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London theatre, restaurants, dress code?

shywoodlandcreature's picture

Hey Ashley or English Maid - so how do we dress for theatre and restaurants while in London? Is it more dressy than, say, NYC? I'm assuming nobody's going to show up with a baseball cap on, but how acceptable are jeans, shorts, t-shirts just for walking around, and for meeting for lunch. How dressy are the evening restaurants like Ottolenghi?





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AnnL's picture

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I'm planning on jeans and polos/tank tops for during the day.  For evenings, I'll have khakis/chinos or whatever casual pants I can find that actually fit.  I hope that works.


Hmmm, I wonder if I should buy a rain coat?


Ann
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Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I wouldn't. I expect at worst you might need an umbrella, and you can pick one of those up cheaply enough while in London. (In fact, you could make that your token purchase from Harrod's - likely the only thing in the whole store any of us could afford).





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AnnL's picture

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...likely the only thing in the whole store any of us could afford


True.  :-(


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

evelyn's picture

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My friend Bruce/Basil says NOT to miss the Sweet Section in the Harrod's Food Hall.  I have a feeling I should stay away.


As for dress code.  Smart/casual will be just fine.


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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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When I was there, I bought a chocolate croissant for, I think, 1.5 GBP.





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ashleyd's picture

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Ottolenghi is definitely casual, Morgan M more the smart casual. No need to get dressier than that, basically think of it as Vancouver but on a bigger scale.


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Englishmaid's picture

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Hi. The dress code is much more relaxed that it used to be for theatre etc unless you intend doing the Royal Opera or Ballet. I still like to wear a dress, but I'm very much in the minority. Personally I think that it's rather sad. My son considers a decent pair of jeans and shirt smartwear - but I think I'm just old fashioned (so does he). Some of the theatres are so air conditioned now they can get quite chilly, so a pashmina type shawl is often useful . Feel free to dress up for evenings - or not -as the whim takes you.


Bring a warm jumper or fleece, and a brolly should be sufficient for summer downpours. I find a comfortable shoulder bag essential for stuffing with purchases, freebies and bottles of water ( not to mention sweeties!). It takes the grunt out of the day not having to carry a bag in your hand.


I was in town at the weekend and it's really buzzing at the moment, and the sun makes us Brits so much cheerier.

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I just want you all to know that I've not been reading these threads on purpose so I don't have to feel disappointed that I can't be there.......


Mo