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Absolute Best Fish and Chips

The Rock & Sole Place was still good a few months ago (but then I think I'm less of an expert : ). I also read a review of The Narrow that praised their fish & chips (and then you can go to a new hot spot and have good F&C).

Must go to pub (for lunch or dinner) is the Anchor & Hope, and I also love The Wapping Project -- an amazing space (old power station) and consistently great food. A bit out of the way but worth it.

Casual family dinner near Hyde Park Corner tube?

There are a few places not far from the hotel which would be good. Automat on Dover St. has good burgers and salads (although the food is American, and if you are too then that's probably of less interest). I also like El Pirata a lot -- it's on Down St. and serves tapas in a rustic, busy place. (You need to reserve, and be sure to ask to sit on the ground level, not in the basement.) Noura, on Curzon St. is on my list of places to try -- they serve Lebanese food. You might also want to look up The Little Square on Shepherd Market, again, on my list.

Made some London choices, please weigh in

The Wolseley is great for afternoon tea. The grand hotels have their own place in this tradition, but I agree with the person who suggested it -- two birds with one stone (and it is a great place). I'd also do Brindisa as well as Borough Market, which is so much fun. Agree with Duke's for martinis, unless you live in a place with good martinis in which case it's probably not necessary. Bombay Brasserie is excellent, but also very expensive (and very beautiful inside). Comparable food can be found elsewhere, although you will sacrifice atmosphere.

MSP! London wedding party needs help please...

Hi there

I'm American and I live in London with my German fiance, and my mother now lives in SW MN. We've decided to have a small family wedding in MSP on a Thursday in July, followed by a big family party at my mother's that weekend.

The group is 20 adults and nine kids under the age of 10 (we need them accommodated wherever we go), and we're planning on staying at the new Westin opening in May.

There are two dinners in question:

Wednesday night -- dinner at a steak place (Murry's? Manny's? We thought about the Capital Grille, but their private room is too small for the kids to join)

Thursday night -- dinner somewhere beautiful and delicious (Nicollet Island Inn? The Westin? We researched rooms at Chambers and the Walker, but both were too stark for our liking)

If everything could be downtown, it would be ideal. Of course, we haven't found a church yet, so that could throw off our pedestrian plan : )

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated!

Sarah

London with an almost-Veggie 14 year old

I'm a total carnivore but adore The Gate and Food for Thought (very different dining experiences). The Orangerie is a great alternative to the big, hotel teas (which are also fun, just more traditional), and I would also recommend Tea Palace on Westbourne Grove, which is a bit more "modern" -- www.teapalace.co.uk

kid-friendly in Belgravia/Victoria

Victoria is a tough place for dining even if you don't have a child to consider. You can't go wrong with Pizza Express or Wagamama, but for something more interesting, try The Phoenix (G-pub) or Kazan (Turkish):

http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur...
http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur...

Can't Miss Budget London Eats

Hi there -- Carluccio's is a great suggestion, and they're all over town and in many closer places than Canary Wharf (like South Kensington, Oxford Street and Notting Hill) -- http://www.carluccios.com/

I'd also recommend Crazy Homies for Mexican (it's a very hipster place near Westbourne Park tube) -- www.crazyhomieslondon.co.uk -- and also the dim sum chain Ping Pong -- www.pingpongdimsum.com (several locations around the West End). Busaba Eathai has three locations and is very good -- http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur....

Eat at the Anchor & Hope (gastropub near the Tate Modern that is amazing and very well-priced) -- http://www.timeout.com/london/bars/re...

For the sceney & hip, I'd try Rosa's Dining Room (Notting Hill), The Cow and The Westbourne (Westbourne Park Road) or The Great Eastern Dining Room (Shoreditch).

Time Out and www.london-eating.co.uk are great sites for researching restaurants.

cooking schools

Hi -- The London Culinary Institute (a Le Cordon Bleu institution) or Leith's are two places to check out....

http://www.lcblondon.com
http://www.leiths.com

Chelsea/South Ken. Any suggestions?

Hi there -- I love Patara (www.pataralondon.com), and there's a location not far from the South Ken tube. Also close is Carluccio's (www.carluccios.com) -- nothing groundbreaking, but good for a weeknight dinner.

Anyone willing to send some GOOD Tonic Water to the states?

Have you tried Myers of Keswick on Hudson?

London Recommendations for a Brooklynite?

Hi there -- I second the Anchor & Hope suggestion -- the only problem is waiting in a sometimes packed bar (not sure my dad would want to do that). But the food is excellent (and surprisingly reasonable -- perhaps go off-peak). I love Keene's too, and can recommend a few good steak places -- The Popeseye in Brook Green (a whole in the wall off the beaten path but some of the best steaks in London) or Smith's of Smithfield (Top Floor resturant -- the swankier steak option, but such a cool place by the Smithfield meat market, and offering great city views).

I've been wanting to try Barrafina in Soho, which is tapas counter-side and is getting great reviews -- http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur...

Also in Soho is Arbutus -- which must be the most reasonably priced Michelin-starred place in town.

And for Indian food, I recommend Mela in Covent Garden, which is good, or Clifton, at the bottom of Brick Lane, which is better. And you have to eat Indian food while you're here!

Old Bay?

Hi there -- In a pinch I made some faux Old Bay using a recipe I found online. I just now looked for it again and found one on this site no less: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10591 -- for future reference since you're lucky to get the real thing!