2 Days in London
My fiance and I will be spending the final 2 days of our honeymoon in London, following a week in Paris and 2 days in the Burgundy wine region.
We are big foodies, but after 9 days in France our budget will be a bit tight. Since we only have a few meals in London, we've decided that we definitely want to experience the following:
- Afternoon Tea (I made a reservation at the Palm Court of the Langham Hotel on a friend's suggestion.)
- Authentic British Food (Are the Laughing Gravy or Sea Shell good?)
- Indian (Preferably somewhere a bit romantic since this will be the last night of the honeymoon...)
- A great pub (I've read great review for Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Grenadier, and the Sherlock Holmes Pub. Any thoughts on these?)
We will be staying in Mayfair. Other than the afternoon tea, we're planning on just grabbing sandwiches for lunch (A friend recommended just going to Harrod's Food Hall for fish and chips. Is that good or just a zoo?).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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i haven't been to the laughing gravy for years but it seems to get good reviews on www.london-eating.co.uk. having said that, i don't think of it as being particularly authentic british - what about the anchor and hope (waterloo) or great queen street (covent garden) instead? st john bread & wine would be good if you're here on a sunday - get up early, have breakfast there (their bacon sandwich is huge and wonderful) then explore spitalfields and colombia rd markets.
for pubs, do a search on here but the two places that spring to mind are the bull & last (in highgate, could be followed by a walk on hampstead heath) and harwood arms. i've not heard of the three you mention - perhaps look them up on london-eating.
for your indian meal, what about dishoom (covent garden)? it's not paticularly romantic but it's fun and a nice modern take on indian dining. you could follow it up with ice cream from somewhere like scoop or gelupo (both soho) and/or cocktails (hix in soho has nice british drinks but there are lots of options, again, do a search). otherwise, do a search - there is lots of talk about indian food on the boards. moti mahal (covent garden) would be lovely but it is pricey.
Where on earth did you read a good review of the Cheshire Cheese? We went there years ago because it was one of the few places open for Sunday lunch, and it was awful. Has there been some major change since that I am not aware of? We will be in London on a weekend next month and our lunch plans are Kensington Place and Bistro Bruno Loubet, both of which are pretty reasonable in price, and I think would be far superior choices.