Ich bin Katherine Lawson aus London. Ich bin Qyper seit dem 24.11.2009
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19/21 Argyll Street, West End, London W1F 7TR
The merchandising at this location does make the most out of the store's layout, and I rarely have trouble understanding the flow of the collections. You do have to double back on yourself to find the fitting rooms after you have made your way down to the very end of the shop. Maybe it's planned that way so you have a second look at all the clothes you have passed ;)
If you are a sale shopper, always head straight downstairs and towards the back of the shop near the cash desk. That's where I almost always find the sale. As this location is smaller, I have found it doesn't carry every single style I see on the website but it's a great place to start. The staff are friendly and if you are in the area, there's no excuse not to stop by!
66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ
Kaffeine is consistently busy as many who work in the area (including my whole office!) literally crave their good quality coffee (Square Mile). It's the perfect place for a catchup over a coffee (or for an impromptu meeting) and a muffin as it's intimate, yet full of buzz! The staff are incredibly friendly and talented at making the perfect cup of coffee. If you go enough times, they will remember you, making the experience even more personal. This little gem is not to miss, just spot the locals carrying away their freshly made coffees!
The jars of water with mint, jams on the tables and carefully crafted menu is a testament to their attention to detail :)
10 Chapel Market, Isligton, London N1 9EZ
When you met the manager (he's the only one who takes the orders, in person or over the phone), he will ask you, "what taste do you want in your mouth?" Forget the tikka masals, or kormas, he will guide you on a savoury journey to find your perfect meal. He will encourage you, and heck, everyone else around you, to taste your sauces when they arrive and if you don't like it, you can send it back. We have never once sent back a recommendation. Instead, we keep going back for it! I have now tried something different everytime and can never decide which I like best.
A lot of locals know about Spices, which is a testament to how inviting the place is. The fact that it's BYOB makes it even more affordable. The place has a great atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights, as most times it's groups of friends having fun over a great meal.
Try the mita jal saag ... so delicious, although I'm sure the manager will find you something to your own taste!
101 Fortess Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 1AG
Everytime I went by, the Junction was always busy. After we went for dinner in the restaurant, we knew exactly why. It's now become my favourite gastropub in North London!
The menu changes everyday, ensuring fresh ingredients. Even when something runs out, the chefs will put together something as a substitute. The open kitchen is a nice touch and there's always a feeling of calm in there despite the busy pub. The rilettes are simply amazing, coley and chips always done perfectly. I also recommend any of the lamb or pork. Even the vegetarian options are a hit (my flatmate is a veggie and goes there often).
Go and see for yourself. The staff is friendly and service is not rushed. There is a large conservatory in the back as well as an outside seating area. Last week the sun was out and the place was packed. I highly recommend the junction for fantastic food with a local pub feel.
6-7 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JX
Pure Groove is a friendly, intimate space that feels more like a cafe than a record shop. In addition to selling music and related photos, the bar offers a good selection of beers, spirits and coffees. When I was there last, they even had cakes from a local bakery.
I discovered Pure Groove while hunting for free music in London. Make sure you check their In-Store events as often, you can find some gems performing in such an intimate space. It's a great place to spend an afternoon, checking out each record on display, sitting on the couch reading some books or grabbing a drink and watching a gig!
11 Jamestown Road, off camden high street, London NW1 7BW
This is my trusty local Wagamamas so I may be a bit biased but I have been a few times and have always come out happily satiated! The staff are friendly and although I know they have to ask if you have been to a Wagamamas before, I'm convinced they mean it. The service is quick but never pushy and the food is consistent. As it is a stone's throw away from a lot of night hot spots, Wagamama's Camden is a good place to start a night out with friends. My vegetarian friend finds options for her are good. It's even better when you love seafood!
For a no-fuss, quick and tasty meal in Camden, I would definitely recommend this place.
26 St. John Street, Finsbury, London EC1M 4AY
A restaurant that's long been on my list as I'm very much interested in "nose to tail" eating. To be honest, I stumbled upon the restaurant when I was googleing for exotic foods and found squirrel on their menu (special times only). This piqued my curiosity.
We dined there on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Our server knew exactly how we were feeling after a heavy Saturday night and treated us with care and a sense of humour. The food was nothing short of a delight. Our starters included fresh oysters and duck hearts. Both fresh, and impeccable. For mains, we had an escargot dish with chorizo and the other one was guinea fowl. Let's just say it was great to actually taste the fresh ingredients work so well together.
As the menu varies daily, I will definitely be going back. Just saw that it has retained its Michelin star status - much deserved!
3 Dray Walk, London E1 6QL
We stumbled on this place while looking for somewhere to eat on Brick Lane. A sign out front that simply said "Pizza" was enough to get us inside on a cold Sunday evening.
Decorated with wooden sharing tables and antique-looking mirrors etc, Story Deli felt cozy in a certain Notting Hill type of way. A few steps up the back was an area with antique style bits and bobs for sale. It added a more homely vibe to the high ceilinged, large room.
The selection of pizzas was not run of the mill and provided lots of options for vegetarians. Organic beers and colas were also on offer. My only criticism is the pizza crust. It was too thin and crispy around the edges which made it really difficult to eat by hand and by knife and fork. The middle bits all became a sloppy mess while the outside bits likened itself to a crunchy tortilla or popadom! Regardless, the taste was there, but a visual mess.
At £12 a pizza, it was a fair price for location and the look of the place. I wasn't too much of a fan of the organic cola though ...
57-58 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AN
A large group of us visited here on Saturday night and despite not being able to take reservations, the staff were very accommodating. Due to the counter service, it was easy for a large group to keep bills separate and to order whenever one chose.
My boyfriend and I shared a Full platter with corn and chips with another order of 5 wings, and olives. With a glass of wine and a beer, it came up to just under £29. Not bad considering we were stuffed! At times the Lemon Herb chicken was a bit bland and I was curious to try the Mango one. The medium peri peri sauce was a bit spicy but not over the top for someone who is a bit careful with spice.
Overall, I would recommend this place if you like something quick and casual. We had a few vegetarians in our party and they didn't find it difficult ordering from the chicken-heavy menu.
31 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3SB
Four of us stumbled on this pub by chance while walking down Dean Street. It wasn't even the first pub I was aiming for until someone said, hey here's a pub!
It was a Sunday evening and the downstairs was packed with people both eating and drinking. Upstairs there were a few tables free so it was perfect to relax and not have to worry about people bumping into you (leave that for a cabaret night that was close by). It was quite dark but not unbearably and as a result, it was cosy as well.
We had calamari and a few orders of nachos. Nothing complicated but we were impressed by the nachos. Drinks were fairly reasonable and the barman was helpful and courteous.
I wouldn't mind going back in there for a roast as their menu looked pretty good, even for a vegetarian (my friend).