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418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
A mixed bag. The decor is nice enough, and we waited a couple of minutes for a table.
The problem was with the service. The staff are all friendly, but it took about 10 minutes for anyone to ask if we wanted to order. Standard service should be to check on customers after they have had a couple of minutes to look at the drinks menu. Instead, we sat there for an age. It wasn’t busy, and waiters walked past us a number of times without even checking if the annoyed looks on our faces meant we were wanting some attention.
The food was lovely, perfect sized portions (although my rice bowl was so hot I couldn’t hold it to get any rice out of it without hurting myself).
I would go back, but not in a hurry.
51 Gray's Inn Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1X 8PP
Great independent bike shop, with knowledgable staff who go the extra effort to help. I have been in here a number of times now, and it is the best cycle shop in London that I have used to get things like clothing, bags, tyres, brake pads etc. Every time, they have provided excellent customer service and if someone is not sure about something they will make sure they find out for you.
They make their own bikes, which are delightful, and definitely something I would be looking to buy in the future.
I have yet to try out their servicing/workshop as when I asked if they could fit some new brakes for me, they said it would be a 2 week wait - my local bike shop did it on the spot.
So, for buying bikes and kit, I go here every time. For servicing, I would try your local friendly independent bike shop, whatever that may be.
They also do a 10% (or around that mark) CTC discount on everything.
61 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 2EP
'I want a cheap haircut', I declare.
'You could try Mr Topper's?', replies David.
'OK', I say.
I went, I got treated like an animal. The "stylist" didn't know how to use clippers and didn't even try conversation. My haircut was rushed, done by someone who clearly didn't want to be there and felt very shoddy.
This was easily the worst experience I have had at a hairdresser. I don't care if it is cheap (£9, and I didn't give a tip). You can at least attempt a semblance of customer service.
The man next to me asked for grade 3 all over. The guy doing his hair dove straight in without checking as he progressed and the customer was less than pleased. The bloke doing the cut shrugged and said it wasn't his problem.
I shall be avoiding this at all costs in the future.
25 Roupell Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8TB
I do love going for a post-work pint at this pub. It gets busy, but very rarely overly so, and the beers are good. The area is great too, although some proper bike parking would be greatly appreciated.
I am giving this 3 stars because of the service by one barman when I was last here. The restaurant staff are fantastic, but the barman with the bald head and beard was rude to me and someone else who was there with me. I asked if they had any measures between a half pint and a full pint (which pubs are being encouraged to offer, and many do) and all I got was a stare, a rolling of the eyes and a huge sigh. "No!", he exclaimed in a tone as if to suggest I was causing him real problems and that the question was stupid and insulting. I got nothing but a demand for cash and absolutely no semblance of appreciation that I was buying a drink in his pub and contributing towards his wage packet. My confused "OK" to his attitude towards my initial question was lost on him. Then when someone he knew came in he was all sweetness and light. This put a real dampener on the whole experience. So thanks, mate. It turned out his attitude was also pretty shoddy with my companion when he had ordered a packet of crisps.
145 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4A 2BU
I have a love-hate relationship with the Cheese. Yes, it is nice and ye oldey-worldey, and yes the beer is nice and cheap, but something about it makes me consider it a definite back-up pub. It lacks a certain je ne c'est pas for me.
172 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8DF
I visited Cadenheads when my love of whisky was really taking hold. I couldn't get enough of single malt's variety and rewarding flavours. Finding Cadenheads was like discovering a treasure trove. The staff were nice, the selection was very wide, and the atmosphere was just right. Really worth going to when you're in Edinburgh, and I can't wait to go back... 7 years on!
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL
01-03-2010 (updated on 22-04-2010)
I used to think the V&A was a stuffy museum full of hats and chests of drawers. It does have these, but there is far more to see. The cafe is a delight, as is the building itself. I like to potter around the shop, and always have enjoy seeing the huge and beautiful organic looking chandelier in the entrance hall. The museum also puts on some fantastic temporary exhibitions. Cold War Modern a year of so ago was the best I have seen in any museum.
90 Balham High Road, Balham, London SW12 9AG
I feel a bit bad about giving this just the three stars, as I quite liked it and it will probably be my local from next month onwards. I have only been here once, and it was very pleasant. Beer was nice, they had some good scotch for my friend and all the papers were there for me to peruse. I will hold off the four stars for now, but let it be known that this is a very good three stars. All round safe and nice pub, and not too pricey either.
Stage Door, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8EH
Super duper venue, always put on shows from interesting acts and the atmosphere has always been great when I've been. Need to try out the cafe, which I hear is great.
I lived as an English teacher in Japan for a year. My first 6 months were spent in a tiny town near Nagoya called Kyowa. On my first night in Japan, my Australian flat mate David took me out to his favourite Izakaya (bar) - Toriko - which specialises in chicken dishes. I was welcomed by Yuki-chan, the gloriously friendly proprietor who spoke very broken English but was so friendly and easy to get on with. It is a real local friendly place which was a regular haunt of all the other gaijin (foreigners) in the town. I got to know a lot of the regulars and met some good friends there. I even ate raw chicken... very tasty indeed. I look back fondly at spending many happy and beer-fuelled evenings at Toriko and will be returning there for sure when I next go back to Japan. Yuki-chan is a true gent and I was always in awe at how he could rustle up delicious food on his own.
In a word - sugoi! すごい!
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