -- for great Dover sole

    Texture -- Scandinavian chef who uses great ingredients and technique

    Harwood Arms -- my favorite gastropub, especially the firsts and desserts

    St. John's Bread and Wine -- for breakfast

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      These look great! Any suggestions on a good restaurant near the Dominion Theater?

      1. re: Seige

        Any of the good restaurants in SoHo are not too far a walk from the Dominion. Dean St Townhouse is very popular. In that same neighbourhood there is Princi, which I would recommend for a decent, Italian lunch - more like a cafeteria than a sit-down restaurant but their desserts are nice. You also will be not far from Chinatown. I like Haozhan and there are lots of other recommendations here if you search.

        1. re: Seige

          Try L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon In Covent Garden. We love it. It is two Michelin stars but casual, relaxed atmosphere. This is French but not the norm. There is also one in Paris.

          We prefer J Sheekey Oyster bar which is next to the more formal J Sheekey. Also Hix Oyster Bar and Chop House people rave about. The Wright Brothers at Borough market is great but tiny so do book. Great before or after the market Thursday-Saturday.

          Happy eating!

          Nicole
          www.thecriticalcouple.com

          Fantastic Pubs: The Blackfriar on Queen Victoria Street, Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, The Counting House in The City, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese in The City and The Coach and Horses in Soho,

      2. My two fav restaurants in London that aren't on all the radars are Andrew Edmunds in Soho (they don't take bookings until the week before but do get very busy so plan ahead) and The Carpenter's Arms in Hammersmith, West London (a local restaurant that serves excellent food and wine. This isn't a stuffy place and is very relaxed). Both would fall into the modern British / European category.

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        1. re: jamesfarrell

          I can second The Carpenter's Arms, I used to frequent there when I lived in West Kensignton and was always impressed with the food.