I'll be visiting across the pond in January (only for 3 days) and am staying in Leichester Square. This will be my third visit to the city so I'm somewhat familiar and very much unfamiliar with the different areas. The last time I visited I basically got stuck with all the restaurants within the Square, the one Mexican restaurant, a small Italian place off to the side and restaurant where I painfully paid 24 pounds for fish, chips and mushy peas. :)
I'm really interested in any small, neighborhoody, popular places across London Bridge toward the Gherkin (there's the food market I'd like to visit) and this particular trip I'd like to dedicate the entire day at Portobello Market which I was never able to visit previously.
More pub or gastropub fare and modernist cuisine if possible, less Indian or kebaberies if possible. TIA