Thanks to each of you for your responses. I ended up going to The Betty, which was quiet (though it was a weeknight). We sat at the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable and friendly. My Old Fashioned was well-made.
The next night we ventured to Violet Hour. It took forever for my eyes to adjust to the darkness, but once in, we really enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere. The bartender was also very knowledgeable. We did "Dealer's Choice" for some of our drinks and were not disappointed. He sort of ignored us otherwise, but the drinks made up for that.
Finally, I went to the Berkshire Room which was by far my favorite. Per the suggestion, I did the Weston. Amazing. And the hand-carved ice was a nice touch.
Thanks again for the suggestions!
I will be in town this coming week staying at the Ritz Carlton/Four Seasons and am looking for a great place for cocktails somewhere in that general area. Willing to taxi within 15 minutes or so. Just looking for really well-crafted cocktails -- similar to the quality of Angel's Share or PDT or places like that in NYC. Would likely be going pre-dinner, but post-dinner is an option, too. Price is not a problem. Looking for a more upscale atmosphere rather than a chaotic scene. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks to your helpful feedback, I have updated and refined the itinerary a bit. If I may impose, I still have a couple of areas on which I could use guidance (they are noted below). Many thanks for all of your insight!
It sounds unanimous! I will very likely avoid Korean since we have a plethora of good options here in the Washington, DC area (particularly in Annandale, VA -- of David Chang hometown fame).
If there are other ideas for filling the gaps in my itinerary, I am open.
Thank you for all the helpful feedback thus far.
This is excellent, helpful feedback. Thank you.
Sorry. The "an experience" comment was vague, wasn't it?! I think what I mean to say is that I don't want to look out of place dining alone! Usually, a talkative bartender, a lively atmosphere, a nice view, help take the "sting" out of that. (Not that I mind dining alone, mind you, it's just nice when there is something to "occupy" in a sense.)
Thanks in particular for the Sunday night suggestions. It turns out our flight lands at 10:00 p.m. so Balthazar might be our only bet (looks like they take diners until about 11:30 p.m. as best as I can tell from the website.).
In terms of ethnic cuisines .... yes! My husband is Korean-American and we always enjoy Korean food. I haven't seen much on these boards about Korean food in London but I might be missing it. Any suggestions there?
We also enjoy Indian cuisine.
Any additional feedback is welcome. I appreciate the insight!
I plan to be in London (5 nights near Covent Garden; 2 nights near South Kensington) for 8 days later this month and have done research on some places to eat. For breakfast and lunch each day I will be dining solo so I'd like those to be "an experience"; evening dinners will be with my husband and we're up for trying all different types of places. Ideally, I'd like the itinerary to include a range of prices but right now I am heavy on the high end. I'd love suggestions for places with good value on the less-expensive-side to balance the list a bit. I'd also love feedback on the list overall (Are the spots I picked worth trying? Any suggestions for the "TBD" slots?).
Here's what I have so far:
Sunday -- arrive 10pm; we'll be hungry after the flight. Any late night spots to hit up near Covent Garden?
Monday -- breakfast or lunch or tea: TBD
Tuesday -- afternoon tea: Brown's
Wednesday -- lunch: pre-fixe at Helene Darroze
Thursday -- breakfast: Wolseley
Friday -- breakfast or lunch: TBD
Saturday -- breakfast or lunch: TBD
Sunday -- lunch: Dinner
Monday -- breakfast: TBD
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions! I am always nervous when writing a post.
Thank you all so much for these great suggestions! I am looking forward to the trip and to trying as many of these as I can!
I have a last-minute, solo trip to Beverly Hills next week for three nights and four days and am looking for good places that are comfortable for dining for one. Particularly places that serve the full menu at the bar (this applies more to dinner and lunch than breakfast).
I am looking for good ambience and excellent food. Upscale is fine. Pricey is fine. Casual is fine. (I am flexible.) Mainly just looking to try some of the better places in the area without having to leave Beverly Hills.
I am considering:
Thanks for your help!!