Finally, a chance to give some feedback on the recommendations I received (and culled from the archives) for my trip to London a few weeks ago. First, I didnt get a chance to try either Cigala or La Trouvaille, but that was a function of my trip being nothing like I expected (better, though).
I used many of the recommendations as past visits were not auspicious food-wise. The downside is that I dont have any new food recommendations - none of the places I chose on my own are worth mentioning. The following were all very good to excellent:
Wenlock Arms (My favorite spot, went twice, wished it had been more.)
Mela (Had a quick bite before a play, wanted to go back.)
Parveen (Great Magnolia rec near my hotel. Food and music - bhangra and Bollywood - were both great. A little noisy but a keeper.)
St John (Excellent, very friendly service. Will go back with someone who can steer me around the more esoteric offal offerings.)
Honest Cabbage (great brunch)
Duke of Cambridge (For lunch, upscale bangers and mash with a pint of Ecowarrior organic beer. Very good.)
Fox and Anchor
The Cock (Anthony Bourdains favorite place. If you can find it, it is not to be missed for breakfast.)
Other things I liked:
The Lt. of Inishmore - brutally funny but very gory Martin McDonagh play.
Tate Modern Amazing.
Spitalfields Market - Delphine-et-Marinette handbags. I bought one that has been a constant source of compliments and makes everyone smile. Savonnerie handmade soap.
Filthy McNastys - quiet when I was there, friendly, good Guinness.
Clerkenwell Music, Exmouth Mkt. - small but well chosen selection, especially world music.
Thank you all again for your advice,