Guidebook for Greater London

Alex

Guidebook for Greater London

Food Scene
It's just great x
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Monmouth Coffee
27 Monmouth St
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It's just great x
Gorgeous old family owned cafe of yesteryear. A time capsule.. and the Cakes.. oh my God.. the CAKES!
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Maison Bertaux
28 Greek St
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Gorgeous old family owned cafe of yesteryear. A time capsule.. and the Cakes.. oh my God.. the CAKES!
Totally yummy Japanese, always packed! Good prices, fab food x
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Taro
61 Brewer St
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Totally yummy Japanese, always packed! Good prices, fab food x
Best local takeaway lunch for under a fiver, great fresh food, something for everyone :-)
Kastner & Ovens
52 Floral St
Best local takeaway lunch for under a fiver, great fresh food, something for everyone :-)
Romance! ;-)
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Andrew Edmunds Restaurant
46 Lexington St
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Romance! ;-)
Best brunch in universe.
The Black Penny
34 Great Queen St
Best brunch in universe.
Magic xx
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Scooter Cafe
132 Lower Marsh
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Magic xx
Best little cafe ever x
Cafe Murano Covent Garden
36 Tavistock St
Best little cafe ever x
Great 1950s Italian!
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Lina Stores
18 Brewer St
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Great 1950s Italian!
Packed, vibrant, late night, great dim sum, trolleys and trolleys of it..
Golden Dragon Chinatown
28-29 Gerrard St
Packed, vibrant, late night, great dim sum, trolleys and trolleys of it..
Vegetarian Heaven.
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Mildreds Restaurant
45 Lexington St
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Vegetarian Heaven.
Posh and perfect place to hang out x
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Yauatcha Soho
15-17 Broadwick St
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Posh and perfect place to hang out x
Great combined with a walk in Kensington Gardens.. friendly.. offbeat.. old London.. perfect x
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Maggie Jones's Restaurant
6 Old Ct Pl
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Great combined with a walk in Kensington Gardens.. friendly.. offbeat.. old London.. perfect x
Open all day, welcoming, relaxing, yummy food x
Abuelo
26 Southampton St
Open all day, welcoming, relaxing, yummy food x
Rude legend of old Soho.
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Wong Kei
41-43 Wardour St
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Rude legend of old Soho.
Cheap as chips, always yummy. A proper London Fish and chip shop, not an extortionate tourist trap.
The Fryer's Delight
19 Theobalds Rd
Cheap as chips, always yummy. A proper London Fish and chip shop, not an extortionate tourist trap.
Off the charts baking, 15 mins walk away..
Fortitude Bakehouse
35 Colonnade
Off the charts baking, 15 mins walk away..
30 seconds away, great coffee and breakfast or brunch.
Lundenwic
45 Aldwych
30 seconds away, great coffee and breakfast or brunch.
You have to queue, but worth it.
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BAO Soho
51 Lexington St
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You have to queue, but worth it.
Ask for a table upstairs by a fireplace in autumn. Gorgeous.
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The Duck and Rice
90 Berwick St
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Ask for a table upstairs by a fireplace in autumn. Gorgeous.
Great coffee and breakfast, no mucking about!
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Flat White
17 Berwick St
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Great coffee and breakfast, no mucking about!
Best booked ahead, understandably gets rammed, great Indian food!
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Dishoom
12 Upper St Martin's Ln
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Best booked ahead, understandably gets rammed, great Indian food!
Healthy, reasonably priced, caters for all special needs, and two minutes up the road.
Farmstand Covent Garden
42 Drury Ln
Healthy, reasonably priced, caters for all special needs, and two minutes up the road.
Fantastic family run Greek restaurant if you happen to be up Primrose Hill, seeing those glorious views of London.
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Lemonia
89 Regent's Park Rd
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Fantastic family run Greek restaurant if you happen to be up Primrose Hill, seeing those glorious views of London.
30 seconds from the flat. Bakery and restaurant, perfect any time of day, for loaves of bread and soup and croissants and coffee to take on your journey, or a slap up steak or seafood dinner.
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Balthazar
4-6 Russell St
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30 seconds from the flat. Bakery and restaurant, perfect any time of day, for loaves of bread and soup and croissants and coffee to take on your journey, or a slap up steak or seafood dinner.
30 seconds from the flat. Amazing restaurant and cafe, classy and beautifully chic with yummy food, glorious sweet treats. Sit in the main dining room or the more informal Delaunay Counter.
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The Delaunay
55 Aldwych
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30 seconds from the flat. Amazing restaurant and cafe, classy and beautifully chic with yummy food, glorious sweet treats. Sit in the main dining room or the more informal Delaunay Counter.
