hmmm…. another example of them being a little sneaky with the bill… I don’t like it.
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The Living Room Heddon St
West End, London
Culinary influences are eclectic, yet the focus remains on two broad show less
270 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
“We are handily located in the boutique end of Upper St near Highbury Tube station. The area is a perfect fit for us with lots of independent shops full of character such as Montes Deli, Sefton & the Wine Sampler. There is a real community spirit here...” more...
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Large selection of wine by the glass
Chilly (-1 star)
Got the wrong starter and the wrong side-dish with the main course (-1 star)
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Another place that I’d like to give 4 stars for, but unfortunately the service at the bar was so incredibly slow, it grated on me to stand there so long. There was only one person serving at the bar and maybe 5 or 6 people waiting patiently. But when it takes 10-15 minutes to get a bottle of wine on a relatively quiet Tuesday while your friends wait outside, it was not a good start.
However we went on to have dinner, really great atmosphere, good table service. I ordered a vegetarian green thai curry, and not actually being a vegetarian myself found it completely delicious. great place for groups, easy to hear yourselves chat over dinner, and considering its location great prices. Will definitely go back, and hope for better bar service.
A bit lacking in atmosphere when I came but it was early on a Tuesday night during a tube strike, so give them the benefit of the doubt. I liked the fact that it's hidden away and the happy hour Mexican Rose cocktail slipped down nicely. It is a tiny bit pricey though, but then you are right in the centre of the West End. Worth another look...
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The Living Room is one of those places that you need to know exists in order to find it, remember it and return. It’s tucked away down Heddon Street, just off the bustling main drag of Regent Street, providing respite from the crowds and hordes of tourists. I first came here for a networking event and thoroughly enjoyed the space, the length of the bar, the light, modern decor. Then I returned for lunch last weekend and it was sadly disappointing. Of five main courses, priced so that you’d expect something of a decent size, four looked like slightly overgrown starters. I’m a light eater anyway, but even so, the best part of my herb-crusted cod with pesto risotto, was the risotto. The herb crust lacked taste and although the cod looked as if it had been baked to perfection, each bite felt slightly undercooked. Only the fish and chips looked golden and worthy of its price tag, but the general consensus of the four lads with me was that everything was a bit small, tasted all right but not great and that included the chips which were apparently unforgivably below par. We didn’t stay for dessert and one waiter almost tipped a plate on me whilst clearing – lucky save. For drinks with friends I would go back, but for food I’ll be going elsewhere.
I discover this place thanks to workmates with who we had some drinks after works sometimes…
Well located, 2 minutes walk from Piccadilly Tube Station, in a quiet street where people share drinks. With nice weather, we can stand up outside ;)
This place is nice: live music is playing (piano) which add value in the atmosphere and change from others places around!
Prices are really correct for common drinks like beer, wine and spirit.
Staff is always friendly and everybody is welcome!
I did not have the chance yet to eat there, but sure I will find an occasion for this ;-)
Bring workmates and/or friends and enjoy :)
Living Room on Heddon Street works well for me for an afternoon work drink. Service is sharp, drink range is good, the staff are very helpful and usually pretty sexy. I miss Rae and her singing on a Wednesday but other than that the place is super consistent.
Food is always good. Relaxing stylish venue
I much prefer this bar during the summer months when there is quite extensive seating outside, alongside lots of other bars/restaurants in Heddon Street. It has a lovely cafe culture around here.
Inside it is quite large and noisy, the restaurant area is fine at lunch time, but in the evenings, it get’s a little too much.
You can hire out areas in the evenings if there is a group of you, I think they charge your credit card for 3 bottles of wine, which they take off your bill at the end. Decent bar snacks.
i liston to radio 1-2-4-5 and 7
the radio 2 listerners uesually think the music on 1 is a load of rubbish if they stay with 2 they’ll probably be listening to this rubbish in about ten years time
russell brand is a presenter on radio 2
not long ago he left a message on the answerphone
of roger moore
he told roger that he had taken his grand daughter out to
dinner one evening
this did not cause much of a fuss
russell also left a message on the answerphone of andrew sachs
he told andrew that he had a one night stand with his grand daughter
this caused much fuss
does this mean it is bad to have a one night stand
or just taboo to talk about
On a quiet side street, just off busy Regent street, nestled amongst a whole host of little dining establishments, sits The Living Room. Updated mid-century modern seems to be the design element, but I would have appreciated a few more fabrics around to muffle the noise a bit. I had to speak quite loudly to my dining partner and we were off in a relatively secluded corner of the restaurant.
I got all soppy and romantic feeling over at least half the songs the piano man sang for us (modern pop for the piano). So that could be good if you’re on a date.
We ordered a bunch of starters so that we could try more of what they had on offer. All the starters were tasty, but I preferred the rabbit, the ham hock and the crab cakes.
Service was good, except when it came to bill time. We’d booked in with a special from toptable, but that didn’t show up on the first bill we received, we had to remind them (and that’s the first time I’ve ever had to do that with toptable specials at a restaurant). Secondly, the special was a 2 for 1 on starters and mains. But they decided that we could only get two of our starters off the price, not the third (we’d ordered 6 in total). We didn’t feel like sending the bill back a second time, but we weren’t impressed. We probably won’t be going back, and that’s unfortunate, as we had enjoyed our evening up to that point.
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Siany, 28 August 2008:
I’m split with this bar. The restaurant part is great. The piano guy is fab. The toilets play BBC radio 2 (I think) which amuses me. Nicholas Pasons talking while you’re in the loo is weird but amusing if you’re a bit drunk.
But the rest of the place confuses me. It drags in a strange bunch of people who aren’t that nice. The atmosphere in here always falls a bit flat. If you’re with great people, then you’ll have fun. Otherwise you’ll just leave and shrug your shoulders.
The staff do look after you. But a little too well. Don’t ge tme wrong, they’re lovely. But when you’ve got a bar tab of £750, you don’t expect them to bill you for £1000. They did. And our heads hurt the next day. So I’d go, but I would keep hold of my card until they learn to count.
And no, the hangover wasn’t worth what was a very messy night.
This bar and restaurant is centrally located; the staff are friendly, but despite promises of closing at 1am, it actually shuts depending on how many customers are left.. therefore don't get your hopes up unless there's quite a few people there... A nice, fairly smart place, but without that cosy feel.
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The Living Room W1's fixed priced menu offers a delicious range of dishes for a fraction of usual price.
Guests can enjoy The Living Room W1 fixed priced menu, Monday to Friday midday until 3 pm and again at dinner service, Monday to Saturday 5.30pm - 7pm.
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