Ich bin Barty aus London. Ich bin Qyper seit dem 21.05.2008
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179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JG
It truly is Geek Heaven!
However, not being much of a geek (anymore) and not being a sci-fi nutjob (anymore), I was slightly bored by the tacky figurines at hugely overdone prices.
On the other hand, the proper ‘vintage’ stuff - the original batman, superman etc stuff - was really cool! Again, overpriced, but there aren’t many places you can find stuff like that. It was nice to look at, anyway.
Downstairs was great - full of Torchwood books and new-series Dr. Who DVDs. I was very happy with that (sad but true).
My main problem with forbidden planet is how horrible crowded it is - not with people, but just… stuff. Very bright lights, small aisles. Bah.
14-16 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1D 1AR
Whilst I still mourn for the loss of Virgin Megastores (I have a weird loyalty to Virgin due to their good mobile service, great customer service, and the quirky, cute staff they hire), I have to admit that Zavvi is almost as good.
The shop floors are spacious - no more bum-touching like in HMV, when you try to squeeze past someone in an aisle - and the staff are still courteous, friendly, cute and quirky. Nice to see that they have carried over some of Virgin M’s traits.
They had a great selection of everything, and some really good offers. I am officially boycotting HMV in favour of Zavvi.
80 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6PD
Not to my tastes, this place.
I’m not a huge pie fan, but when I want a pie, I want a *pie*. Not something random like mango, blue cheese and lamb stuffed into some pastry.
When I went, it was after lunchtime, and there were very few pies left. So I got a selection of the mini pies, but I didn’t really like them.
They were fresh, and hot - hence the 3 stars, not 2 - but… I don’t know. Is it too much to ask for just to get a standard british pie?
If you have eclectic tastes, this is for you! If you want something plain, hot, and typically British I would go next door and get an egg mayo sandwich from the sandwich shop next door!
4 Palace Street, London SW1E 5HY
Everyone in the office loves this place, and I’m sure they have good reason.
However, the one and only time I went there, my roll was rock hard. Literally. I threw it on the counter and it made a hollow thud.
One of the staff are friendly, and one not so much. But the prices are good, and if you go there and get something you like, that’s excellent!
But if you get a rock hard roll, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Also - they load up on the butter, so if that’s not to your taste ask them not to put too much on.
Sorry Snack Bar, only 2 stars from me today.
10 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 8PZ
The perfect place for the Qype meat up!
I agree wit heveryone else here really: great steaks (half price tuesday, hell yeah!), good Cosmo’s (well, the second one was. Maybe I was getting drunker and they started tasting nicer?), and a pretty good margaritas for my first taste of one, I think.
As mentioned, its a bit of a pain that they no longer take bookings - and as a big group we struggled a couple of times to get everyone a seat. But all worked out well.
The desserts looked lovely, and next time i go back I might have to try the pulled pork… if i can pull myself away from the perfectly done steak. (Tip: the side of grilled onions might seem an unnecessary expense, but they were darn good with the steak and chips).
Very good service, efficient and friendly staff. Pretty waitresses too, if like some (not mentioning any names) you choose to ogle them!
Poppit Road, St Dogmaels, Cardigan, Wales SA43 3LF
Even for Wales, you don’t get much better than this.
This pub-cum-restaurant is divine. Eating authentic Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire ham with free range eggs and huge, crispy chips is good enough for most. But pair that with being able to sit in the boiling sunshine, by the river watching the fishermen fish and the boats bob about is fantastic.
The food was excellent, both in price, quantity and flavour. The ham, egg and chips were particularly nice, but I heard that the Greek salad was really good too. They also had country classics like welsh stew, sausage and mash, or a Sunday roast on the menu.
All the staff were lovely and friendly; the wifi is FREE for customers (wifi in the country, whoever heard of such a thing!?) and although it wasn’t very busy when we went, it can get quite packed. Thankfully they have lots and lots of seating both inside and out. Hurrah!
They are also very pet-friendly, which is a bonus for all those with dogs. Wish I was still there :(
50-52 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EP
Rossopomodoro Covent Garden is the only one of the chain I have visited, but so far so good.
I work some days across the road from here and one evening we decided to buy in bulk our pizzas from here.