This is on Eastcastle Street in London, not in Thanon Tanao! London W1W 8DX. Vegan? Health focused? Look no further x
Ethos Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant
85/2 Thanon Tanao
This is on Eastcastle Street in London, not in Thanon Tanao! London W1W 8DX. Vegan? Health focused? Look no further x
Near the South Bank so great for the London Eye or theatres on that side of the river. Incredibly cheap, but truly wonderful Thai food served in plain but clean surroundings. And you can also get a fry up in the mornings. Of course you can. Full of locals. Bring your own bottle. A fiver is all you need for a really good meal :-)
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Marie's Cafe
90 Lower Marsh
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Near the South Bank so great for the London Eye or theatres on that side of the river. Incredibly cheap, but truly wonderful Thai food served in plain but clean surroundings. And you can also get a fry up in the mornings. Of course you can. Full of locals. Bring your own bottle. A fiver is all you need for a really good meal :-)
Like going to Paris for lunch. Oooh la la! X
Mon Plaisir - French Restaurant Covent Garden
19-21 Monmouth St
Like going to Paris for lunch. Oooh la la! X
5 minutes walk, buns so blooming good they had to hide them down the teeny tiny Rose Street for fear of a stampede.
Bageriet
5 minutes walk, buns so blooming good they had to hide them down the teeny tiny Rose Street for fear of a stampede.
Favourite London Restaurant, so yummy you can't believe your mouth..
Abeno
47 Museum St
Favourite London Restaurant, so yummy you can't believe your mouth..
Salt beef of quality and all the other goodies that superpower your Oxford Street shopping marathon :-)
The Brass Rail
300 Oxford St
Salt beef of quality and all the other goodies that superpower your Oxford Street shopping marathon :-)
Fun Italian, handsome staff! X
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Princi
135 Wardour St
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Fun Italian, handsome staff! X
Drinks & Nightlife
Fab old Soho legend xx
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The French House
49 Dean St
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Fab old Soho legend xx
The American Bar.. :-)
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The Savoy Hotel
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The American Bar.. :-)
Lovely old boozer - it's where the theatre crowd hang out ;-)
Nell of Old Drury
29 Catherine St
Lovely old boozer - it's where the theatre crowd hang out ;-)
Classy!
Kettner's
29 Romilly St
Classy!
Amazing view of the Thames with your cocktail!
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Skylon
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Amazing view of the Thames with your cocktail!
Always a winner!
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Cafe Boheme
13 Old Compton St
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Always a winner!
A quirky classic!
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Gordon's Wine Bar
47 Villiers St
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A quirky classic!
1940s bar.. Indian canteen.. hotel.. A thing of wonder!
The India Club
143 Strand
1940s bar.. Indian canteen.. hotel.. A thing of wonder!
Cocktails! Swanky, swanky cocktails.. :-)
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Charlotte Street Hotel
15-17 Charlotte St
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Cocktails! Swanky, swanky cocktails.. :-)
Late night food, for when It's late-late and you're still out-out ;-)
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Balans Café
34 Old Compton Street
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Late night food, for when It's late-late and you're still out-out ;-)
:-)
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Freud Bar
198 Shaftesbury Ave
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:-)
Glorious view from the restaurant..
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OXO Tower Restaurant
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Glorious view from the restaurant..
This pub is wonderful. There is a resident cat who wears a ruff, always full of interesting people, and nice food.
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The Seven Stars
53 Carey St
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This pub is wonderful. There is a resident cat who wears a ruff, always full of interesting people, and nice food.
Cosy, cosy, cosy art deco pub.. comforting food, lovely atmosphere.
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The Duke
7 Roger St
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Cosy, cosy, cosy art deco pub.. comforting food, lovely atmosphere.
Everything Else
Run through the fountains in Summer, go skating in Winter.. see art, gigs, open air cinema, go to Spring for ice cream.. whats not to love ..
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Somerset House
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Run through the fountains in Summer, go skating in Winter.. see art, gigs, open air cinema, go to Spring for ice cream.. whats not to love ..
A lovely walk along the shore when the tide is out.. see London from a different angle..
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South Bank
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A lovely walk along the shore when the tide is out.. see London from a different angle..
It's something else.. entirely.. a jewel..check for opening times.
Fitzrovia Chapel
It's something else.. entirely.. a jewel..check for opening times.
Sunday mornings never looked so good. Take a wander down Brick Lane.. 243 bus stops 1 minute from the flat..
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Columbia Road Flower Market
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Sunday mornings never looked so good. Take a wander down Brick Lane.. 243 bus stops 1 minute from the flat..
Everything about London that you ever wanted to know.
London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Rd
Everything about London that you ever wanted to know.
