I have loved this site for years for recommendations when I travel, but haven't ever needed specific advice that I couldn't find searching. I think I do now (for Oxford/Reading) but I am also keen to see if you can add to/advise on what I have planned for London.
I am part of a group of Australian and NZ academics who have begun meeting up together (around 'suitably important' conferences in other parts of the world) and who love (in varying degrees) eating excellent food. A couple of us are up for splurging on a unique experience and several others will forgo the splurge in favour of one or two less haute but still great eating outings.
So my thoughts for London are:
The Ledbury (for dinner, for those of us who want to splurge)
Pollen Street Social: either for group set lunch or dinner w. whoever wants
Quilon: either for group set lunch or dinner w. whoever wants
Barrafina - just cos I've loved it the last 2 years but if you have different recommendations, bring them!
?? Whatever you suggest.
We will also be in the Reading/Oxford area for a good six days for a conference at the University of Reading. My only inspiration so far has been the idea of a set lunch at Hinds Head pub in Bray on the Friday after the conference. We will probably be rushed and anxious during the actual conference, so recommendations for quick good food would be appreciated.
Hope this is specific enough - I know you guys don't look kindly on the lazy interloper!