I've been working on trip planning and am feeling very overwhelmed. Any help would be much appreciated.
My family consists of my parents, myself and my husband, and our two kids (5 and 10). My husband and I are foodies, my parents appreciate good food, but are not too picky, and we generally find something for my kids to eat - as long as it involves meat and starch, not too spicy. We'd like to eat some "British" food, but also would be happy with Indian, Mediterranean, French, Japanese, Korean, or Thai. We generally eat pretty early (dinner after 6pm is rare in our house).
We will be arriving in London Friday July 29, staying until Wednesday August 3, staying at a flat in Marylebone off of Seymour Place. In general, we are looking for inexpensive - midrange places. We may try for one splurge dinner, although I feel like we're running out of time on booking something.
I am specifically looking for:
1. Places near where we are staying for a walk-in dinner. I checked a Sawday book out of the library - are his recommendations any good? The book recommends The Beehive and The Grazing Goat. Another pub guide recommended The Duke of Wellington, which I see has Yolk doing food. Has anyone tried fish and chips at The Sea Shell of Lisson Grove? The most recent posted reference I could find was 7 years ago.
2. Places near where we are staying for a quick breakfast - coffee houses / cafes / bakeries...
3. Sunday July 31 we are going to a matinee of Matilda - after the show, where should we eat (and still get a reservation) - this is probably our one splurge dinner. I'm looking at Opera Tavern, The Ivy, or Nopi, but open to other ideas .
4. Borough Market - I've read a few posts, but haven't been keeping good track. I know there was a recommendation for doughnuts at Bread Ahead, are there any specific places to try or avoid? I'm especially interested in stuff we can keep for a couple of days that will travel well in a purse for snacks between meals.
5. Lunch stops -
Saturday probably we will start with a Thames sightseeing cruise, then hit Borough Market. Hopefully an afternoon Backstage tour at National Theatre.
Sunday, London Transport Museum, then eat nearby before heading to the theatre. Are there places to get food and watch street performers? Or maybe Dishoom for breakfast or lunch? Although if we're going for a big dinner, maybe that's too much food...
Monday, probably Tower of London in the morning, afternoon yet to be determined.
Tuesday - no idea yet what we'll do.
I'm thinking about trying some of the fast food / chain places that we don't have in Canada / U.S for lunches. I know this isn't really chow territory, but any opinions on Wagamama, Giraffe, EAT, Leon, Strada, or Carluccio's?
Thanks for any and all opinions and advice.