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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Glimpse a Disappearing London


2. Where to Eat

Sample freshly baked goods at Albion.  

Sample U.K. classics like Welsh rarebit and kedgeree at the Albion, the just-opened “caff” on the ground floor of the Boundary Hotel, where chefs use locally sourced ingredients and nearly everything comes in at under $15—a bargain for your weak dollar. For dessert, pick up a couple of gingerbread men to go at the attached bakery.

Grab a window seat at Rootmaster, London's innovative dining experience housed in a retired sixties Routemaster double-decker bus. The cucumber-and-melon vegan soup comes with a side of gluten-free mustard bread fresh from the tiny kitchen.

Enjoy Tbilisi delicacies and Soviet-era nostalgia at Little Georgia (87 Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QR, 20-7739-8154). Bring your own wine (there’s no corkage fee) and your bill could be less than $20 for two.

Bypass the restaurant scene altogether and let an elBulli–trained chef make dinner for you at his home. The ever-changing twelve-course menu ($168) at Nuno Mendes’s supper club, the Loft, highlights his experimental style and the open-kitchen policy means you have a front seat for the prep action. Book online at least three months in advance.

Published on Aug 27, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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