I'll be in London Dec 27 and Dec 29 (the middle day is occupied with other things.)
Tentative plan, based on things I've read on the board:
27th: Arrive early in the morning. Plan to walk south from King's Cross where I'm staying, to British Museum for as long as I feel like seeing it, then stop in at tkts at Leicester Square to see if there's anything appealing, and then, if it's not too late, go on towards the National Gallery. So lunch and dinner in Bloomsbury/Soho/Covent Garden are of interest. Abeno sounded interesting and is very close to the British Museum in case I want to stay the afternoon there. Moti Mahal would be perfect, but isn't open on the 27th. Barrafina? Bar Shu? (My hotel is quite close to Snazz Sichuan so I hope to do one meal there, which perhaps makes Bar Shu redundant.) Is it possible/advisable to have a light lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon if I'm neatly but not formally dressed and have no reservation? And if so, is it worth the price? People seem to complain that they rush you out the door, which is fine with me as relatively quick lunches leave more daylight time for touring.
29th: Two options:
* Go to the Tate Modern in the morning, lunch at Borough Market, then cross over to see some subset of V&A museum, Westminster Abbey, National Gallery, V&A. Good dinner options seem to be Quilon (near Westminster) or Maroush (near V&A).
* Start in Kensington at V&A, lunch at Maroush, early dinner at Quilon, then see the Tate at night (it's open until 10.)
Relevant question: how essential do you think it is to see / eat at Borough Market? Is it more like the market in Barcelona (essential in my opinion) or more like the Union Square Greenmarket (inessential)? Is it worth passing up one of the above restaurants for?
St. John sounds really interesting but I'm not planning to pass so near it -- is it a mistake to pass this up?
Of course, I'm open to any suggestions -- but I tried to pin down a few specific questions since I know "where should I eat in London this week?" is too general. I'm interested in good ethnic food I can't get in Wisconsin (e.g. good and esp. regional Indian/Chinese, Spanish, English) I'm willing to spend a bit, at least once (whence my question about Robuchon) but will be by myself and not wearing a tie, so we should restrict to places where that's appropriate.
Thanks for all help!