We will be visiting London for a few days in early July. I am looking at some restaurants we might want to dine at in the Westminster and Soho areas. All of the restaurants have a place on their website for people to make reservations. My question is, will we need reservations? We'll generally be dining in the 5:30-7:00 time frame. We are looking at mid-range restaurants--nothing really very fancy. We'll be dining on Wed, Thurs, and Friday nights, and there will only be 2 of us. Is it generally necessary to make reservations?
It depends where you want to go and how desperate you are to get a table at a particular place
530 to 700 can be quite busy in some restaurants in the centre of town as they often have promotions for the pre theatre crowd, running from 5-7.
That said, that time especially near 5pm is very early for eating out in town so few places will be totally full.
Personally I make a reservation most of the time I go out. It's no hassle and very easy to cancel or change if necessary.
If there are any particular restaurants you want to visit let us know and we can probably tell you if a booking is really necessary.
Check carefully that they’ll be serving food at 5.30. That’s extremely early for dinner in London unless it’s a pre-theatre meal and even then it’s early.
You’ll almost certainly find somewhere you can walk in at that time, although if there’s a specific place you fancy then why not book ahead?
If they take reservations, make reservations. This way you have a table, so no disappointment. If you change your mind, up to the time of your booking, just cancel. Why not make a reservation? No downside.