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giftergirl Dec 18, 2013 10:44 AM

could someone kindly recommend a few lunch and dinner places for the hubs and i. we are visiting london from nyc between 12/27 and 12/31. a mix of casual pub type for lunch and something nice for dinner. romantic setting for dinner would be a plus. we are staying in knightsbridge but i imagine we'll be roaming around the city. thank you!

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  1. zuriga1 RE: giftergirl Dec 18, 2013 11:30 AM

    There are tons of good suggestions here with restaurants that people have been talking about. I'd suggest just scrolling down the threads and get some ideas there for starters. London has hundreds of great restaurants.

    For a casual pub lunch, there are lots of reliable favorites like Anchor & Hope, Hereford Road etc. What would you like in the way of romantic... Italian, British Modern, Indian?

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      giftergirl RE: zuriga1 Dec 18, 2013 01:52 PM

      thanks zuriga, british or modern romantic would be lovely.

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        zuriga1 RE: giftergirl Dec 18, 2013 02:13 PM

        I am out the door - flying to the States - but I'm sure you'll get some suggestions from others, and I'll keep thinking. Galvin at Windows has great views. It's in a hotel, as are quite a few of the good restaurants here.

        Bistrot Bruno Loubet isn't particularly romantic, but the food is very good. I don't get to the Knightsbridge area often for meals, but I'm sure someone will know some worthy places near your hotel. That said, London is very easy to get around.

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      Harters RE: giftergirl Dec 19, 2013 08:59 AM

      Hmmm. Tricky that one, without more to go on. "Nice" can mean many things to many people. As can "romantic".

      Have you done a search on the threads looking for the type of food or the type of restaurants you like? Or for the areas of the city where you may be having lunch or dinner? The capital's a big place.
      You've certainly picked a high end area to stay in (by which I mean somewhere I couldnt afford) with some high end nationally known restaurants that I'm sure are nice - Koffman's, Apsley's, Marcus Waring, Dinner, Zafferano and Outlaw's.

      I suspect you may struggle on 31/12 as many places will have been booked for ages.

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        brokentelephone RE: giftergirl Dec 22, 2013 04:29 AM

        Galvin La Chapelle is romantic.

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          Harters RE: brokentelephone Dec 22, 2013 04:38 AM

          When we were there in April, it was full of loud corporate types. That, coupled with having the worst table in the room and staff far up their own arses, made it one of the least romantic places I can think of.


          Perhaps on another day? But I'll not be back to see.

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            brokentelephone RE: Harters Dec 22, 2013 02:50 PM

            Anywhere is romantic if you're wearing a thong under your power suit.

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              Harters RE: brokentelephone Dec 22, 2013 02:54 PM

              Fair point :-)

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          Londonlinda RE: giftergirl Dec 22, 2013 06:40 AM

          For romantic, himself and I always go to Sartoria. Yes, I am sure there are more authentic/cheaper/whatever Italian restaurants in London (before people post to tell me exactly that!), but we love it. Went there last week for a meal after looking at the Christmas lights, and it was just as good as ever. We've been going there about once a year for 8 years, and many of the staff including the very helpful sommelier have been there at least since then. It has a calm atmosphere, it's easy to talk, excellent service and great food (the pumpkin risotto on the current seasonal menu is especially good).

          1. kukubura RE: giftergirl Dec 22, 2013 03:23 PM

            We have very limited experience (just a 6 day visit a couple of months ago that I never recapped) but the Draper's Arms and Bull & Last were both fantastic pubs with terrific atmosphere and fabulous food. We had a lunch at Draper's and dinner at Bull & Last (which has a more formal dining room, although we ate in the pub, which I think is still pretty romantic)

            Also a fun lunch is the bar area at St John, with a nice menu of pretty affordable things and great beers and wines.

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