I'm coming to London in a week's time for a brief visit. Since I've been so enamoured with cooking British food at home of late (Simon Hopkinson, Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, etc. - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593761), I'd really like the opportunity to try some places while I'm in London. I've done a bit of research, and would appreciate any thoughts on "if you could only go to one of these places, which one would you go to ... assuming you can get a booking":
Also - I just noticed that Launceston Place has been revamped and reopened. Any thoughts on that - we used to enjoy it in it's previous incarnation. My husband will be in London on business and at this point I'm not sure what we're going to be able to do when, and with how many people, etc. I'd also be interested in knowing if there are some lesser expensive places doing interesting things with "British" cuisine.
Lastly - I want to go to Books for Cooks, and am wondering if there are any other cookbook or food-related bookstores that you might recommend. Ones with used book selections would be particularly helpful. I'll be staying near Baker St./Marylebone Road for two nights, and then at the Draycott near Sloane Square for two nights.