London Journals

Eat, sleep and take in a little art in London

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A travel journal to London by frangliz

Le Pain Quotidien Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A stay in a city hotel, breakfast at St Pancras, Chinese cuisine for an evening meal in Soho. In between, see the best of British art at Tate Britain, then take the boat along the Thames to Tate Modern, where the cafe is worth a visit too.

Doggett's Riverside Terraces and Bar

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Restaurant | "London Pub Grub"

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In the autumn of 2008, I was tempted up to London for the day by the double attraction of Francis Bacon at Tate Britain and Mark Rothko at Tate Modern. Huge servings of culture that required a break in between for sustenance, to cleanse the palette if you will pardon the pun.Doggett's is my favourite eating place when visiting Tate Modern: the restaurant at the gallery itself is on the pricey side, and with special exhibition tickets now at £12.50 and train fares ever on the rise, the food budget can be but a modest one. Doggett's is only a few minutes' walk from the Tate, by Blackfriars Bridge, and the fresh air was welcome after a stuffy (but very worthwhile) hour spent in Tate Britain. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2009

Doggett's Riverside Terraces and Bar
1 Blackfriars Bridge Blackfriars
London, England SE1
+44 20 7633 9081

Tate Britain

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Attraction | "The Best of British Art"

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Housing the greatest collection of British art which spans a five-hundred year period from 1500 to the present day, Tate Britain is deserving of a visit by any serious student or lover of British art. The displays are arranged chronologically and are changed annually, as the collection is too large to be shown in its entirety at any one time. One of the earliest painters whose work is on display is Nicholas Hilliard, born circa 1547.The eighteenth century is well represented: Hogarth was innovative in the early part of that century and made an important contribution to establishing an English school of painting. Those who love traditional portraits of that era will delight in the work of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2009

Tate Britain
Millbank
London, England SW1P 4RG
+44 20 7887 8000

Le Pain Quotidien

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Restaurant | "Daily Bread - and more"

Le Pain Quotidien Photo, London, England
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Located on St Pancras International Station, Le Pain Quotidien is an ideal place to have a bite to eat if you are travelling on Eurostar and have time on your hands before you are due to check in. In fact, on your return you emerge in the same area, so once again you could visit the restaurant if you are waiting for a connection for the last lap of your journey home.My first visit to Le Pain Quotidien was with my son, early on Saturday morning in August. We were off to Brussels for the weekend and just had time for breakfast before checking in to Eurostar. He had been to the restaurant before and thought I would appreciate it. There are tables outside, but we decided to go in and were soon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Le Pain Quotidien
St Pancras Railway Station, Euston Road
London, England NW1 2QL

Ba Shan

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Restaurant | "Communist Cuisine in Soho"

Ba Shan Photo, London, England
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Soho has no shortage of restaurants, but obviously not all of them will suit everyone. On the evening of Gay Pride, the Moroccan one we made a beeline for had music blaring out at a deafening level, both inside and out. The European one just didn't look appealing. Ba Shu, a Chinese place, did attract us until we saw the prices on the menu. Over the road, Ba Shan, its little sister, had reasonable prices, but we found it strange that Chairman Mao was pictured so predominantly on their menu. Perhaps they only welcomed Communist customers! Then I noticed on the door that it had recommendations from both the Michelin Guide and the Time Out restaurant guide. We decided it was worth a try.It was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2011

Ba Shan
24 Romilly Street
London, England
020-7434-2234

Apex London Wall Hotel

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Hotel | "Going up the Wall - in comfort"

Apex London Wall Hotel Photo, London, England
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Situated in the financial and business area of London, the four-star Apex London Wall Hotel is aimed mainly at city gents. Not many of them are around at the weekend, of course, so it is quite easy to get a discount on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. Apex London Wall is less than five minutes' walk from Moorgate tube station and also close to Liverpool Street railway station. It is within walking distance of St Paul's Cathedral, and I went on from there across Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern. The Guildhall and the Gherkin are nearby too. Although I wasn't familiar with this area of London, I found my way easily from Moorgate station.I arrived at the hotel at about 3pm and went to the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2011

Apex London Wall Hotel
7-9 Copthall Avenue
London, England
+44 (0)207 562 3030

Tate Modern Cafe 2

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Restaurant | "Eating at Tate"

Tate Modern Cafe 2 Photo, London, England
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On a twenty-four-hour visit to London, I would normally want to seek out a restaurant that is completely new to me. On my way to Tate Modern, however, the heavens opened as I was crossing Millennium Bridge and I ended up like a drowned rat. After spending some time looking round the gallery I still hadn't dried off and the rain continued to pour down. I decided that my best bet was to stay and have something to eat in the Tate's own cafe. Situated on level 2 of Tate Modern, the cafe has both indoor and riverside seating. Needless to say, nobody was sitting outside that day. It was quite busy inside but not overly crowded, and a waitress showed me to a small table straight away.There are fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2011

Tate Modern Cafe 2
Bankside
London
+44 20 7887 8008