London Journals

London Weekend 2012

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A January 2012 trip to London by fizzytom

Wahaca Covent Garden Photo, London, England More Photos
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Strongroom Bar & Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Relax and Re-fuel at Shoreditch's Strongroom Kitchen & Bar"

Strongroom Bar & Kitchen Photo, London, England
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The Strongroom is one of those multi-use restaurant/entertainment spaces that seem to be springing up all over the place these days, often in former industrial or commercial premises that have been given a new lease of life. I usually like them because I admire the ethics behind them, promoting the work of emerging artists and performers and using locally and ethically sourced products in the kitchen. This particular place started as a recording studio in 1984 when there were only a handful of active businesses in the area. The main building was formerly a furniture warehouse and Richard Boote who bought the premises and opened the studio brought in other arts related businesses to rent ot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2012

Strongroom Bar & Kitchen
120-124 Curtain Road
Shoreditch, London EC2A 3SQ
020 7426 5103

Wahaca Covent Garden

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Restaurant | "Mexican Street Food at Wahaca Covent Garden"

Wahaca Covent Garden Photo, London, England
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I’m a big fan of Thomasina Miers: for those who don’t know, she’s a former Masterchef winner who went on to present a couple of her own television series (including the recent ‘Mexican Made Simple’ which is a really good show and sadly lost in the murk of Channel 5) and to open a small chain of restaurants in London serving predominantly street food from Mexico; I say predominantly because Wahaca serves a selection of more substantial main course dishes in addition to the smaller, tapas style dishes which form the mainstay of the offering. It’s taken me a while to get there but I’ve finally been to Wahaca; pronounced ‘Wa-haka’ the name is an Anglicisation, or an easy to pronounce version, of Oaxaca, a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2012

Wahaca Covent Garden
66 Chandos Place
Covent Garden, London
020-7240-1883

Islington Museum

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Attraction | "Investigating Islington"

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They say that London is a collection of individual towns and villages that altogether form this vast metropolis. I love the way that different areas of the capital are distinctive in appearance, in the communities that live there and in the history that has made those areas what they are today. The Islington Museum is a brilliant place to learn about the history that has shaped that particular borough, demonstrating with a small but diverse collection of exhibits how colourful its history is. Administratively speaking Islington covers a large area of that part of London to the north and east of Kings Cross. It’s a large area and includes such notable landmarks and areas as the new Emirates...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2012

Islington Museum
245 Saint John Street
Islington, London EC1V 4NB
020 7527 2837

Bavarian Beerhouse

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Restaurant | "Almost as Far From Bavaria as One Can Get"

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Bavaria and beer are inextricably linked but can a London beer-hall capture the special ambience of its Munich counterparts? If you’re wondering specifically about the Bavarian Beerhouse on City Road (EC1V), the answer is an emphatic ‘no’. I like beer, I like things German and I like a pint on a chilly Saturday afternoon: it couldn’t hurt, could it? You could easily miss this branch (referred to by the chain – there’s another at Tower Hill – as the ‘Old Street branch’) and had we been on a bus or in a car rather than walking we’d probably have whizzed by and not noticed it at all. The entrance is on street level but the beer hall is in the basement. First impressions are not good; the plac...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 10, 2012

Bavarian Beerhouse
190 City Road
London, England
084-4330-2005

Chutneys

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Restaurant | "Chutneys of Euston - Food to Relish "

Chutneys Photo, London, England
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On a recent trip to the capital I met up with fellow Igo-Ugo-er and, at her suggestion, we made our way to Drummond Street in Euston where there’s a cluster of Indian restaurants serving predominantly (but not only) dishes from the south of India and Gujarat. It’s a vegetarian restaurant but as a meat eater I didn’t mind at all because rather than simply substituting meat for any old vegetables that happen to be around, the meat free dishes from this area are always well considered dishes in their own right. We settled on Chutneys and managed to bag a table for four even though it was a busy Saturday night and we hadn’t booked. I always think you’ve made a good choice when there are people...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2012

Chutneys
124 Drummond Street
London, England NW1 2PA
+44 20 7388 0604

London Kings Cross Travelodge

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Hotel | "Clean, cheap comfortable and almost convenient"

London Kings Cross Travelodge Photo, London, England
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Note: There are several Travelodge hotels in this area. The one I am reviewing is the Kings Cross Travelodge (also known as Travelodge Kings Cross Central). The Kings Cross Royal Scot on the Kings Cross Road used to be the Thistle Islington and since it became a Travelodge it has become very run down and I would not recommend it. There is another Travelodge at Euston Station and another further along Kings Cross Road called Travelodge Farringdon. As I wanted us to go away again less than a week after returning from another trip, I had to promise to find some cheap accommodation: my problem was that I wanted to go to London. The main purpose of the trip was to see the Malicious ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2012

London Kings Cross Travelodge
Grays Inn Road
Kings Cross, London
+44 870-191-1757