London Journals

London local writes ...

A travel journal to London by AllenBarton

Quote: A few highlights, and survival tips for Europe's largest City

London local writes ...

Overview

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There are obvious attractions which, if you haven't been before, are definitely worth a look - St Pauls Cathedral (you MUST climb to the top), Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, Picadilly Circus, Greenwich, and Oxford Street are all abvious targets. Londoners, on the other hand, on a summer's day prefer to look at the City from afar - try Primrose Hill or Hampstead. Also try to have a look at the less touristy areas like Sloane Square, Islington, and Little Venice because here you'll find areas which make London such a unique and varied city, and the reasons why many people won't leave it.Quick Tips: Even though London is a complete maze of streets, and a nightmare to orienate,...Read More

Ivy

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Restaurant | "The Ivy"

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The Ivy is one of those restaurants that critics usually describe as a 'gastronomic treat'. To you or I, that simply means good food and not overly expensive (though £175 caviar for starter can certainly put a dent in the average bill). The restaurant is situated in a quiet street just a few blocks from Leicester Square. Once inside, you will quickly adjust to the busy atmosphere, created by a contented patrons enjoying their food. The Ivy is known to be a hangout for celebrities, although I've never seen anyone remotely famous there. The service is excellent, and the food is top drawer - its modern British, with a European influence. That means you can still get fish and chips, o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2002

Ivy
1 West St
London, England WC2H 9NQ
+44 20 7836 4751

Sugar Club

Restaurant | "The Sugar Club"

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The Sugar Club is one of a new breed of restaurants in London, describing their food as 'fusion' cooking. The idea, basically, is that anything goes - they blend spices from Asia, with Western meats. The result is food which, in my opinion, is probably the best London has to offer. I think its fair to say that on the menu its unlikely you'll recognise anything. You'll find buffalo alongsides kangaroo, and totally weird combinations of spices. I went with 3 friends; we each had 3 courses, and we each had something different for each one. I tasted all the dishes at some point, and I wasn't disappointed by any. The food is simply outstanding, and I can't wait for an excuse to go back....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2002

Sugar Club
21 Warwick Street
London, England W1B 5NF
+44 20 7437 7776

The Loop Bar

Attraction

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This is a great bar cum restaurant cum nightclub, not very well known though surprisingly big. The setting is cavernous, with the first bar at street level, the restaurant and second one under, and the nightclub one below that again. The music at weekends is a mix of modern dance music, and cheesy classics from the 70's and 80's. The clientele are a well-behaved crowd of reasonably affluent, 20-something Londoners - note, when I say Londoner, though, I mean people from all over who live in London, not necessarily from the city so visitors will have no problems blending into the mix. The bar even has its own website (www.theloopbar.co.uk),...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2002

The Loop Bar
19 Dering Street
London, England W1R 9AA
0871 075 1612

Tiger Tiger

Attraction

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You won't immediately realise the enormity of this bar/club/restaurant when you walk in the front door. That is if you get in - this club is notorious for turning away groups of guys late in the evening, in an effort to keep the male female ratio at roughly 50:50. Assuming you make it to the first bar, you'll be charged (rather steeply) for your drinks. The first disco is on the same floor, but is a small pokey affair, but plays a good mix of 90's and 00's music. The main disco is underground, and is much larger - it plays an excellent mix of modern dance / house music, if that's your kind of thing. There are further bars on the floor above the entrance, and a large restaurant with ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2002

Tiger Tiger
29 The Haymarket
London, England SW1Y 4SP
+44 20 7930 1885

Motion

Attraction

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From the outside it looks like a modern, trendy, cool, funky bar, which is right beside the entrance to Embankment tube. When you go in you're met by the upstairs (ground level) bar which is, to be honest, a bit narrow and uninviting. Head downstairs, where you'll be amazed to see that the bar stretches out before you. The decor is lush, with plenty of comfy seats and couches, and great soundtrack every night. They also specialize in cocktails, which aren't cheap at £5 a throw, but are great fun. The bar stays open until 3am every night from Monday to Saturday, and couldn't be closer to the tube. I would definitely recommend it for a quick drink before heading on somewhere else (its ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2002

Motion
Hungerford House Victoria Embankment London, WC2N 6PA
London, England
(020) 7389-9933