Being across the road, we collected the pizzas and actually saw them being pulled out of the fire-stove-thing, put into boxes, and cut. They looked delicious!
Whilst we waited we were offered seats and all the staff said hello and a couple made polite chit-chat; they were all really friendly :)
The pizzas themselves were oddly lacking in the cheese department, but I think that’s because we ordered those ones specifically (no idea why); they were wonderfully tasty and had that great authentic Italian flavour.
I’d really like to go back and eat-in to try some other food there. Yummy!
27 Hartfield Road, London SW19 3SG
28.05.2008 (aktualisiert am 30.05.2008)
The cocktails here are A-MAZING.
I was out with a huge group of friends - two of whom knew the barman - and he made us all this sky blue colour shot each...
Now, when I think of shots I think 'oh-my-God! Help! Tequila!' or 'I'm going to be sick - Sambuca!' but this blue stuff was divine. Possible one of the most heavenly things I have ever tasted... they sure know how to make 'em at Suburban!
Other than my out-of-this-world shot... the staff were lovely, the place was really nice, very charming, and it wasn't overly crowded - can't wait to go back!!!
26-30 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6HL
I am still tipsy whilst writing this, but perhaps that is just testament to how awesome the place is, that I stayed there for 3 hours without sitting down :D (yes, my feet hurt)
As you will probably know, Theodore Bullfrog has just been host to Qype’s May party! Kudos to Qype for the open bar and free food, but back to the review…
First off, the bar staff were quality. They don’t serve cocktails as a general rule, but our barman had some experience in cocktail making, and made me a Cosmo as a one off - special treatment, woo! - and it was lovely. He made nice conversation with everyone, told me he knew me from somewhere, as they always do, and was consistently polite and chirpy :-)
No surprises here, but the drinks were good too. Mine were, at least, although I don’t suppose making a Martini and lemonade is so hard…
The food was top notch; really, really fresh and hot when first served (ouchy - wasn’t expecting that), very tasty and good quality. I have to specifically point out that the potato wedges were crispy and soft, as quite often you get served wedges that are soggy yet somehow hard in the middle, and I was very pleased with these.
Much as Theodore Bullfrog was really cool and a nice place in general, I do feel obliged to knock off a star for the fact that the toilets weren’t so hot (wet floors around toilets is always a bad sign, isn’t it?) and the room we were in was boiling - and not just for me. Apparently somebody asked them to open the windows, but only a couple of them actually opened. The rest of them were… ehm, novelty windows, if you will. So I sweated all night, and a few others were looking pretty red in the face. In all fairness though, it was a humid day and evening.
The smokers area (aka the pavement) was wicked - ashtrays that were emptied very regularly, and ‘shelves’ to place your drinks/empty glasses on, that were also efficiently cleared up.
Overall, Theodore Bullfrog was a great place and I can’t wait to go back there! Good choice by the Qype guys… looking forward to the next Qype party!
3 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BF
Sweeeeeeeets!!! Tons and tons of glorious new and amazing sweets!
I had walked past Cyber Candy on many an occasion, but never gone in for fear that it would be too expensive, mainly TV brands (the Simpson’s, etc.) or that I would just spend too much.
Well, the latter is true; but contrary to the sweets on display in the windows, it’s not all Simpson’s themed! (Although there’s a fair amount of American TV branded stuff)
I honestly could not believe my eyes when I saw some of the things in there, maybe the British are just sweet-prudes - how do we not make the same things over here? Saying that, according to their website, the wide range of flavoured Altoids they sell are actually made in Britain, we just don’t sell them. Weird.
I advise you to listen to Rob: don’t go to browse. I spent £13 in there, and I only left because I had someone waiting for me outside; I think I may have broken the bank otherwise.
There’s just too much stuff in there to list; but I nearly squealed with excitement when I found chocolate coated pretzels, made by the same people and in the same packaging as the ones I had when I was six years old, on holiday to NYC. Also, they have a range of ‘Willy Wonker’ sweets, which also bring back memories of my childhood, when they brought them out in the UK but stopped making them after about six months!
Be warned: the everlasting gobstoppers aren’t very everlasting :P
So if you are in London, here’s your to-do list for today:
Leave work early
Set a budget and a time limit
Go to Cyber Candy
Sit at home filled with memories, sugar and E-numbers, instead of that bottle of vodka :-)
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