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London - please help with my list


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London - please help with my list

tochipotle | Apr 15, 2009 10:41 AM

I would greatly appreciate any advice you might have to offer on my research below:

My sister and her husband will be travelling to London (from Ottawa, Canada) for their 20th wedding anniversary. They will be staying near Russell Square in Bloomsbury from July 7-14. They will have one 'big splurge' meal out to celebrate. At the moment, the front runners are Gordon Ramsay's Royal Hospital Road and Maze. (They've looked at Marcus Wareing, One o One as well). I know that Ramsay's RHR is not considered the *absolute best* restaurant in London these days - but it would definitely be an experience and a competent meal (not to mention expensive!). Other suggestions are welcome.

Also looking for some good restaurants for the rest of the week at a better price point. I know they will spend a day wandering in Soho, so some suggestions for a quick lunch and a good inexpensive evening meal would be appreciated. So far, what I've come up with is Hummus Brothers for lunch and Princi for dinner.
For a dinner near Covent Garden, I thought Gianconda was a good choice. Any other suggestions?
They might go to the theatre one evening...
Other eating destinations being considered: St John's (though I'm not sure they're too interested in offal), Tayyabs, Golden Hind and J. Sheekey Oyster Bar.

Around their hotel, there is the Brunswick centre with some options. Does anything stick out there? A good place for a morning coffee perhaps? Also a pub close by called Friend at Hand, as well as the Bountiful Cow should they suddenly be overwhelmed by a craving for beef? Any good clues regarding the options within walking distance would be awesome.

Finally, some markets they could visit? I've seen some of Limster's posts - which are incredible. But I'm wondering - if they were only to go to one market, which would be the best for a visit? (Anything open any day from Wed through to Monday). Borough Market? Brick Lane?

Thanks very much to anybody who takes the time to respond.

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