Ich bin palandraca aus London. Ich bin Qyper seit dem 12.04.2010
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17 George Street, London
I loved going to this place. I felt I was treated like royalty (especially if it was a weekday morning, when it was quiet), and more importantly, Harry was a great stylist. He did the best haircut I can remember on me. It was just a bob (not that it is easy to cut, but a common style nowadays), but he studied the angles with an artist's precision so that the end result would be perfect, and it was. Then Matt also did nice highlights, prior to the cut. And in between, Amber would wash your hair nicely too. Plus you would have nice conversations with them all, not the typical sh*te other hairdressers talk about all the time.
But last week I got none of this. In fact, I got nothing! And why was this? Because they were closed! And yes, I had an appointment! Not only that, when I enquired in a nearby shop, as I was getting tired of waiting outside a closed shop under the rain, they explained that they had been closed for a week or so and that I was the 4th woman asking about it. All of them had had appointments too.
Would it have been so difficult to have cancelled my appointment so that I didn't take time off work, spend time travelling, organise my diary around this appoinment, etc, on the day before I was going on holiday!?
Unprofessional and unforgivable.
23 Barrett Street, London W1U 1BF
I personally don't really like shopping in Oxford St, it is more of a torture than anything else, but I like shopping in this square instead. It has lovely shops, which range from the affordable (ie. Kew) to the prohibited ones (Mulberry), so you can find something for all pockets pretty much. And if not, you can just have a coffee in Apostrophe, sitting on one of their high stools by the window, or enjoy more of an al fresco experience sitting on Carluccio's terrace instead.
In any case, you definitely will find a way to pass the time :)
Btw, the square is not particularly pleasant at the moment as it is going through some renovations but hopefully this will be done before the Olympics start (I am guessing they will be planning having it all done by then) and we can continue enjoying the pleasure of a lazy afternoon in St. Christophers Place very soon.
Pantheon, London Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4NR
It has a very pleasant atmosphere, in spite of being on a busy road as the parking is set on the side of the road and so you don't hear the noise from the traffic when you are inside. Also, the setting is enhanced by the romanticism of the garden, with different areas where you can sit and relax. It has no privacy at all though, as the rooms face this garden and the outside corridors to get to the rooms surround the garden. But still, it is a lovely feature.
The evening staff is very nice, but I found the person in reception in the morning quite rude instead.
The reason why I give this hotel 2 stars is because my stay in particular was very unpleasant. I stayed in a room that had two separate twin beds in wooden frames, and all of them made horrible noise when laying on them, and the mattresses were so soft that I was sinking in them. A good night sleep is what I look forward the most when travelling for work reasons and most hotels provide me with this thanks to great beds and matresses, but not on this occassion. Also, the room had no windows on the walls. Instead, it had two skylights. This may sound appealing but not only it would have been nice to have views onto the garden but also one of the skylights had no blinds and it was one of the few very sunny days we have had in June this year, so my room felt like it was midday at 4am! (and there was also light coming through the edges of the blinds on the other skylight, right over the bed I was sleeping on, anyway).
Then, to top the poor night sleep, the person next door had the tv very loud until quite late, which is not the hotel's fault (in fact, when I complained about it, they sorted it very quickly), but even when the tv was off I could hear when they opened and closed their bathroom door, their bathroom fan when it was on, etc. Very uncomfortable to be hearing that in the middle of the night!
I was so annoyed that I asked for another room (which I had never done before anywhere else), but they were full unfortunately. It would have been nice if they had offered something complementary after seeing the different problems I encountered. I feel that a good hotel would/should do that.
Oh! I forgot to mention that the shower attachment looked like it was going to fall as it was very flimsy.
But something that I really liked was the toiletries on the shower and the sink, by BeeKind. However, what was meant to be both shampoo and conditioner wasn't a conditioner at all. So I had to go back into the shower and use my own conditioner, which thankfully I had brought.
All in all, avoid room number 7. I think that if I had stayed in another room my experience would have been very different.
52-54 Kennington Oval, Lambeth, London SE11 5SW
The staff at the ticket office couldn't find our booked tickets on the system but they were nice and patient about it until they found it.
The cafe area offers good value Caribbean food. I cannot comment on the quality of the food as I only had plantain, which was nice but it always is ;)
Then when the play was about to start a person came to the cafe, where we were all waiting, to announce it, and we were scorted through the doors and corridor that took us to the seating area.
The "theatre" as such was two lines of chairs all around a big room, with the "stage" being the middle part of it all. It had a nice feeling about it, very underground. It probably contributed the fact that I watched a surreal play that day, with interesting drawings on the big walls all around where we were seating.
I like this kind of theatres, not the usual ones with the big productions. It all felt very casual and relaxing and I enjoyed it.
