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London Restaurants

We're a party of five adults who will be in London for a Saturday and Sunday night this autumn. We're looking for restaurant recommendations. We're staying in Victoria but any area accessible by public transportation is fine. We're open to pretty much any type of food. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

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If you’re looking for a historic restaurant (either oldest or second oldest restaurant in London), with a meat-centric menu featuring wild game, I suggest Rules. It is in Covent Garden. It is pricey, but worth the experience.

For a traditional English dinner, Simpsons in the Strand is a great choice. It feels like a private club, and they wheel a trolly of roasted meats to the table to carve.

The Tate Modern has a good, reasonably priced restaurant on an upper floor of the converted power plant. The bar attracts a young, lively and loud crowd, and the adjacent restaurant is part of the open floor plan. The view is spectacular, looking across the Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral. It can be a bit loud.


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If you are in or near South Kensington I would recommend the legendary Daquise restaurant at 20 Thurloe St.

It's convenient when visiting the V&A Museum.

It's "Polish" food that leans toward eastern and central European. Some say that it's also "Vegetarian Friendly" but I didn't really notice that myself.

It's described as $$ but near $$$ sometimes, not formal.

My ethnically Czech partner found it exceptional. It's a real rarity.

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Without knowing your budget, it’s difficult to advise as there are thousands of good restaurants in London. Do you want somewhere formal where you would be expected to dress up and wear a tie and jacket or somewhere casual?

In Cardinal Place, Victoria, there are several restaurants to suit all budgets. Wagamamas, Bill’s, Brown’s are all good chains in the £20 to £35 a head for two courses and a soft drink. Obviously, having wine and coffees will add significantly to the cost. Up a price notch is Hawksmoor on Air Street near Piccadilly Circus.

If you want a gastro pub, then the Guinea Grill in Mayfair, The Clarence in Westminster or The Phoenix in Victoria.

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Thank you everyone for these wonderful suggestions! I've added them to my online map. Budget-wise, we're $$$ and under, and interested in non-formal dress. Thank you again!

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Every time we are in London, we go to Rules - the oldest restaurant, supposedly, in London. Downton Abby filmed there at least twice. We just love it - and they have a wonderful bar upstairs if you would like drinks first! Make reservations! We will be there once again in a few weeks. It truly is a very special place!

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Hi AB,
Cafe LaVille (part of the Little Venice walk)
Gordons Wine bar (as recommended by RS, fantastic food too)
Dishoom, even for breakfast--our fave
The Zetter Townhouse weekend tea---what an incredible meal and what a fun setting.
Maria's Cafe within Borough market would obviously allow for a 2-fer: authentic English food plus foodic shopping.

I am done. the waistline

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We just ate at Bardo last night near the theaters...

OMG! The best meal of the trip -- the best meal for both of us in a long time! Service was impeccable, too.

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The Mayfair Chippy… best fish n chips in town imo. Not cheap but worth it. £££

The Regency Cafe for an authentic no frills full English (breakfast). ££

Pizza Union in Spitalfields for the best/cheapest pizza anywhere in London. £

The Kati Roll Company on Poland Street, great Indian Street Food. ££

All informal as you like.

Enjoy. Cheers.