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List of restaurants in January Conde Nast Traveler

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Here's what Conde Nast Traveler recommended in its recent article about a visit to London:
Arbutus
Dinner by Heston Blmenthal
E. Pellicci
Hereford Road
Le Café Anglais
St. John
Sweetings
Wiltons
Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter

These are names I don't often see on this board so I wonder if Conde Nast is doing its typical see and be seen thing. Your thoughts please? Thanks!

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  1. You can read about E. Pellicci here... sounds like a good place for breakfast.

    http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur...

    Arbutus and Dinner.. also Hereford Road are often mentioned on this board.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      St. John gets mentioned here often as well.

      Sweetings and Wilton's are 2 very old-school/traditional London restaurants.

    2. Sweetings is a unique experience. It looks like a pub from the outside. On the inside there are a number of serving stations (minibars if you like) each with about 5 stools surrounding it. There is also a sit-down restaurant in the back. You get absolutely fresh seafood, shellfish and oysters. At the minibars your servers serve up and prepare many of the dishes for you. Only open for lunch and only Monday to Friday. Excellent traditional watering hole. They serve pub drinks too.

      1. Did you check the date of the article? Looks like a list from four or five years ago. Nothing wrong with the choices as such but not certain they would make a more up to date list for a visitor looking for the best of London.

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        1. re: PhilD

          I'm confident the issue is January 2014. Very interesting comment. The criticism of Conde Nast Traveler is that the emphasis is more often the latest hot place regardless of food quality than four/five year old suggestions.

          1. re: Indy 67

            Maybe - however I last lived in the UK five years ago and many would have been on a list then, considering how much has happened in the London food scene it's an odd list. Was it a list if a type of menu, seems to be a mix of traditional (sweetings, wiltons, wright bros, & dinner) nose to tail (St. John, Hereford rd) and Brit/French (Arbutus, cafe anglais)......and an Italian greasy spoon (but in a old building).

            1. re: PhilD

              I get Condé Nast's newsletters, and many of their lists of the best this or that seem to be out of sync with reality. I agree that their restaurant list is in that category, too.