It was a different experience. Like seeing history to come live. I recommend. Despite being short ceremony, it's definetely memorable, and FREE :D the best bit about it. Anyways, who else got a chance to see one of the Queens bodyguards from so close :) Also, it kind of makes you appreciate the history better, and understand the story behind the certain actions done by guards in Tower Hill.
If you're a somewhat deluded tourist then I'm sure you'll have a lovely time here having an "English experience". Otherwise, not so much. How they manage to get such a queue outside is beyond me.This venue never appealed to me, but I went along for a work night out. The soup course really wasn't bad, minus the fact that we weren't provided with spoons and were expected to either drink the soup from the bowl, or scoop it out with bread.The second vegetarian course was decent - mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes. There was an extremely strong garlic flavour, which was fine by me, but may be off putting for some people. The meat eaters had platters of cheese and cold meats to share.The third course was a massive let down. Various vegetables, and goats cheese, plus an apple (?), on a tostada base. Shame it was cold. I asked the other vegetarian in our group her opinion, and she said the same thing, her food was cooked, but cold. If this course had been hot it probably would have been quite interesting and tasty. At least the goat's cheese was pleasant.The dessert was nothing more than berries with clotted cream. Thankfully I like that sort of thing. But I can understand why that would be a disappointment for a lot of people.The Medieval Banquet trades on it's entertainment. Frankly, I failed to notice the entertainment, so it couldn't have been that great. Furthermore, they point out that you can get alcohol simply by calling your "wench". (Derogatory much?) However, we called our wench and were told, "Yeah, two minutes." Not quite the same thing.I was fortunate enough to have my meal paid for by my workplace, but otherwise it's around £50 a pop in here. Christ knows I wouldn't pay that in a million years for this.Having a boogie after the meal was fun, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend this dump, or it's food. I ended up having a couple of toasties when I got home.
If you're in London and need to go from East to West or vice versa and also happen to be near the Thames, why not try the River Bus?Excellent views that you wouldn't normally see, out in the open rather than hurtling underground, scurrying around down there like a rat in a maze.The piers generally have excellent links to a nearby tube station. The best position is out the back of the boat, outside for the hardy ones with cameras, but if the weather is poor there are plenty of cabin seats.A 3rd discount off the fares if you have a day travel card. Excellent value.
I'd advise anyone to take a boat trip when in London as a visitor or to show off a bit if you have anyone visiting you. There's nothing particularly special or bad about this boats; they pretty much do what all of the others do.
Nope.Big Nope.We ordered a breakfast plate, a scampi fish and chips and a shepherd's pie.The fish and chips was pretty average, it was pretty much heating up frozen fish and chips.The shepard's pie was a once in a lifetime experience, simply inedible. You couldn't even smell the stuff, it was horrible and it was cold.So once it was reheated, the meat was most likely off, and gone old. It was the most horrible shepherd's pie I have ever laid my sight upon (and smell and taste unfortunately). My girlfriend has had bad stomach aches from the mashed potatoes, and she's been scarred for life. She used to really like shepherd's pie, and now she has nightmares of giant pies speeding towards her to engulf her into a huge ocean of expired lamb meat which reeks of wet cat and old sock.
A quirky Turkish deli/cafe, with a delicious range of stuff, both sweet and savoury. They do Turkish tea in the little glasses like you get in Turkey, and a range of Borek (cheese, beef and spinach). Wonderful, to-die-for poppy seed cake - moist and perfumed flavour, it's perfection. Also do a range of normal coffees and teas. A great pit stop, and in good weather there are tables and chairs outside overlooking the dock and all the boats. Give the St****cks a miss, and go here instead.
A wonderful setting, overlooking Tower Bridge (with your back to the ghastly hotel). There is an outside terrace with parasols in summer. A recent lunch supplied deep fried goat's cheese crotins, beetroot and rocket salad, and an excellent club sandwich. With drinks and service it came to £30 for two. This was an excellent refuelling stop, and good value. Over the river at Butlers Wharf the prices are double for the same view. Good place to take friends visiting from abroad. The bridge opens it's enormous bascules surprisingly often, too (you can check booked opening times each day on the Tower Bridge website if you really want to see it open!)
Would definitely not be back again. Live music was amplified way too loud, so much so that even sitting in the dining room, it was hard to hear what the person sitting next to me was saying. It would be fine if there was a big dancing space and talking was discouraged, but that wasn't the case.
The food there was disappointing. My battered fish was soggy even from the first bite, and my friend's burger was so dry she gave up halfway, even though she was starving.
Drinks-wise, so-so cocktails, definitely could have been made with more care.
Prices are reasonable though, for this area, which is the only redeeming thing about The Living Room.
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