The friendly woman from the Globe recommended that my friend and I see a play at the Criterion Theatre (more about that in a later post) and eat beforehand at the Criterion Restaurant next door. I'm glad we took her word for it on both recommendations. The Criterion Restaurant, located in Picadilly Circus, was beautifully ornate. The food was great, but if it hadn't been I probably wouldn't have even noticed. It's that beautiful. The restaurant, which opened in 1873, was where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, while sitting at the bar, came up with the idea for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In recent years, Batman: The Dark Knight (seen it) was filmed in part here, and Russell Crowe's A Good Year was also filmed here (haven't seen it yet).
You can see interior photos of the restaurant on its website.
If you're on Twitter, follow them @londoncriterion.
Read a restaurant review.