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London Guide 2008:SJC-Casino Review 18/12/08 17:23 Page 2
London.
The UK’s capital contains excitement enough for several life-
times. So take with us a whistle-stop tour around the sights,
sounds and streets of London to discover why Earls Court may
be great, but there’s a reason why it’s called Greater London.
Drink!
From lavishly decorated Victorian taverns to simple local inns, architecture plays an important part in London’s hugely varying historic
pub interiors. We asked our panel to give us their list of impressive historic locations in which to enjoy a pint, or two. The Princess
Louise in Holborn has an interior created in the late Victorian era, the golden age of pub building. More recently, modern insertions
have divided the building up into small drinking compartments while the beer is served from the wooden casks of Yorkshire's oldest
brewery, founded in 1758. Close by, Cittie of York is set amid centuries-old Tudor splendour and great, imposing vats. The Red Lion at
St. James is a tiny, magical pub packed with beautiful mirrors. The Black Friar at Blackfriars is a Victorian pub remodelled in 1905
with a striking decorative scheme celebrating the Dominican friars who lived nearby. Built in 1909, the Edwardian exterior of
Forrester in Ealing houses a multi-roomed interior which shows the shift from extravagant Victorian design to a restrained
Edwardian style. The Prince Alfred at Maida Vale is a unique survival of a multi-compartmented pub with screens dividing up the
spaces around a late Victorian serving area. Falcon in Battersea has one of the longest bar counters in the country, stained glass
and multiple rooms. Holborn’s Olde Cheshire Cheese has some of the oldest woodwork of any pub in the country dating back to
the rebuilding shortly after the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Name Address Nearest Tube Phone Number
The Princess Louise 208 High Holborn Holborn (020) 7405 8816
The Cittie of Yorke 22 High Holborn Holborn (020) 7242 7670
The Red Lion Crown Passage Pall Mall (020) 7930 4141
The Black Friar 174, Queen Victoria Street Blackfriars (020) 7236 5474
Forrester 2 Leighton Road Ealing 0871 917 0007
The Prince Alfred 5a Formosa Street Maida Vale (020) 7286 3287
Falcon 2 St John's Hill Battersea (020) 7924 8041
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese 145 Fleet Street Holborn (020) 7353 6170
Eat!
There was a time when the world used to mock the British relationship with food. No more. The British are the world’s most enthusiastic new food lovers - over
150 new eateries opened in London last year – more than ever before. Our panel gives the broadest cross section… Among the best new places to eat is
Sake No Hana in Mayfair. A stunning design, perfectly trained staff, incredible Japanese food and even a sake sommelier(!) If you’re looking for good value
great food, visit Tom Ilic at Battersea - big flavour cooking at reasonable prices. The Viet Grill at Shoreditch is equally astonishing value serving fresh,
fragrant Vietnamese dishes that will gladden your taste-buds without saddening your wallet. The Carpenter’s Arms is a great gastro-pub in the
heart of Hammersmith serving no-frills, great value British food. You’ll find one of the best set menus at Wild Honey in Mayfair. Three courses
for just over £15 make it one of the best lunches in town. If you’re a vegetarian, get a cab over to Primrose Hill and visit Manna, one of Britain’s
first and finest vegetarian restaurants. Looking for a pre-show breakfast? Roast at London Bridge has a kitchen well stocked with wonderful
ingredients. The wine list at The Square Mayfair won’t cost an arm and a leg but will capture your heart and mind. One-O-One at Knightsbridge
is earning a reputation as one of the capital’s top fish restaurants by taking French and Asian influences to create memorable tasting dishes.
Name Address Nearest Tube Phone Number
Sake No Hana St. James’ St. Green Park (020) 7925 8988
Tom Ilic 123 Queenstown Road Vauxhall (020) 7622 0555
The Viet Grill 58 Kingsland Road Old Street (020) 7739 6686
The Carpenter’s Arms 91 Black Lion Lane Stamford Brook 0871 703 2881
Wild Honey 12 St George Street Oxford Circus (020) 7758 9160
Manna 4 Erskine Road Chalk Farm (020) 7722 8028
Roast Stoney Street London Bridge (020) 7940 1300
The Square 6-10 Bruton Street Bond Street (020) 7495 7100
One-O-One 101 Knightsbridge Knightsbridge (020) 7290 7 101
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