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31 Duke street, Mayfair, London W1U 1LG
11-12-2007 (updated on 16-04-2009)
True, there is a good cocktail list. They are well made by a friendly barman, and cost little more than a night with Paris Hilton during happy hour. But I don’t like this bar.
The decor is not to my taste, but that’s not to say it’s rubbish. I’m sure designers were paid a fortune. The real problem I have is it’s is too popular with the after-work crowd; it goes from being empty to rammed, and it’s possible to stand at the bar - drinkless - for yonks.
Downstairs is dark, and perhaps this whole bar is best suited to later on in an evening - I have always gone early. There are plenty of places nearby to enjoy beforehand.
533 Kings Road, Fulham, London SW10 0TZ
Fun, fun, fun! This is one of the night spots you must be able to tick off if you want to consider yourself a cheesy clubber.
An excellent place for a drunken dance with friends, and can be a bit of a meat market. Costs a fiver before 11, a tenner after. Drinks are on the pricey side, but not ridiculously so.
The seating/drinking area is quite a lot bigger than the dance floor, which gets very crowded. Also, you are not allowed drinks on the dance floor, and this is heavily policed.
The roof terrace (smokers corner) is very pleasant, and the company is usually friendly. The look tends to be fairly sloaney, which is good if you find that sexy…
Cesta Svobode 26, SI-4260 Bled
Hotel Vila Bled is a luxurious hotel in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. Much like Slovenia, Vila Bled has a mixed history; it was a residence of Tito, and memories of murdered people remain fresh in the minds of the population. That said, the atmosphere in the hotel is charming, with all the creature comforts you could want, yet enough Slovenian charm to remind you that you are somewhere different.
From the grand hotel you look onto the alps on two sides, and across Lake Bled, including the beautiful island. On this island stands a monastry, and is served by 'water taxis’, punted through the water. There are too many other local treasures to list - Google Bled, and you will see the beauty.
Food in the hotel is fantastic, but do not let this stop you exploring the other fine offerings of the area. Perhaps the only thing to be said against this hotel is that the prices are geared towards a Western market and, whilst still not over the top, are not competitive with other local offerings.
The friendly staff will arrange to pick you up from Ljubljana airport, roughly 45 mins away. I have been in September and October, and this place has never been touristy, or overly busy.
A real gem.
The Lawn Paddington Station, London W2 1HB
This is a great place for a snack/alternative to meeting friends for drinks. The stools along the doughnut counter are comfortable, and the glass partition between this little shopping enclave and the rest of the station really does create a more relaxed, quiet environment.
I find it quite difficult to be bothered to keep track of what colour costs what, and have found the price can soon add up. Unless you are a pig though, it can get ridiculous, particularly if you take advantage of the tap water.
I don’t know how this place would work with more than two people eating together. I suspect conversation would be more difficult. I would not, however, mind trying this place out for myself…it is a fantastic situation for people-watching.
50 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 5SH
Now, any burger joint offering a choice of bison and wild boar burgers is going to do well. The food is good (although I found the ciabatta bun on which my burger was served to be a bit soggy on the bottom), and 2 cokes, 2 of the more expensive burger, chips and a salad came in around £25.
The place is relaxed, clean and tidy, and the view of the people wandering by on Westbourn Grove is entertaining. I’ve only been here when its quiet, and it is really deceptively big.
The form is to order food and drink at the counter.
50-54 Putney High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SQ
Standard Wagamama stuff, but in a light, airy, ground-floor setting, with particularly friendly service. This is not the biggest Wagamama’s, so it can get quite crowded at various times.
If you have not been to a W’s before, be prepared for the lack of individual tables and seats. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the place is more suited to a fun/friendly lunch than a romantic dinner ending in the presentation of a ring.
14-16 Putney High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SL
A good range of cheap drinks make this an appealing place at the Putney Bridge end of the High Street.
The bar is always fairly dark, and feels as though it has always had the floor covered in drinks the night before. There are some comfortable chairs, and a small beer garden (really just a place to smoke).
There is a wide range of sport shown. I’d like to watch England beat Oz in the rugby here.
Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1UA
Stamford is a small hospital, with an Accident and Emergency open between 09:00-17:00, five days a week. Most major cases are treated in larger hospitals in the area.
These features all make Stamford a superb A&E to end up in. Extremely knowledgable and experienced staff keep waiting times to almost nothing, and have earned the hospital much respect from the local community. If you break your arm anywhere near Stamford, aim to end up here rather than Peterborough District Hospitals (or other local hospitals), where waiting times are likely to be much longer.
71 St. Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LB
I have enjoyed eating and drinking in this hotel, but have never stayed. The food is really special, as are the surroundings.
Stamford itself is an old, beautiful town, and has played host to the cast and crew of Middlemarch. The George fits this old world town perfectly, and is a sweet, elegant establishment.
The main bar is warm and cosy, but with a wicked selection of truly fine wines and Champagnes. It is, however, just as easy to order a pint of bitter.
Diners are offered a choice of the Garden Room, a more formal restaurant, and outside. Each option has its own charms, but my personal favourite has to be the Garden Room, which provides an interesting and pleasant surrounding for lunch.
Food and drink is expensive, but I have always felt I have been paying for quality. The fare is more than just standard quality food; much thought and care has obviously gone into creating the menu.
The building deserves a mention. It’s old, with low ceilings and uneven floors, and is attached to the old gallows. This is a really elegant place to eat in a town that is well worth a visit.
Counter Street Off Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2HD
Standing right on the river, this is an understably popular for after work drinks - thus, it does get pretty crowded at certain times. The food is decent, as are drinks; both are reasonably priced.
There are tables outside, right on the riverfront, offering pretty spectacular views. Undercover and heater, these are pleasant all year round.
The mix of people depends very much on the time of day, in my experience. It is not a particularly 'classy place’, but nor does it seem particularly rough.
All in all, I think this is a good place to stop as you explore one of the nicest parts of London.
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