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Ledbury, or something else?

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I'm in London for a 3 month fellowship and I plan to skimp through the week and make my Friday night worthwhile, Chow style.

Discussion boards seem to say that Ledbury is THE place to be. I'm going to have to make the reservation from my home Country (worth it!) but do they take tables for one?

Is there any other dining experience that I should be budgeting for, in the same price range as Ledbury (without wine) or a place that I can do a lunch at instead of a lavish dinner, just to get the experience.

Looking forward to your replies. Thanks!

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  1. If you open up lunch, there are lots of options, and you might want to have a look by searching simply because there are so many options. Personally, if I were visiting London from India, I would go to Le Gavroche for lunch.

    Ledbury does online bookings by the way.

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    1. re: mr_gimlet

      Thanks! Will look at Le Gavroche for lunch, their business lunch looks good!

      Re Ledbury: Opentable doesn't do tables for one - 2 is the minimum :(

      1. re: mr_gimlet

        Update: I called them, they do take reservations for one, but not on opentable. :/

      2. Can thoroughly recommend the Ledbury - a rare absolutely perfect meal.

        1. Ledbury was our favorite out of the 4 high end places we dined at when visiting London. Always full so perhaps not inclined to take a single.

          Maybe read up on Hedone ... It's not as hard to get in to and has counter seating overlooking the kitchen, so easy to fit in as a single.

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          1. re: willyum

            Thank you! Yes, I was looking at Hedone as well. Since I'm there for 3 months I'm looking to do one high end place a month - maybe the third month I'm looking at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

            1. re: MumbaiCentral

              Dined alone at Ledbury on a week nite about a month ago. Outstanding food, wine and service, absolutely no issue being a single. Highly recommended.

          2. Ledbury is by far the best meal we have had in London. Not to be missed!

            1. I had no problem booking a table for 1 for lunch last year at the Ledbury. Thought both the meal and service were outstanding.

              I just looked at the booking link from their website and I see an option to choose one person.