Hi Chowhounders. I operate a culinary and wine travel company in the U.S. (CORK and FORK Epicurean Travel) and we don't do much work in London (Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Paris, San Sebastian, Napa...yes.. London no!).
I have some very high-end clients who will be in London for just two nights in September. As they are doing the theater their second night, they are looking for an exceptional and highly memorable dining experience for their first night (which unfortunately is the day they arrive from an overnight flight from the U.S.)
They are in their mid 70s and love formal/elegant surroundings, exceptional service and great cuisine. Unique environments are great too. They are staying at Claridge's for what that is worth. I do not want to recommend a restaurant that is too French in focus. I also don't want a place that is too trendy or one that has the least bit of attitude. I want a place that is going to be a sure thing for these clients. In Paris, that place was Le Cinq, which they loved. Lastly, I don't want a place that will take three hour given it is their day arrival.
Do you know of just the right place? I'd be most appreciative if you could share your thoughts.