When it comes to old-school restaurants, you always have to ask the question: has this place still got ‘it’. In the case of Scott’s, one of London’s oldest seafood restaurants, the answer is: sometimes. Scott’s is at its best on a summer’s day, out on the terrace, downing wine and oysters at someone else’s expense. At it’s worst, it’s an expensive way to eat overcooked fish.
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Bombay Bustle is more formal than your local curry house but not at all stuffy, even though it’s in Mayfair.
As far as classic, good-for-everything establishments go, it’s hard to beat the Wolseley. The breakfasts here are an essential London experience.
Gridiron By Como is a sophisticated steak restaurant in Mayfair that serves perfectly good meat and some seriously good sides.
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Seafood is the speciality at this Notting Hill pub. Head downstairs if you want something casual, or to the first floor for a posher meal.
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Wright Brothers Soho
Wright Brothers is an excellent place to hide away from the crowds in Soho, preferably with a drink and a fresh platter of oysters.
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