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Please help me fill in the blanks London May

Arrive Sun am. Have lunch booked at Bull and Last. Would like good wine or tapas bar that evening for light dinner. Monday a work day and dinner already booked for work group at Hakassan. Tues managed to score late reservation at Dinner. Wed have late reservation for dinner at Ledbury. We are a party of 2 Fairly adventurous and build vacations around good dining ....so please help with lite tapas or wine bar Sunday and 2 calorie worthy lunches Tues Wed. All cuisines ok and price not a consideration. By late dinners I mean 10 pm so sparing lunch not a total necessity......last in London Trinity in Clapham, Launceston Place and Ledbury caused us to swoon. We are staying in Marylebone but will travel where ever...coincidence to sightseeing not an issue as we will plan sightseeing around the restaurant location...thanks so much.

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Launceston Place
1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

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  1. Wine bars which I like are Vinoteca - there's a new one in Mayfair, and another branch in Farringdon but that may not be open on a Sunday night - and Terroir, near Trafalgar Square. For tapas, I like Salt Yard on Goodge Street. The same owners also run Dehesa, in Soho, which I haven't visited. Fino on Charlotte St is also great for Spanish food, but it's more of a restaurant than a tapas bar. You can also eat tapas at the bar at Moro which I've done a few times, and there's a dedicated tapas bar now next door called Morito, which I haven't tried.

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    Salt Yard
    54 Goodge St, Camden Town, Greater London W1T 4, GB

    1. For your lunches, try Sedap for Penang style Nyona, Quilon or various options in Brixton Village. (see the huge Brixton Village thread).

      I remember liking the sherries and some of the tapas at the Salt Yard. Might be worth crawling through the various tapas places in that area (Barrica, Fino; caveat: I've not been to these other 2 places).

      El Piratas de Tapas is great, but haven't been in a while. If they still serve the rose from Muga, it's excellent.

      The (South-African focused) wines at Vivat Bacchus are very good, and they have 2 branches -- one in Farringdon, and the other near London Bridge. If you like to graze in the Farringdon area, I'd do Vinoteca and Vivat Bacchus (on route you have the option of sake at Saki), then finish with oven fresh madeleines from St Johns.

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      Sedap
      102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

      Salt Yard
      54 Goodge St, Camden Town, Greater London W1T 4, GB

      Quilon
      41 Buckingham Gate, London, Greater London SW1E 6, GB

      Vivat Bacchus
      47 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4LL, GB

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      1. re: limster

        Thanks so much GG and Limster. I have reserved Quilon ( tapas and wine bars seem to be closed ) Sunday late evening and printed the list to do a tapas wine lunch Tues or Wed. What is a vacation lunch if not a very good reason to have a glass or two. Much appreciated.

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        Quilon
        41 Buckingham Gate, London, Greater London SW1E 6, GB

      2. If you are happy to travel, and want fantastic tapas, I'd recommend Angels and Gypsies in Camberwell (get the Bakerloo line down from Marylebone to Elephant, and then it is a 10 min bus to Camberwell Green). Really stands out from the competition, in my view.

        http://www.churchstreethotel.com/rest...

        1. For Tapas I would go for one of Barrafina, Morito or the Opera Tavern which is by the same people as Salt Yard and has got rave reviews.

          There is now a branch of Vinoteca in Marylebone which is a lovely wine bar although I've not actually visited the new one.

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          Barrafina
          54 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 3, GB

          Salt Yard
          54 Goodge St, Camden Town, Greater London W1T 4, GB

          1. Thanks All. Here is the lineup with lunches at 1 pm and dinners at 9 ish pm. Arrival Sunday lunch at Bull and Last and dinner at Quilon. Monday work day with dinner at Hakkasan. Tues lunch at Launceston Place and dinner at ( well) Dinner. Wed lunch at Salt Yard and dinner at Ledbury. My plan is to forego the plane on Thursday and to kill calories consumed by jogging across the Atlantic home. Appreciate your help.

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            Launceston Place
            1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

            Salt Yard
            54 Goodge St, Camden Town, Greater London W1T 4, GB

            Quilon
            41 Buckingham Gate, London, Greater London SW1E 6, GB

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            1. re: capeanne

              What a great lineup of places to visit. I assume you are going to spend all the time in between working out as I'd never be hungry enough to tackle such an array of restaurants in such a short period.

              I hope you have a brilliant time and do let us know your thoughts on them all.

            2. I'm thinking about building an itinerary loosely based on yours. Could you please report back? Thanks!

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              1. re: D...DF

                I am so grateful to this board and so late in reporting. I apologize. We started with lunch at Bull and Last. We throroughly enjoyed it starters were asparagus for me , mixed greens for husb ( now known as H) and guinea hen for me and mackerel for H. Good value , fun atmosphere and good service. That night we did a late dinner at Quilon. It was alot of fun the food very good. Nothing stands out particularly as wow except the service. Hakkasan business dinner was my least favorite meal. There were 7 of us and felt a bit like factory serving. Most memorable dish was the duck salad. Next night was Dinner and H loved it more than I but I was MAD about the meat fruit and thought the duck ( which looked like 2pears on a plate to me ) was pretty damn good. Service was fine if not " polished" and room was a scene but not intolerable. Somehow in the midst of this we managed a lunch at Launceston Place which was lovely with perfect service. We try to have a meal here every trip and highly recommend The last night was the Ledbury and all I can say is I am and always will be in love with this place. H had mackerel again and I again did fowl. I can't recommend this place highly enough. The room is gorgeous , the service amazing and was a perfect end to a very short trip t a wonderful food City. Enjoy!

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                Launceston Place
                1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

                Quilon
                41 Buckingham Gate, London, Greater London SW1E 6, GB

                1. re: capeanne

                  hi...i read your original post too late to chime in, but like many others above i like: Vinoteca, Barrafina, and Sedap...

                  re: Hakkasan, i'm not surprised it was your least favorite -- i went there once and despised it.

                  for future trips, consider: Great Queen St (gastropub/gastropubby-restaurant near Holborn), Cambio de Tercio (high end Spanish w/ great wine list), Durbar (Indian in Notting Hill), The Cow (gastropub in Notting Hill), and St. John and/or St. John Bread and Wine...

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                  Sedap
                  102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

                  Barrafina
                  54 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 3, GB

                  St. John
                  26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY, GB