Los Angeleno will be in town for a week at the end of February. Previously have been to London 2 years ago and really enjoyed Rochelle Canteen, Leila's, St. John, Brawn, Terroir, Moro and Ottolenghi.
First, are there well-regarded pubs or wine bars to go in the afternoon or evening, before or after dinner, by oneself, to read and have a glass or pint or 2 , where one isn't in a crowded loud bar scene? One place I'm looking forward to visiting is Sager & Wilde. Is this place mellow?
Second, I'm looking to eat some good meals and have my sights on The Beagle and/or Clove Club. It seems like these may offer bar seating. What do Londoners know of these places and if that's done? Contrarily, would single dining at a table at these places be considered unusual? Any other recommendations for bar dining (I've read through the posts regarding this for the past several months, so no need to go into much detail)?
Also thinking of Viajante and/or Corner Room. Any thoughts on single diners there?
Is Towpath Cafe on Regents Canal still open? It looks like such a sweet place, but I haven't seen much discussion of the place in a while. The last yelp review dates to 2011.
I'm going to Hamlet at the National Theater on a Monday night. Any recommendations on what to do for eating close by before the play begins? I was thinking of trying to get into Anchor & Hope before hand, but I'm not sure if it's logistically feasible.
Lastly, where would one recommend to shop for good wine in/near Shoreditch? When I return to Rochelle Canteen, I was thinking it would be good to BYO. Additionally, it may be nice to have a bottle or two to enjoy at home, particularly if there aren't any good options available with regards to my first question.
Greatly appreciate any feedback you may have.