Ich bin FireHorseUK aus London. Ich bin Qyper seit dem 12.07.2009
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Alton, Stafford, Staffordshire ST10 4DB
Alton Towers hasn’t changed much in the two year since our last visit. Noticed the Corkscrew is now a building site for a new rollercoaster. Air is still the best ride and closely followed by Nemesis.
You can find a good deal on Virgin for train prices and in September Alton Towers do some useful deals like “2 for 1”. Nice thing about doing this theme park in 2nd or 3rd week of September is that there’s hardly any queuing for the best rides. There a couple of time you can get off a ride and get back on within a minute, we managed to fit in 20 rides and have a long lunch-break.
I wouldn’t go back until there’s a couple of new rides now, maybe in 3 years time, need something new to make the trip a more worth while one.
Regent's Park, London NW1 4NP
We (Group of 8) went to see the last performance of ‘Hello Dolly’ by the Open Air Theatre company at Regent’s Park on Saturday.
Perfect weather for it which was lucky considering the summer we have had wasn’t the best.
Started the night with some wine in the park and then moved into the theatre enclosure. The theatre itself is an open auditorium with comfortable seating surrounded by trees and foliage which gives it it’s lovely space and excitement feeling. The bar and bar service was good, even when they were flooded during the interval period, price for a bottle of wine wasn’t too bad and this is one of those occasions when you can take a bottle back to your seat without feeling like a lush.
The stage was well thought out and cleaver considering the space factor, and performance was perfect and since it was their last night they really gave it their all. The standing ovation from the crowds was richly deserved.
The toilets clean and big enough to cope with the hoards of people during the interval.
In all this was a wonderful event, and I will be on the look out again for next year’s performances.
Dray Walk Dray Walk, Off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Came here after visiting the music store next door. Service was slow and there were 3 bar staff and not that many people at the bar waiting. Not much of a selection of draught drinks but a large cocktail menu. Décor is funky, dark lighting, not a lot of comfortable seating, plus the toilets could do with sorting out considering it’s a mid-afternoon light crowd they shouldn’t in that kind of state. Not one to come back too for us.
9 - 11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
We only came across this quirky pub by chance wondering around looking for the Dennis Severs’ House and glad we did. The staff are very chatty, friendly and they know how to keep their customers happy. The London Pride wasn’t pulling well and they got it sorted out no moans or groans, and kept us chatting away. Ordered some food which came quickly. Décor is a strange mix, look out for the manikins heads, freaky but fun, comfortable seating and large dinning area. A pub to visit again for sure. Could be busy for mid-week lunch time with city workers.
Brick Lane, Hanbury street, London E1 6SB
It’s been nearly 15 years since I found myself going down Brick Lane and walking around Spitalsfields Market and how they have changed, for the better. Brick Lane is now this vibrant, energetic atmosphere, real multicultural London, enjoyable and fun. I couldn’t remember seeing this number of restaurants before, what a choice, have to check out reviews for them before my next visit. A number of open air food stalls along the route to keep your nose sniffing the air, more noticeable at the Vibe Bar which lured us in. Brick Lane is very much a London landmark designation for any visitor, to shop, eat and drink… Have to make this a regular place to visit….
52 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AG
What a delightful coffee house, with it’s wooden interior, cosy benched corners and space. Certainly a cosy place for to come for a wide range of coffee and cakes. I can imagine it’s a bit of a bum fight during mid-week lunch times, a bit of a struggle for a Saturday, but so worth the wait. Service was good and the staff kept on the ball making sure tables are cleared and customers are happy. More of these places please….
111b Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BG
Well, what can I say about this store, it’s different! Funny, Disturbing, Quirky, Funky, Weird and of cause Campest store in London. It’s something for the girls than for the boys, but a must see if you are wondering around the Spitalfields Market. Friendly assistant and the store is a one off, great for a gift that is different. It is a 5 star just for the imagination that has gone into the products work and into the shop…
275-277 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London SW11 4LU
Somerfield store along Battersea Park Road is closing down! Yes, at last, how on earth could they keep going. The staff are rude, slow and just couldn’t give toss how your shopping is packed. This store is the reason why I went back to Sainsbury’s Online shopping 4 years ago. Soon, it will be a Tesco, (Waitrose would have been better) and I can only hope that they get new staff and managers in with some knowledge about customer service. Now I have to see which is better, Tesco’s Club Points or Sainsbury’s Nectar Points….
6a St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London SW8 2LE
The Gym (The Gym Group) in Vauxhall needs to teach it’s staff a lesson in customer service by all accounts. A work colleague, who not long joined and he is now very much regretting that he did, said “How easy it is for them to smile and take the cash but then cut themselves of from following up on any form of customer relationship or service”, after the first phone call to them about a problem.
The story starts by him going to his new gym over lunchtime and once he arrived back to work he realised he had forgotten his trainers. He called a number which I found on the internet for ‘The Gym’ in Vauxhall so he could call them and they could retrieve the trainers and keep them safe for his return trip after work. Well, the phone number that came up on the net had isn’t ‘The Gym’ Vauxhall but to ‘The Gym’ membership centre and they were a little put out by being called and it’s not someone joining (very put out from what we could here). He asked if they had the telephone number for the Vauxhall gym and to his surprise the reply was a simple no, they don’t have the phone numbers to any of ‘The Gym’ outlets.
So we called various directory enquires and finally got a number, which he called and called and called. The phone rings but no answer. He eventually had to pop out an go down to the gym to get them before they go walkies. On his return he told us all of the answers he got from the young 20’s something South African girl who works there about the unanswered phone calls. Apparently this is an unmanned gym and that is why the phone may ring but there will not be any staff there to answer he was told. So he pointed out to this very ‘moody assistant’ that the gym is manned between 8am to 8pm (the fact that she is there, standing in front of him, means it’s manned) and he called only 15 mins ago (2:30pm). Her reply was that it’s his fault for leaving items in the lockers and not to do it again. In fact he tried again to get an answer but again he is the one being ticked off, again the question was avoided.
Our colleague likes the gym, it’s new and has everything in it he needs apart from staff with customer service skills, he wanted this posted up as a warning for others – it’s shinny, cheap and new but beware of services you will not get.
Battersea Park, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ
Battersea Park is by far my favorite park, it has so much going on and there’s always something new to discover. Thrive is a charity allowing benefits of gardening to change individual’s life development through learning new skills. There are two projects that you should at least look at if you wonder through the park, Thrive Battersea Garden Project which is near the Sports Arena and the Old English Garden which is a little hard to find but it’s a treat when you do. Other feature of the park are the lakes, 1950’s fountains, sports arena & track, tennis courts, bowling green, zoo, bigs spaces, scultures, art gallery, river side walks, ice-cream vans and a small but wonderful tropical garden. Two websites to Google for more information would be ‘Thrive’ and Friends of Battersea Park’.
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