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Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 5AY
23-11-2008 (updated on 16-04-2009)
I’ve seen a few films here and it’s a lovely art-house cinema in the middle of the west end. The restaurant/coffee shop that greets you when you walk in is a little busy and expensive - it also seems that people go there who aren’t also there to see a movie. For me, it’s better skipped.
The screens themself are small and the seats aren’t the most comfortable, but whatever film is showing, patrons are very respectful and don’t talk through the screening.
This cinema hasn’t provided me with my most luxurious filmgoing experiences, but it has provided me with some of my best.
3 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BF
This is a great little shop in Covent Garden that sells sweets and drinks from all over the world, and if you look downstairs you’ll also find things like cake mixture and cereal.
I went to Canada a few years ago and tried some Mountain Dew which absolutely blew me away, and when I found this place and saw that they had it I bought some immediately. I’m a regular visitor here and I’ve tried different varieties of Mountain Dew plus cans from the US, Canada and Japan.
They have all sorts of other soft drinks from around the world as well as quite a big range of sweets dedicated to Hello Kitty. There’s also a decent Moomins range from Finland. Whatever kind of confectionary you’re looking for you’ll find it here - my favourites are the foreign variations on familiar brands, and amusing sounding chocolate bars such as 'Mr Big’ and 'Plopp’.
If there is one drawback to Cyber Candy it’s the price. At around £1.20 for a bar of chocolate it’s not cheap, but considering where they come from it’s understandable. When I’m in there I feel like a kid in a sweet shop and I usually fill a basked full of stuff - be careful if you try that though because the price will probably be about 3 times that of a normal sweet shop.
Despite the price, a great and unique place, and still the only place I know to buy Mountain Dew in london.
66 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6BP
The Three Compasses is a lovely little pub and Thai restaurant in one. The restaurant is upstairs but you can also order food downstairs and eat it in the pub.
I’ve tried both and while I wasn’t particularly taken with the pub, which is very plain and lacks atmosphere, the restaurant is much better. The food is very good, but the portions could be bigger. The service is generally very good, but if you book a specific table don’t expect them to hold it for you. Last time I tried booking a specific table, I went in at the agreed time to find only 2 customers in there - both sitting at the table I’d reserved.
Still, the food is good and it arrives fairly promptly. If you can get a seat by the window you can watch the world go by as you eat. A decent little place if you happen to be in Farringdon, conveniently located about a minute from the station.
28 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AN
The City Pride is my favourite London pub. It’s comfortable with a great atmosphere and very good service.
I usually go here after work to watch football and it’s usually not so busy and fairly relaxed. Everything looks modern and the decor is good which adds to the atmosphere. There are plenty of flat screen TVs littered around the walls so you’ll never find that you can’t see the TV. Upstairs there is an area with a large TV where you can go if you fancy a little more noise. It’s a very football-like atmosphere.
This is also a lovely little pub when the football isn’t on. It’s usually fairly quiet and the bar staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome. What puts this another cut above the rest is the excellent quality of the food. I never expect a lot from bar food, but ordered a burger here once when I was so hungry I couldn’t wait any longer. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found - not a cut price burger, but a tender, succulent burger which was one of the best I’ve tasted. I’ve had no hesitation to order food from there a number of times susequently.
A great little place, conveniently located and with a lovely atmosphere.
6 Albermarle Way, London EC1V 4JB
Noodle Express is a very nice place to go for lunch (it gets very busy after 1pm though) or for an after work meal (when it is much quieter).
This is far from a classy Chinese restaurant - it does exactly what is says on the tin. The staff are fairly friendly and are very attentive. After you have ordered your food will generally arrive within 10 minutes. This usually sets the 'microwave’ alarm bells ringing with me but the food is actually very good - much better than a lot of expensive Chinese restaurants that I’ve been to. I usually have the beef or chicken in black bean sauce with egg fried rice - you can expect to pay between £5-6 for a main such as this, and for the price the portion sizes are very generous.
There’s a nice atmosphere here and it’s a lovely place to go for a quick, cheap and tasty meal.
63b Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP
I’ve been to Anexo a number of times over a period of years as I work in the area. This used to be my favourite Spanish restaurant in London, but recently the quality has taken an alarming dip.
The food used to be inspired and delicious, but after a menu revamp it’s now fairly plain. The last time I went back I was very unimpressed by the quality of the tapas too. The customer service has also noticeably gone downhill.
