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Visiting London from Philadelphia for first time in 20 years. So many places, only 7 dinners. Help!

middleagedfoodie | Jan 21, 201511:25 AM     12

I haven't done any research yet, but generally when we go to a world class foodie city, we like a nice mix: high end, low end, ethnic. We like to go where you all go. We like the experience of eating where the "natives" eat. I think our hotel rate may include breakfast and if not, we'll probably be having a quick coffee and croissant or scone, although, we may want one traditional English breakfast, so any recommendations in that area are welcomed. We may be going to one play, so we're also interested in places that serve after theater. Our hotel is sort of near the V&A and Harrod's, so places we can get to by tube or taxi or walking are needed. Also, we like to dine when you do. In Philly or NYC, 20:00 is prime time. Should we try for 20:00 reservations or more like 21:00 or 21:30 for places that take reservations? We usually skip lunch and have a light snack around 2 or 3 with drinks when we're traveling. We need places that are open and interesting that we could do that at. We love exploring neighborhoods, so little (or big) local spots that we can get to would be great. So far, the only place I know I want to try is Ottolenghi, either in Belgravia or Notting Hill. Should it make the cut? And finally, though we're not tea drinkers, what's a great place for high tea? We have to have that experience at least once. Thanks.

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