OK, first-time poster, but long-time chowhound user as my food guide! We are a couple visiting London for the 1st time, staying near Blackfriar’s stop but can travel anywhere. We'll be in London Saturday morning to the following Wednesday. Our plan is to walk around as much as possible on Saturday and Sunday, trying (as many as possible) different places. He has to work on Mon and Tue, so I will be on my own, and then we plan on spending evenings eating out—looking for a good mix of modern cuisine, gastro pubs, and good beer pubs. We have travelled around the world together and scouted out the best food everywhere, from hawker stalls in Singapore to Arzak and Mugaritz. We are returning to San Sebastian later this summer so spanish/tapas are not a must, unless Opera/Barramundi/Donostia are musts. He is also not an Indian food lover in NYC (I am), but obviously Indian may be a must in London, even during such a short trip. Would you please review my itinerary?
Sat Lunch –Borough market. I’ve read it is crazy crowded on Saturdays but it is our only full market day as we leave on Wednesday. Are there any specific places we should try or just eat what looks good?
Sat After lunch: I’ve read Dean Swift, Simon Tanner and The Rake are good beer pubs. Is it worth grabbing a cold one at one of these or should we check out another pub in another part of town?
Sat Afternoon: Check out the Tate Modern for a couple of hours?
Sat Dinner: He wants to leave it open to explore – I booked St John (restaurant) @ 9:30pm but now am thinking of just checking out St John B&W instead as we have a 2nd reservation at St John (restaurant) for Monday.
Sunday Lunch: Initial reservation at Bull & Last (then hoping to hit Southampton Arms). Is this reservation worth keeping given the distance? He was hoping to use the day walking in central London as National Gallery is also a must see for us. Any recs if we don’t keep Bull & Last?
Sunday Dinner: Viajante
Monday Lunch: need recommendation for solo diner (he’ll be in the office)
Monday Dinner: St John (restaurant)
Tuesday Lunch: Pollen St Social (dining solo probably at the bar)
Tuesday Dinner: Hedone
Wednesday Lunch: Harwood Arms (especially if we don’t hit Bull & Last)
Wednesday Afternoon: head to airport
I realize it is a very short trip and we will certainly be back, but is our food itinerary balanced? What other pubs are musts (The Harp, Blackfriars, Euston Tap)? Is Anchor overrated/slipping now? Also, if we decide to try afternoon tea on Sunday, where should we go? Sorry for post length and thank you all for all your wonderful posts – couldn’t have made it so far without CH!