If you go at the right time Anexo still has a good atmosphere and the decor is undeniably good. I’ve been here in the past for a very pleasant evening birthday celebration, but the last time I went there in the evening it was jam packed with people. It was so full the people in the bar area had spilled out in to the restaurant area and were standing amongst the tables where people were eating. Also, the music was so loud that you couldn’t hear yourself talk and you had to shout to be heard.
The problem with Anexo is that it is connected to the nightclub Turnmills. It seems that now the focus of the restaurant is to cater for those who are on their way in to the club and who need to be warmed up before raving the night away.
What used to be a lovely Spanish themed restaurant has turned in to a pre-nightclub with bad food. Disappointing.
164 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DU
New Seoul is a lovely little Korean restaurant in Clerkenwell. It doesn’t look particularly impressive from the outside, and I’d walked past without really noticing it plenty of times before a Korean friend of mine took me there for lunch one day.
I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. It is authentically Korean and the customer service is very good, although their English isn’t always the best. The food, hwever, is lovely. I usually have the dolost bibimbab, which is rice, beef, a fried egg and assorted vegetables in a hot stone bowl. They also offer chilli sauce to spice things up a little and all dishes come with a free miso soup.
The atmosphere is very pleasant and I’ve had no hesitation to take both friends and family here, either for celebrations or casual visits. One friend who spent some time living in Korea said he’d been searching for a good Korean place in London and that New Seoul was by far the best and most authentic.
144 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DP
Potemkin is wonderful whether you go there to try their vodka or for a bite to eat.
They offer a range of vodkas for a variety of tastes including vanilla, butterscotch, cucumber and horseradish. They also serve more regular vodkas and as a vodka connaisseur I was in my element. They also offer 68% absinthe and a range of vodka based cocktails. Don’t think that this is just another place where annoying city folk go to get drunk though - this couldn’t be further away from that. The bar is quite an intimate little area with a lovely atmosphere and the focus is very much on enjoying the vodka rather than getting drunk on it. It’s quite classy, but at the same time very friendly and homely.
The food is good too. They offer traditional Russian dishes such as borsch, and the beef stroganoff is the best I’ve ever had. I didn’t realise it was Russian but they also offer a lovely side order of mash potato.
If you’re interested purely in the food, the tableclothed downstairs area caters for parties, but if you’re going there casually I’d recommend you stay in the bar area and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
The customer service may be the best I’ve ever experienced. The staff are incredibly friendly and all genuinely nice people and are happy to either chat or to leave you alone if that’s what you would prefer. They are very knowledgeable about vodka and are very helpful should you have any questions or if you are looking for a recommendation. They are very attentive and I’ve never been left waiting for service.
This isn’t the cheapest place, but for what you get the prices are more than reasonable. I’ve spent many a happy evening here and I plan to spend many, many more. This is without a doubt my favourite place in London.
13 Islington High Street, London N1 9LQ
I wasn’t impressed with this place at all. I usually frequent another Mexican eaterie a little further up the road but I tried this for a change.
As soon as I walked in I got the impression that the place was a little dirty. When I ordered my burrito the guy who served me wasn’t particularly friendly or helpful and the whole process of ordering seemed cold and reminded me a little of getting school dinners.
The food didn’t taste particularly good either - for a start the burrito was filled too full so it unwrapped immediately and I had to eat it with a knife and fork, and the fillings just seemed very plain.
I was impressed with the US style free drinks refills, but they didn’t even try to hide the fact that their coke was heavily watered down.
There are much better Mexican places in the area - I’d recommend giving this place a miss and walking a little further up the road.
27 Upper ST, London N1 0PN
This is easily the best Mexican place in London and one of my favourite fast food places too.
You can choose from burritos or tacos, but I recommend burritos. I’ve tried everything on the menu and it’s all great, but a large chicken burrito gets my vote. You have a choice of black beans and pinto beans, as well as peppers, salad, sauces and 3 different levels of spiciness. I usually go with the spiciest option and get my head blown right off. If you’re not in to spicy food and if you’re not up for the challenge I’d go for the mild or medium option. Otherwise, buy lots of drinks.
The staff are very friendly and very welcoming and they fill your burritos up so much they sometimes have difficulty wrapping them. Importantly, they do manage it though, and with it make the best burrito in London.
Mucho Mas has a lovely atmosphere and also has free wi-fi upstairs. The prices are pretty good for what it is, and if you go in at lunchtime there are deals available, although I wouldn’t recommend it as it’s incredibly busy and the staff are a little rushed. It’s much better in the evenings when it’s quieter and the staff have more time to get your burrito exactly right.
I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else for my Mexican food - for anyone who likes Mexican cuisine or wants to try something a bit different it’s definitely worth seeking out.
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