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Jul 2, 2014 06:13 AM

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Hello, I'll be visiting London for the first time at the end of July for work. Based on what I've read on this board, I've come up with a list and was hoping for some feedback. Also, I have a fee meals that I'm still unsure of so any help in figuring that out will be appreciated :)

Arrive on Saturday morning around 7:30 AM:
- Breakfast - ?? (Need to decide)
- Lunch - Will probably graze around so that I don't fill up for dinner
- Dinner - The Ledbury

- Lunch - ?? (Need to decide)
- Drink - Nightjar
- Dinner - ?? (Need to decide)

- Breakfast - Wolseley
- Drink - 69 Colebrooke Row
- Dinner - Clove Club

- Breakfast - Dishoom
- Dinner - Hedone

- Breakfast - Caravan
- Drink - Harp
- Dinner - Barrafina (the Adelaide street branch)

- Breakfast - Hawksmoor Guildhall
- Dinner - Harwood Arms

- Breakfast - ?? (Need to decide)

- Lunch - Green Man & French Horn
- Drink - Euston Tap
- Dinner - St. John

Sunday - I leave in the evening
- Lunch - ?? (Need to decide)

* I'd like to visit Master Superfish while I'm there.
* For desserts, I'd like to check out Paul A Young, Konditor & Cook, Gails, Bees of Bloomsbury & Ottolenghi.
* Coffee - I need to figure out how many can I fit but Monmouth, Flat White, Blacksmiths, Tap, Sacred, Taylor Street Baristas, Sacred Cafe, Workshop, Green & White, Kaffeine, Dose, Local Hero, Prufock, Cafe Fratelli, Lanterna, Timberyard, are on my list so far.
* I grew up in India which is why I skipped the likes of Trisna, Gymkhana, etc. Made an exception with Dishoom for breakfast.
* If I find time, I'll try to check out Borough Market some time.

What do you all think about the above?

Thank you!

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  1. If you feel up to it, you might want to head to the Borough Market on the Saturday morning you arrive.

    Yes, it is a bit of a mob scene. But there are snacks you can buy and a Monmouth coffee shop nearby. Over the couple of hours you spend grazing there you can take care of both breakfast & lunch.

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      1. re: DavidT

        Thanks! Looking into it.
        Any suggestions on which paces to hit? Based on what I read - bread ahead (custard donuts), konditor & cook (cakes), monmouth coffee, roast for lunch and neal's yard for some cheese.

        1. re: indiefoodie

          Bread Ahead does one of my favorite brownies, definitely check it out if you're into the fudgy variety. Tons of stalls do cheese, you're spoiled for choice there (although Neal's Yard is excellent). I particularly like one particular stall that does only olive oils and balsamic vinegars/glazes, and a unique one (although it sadly doesn't travel particularly well) is Pâté Moi, a company that makes a really interesting and delicious mushroom pâté.

          1. re: indiefoodie

            Konditor and Cook are my favourite for cakes (which is doubtless why we got our wedding cake from them!). Lovely old fashioned Victoria sponge, and the Curly Whirly cake.

        2. re: DavidT

          If you get to the market go to the Brindisi stall for a Chorizo sandwich. They are wonderful.

        3. Looks great overall. I'd have thought you could combine Nightjar with the Clove Club as they are slightly better fit geographically.

          Euston Tap isn't really worth a special trip I don't think. Maybe put Colebrooke Row to Saturday and then enjoy the walk down St John Street to St John (25 mins walk probably) You can also go to Paul A Young on Camden passage on your way to Colebrooke if you're in time.

          Why not do Sunday lunch at a proper gastropub - Draper's Arms, Anchor and Hope or Bull & Last. The Harwood Arms does a good impression but is essentially a restaurant.

          I quite like the Modern Pantry for breakfast but I wouldn't go miles out of your way for it.

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          1. re: ManInTransit

            Thank you! I updated my reservations at Nightjar and Colebrooke Row as per your suggestion.

            Would you happen to have a suggestion to replace Euston Tap with? Cask & Pub Kitchen maybe? NYC has pretty decent beer and cocktails so I was just trying to hit a few places that I may not necessarily find here. I read that cask beer is pretty big in London and it's not here.

            The gastropubs that you mentioned are the ones that I considered with Harwood. I understand that in terms of atmosphere, Harwood leans towards a restaurant but purely in terms of food, is Harwood and one of the others very different?

            Thank you for your help!

            1. re: indiefoodie

              The Cask in Pimlico is fantastic and the Craft Beer Co on Leather Lane is also great (there are other branches of CBC as well).

              Harwood has excellent food and purely on that you've probably made the right choice, on a trip in from NYC I'd be slightly tempted to go to a slightly more pubby pub but you can't really go wrong.

              1. re: ManInTransit

                Agree on the Harwood vs the Bull & Last. Both great, but the Harwood has the better food, the Bull & Last has really good food but is more pubby . Both worth a visit depends on what you want.

                Second the Craft Beer Company recommendation on Leather Lane and it's not too far to then walk to St John.

                1. re: PhilD

                  Thank you! I noticed that Craft Beer Co. has multiple locations. Is the Leather Lane location better then the others?

                  1. re: indiefoodie

                    To be honest on been to the Leather Lane one - but my beer monster friend speaks highly of all of them - I recommend trying one of their pork pies as a snack with the beer.

          2. I wouldn't bother with Bea's for dessert. Ever since it expanded into a mini chain I feel the quality has declined. If you're not coming from a place which does good French patisserie, I'd go to Patisserie des Reves in Marylebone instead.

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            1. re: tavegyl

              Thank you! NYC has decent pastry (not in the same league as Paris or Tokyo I guess but OK) so I'll skip these places. Would you happen to have some dessert spots in London that you think are must-do's? Thanks!

            2. I don't know if you are into chocolates, but besides the usual places mentioned, the selection at Selfridge's is newly expanded and pretty terrific.

              You might like a breakfast at Kopapa (Seven Dials area). The food is very good and it's a nice, central location.

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              1. re: zuriga1

                Thank you. I'll keep this in mind.

              2. Are you missing an afternoon tea experience?

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                1. re: Foxeyblue

                  I was considering afternoon tea (Brown's, Montcalm) but when I looked at their menus, they did not seem like they fell under the "must have" category. Is that not true? I understand that the tea experience is very local but I did not want to do it only for the experience if the food wasn't special. Thanks.

                  1. re: indiefoodie

                    I'm not a huge fan of the full fledged afternoon tea, but I do like just a cream tea, with scones and clotted cream. Dean Street Townhouse has a well-regarded one, but my personal favourite is at Orange Pekoe in Barnes, where you get the bonus of some very pretty walks in the vicinity (including across the river to Hedone - one ugly bit along the way, but a pleasant stroll otherwise). I am also very fond of Orange Pekoe's teas. Both places also do afternoon tea, but I've never tried it.

                    1. re: indiefoodie

                      The afternoon teas here can be very good... not to mention filling. They're better than anything I ever had in NYC. I did like the one at the Montcalm.. lots and lots to eat and beautiful service.

                      1. re: indiefoodie

                        Fortnums for tea is pretty amazing, but really very filling!

                        1. re: indiefoodie

                          I quite like the themed ones. A bit more fun. Like this for example:

                          But it really does depend what floats your digestive biscuit, so to speak.