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London tour and theatre ideas

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Anyone recommend private tour guide for Old Bailey/Courts, National Portrait Gallery, Borough Market/ London Bridge

We are traveling 3rd week of March and have been monitoring the theatre/west end for new productions. Saw Rosencrantz and Gilderern...anyone know of any shows opening in March.

We generally go to Ronnie Scott's one night. Any other jazz clubs you can recommend.

After visiting Borough Market I thought we would go to the Shard and try one of the restaurants for a drink at the bar. Any ideas without spending 100 pounds!

We usually go to the Guinea Grill in Mayfair for a British experience. What about Simpson's? Any ideas...covent garden, soho, mayfair?

Thanks, JCG

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    For a private tour guide, while I don't have specific recommendations, I would go with a Blue Badge guide. London Walks will also do a bespoke or specially designed tour so I'd contact them as well (all the tours I have taken with them have been great, and many of their guides are Blue Badge certified).

    I haven't been to the Shard yet but would hope you can get a cocktail for under £50! I looked at the online menu for Aqua Shard; most of the cocktails are in the £16-17 range, so you should be all right.

    For shows, I'd check the websites of various theatres (the National, the Globe, Old Vic, Young Vic, Almeida, Trafalgar Studios, Barbican, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court, et cetera) directly.

    There are also theatre listings on the websites of Time Out London and Londonist. And there are some theatre listing websites like whatsonstage and londontheatre, and Playbill's website I think has a section for London theatre listings as well.

    Can you tell us more about the sort of restaurant you're looking for, please? Area, type of cuisine, budget? I like the Hot Dinners website for information about food and restaurants in London. There is British food, and there are British ingredients, and there are different ideas about "British," of course. I am fond of the many Indian restaurants in London. The Cinnamon Club is a white tablecloth, Michelin star version (there are quite a few Indian restaurants in London with Michelin stars) in a lovely building. Gymkhana was excellent in every way; I'd return to both without hesitation.

    We had an excellent meal with all British ingredients at Anchor and Hope (some of the best seafood I've ever had, but it's not all seafood), but they do not take bookings, so go early.

    And you likely will not go wrong with any of the St John's outposts.

    The shepherd's pie at the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden was excellent, and the service impeccable.

    Hope you find something that suits.

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    If you want REALLY traditional (and better than Simpsons IMO) look at Rules.

    It is a little too early to be looking for new shows opening in the Spring. Some will depend on which current productions are posting closing notices.

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