My husband and I will be in London for about a week toward the end of August. We are both pretty enthusiastic eaters, and currently live in Washington, DC. I'm looking for recommendations for:
1. A couple of higher-end, possibly pricey but not insanely pricey restaurant experiences, maybe high end gastropubs and places in the 1 to 2 Michelin star range (not that I care much about Michelin stars, per se). I know I want to go to St. John, but a few other ideas and recommendations would be much appreciated.
2. Uniquely British experiences that are less expensive. Fish and chips, Indian, other traditional English things that tourists must have in London, etc.
3. Street food and other improvised eat-as-you-go food places. I love visiting San Francisco's Ferry Building Market Place, Roosevelt Ave in Queens, Philly's Reading Terminal Market, various state fairs and festivals, and other places with food everywhere and available for snacking and nibble.
We haven't booked lodging yet but my husband lived in London for a few months and knows his way around well. Assume our home base will be accessible to the standard London touristy haunts, but we're more than willing to branch out a bit.
Budget is flexible. We'd like to do a couple fancier meals and then do mid-range and cheap stuff otherwise. Places like Fat Duck sound intriguing but we can't justify spending that much on one meal when we can have three others for the same cost.
Our taste are eclectic. Living in DC we also have easy access to Philly and NYC so if there are things we can eat in London that just aren't the same in the states, that is our highest priority. We like food with big bold flavors. My favorite thing is when I eat something delicious that is unlike anything I've had before.
Bring on the recommendations but if anyone needs more detail in our tastes or anything else, please let me know.