However, I don't give it any more stars as it also felt that the facilities could be improved a bit. Having said that, I would go back anytime for the right play.
Townmead Road, Imperial Wharf, Fulham, London SW6 2ZH
Something that I really miss in Winter in this station is a fully covered and closed space where you can wait for the train and not get too cold, especially as you can easily be waiting for your train for 15min or so.
So the reason why I give 3 stars is because this station has been built focusing on its look rather than its functionality.
On the plus side, there are two lifts to go to the platforms clearly visible (although one of them breaks down regularly), and the ticket office provides a good service as it is open until quite late in the afternoon/early evening.
Clapham Jcn Br Station Clapham Junction Approach, Battersea, London SW11 2LJ
37 St.Johns Wood High Street, London NW8 7NJ
Then you get in and a world of beauty and sweetness hits you, now you are trapped and you cannot get out. You HAVE TO choose something. Anything. All the sweet stuff is worth it. You can go for one of their amazing brownies, or for another chocolatey more elaborated dessert. Or you can try something without chocolate (I rarely do this, so I tend to forget about them ;), which are equally great. Or you can go simple, for one of their delightful cookies, yummy.
OR you can even have a selection of smaller desserts and enjoy them with friends, as in a kind of afternoon tea.
Then of course, you can order some food, or some beverage. But let's get this straight, what matters in this place is the sweet stuff.
And then you can relax and sit on the light and airy but small area at the back trying not to salivate too much while waiting for your dessert to arrive.
The only thing I would say is that, being quite a small and narrow space, it can get crowded easily and it may feel uncomfortable. But that is if you are very picky (like me :)
Richmond Park, London
I have been going to Richmond Park for years and I love every bit of it. But I now love it even more! Isabella Plantation is quite a large garden secluded from the rest of the park by a wooden fence but set right in it. It has a magnificent collection of colourful flowers, and a stream that runs right through it. It also has three ponds and a great selection of trees too.
It is charming, peaceful, secret and beautiful.
Don't miss it if you go to Richmond Park. But don't stay long, I wouldn't want it to start getting crowded ;)
41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TB
On a sunny day the outside area tends to be very busy, but there is plenty of space inside too. It is very big actually, and it has a mazey feel to it too, which adds charm. I particularly like sitting on the outside tables at the back of the restaurant area. The shame is that the barbecue is next to it so you will get all its fumes, which it's not pleasant.
Overall, it has a great feeling. There is a but though, as usual! And it is a big but, its food! When you check the menu you feel like you are in a gourmet pub, not only by its pricey mains but also because of the sound of them. I am a big fan of risotto and I didn't feel like meat so I went for their veggie risotto, which sounded amazing. It was ok, nothing else (it really wasn't creamy). I wouldn't order it again.
Ok, so that was once. I decided to then give it another go on another day, and this time I went for the barbeque food, which seemed to have a lot of followers. I love my sausages, so I ordered a sausage bap. I thought that you couldn't get a sausage bap wrong. Actually, you can.
The bread was wrong, the mustard was wrong, the half-cut sausages were wrong, even the very thinly cut onion wasn't quite right.
I have to say that the burgers looked really good though and loads of people were ordering them in the restaurant (I think the ones from the restaurant were different from the ones on the barbeque but I cannot be sure). I should have ordered one of those instead. I may give it one last try just because I am a big burger fan. I will ponder over it.
3 Stratford Road, Kensington, London W8 6RQ
Located off the beaten track half-way between Ears Court and Kensington High Street you find timidly showing this coffee shop, which has the potential to be great with some fine tuning, but that you may find disappointing otherwise if you are picky like me :)
You first have a counter with food prepared already, where you have a variety of dishes to mix and choose from: a base with salmon, beef or turkey and then you can add one or two salads to it. Otherwise, you can also have a mix of salads instead. And then you can choose the meal of the day, which changes daily.
The food on this counter is poor. It is even worse if you think you are paying a tenner or more for this unsatisfying food.
Then you have other options like ham and cheese croissants, croque monsieur, quiche or tortilla on the following counter. This food is even worse, so stay away. However, I guess the tortilla pieces could always be used as weapons (they are like bricks of potatoe) if the staff was to encounter a tricky situation with a client ;)
Now, if things are so bad, why give it 3 stars? The answer is their cakes and desserts. They are really amazing! I have tried several and I can honestly say that they are all fab! What a shame that the food is such a letdown :(
So this place is clearly not one to go for lunch, but for the dessert afterwards, or for a coffee and a cake :)
I would finally like to point out that the staff is ok, but should learn not to sweep the floors in the small seating area at the back when you are there trying to relax and enjoy your food.
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