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London for 8-9 days mid July


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London for 8-9 days mid July

RedBeans04 | Jun 30, 2013 01:40 PM

Hi all. I have read through many of the posts and have noted down some restaurants that keep being recommended. I can only find half my list at this moment.

Staying in the Financial District but willing to take public transport. Will have most lunch meals by myself with spouse in for dinner.

So far on my list are:

Borough Market (how much time / days should I set aside to meander through this market?)
Tirolar Hut
Texture (champagne bar)
Salt yard

We like ethnic foods especially Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Greek. Not crazy about Italian and haven't had much Korean to say one way or another. Typical English also doesn't overly appeal. (Sorry) We also like Tapas.

I'm looking for delicious places but not necessarily expensive. I don't mind expensive but being there for 8 days we want to experience more delicious food vs expensive food. I'd rather have a memorable meal in a whole in the wall than a forgetful meal in a 5*. (Hope I explained that right) Not against fine dining at all but we've come to realize that the places we remember the most weren't the $500 meals.

One of these days will be my birthday so something special this day / night might be good.

Also, looking for suggestions of things to do. We've been before and have done most of the touristy things (jewels, tower, Harrods etc)

What does London have to offer that is uniquely London? Any special places to shop? How is Chinatown? I'm a Harry Potter fan, so I will probably do the walking tour and possibly also the studios tour since I'll be on my own a lot of the time.

I looked for a gin tasting/tour but didn't come up with anything. Looking up wine I came up with Vinopolis and Bedales. Anything in this vain that can be recommended?

Would love to take a day trip but not sure where togo. The historical Dockyard is on the list for sure. Wouldn't mind touring a castle while there.

Thank you in advance for any recommendations and/or tips.

OH p.s.- How does the 50% off via toptable work? Does it just auto apply the discount to the bill if the reservation is made via toptable?

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