Hello Fellow Hounds,
I know some of you from the old days on the Boston board and I need help. The past 2 years my husband and I have come to London and stayed in the same flat in Marylebone with our teenage boys. It has been a great place to stay for us- just off Marylebone High Street with a Waitrose, Nordic Bakery, The Ginger Pig & Fromagerie for goodies to bring in or cook, and tons of restaurants within walking or easy Tube distance.
The problem is this: we are returning for Christmas week (22nd through Jan. 1) but "our" apartment is not available and I need some neighborhood recommendations for food happiness. I have searched around and looked at previous "we're visiting at Christmas" posts, but I'm not seeing exactly the information I'm looking for- most folks are looking for restaurant recommendations rather than neighborhood recommendations. It might be that I look for a different apartment still in Marylebone but in the spirit of adventure and branching out I thought I'd ask if anyone had any other suggestions.
We're looking for a neighborhood which functions fairly similarly to where we have stayed in Marylebone village. We don't mind traveling for a restaurant or two during our stay, but having some restaurants within easy walking distance is essential, as is a well-stocked grocery or butcher/cheese/wine/pastry shops as we will be bringing in enough food to stay in for the few days everything is shut down. We also will likely want to go for walks around even when the Tube is shut down, so having pretty lights to look at or a park to walk in nearby would be very good- we don't want to be way out somewhere and feel isolated.
In terms of restaurants we like- we are still quite starry eyed about English beef, cheese, fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, and anything with cream. I adore traditional English desserts. The teen boys really like Relais de Venise, Les Deux Salons, Caldesi, and The Golden Hind, and my DH and I have really enjoyed L'Autre Pied, The Duke of Wellington, and our lunches at the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection. I know the last 2 aren't the height of Chowhound cool, but we chose our food well and had solid meals there and were quite pleased.
We are escaping Boston due to a sad loss this past year and we are hoping to making things as festive as possible to brighten our spirits. Any help would be very welcome.