My husband and I are planning a long weekend in London, in mid-Oct. The problem is that we are flying standby, so there's a chance we won't know which weekend until a couple of days prior to leaving. I assume we will be staying somewhere pretty central in a more touristy area, but won’t book a hotel until we know when we’re flying. I've been searching this board diligently and trying to do my homework, but the amount of information (and the geographical scale of London itself) is slightly overwhelming. My other concern is whether we will be shut out of most of the restaurants that appeal to me because we might only be able to reserve a few days in advance.
We will have 3 lunches and 3 dinners. We would also like to have tea and scones (I could survive on clotted cleam if I had to). We probably don't want to spend much more than 50-60£ p.p. for a meal but will do a splurge meal for at least one of our meals.
We live in South Florida and are used to pretty awful examples of both Chinese and Indian cuisine, so we would be interested in both, but don't consider ourselves knowledgeable/adventurous in either since our exposure has been limited (though we are not at all picky eaters by nature and love spicy food). I found Quilon and Moti Mahal interesting. I’m kind of clueless when it comes to Chinese and need a lot of help.
We would also love to try a prix fixe or tasting menu. The Square and The Ledbury both look amazing to me. I’m also intrigued by Texture.
We would like to spend a couple of hours at the Borough Market – preferably when it’s not at its most crowded – is Thurs. our best bet?
We would also like to try one of the gastropubs referred to on this site – looking for something centrally located (we plan on doing some sightseeing, not just eating), and we don’t eat a lot of offal.
Other restaurants I find intriguing from the Board include Launceston Place, HIX and Moro.
Thanks for any help you can provide!