If you are after something cheap and cheerful that doesn't break the budget then you should consider this place. It has the advantage of being in a good location - right near Kings Cross station and Euston station if you need to travel into the city or make an exit from the big smoke. Granted, it is basic, but then if all you want is a room with a bed, an ensuite and a tv and dont want to pay big bucks then it could be for you. I have tried to find other hotels in this area and others for less money but failed (there are a few in this area that are a little bit more expensive) and always ended back here. Its very clean, not spacious and you can get breakfast in the morning (which is included in the price).
(If I had to describe muji the last word I'd use is cheap. They even overcharge for small pathetic bundles Q-tips. but anyhoo..)
If you owned nothing but muji items you'd have a very organized modern and minimalistic home. Everything would have it's own little container, in black white grey or see-through. This store is great at making little containers for everything and simplified nice looking items to go in them for every aspect of your life. Travel? toiletries? stationary? check check & check.
I was mad however that I couldn't replace a poorly made product from a paris muji in a london muji. The store manager was rude & very unhelpfull. It made me question the quality of their products, so unless you live there I wouldn't buy anything too expensive or electronic. I went from a huge muji fan to a bitter customer...
A helpful place to find information for designing your own home/building, or other new builds. There is a to-scale 3D map of London, including train links, and the 2012 Olympic sights. There is an ever-changing exhibition on, as well as an information center, a book shop and a cafe all spread across 3 floors. The book shop is very useful for specialist; building, design and architecture related books.
5 mins walk from Goodge st Station.
A favourite for lunch, especially after I discovered that their baked potatoes are just as big, just as good, and about half the price of the place I used to go. Extremely popular place - plenty of a variety of sandwiches that they make on the premises fresh throughout the day - even banana and cream cheese is often seen on the shelf! Plus pasties, homemade soups and the like. They also have a deli counter with loads of different foodstuffs, so pretty much anything you want, you can have (this morning I heard a woman ask for a brown bap with coleslaw, tuna mayo and corned beef - and they didn't even blink an eyelid). Cheap, fresh, good quality. The only thing is that you have to make your own tea and coffee from the dispensing machine on the side - but if you don't fancy doing that, the Italian next door Cafe Deco will see you right.
I have been here for two events. The first was a free afternoon talk between Elaine Page and Elaine Stritch, which was fascinating. I didn't know Stritch was the original choice for Dorothy in the Golden Girls until she annoyed the producer for example, or that she'd had problems with alcohol. Recently saw Romance and Cigarettes, she was great in that, but I've missed her appearances in 30 Rock. The auditorium was large, the seats were comfortable, and you could hear everything that was being said.
The second event was quite recent, the Felix Dennis Did I mention the Free Wine tour. Felix Dennis created Oz and Maxim Magazines, is very wealthy and is now a poet of strictly structured verse only. The free wine was supplied by The Wine Week. We had to walk along various corridors attached to the hotel and reached a large room with a door that led directly to the theatre. In that room were six or seven groups of tables with fantastic wine on all of them. I forgot to sample the whites, because I am an idiot, but had several glasses of the Pedesclaux and the Margaux, which were superb, probably the best wine I've ever had. Nibbles were mini Yorkshire Puddings, long meaty spring roll things, prosciutto, salmon on blinis (and a tiny amount of caviar) and small crisp jelly and camembert slices. Dennis was a very entertaining performer, giving it everything, evidently learnt a lot frmo his contact with the rsc. Behind him was a large screen, on which were projected video of himself reading, and the occasional animation. His best poem was probably the one about being 15 and losing his virginity. Again the theatre space was great, even this time with a capacity house, you could hear everything very clearly, even though the by now rather drunk audience had a tendency to respond.
This place is great, shut on Sunday like most libraries (not islington central or stoke newington or stamford hill) regularly sells off cheap dvds (I got Ozon's 5x2 for £1.50 and Six Strong Guys for the same price, a bargain anywhere) and has all the newspapers. Plus, and here's the truely annoying thing, it allows anybody to use the internet. You don't have to be a member. So, for free, you can wander in here and ask to use the computer, and the librarian will book you on. You may have to wait, but you can always read a book. (They're like computers but faster.) Worst thing: when you book on, the system is rubbish, you can't see when slots are free, you can only pick a length of time on a certain day, and take pot luck. I start at 60 minutes, which usually means I have to wait a couple of hours, then reduce it to 30, then 20, and sometimes even then you have a half hour wait. Best is to book a day in advance.
The only other downside is the percentage of tramps using the library to sleep, and I do that very rarely. I would have asked for them to be moved but they were all wearing Qype t-shirts. I would wear mine, but I haven't received it yet. (after 4 months.) Toilets are available and so is drinking water.
Upper Crust is a chain of sandwich shops mostly located around railway stations - they serve mainly filled baguettes. The quality of the food is great, but it is slightly overpriced, until you get a free "bite card" which gives a 20% discount!
There are actually two branches of Upper Crust at Euston Station, one in the food court, and one at the opposite end of the station - useful if one has a queue!
Not so keen on the pizza!
Strongly advise bookings- there are often parties held here.
Try the chilli oil - it adds a lot of flavour.
There is a down side - it is very expensive
Having said that all pizza/pasta places are rather pricey now
not as nice as other branches
Average / smaller sized WH Smith branch within Kings Cross tube station. Gets very packed with commuters making it difficult to move around the store & the queues can be massive waiting to pay for purchases. Has a selection of books & magazines on offer plus snack food / drinks. Would be much better if they expanded the store making it larger since it's such a busy main train station.
This is not for the faint of heart, or for anyone lacking a sense of humour! Nor for anyone not willing to kiss a cop.
Ok, so you leave the M4, and go over the Hammersmith flyover...and it's still ok...this dupes you into thinking it'll be a doddle. It won't!
The chaos starts a mile or so later, taxis start swerving in and out around you. If you hesitate, you get honked at loudly but then again, they may have been honking at someone else...who knows?
While your Navman calmly tells you what to do, you still feel slightly bewildered and if you take a wrong exit on a roundabout, it tells you to do do a u turn. ....!.... In the end I did two, after seeing others do it, but this was when my navman had stopped speaking to me.
Motorcycles just haave the life of the charmed - in and out, overtaking and cutting you up. Buses bear down on you as though you're a gnat.
But you get to the vicinity, and thats where humour is all important. You phone the bar and give as much info as you can about your whereabout....do this, then this. Ok you do that and - well you are still not in sight of the bar. You phone again, and another voice tells you something completely different. You do that - nothing. Now you have a choice; have a melt down and book a psychiatrist or, laugh and believe you'll be there at some point in your life.
You phone again, and you explain as best you can everything you can see. Do this and then that. Ok, I'm doing it. You park thinking it round the corner - oh no, that would be too easy.
But. Two police officers come round your corner and having some sense you acost them (not too violently) and ask them. They haven't heard of the bar but tell you where the road is. Being a good citizen you do as they say, and hey!!!
yeh,yeh, there is the bar!! Hey hey!