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Jan 3, 2011 02:43 PM

1st time in London, please Help!

Planning on coming in April for my first trip ever to London (3 nights) and Paris (4 nights). We will be staying at the JW Marriott Grosvenor Square. Looking for reasonably priced good restaurants. Also, any suggestions on things not to be missed would be great too. Thanks in advance.

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  1. It would probably help those here if you said what 'reasonably priced' means to you. The definition varies a lot! You'll be in a great part of London to eat just about anywhere... very easy to get around here. Check out Maze for a start - right across the street from your hotel. It's a bit 'novel,' and fun.

    1. I can recommend Gordon Ramsay in Claridges Hotel, very close to where you are staying. The excellent £30 set lunch is easily the best value way of experiencing London grand hotel dining. Drinks and service will add to the cost though, and the cheapest bottle of wine is about £38.

      Do not miss Harrods Food Halls, which incorporate a number of sit-at-bar type eating places.

      1. I would say Gordon Ramsay Hospital Road and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. At both restaurants you can get a lunch deal for 45 pound, it's an excellent way to discover this restaurants! Also the Ledbury is very exciting right now.

        1. As stated 'reasonably priced' needs further definition. But, although all those restaurants so far listed do have good lunch deals, they wouldn't be the first names that jump to mind when thinking of 'reasonably priced'. I mean RHR and Dorcehster are possibly the two most expensive restaurants in London!

          That said, both Maze and Claridges aren't eye-watering for lunch especially. But how Wild Honey? I'm pretty sure they do a £15 or £16 set lunch near to your hotel. Very nice place it is too.

          1. Not exactly close to your hotel, but not inconvenient with public transportation and compared to the chow in London and Paris, certainly not to be missed:
            Sedap (Old Street) for Nyona
            Golden Day (Chinatown) for Hunan
            Indian Zing (Hammersmith) for Maharastrian
            Quilon (Westminster) for Keralan (lunch recommended)
            Bull & Last (Highgate/Kentish Town) - gastropub
            Brixton Village Market (Brixton) for grazing on various kinds of chow

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            1. re: limster

              I did not see prices for Quilon on their menu, what are the dinner prices and is there a reason you recommend their lunch? I feel way overwhelmed trying to plan where to eat but starting to focus in on the following:

              Golden Hind for fish and chips
              Bull & Last
              Quilon (lunch or dinner?)
              Indian Zing

              What do you think?

              1. re: bakerboyz

                I think you need to think about what other things you want to do on your first time in London and plan your meals around that. Presumably you want to see all the sights and museums etc that London has to offer? You are in danger of spending all your time travelling to various parts of London if you're not careful.

                1. re: bakerboyz

                  Lunch at Quilon is £20 for 3 courses which is a great deal; not sure about dinner, but apparently more expensive.