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79 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EG
So, after waiting 20 minutes for our drinks (by which time we were done with the starters) we had another extended wait before the mains arrived, missing one dish. Again, staff weren't particularly apologetic, and left us a good ten minutes without the dish - which did kind of ruin the meal tbh.
I'd go back, on the assumption that the staff were having an off day (they all seemed very young and some may have been new) but I wouldn't give them a third chance if it happened again!
357 GREEN LANES, HARINGEY, London N4 1DZ
As soon as we got through immigration (which took forever) we were jammed in to what felt like a cattle pen with not much in the way of decent stores or cafes - massive queues in Starbucks. Landing in San Francisco was an enormous relief.
Gatwick Airport, London Gatwick, West Sussex RH6 0NP
336 GREEN LANES, MANOR HOUSE, London N4 1BY
03-08-2011 (updated on 16-12-2012)
My new local? This is certainly the best pub I’ve found in the Manor House area so far, and a recent re-vamp seems to have worked wonders in turning it into a cool hangout that’s a magnet for local bands and beer-lovers alike.
The interior has a slightly crumbling shabby chic look about it, with a large old-style bar surrounded by seating on three sides and a small stage area on the other, which was occupied by a band rehearsing for an upcoming gig. It was pretty well-attended and lively even on a Tuesday night, with lots of people also sitting on the outside decking – a great option on a hot evening.
The selection of drinks is a bit limited but all are well-priced, making it a fairly cheap bar. I will be back, possibly on a Sunday daytime when there are barbecue lunches made fresh in the front garden.
ETA this pub is NOT IN STOKE NEWINGTON! it should be Manor House. We have precious little in the way of attractions – please don’t give this rather good one to those greedy Stokey bods.
Trilogy Dr 3537, 89169 Las Vegas
The Luxor offers fantastic value for money and is widely seen as one of the better lower-cost options. Its prices were about the same as the Excalibur's last time I checked, and having had a brief look in there I'm frankly relieved we went for its next door neighbour!
The pool is lovely and a great place to hang out in the dessert heat. Casino has everything you need, and the novelty value is spot-on. My only gripe is the patchy Wifi access - I ran up a massive bill on my cellphone because I wanted to go online and most of the time it was impossible.
413-413A Holloway Road, Holloway, London N7 6HJ
The service was generally great - they don't offer massive deals but will knock off a few quid here and there if you ask nicely (in our case, my partner pleading that he didn't want the cost to go beyond a certain 'psychological barrier!) and are quite helpful about getting the fitting at a time to suit you. We were a little disappointed at the amount of wastage that was left after the fitting (I've done this enough times to know roughly how much spare you should expect at the end of the job and this was a little over what I'd call average) but we were carpeting a slightly awkward shaped room and possibly the amount left over was just testiment to the quality of the fitter - who was great and very professional. We were offered re-funds for items not used, but not the spare carpet
Overall though, a breath of fresh air after the frantic, inpersonal 'service' we had from the fitters sent by the larger chain (Carpet Right), who could not get out of the door quick enough and even damaged part of our newly-plastered wall by leaning their heavy equipment on it.
So, all round pretty good - would use again
Goodge Place, London W1T 3JJ
02-08-2011 (updated on 02-10-2012)
I’ve worked in the area on and off for several years, and can honestly say that this little spot off Goodge Street has been my downfall on my repeated attempts to survive on sandwiches! How can one possibly keep up a packed lunch pledge when these delicious, fresh meals are cooked daily on your office doorstep?
Best of the stalls by a long shot is the Thai truck, and I don’t generally even like Thai food. The green curry is addictive, and has become a stock hangover cure for myself and a handful of colleagues over the years. There is also a fantastic burrito truck and another selling freshly made falafel.
All I can say is avoid this place like the plague if you want to save money or lose weight!
41 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BA
I like the fact that the staff are not afraid to make suggestions: We came in with a limited edition print we wanted to put in a black frame and the guys in store gently suggested that this would completely dominate and ruin the artwork. They recommended a pale frame we never would have chosen ourselves. but I'm very glad the did as the finished product is beautiful and it was immediately obvious that a dark frame would have ruined the look of the print.
FS&M is not cheap: we paid £70 for framing a smallish print, but it's definitely worth it for the quality of the service and the finished product. Also for the convenience of the location!
24-28 Charing Cross Road, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0DT
I'm not expecting miracles here - I know not to expect more than one 'option' in a burger joint (steady on!!) but I do wish they'd make a proper veggie pattie rather than presenting a mushroom in a bap as an equivalent option to the no doubt good quality meat burgers they serve. It's as if the management here are not aware this is a classic vegetarian bugbear. Also, other chains like Gourmet Burger Kitchen have four veggie choices, so the excuse I was given that you 'can't please everyone with one option' is just a bit lazy.
Working in central London I'm often looking for a quick meal fix and my colleagues pop in here quite a bit, but I always have to turn down trips to Byron because I resent paying over the odds for a mushroom in a bap! Perhaps they want to exclude vegetarians, which frankly in a city like London is ill-advised.
Oh, their decor rocks. Love it! One star for that.
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