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Specific questions re: London (researched!)

saticoy | May 18, 201501:12 PM


I will be visiting London for a week in winter (Dec 27-Jan3) with my husband and son (10). Researching the board has provided me with an enormous list, and I have some specific questions I hope you all can help me with.

- Full English Breakfast: Don't care if it is high-tone or greasy spoon, don't care what it costs. What I DO care about is that it have back bacon (not streaky), black pudding, mushrooms, and tomatoes that are cooked enough to be juicy. Prefer bread/toast on the side. Of course it should be delicious. My eyes are crossing trying to compare menus and blog photos! Do these requirements spark any memories/recs for any of you?

- St. John/St. John Bread and Wine: I'm confused by their website, and trying to get a handle on the menu at each. Can you get the marrow bones at B&W? Welsh rarebit? Can you get the bar menu in the dining room at the original? Any preference between the two, particularly considering that we will have a 10 year old (chowpup extraordinaire) in tow?

- Parts & Labour: Anyone been here? This is the restaurant in the Qbic hotel, where we are staying - near the Aldgate tube station. It looks pretty good, and having Sunday Lunch there on the day we arrive would solve the logistic difficulties of going someplace else with luggage, or frantically rushing to make it in time. Unless I hear an endorsement here, I will book at Hawksmoor Spitalfield and make a sacrifice to the travel gods that we get there in time.

- Sunday Lunch: Instead of the above scenario, is an exceptional version of this meal done somewhere NOT on Sundays? I saw Rules' menu and pictures and their roast for two looks extremely, umm... big. Not that I mind taking delicious doggy bags...anyone have input on the roast beef at Rules, or another place that does Sunday lunch on a different day?

- Tea at the Wolseley: We are thinking of doing just the cream tea. Our reasoning is that the sandwiches can't be THAT good, so why waste a meal on them. Are we wrong about this? Are the sandwiches there worth a precious meal? Or, is there a place with a complete afternoon tea so good we should skip the Wolseley and spend our meal there?

That’s all for now – thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer. I love reading the discussions here, and will continue doing so until it is time to post my own experiences!

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