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Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8NS
There is a lot of competition for your lunchtime cash in Whitecross Street Market – and this is the pick of some great choices. The queue tells the story so time your visit before the big lunchtime rush. I think these are my favourite burritos in London (although I still haven’t visited Daddy Donkey’s) – pulled pork is great and the spicy chilli sauce hits the spot. £5.50 with guacamole. Not the multiple choices of the chains but this is great food, simply done with top quality ingredients.
112 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JN
This is my emergency kids birthday present supplies shop – whenever the kids friends at school have a birthday we normally pick up something interesting here – with guaranteed parental approval. They always have something suitable in their discount section – great for Christmas stocking fillers as well. We are a little spoilt with this and Paintworks 5 mins up the road. Staff are friendly and helpful – really nice card selection. I do have to steer the kids away from the more serious arty kit though which seems a little pricey.
54 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP
Not somewhere I regularly shop but handy to have on our doorstep. It is pricey but then again it sells nice things. It has that classic Shoreditch vibe – bare brickwork and a cool clientele. Veg can be a bit iffy but lots of interesting things for the store cupboard. Good cafe and they do massage downstairs. I must admit I use the free cashpoint on their outside wall more often than I venture in. However if I just have to have an organic miso stock cube then this is the place I go.
351 Holloway Road, Holloway, London N7 0RN
17-02-2012 (updated on 03-03-2012)
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The best of the small cafe’s along the Nag’s Head strip of Holloway Road. Italian run – they do great pastas of the day for under a fiver – today I am having spaghetti and meatballs in Napoli sauce with Parmesan – £4.75 – great value. Friendly and welcoming staff – in summer they open all the front of the shop up for al fresco dining.
419-427 Holloway Road, Holloway, London N7 6LJ
There is something about cinemas with an art deco façade that draws me in – so much more inviting than the giant warehouse multiplexes. This is scruffy on the outside and no better inside. The staff are friendly and helpful. Some of the screens here are tiny – like watching a film at home. Kids cinema club on a Saturday morning is seriously cheap but feels like you are watching a movie in the middle of the London riots. Not for the feint hearted. I must be getting old. We sometimes catch a movie here after a visit to Sobell Leisure Centre. Pretty much sums up all of the Holloway Road stretch – friendly enough but desperately needs bringing into the 21st century.
I met Dan from Chash Tea at the Qype 2011 summer party while we were stood in a queue ready to sample some of the amazing food and drink stalls. We hit it off straight away and got chatting about why we were at the party. I learned that Dan was a tea connoisseur who owns and runs a specialist tea company. Music to my ears because as it happens we were thinking about upgrading the tea we were serving to our clients. We organised a meeting at the salon, Dan arrived armed with stacks of samples, some of which we tried and were delicious. (My favourite: Ginger and Elderflower) He offers all the regulars – black tea, chamomile, peppermint etc, alongside some really luxurious blends, winter chocolate -decadent but guilt free, rosebud – a flowery, delicate flavour (real rosebuds which look beautiful and always gets a wow) Dan is very knowledgeable and on his advice we placed our first order. Since then the tea list we offer has grown, our clients love our selection and often ask for Dan’s details so they can buy for themselves. Excellent value, excellent quality and wouldn’t go anywhere else for our tea.
Thanks Dan our thirst is truly quenched………..
250 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RU
We swim at Highbury Grove School every Friday night which means jumping off the bus at Highbury Corner and grabbing a coffee for the walk up the hill. No cute independent coffee bars to hand which is why I end up in Starbucks. I don’t like Starbucks so we are off to a bad start. This one is grim – painfully thin – the few tables they have are squeezed along one wall which makes it awkward to get by the queue to exit. Slow, ordinary coffee and expensive. Trouble is I know I will be back next week….unless we are early and I have time to venture further down the road…..
161 Whitecross Street, The City, London EC1Y 8JL
If I am shopping at Barbican Waitrose I always treat myself with a double espresso to go. Very good but not great. Similar feel to Shoreditch Grind but much comfier and friendlier. I could sit and tap here with coffee for the afternoon. There are so many decent coffee bars in the area that competition is tough – not sure I would go out of my way to get here but definitely somewhere I would pop in whenever I pass. Real light and airy feel and the sandwiches/pastries always look fab!
Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Road, London SE16 7LL
This is the largest Tesco I know – not somewhere to visit at the weekend -unless late at night – its open 24 hours. It has a huge range and a decent world food section spanning 2 aisles. Clothes, toys, electricals – basically sells everything. Good for the store cupboard and reasonable organic selection. I come here once a week – its efficient rather than a pleasure. Well stocked with a large fruit and veg section.
93 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
Lovely but tiny tapas bar – you should book. Perfect with a Sunday visit to the market. Best to come with friends so you can sample the menu widely. The barbecue fish and meats are our pick – but you cannot really go wrong. It gets busy but the staff are friendly and helpful. A table on the pavement outside on a summer evening with rioja flowing – just lovely.
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