Cafes, shops, A Honeymoon for Hippies :-)
Neal's Yard Remedies
15 Neal St
Cafes, shops, A Honeymoon for Hippies :-)
A hippy haven.. x
Mysteries
34 Short's Gardens
A hippy haven.. x
Arts & Culture
It's always a joy ;-)
The Photographers' Gallery Café
16-18 Ramillies St
It's always a joy ;-)
Cinema, art, bar, bookshop, lovely!
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Institute of Contemporary Arts
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Cinema, art, bar, bookshop, lovely!
Astonishing. Exquisite. Amazing. Opulent. Every time.
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Royal Opera House
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Astonishing. Exquisite. Amazing. Opulent. Every time.
Thought provoking, and wonderful, every visit x
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National Portrait Gallery
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Thought provoking, and wonderful, every visit x
Ten minutes walk over the bridge. A dazzling array of wonderful work.
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Royal National Theatre
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Ten minutes walk over the bridge. A dazzling array of wonderful work.
Ten minutes walk over the bridge. A dazzling array of wonderful work.
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Royal Festival Hall
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Ten minutes walk over the bridge. A dazzling array of wonderful work.
Fifteen minutes walk over the bridge. Brilliant theatre.
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Old Vic Theatre
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Fifteen minutes walk over the bridge. Brilliant theatre.
Beautiful, atmospheric, moving.
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Imperial War Museum
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Beautiful, atmospheric, moving.
Fab, walkable, and the view from the cafe, oh my!
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Tate Gallery of Modern Art
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Fab, walkable, and the view from the cafe, oh my!
Best New Writing. Lively bar and kitchen.
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The Royal Court Theatre
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Best New Writing. Lively bar and kitchen.
Essentials
Does the job!
Tesco Express
125 Strand
Does the job!
Handy!
Co-op Food - Holborn - Kingsway
18 Kingsway
Handy!
Closest ATM cash point.
Barclays Bank
366 Strand
Closest ATM cash point.
Closest Chemist.
Boots
5 Strand
Closest Chemist.
NHS walk in centre, please God let this never be closed down!
Soho Square Surgery
30 Soho Square
NHS walk in centre, please God let this never be closed down!
One minute away, massage by the minute..
Walk-in Backrub
40 Tavistock St
One minute away, massage by the minute..
Practical market stalls x 2 selling fruit and flowers with a smile :-)
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Holborn Station
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Practical market stalls x 2 selling fruit and flowers with a smile :-)
Open almost constantly, this swish mid century design hotel lobby doubles as a workplace where there is always a hot drink, a nice bite to eat, a free table, some wifi and plug socket.
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The Hoxton, Holborn
199-206 High Holborn
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Open almost constantly, this swish mid century design hotel lobby doubles as a workplace where there is always a hot drink, a nice bite to eat, a free table, some wifi and plug socket.
Shopping
To call this shop a shop is an understatement. This shop is a lifesaver and a local institution, a West End legend who can fix anything you put in front of him. Particularly good with dancing shoes! Nearly always ready in minutes. Great dry cleaning and repairs and things are always done when they say they will be done.
ShoeMaster
28 Bedfordbury
To call this shop a shop is an understatement. This shop is a lifesaver and a local institution, a West End legend who can fix anything you put in front of him. Particularly good with dancing shoes! Nearly always ready in minutes. Great dry cleaning and repairs and things are always done when they say they will be done.
Exquisite shop, owned by two extremely talented former Royal Ballet stars. Lovely service, gorgeous fresh flowers, an oasis of beauty in the middle of London Town!
Bloomsbury Flowers
29 Great Queen St
Exquisite shop, owned by two extremely talented former Royal Ballet stars. Lovely service, gorgeous fresh flowers, an oasis of beauty in the middle of London Town!
A time warp of glorious wares and fabulous service..
James Smith & Sons Ltd
53 New Oxford St
A time warp of glorious wares and fabulous service..
Cheese you can have a bit of.. and all the bits to go with it.. excellent!
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Neal's Yard Dairy (Covent Garden Shop)
17 Short's Gardens
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Cheese you can have a bit of.. and all the bits to go with it.. excellent!
Lovely vintage, affordable prices, wonderful stylish folks x
Pop Boutique
30 Short's Gardens
Lovely vintage, affordable prices, wonderful stylish folks x
High End Vintage for ladies and gentlemen. Lovely shop, lovely owners x
Blackout II - Vintage Clothing London
51 Endell St
High End Vintage for ladies and gentlemen. Lovely shop, lovely owners x
Always a pleasure to truffle about in here.. :-)
Paul Smith
Always a pleasure to truffle about in here.. :-)
If you visit one shop.. its got to be this one..
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Liberty
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If you visit one shop.. its got to be this one..
Lovely independent shop, wonderful owners, everything for our furry creatures x
Bow Wow London
50A Earlham St
Lovely independent shop, wonderful owners, everything for our furry creatures x
The best chocolate in London, nay, the world! X
Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates
143 Wardour Street
The best chocolate in London, nay, the world! X
Mondays. Antiques. Magical x
Jubilee Market
Mondays. Antiques. Magical x
Many sweeties! Especially nice if you are Swedish and missing home!
