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London Next Friday

missholmes | Jun 23, 2007 12:55 PM

Will be arriving in London next week from LA and going to stay for a day or two before heading off up north. We're thinking about good places to go for Lunch and dinner on Friday and wonder if you could give us a few pointers or recommendations. Staying in Fitzrovia so West End based destinations will be preferred tho we're also going to spend some time around Shoreditch/Spitalfields. We're young (early 20s) so nothing too formal or overly stuffy thanx!

First off we'll probably wake early and have a cheap breakfast at a cafe somewhere before shopping for a bit. Any recommendations for a good espresso early in the morning (around 7-8?)

For lunch we are thinking of going somewhere upscale, seeing as some top restaurants have affordable and accessible set lunch menus. Perhaps one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants such as Maze? i am also wondering what the dress code is at these places for lunch and if it is ok to wear trainers or not. Also looking at Arbutus for lunch but it looks a bit too traditionally "british" while we're looking for something a bit lighter. budget of around £80 for two for food, with perhaps more for wine. We'd go somewhere cheaper if we decide to spend more at dinner, so suggestions in a lower price bracket would also be appreciated.

For dinner we might do something a bit more informal, Canteen springs to mind (which is why we wouldn't want to specifically do british food during the day). alternatively i am wondering if the tasting menu at Bacchus is worth to splurge, tho if we go there in the evening we'd want to do something cheaper for lunch. also thinking about that Tapas place in Soho, Barrafina, somewhere we could order lots of little dishes and vary our drinks, tho the reported wait puts me off. we may do that at lunch instead, or the night before if we are not jet lagged.

in the afternoon if we feel we can fit it in we might want to have some tea/coffee and cakes. Leaning towards tea, Teasmith on shoreditch high street looks good but i'm not sure how their food would be. is Peyton and Byrne on Tot Court Rd as nice as it looks? i think that is take away only tho, and we'd prefer somewhere we could linger.

Thanks in Advance!

Mr Holmes

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