SugarSin
70 Long Acre
Many sweeties! Especially nice if you are Swedish and missing home!
Beautiful art shop x
L. Cornelissen & Son
105 Great Russell St
Beautiful art shop x
Best old shop in the neighbourhood x
Arthur Beale
194 Shaftesbury Ave
Best old shop in the neighbourhood x
Shoes.. dream shoes.. in a house straight out of Charles Dickens..
The Old Curiosity Shop
13-14 Portsmouth St
Shoes.. dream shoes.. in a house straight out of Charles Dickens..
Because everything, yes all of it, is in here!!
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Selfridges
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Because everything, yes all of it, is in here!!
Full of shops and cafes, Dickensian and villagey, 15 mins walk away, also the streets just off it.. Look out for La Fromagerie, Ben Pentreath and The Espresso Room. A lovely wander off the beaten track..
Lamb's Conduit Street
Full of shops and cafes, Dickensian and villagey, 15 mins walk away, also the streets just off it.. Look out for La Fromagerie, Ben Pentreath and The Espresso Room. A lovely wander off the beaten track..
Pleased to meet you. Meat to please you.
McKanna Meats Ltd
21 Theobalds Rd
Pleased to meet you. Meat to please you.
A wealth of shops and restaurants, and the beautiful Morito. Pop in for a rum and raisin ice cream and the best little plates you'll find... 25 minutes walk.
Exmouth Market
A wealth of shops and restaurants, and the beautiful Morito. Pop in for a rum and raisin ice cream and the best little plates you'll find... 25 minutes walk.
Annie is the godmother of the rebirth of vintage. She has the most exceptional eye, the most exquisite stock, and Kate Moss is a regular.
Annie's London
12 Camden Passage
Annie is the godmother of the rebirth of vintage. She has the most exceptional eye, the most exquisite stock, and Kate Moss is a regular.
Even gazing through the window feels extremely glamourous.. gorgeous!
Stephen Jones Millinery Ltd.
36 Great Queen St
Even gazing through the window feels extremely glamourous.. gorgeous!
If you are a stationery anorak, this is your dreamiest dream..
Present & Correct
23 Arlington Way
If you are a stationery anorak, this is your dreamiest dream..
Could it be magic? Yes it could..!
International Magic Shop
89 Clerkenwell Road
Could it be magic? Yes it could..!
Oh such pretty pretty bobbydazzlers!
Tessa Metcalfe Jewellery
6 Laystall St
Oh such pretty pretty bobbydazzlers!
Travel book tastic x
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Stanfords
12-14 Long Acre
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Travel book tastic x
Snakes alive, this shop is brilliant. Music and film Aladdin's cave :-)
FOPP
1 Earlham Street
Snakes alive, this shop is brilliant. Music and film Aladdin's cave :-)
Sightseeing
5 minutes from the flat, a hop skip and jump through the beautiful Lincolns Inn Fields... a treasure trove.. At Christmas they do candlelit tours..
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Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
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5 minutes from the flat, a hop skip and jump through the beautiful Lincolns Inn Fields... a treasure trove.. At Christmas they do candlelit tours..
The view from here will make your heart sing :-)
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Primrose Hill
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The view from here will make your heart sing :-)
The Boating Lake, the wonderful walk to Primrose Hill..
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Regent's Park
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The Boating Lake, the wonderful walk to Primrose Hill..
Beautiful little shops, old London, full of curiosities..
Cecil Court
Beautiful little shops, old London, full of curiosities..
Gilded treasure trove!
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Wallace Collection
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Gilded treasure trove!
The boat down to London Bridge and a walk around Borough Market..
Thames Boat Rides from Embankment Pier
The boat down to London Bridge and a walk around Borough Market..
This looks appalling from the outside, but the view is quite something.. you go up in the lift and you can have a tea, and see every rooftop in town. Right next to Broadcasting House off Oxford Street.
The Heights
This looks appalling from the outside, but the view is quite something.. you go up in the lift and you can have a tea, and see every rooftop in town. Right next to Broadcasting House off Oxford Street.
Completely free, 3 minutes away and breathtaking. The best view in all of London in my opinion. Waterloo Sunset aaaahhh...
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Waterloo Bridge
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Completely free, 3 minutes away and breathtaking. The best view in all of London in my opinion. Waterloo Sunset aaaahhh...
A short train ride from Charing Cross will get you to Eltham, where lies the most unspeakably beautiful place, Eltham Palace.
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Eltham Palace
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A short train ride from Charing Cross will get you to Eltham, where lies the most unspeakably beautiful place, Eltham Palace.