A wonderful, casual cafe with excellent food at reasonable prices. It is located in the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, access off Duncannon Street. Profits from the cafe stay at St Martin-in-the-Fields and help to support, among other things, it's care of the homeless and vulnerable.
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, England
A fantastic example of both Victorian architecture and Victorian engineering. It was the cornerstone of the revolutionary sewage system designed and engineered by Joseph Bazalgette in 1865 and contains four beam engines built by James Watt and Sons. It also has some of the finest decorative cast iron work in London.
Now a museum it is being lovingly restored by a team of volunteers after years of neglect and vandalism. Open only 2 days a month with several special Steaming Days. Check the website for details. Well worth the visit.
An easy 30-minute walk from Abbey Wood train station or a short minicab ride from station. It has a large car park if you drive yourself.
The Old Works
London SE2 9AQ
A location sent from heaven. If you only ever visit one place in Scotland, then make it this one - for there is nowhere else on earth which holds such beauty. And I have no doubt then, that you will return to show family, friends and strangers the jewel that you have found, as I have done for the last 35 years. And please, remember the camera.
Wonderful, family-run neighbourhood Greek restaurant. Fresh fish and meat are cooked on an open charcoal grill and there is a great selection of starters. This place is better than many tavernas in Greece and is very reasonably priced. Try the lamb chops or any of the fish/sea food dishes.
122 Junction Road
020 7272 0318
Tufnell Park or Archway tube (Northern Line). Also on 134 and 390 bus routes.
Lovely street in Clerkenwell lined with independent shops and very good restaurants (Exmouth Market's the home of Moro, a restaurant that kick-started the regeneration of the street ten years ago).
When I strolled down recently there was a new outdoor food and craft market. I was very very pleased to see that Neals Yard Cheese had a stall as usually you have to trek to Covent Garden or Borough market for their cheeses. Was lovely to be able to buy some really good, and not ridiculously priced food but wihout the business of some of London's other markets. I think the market's only there on Friday and Saturday; a lovely way to while away a weekend afternoon, especially as there are lots of tasting opportunities and a really good mix of well-known companies and tiny cottage industries.
Off Rosebery Avenue near Farringdon Road.
Nearest Tube is Farringdon
website is www.exmouthmarket.co.uk
If you're looking for reasonable kids’ ski wear, head straight to TK Maxx. I recently bought my son a designer jacket that had retailed at £160 for £25! A complete bargain that I'll be able to sell on ebay when he grows out of it!
Bali Bali is a Malaysian restaurant just off Cambridge Circus, in the heart of theatreland. Excellent food and great service in a relaxed, bustling atmosphere and at budget prices, this is my favourite restaurant in London.
150 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2. Nearest tube is Leicester Square (walk north) or Tottenham Court Road (walk south).
The best juice bar I have ever come across. Top notch fruit juices. None of the extra rubbish you often find in juice bars these days. While I was there, I got talking to John, the guy that runs the place. He knows a load about health and nutrition and his heart is really in the juice. It shows. He told me they were planning to open up a new bar selling fruit juices in the foyer of Carrefour, round the corner near the Galleries. That might be open by now. The prices are low compared to other places that offer fresh fruit juice, I mean properly fresh. I love good fruit juice, I can't wait to get back to Bristol to have another Power Booster. Good on you John.
right in the middle of town...
The Big Banana Juice Bar
Unit 21 The Glass Arcade
St Nicholas's Market
Tel: 01179 273 274
Great for those who always want what everyone else has orderd, this Italian 'tapas' restaurant offers a tasty selection of small bites. Plates are priced around the £2/£3 mark, so you can easily get carried away. Best to go in a large group to make the most of the spicy meatballs, calamari and miniature pasta dishes.
115 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2NW
0161 831 9930
One of those things that when you visit, if there is an opportunity to do it .. you just have to. I found some useful tips here and thought it was definitely worth a mention. There are three good opportunities outlined here - all of which you have a great chance to see HM and some of her family. Enjoy!
There are only two reasons to visit Belfast, the first is the Merchant Hotel, the second reason to visit this city is Victory Over The Sun where you can experience sophisticated electronica and live art in a unique lounge for grownups - no dancing guaranteed.
Victory Over The Sun - various locations. Tel ++44(0)7901853216
A fabulous environment rising above the predictable trend for minimalist chic to provide sumptuous luxury and impeccable service. The only flaw is the nightclub, which is more akin to a wedding disco with an appalling music policy.
The Merchant Hotel, 35-39 Waring St. Cathedral Quarter, Belfast BT1 2DY. Tel: +44 (0) 28 9023 4888 www.themerchanthotel.com
Not really an island but a really beautiful area, Fortrose, Avoch (pronounced och!!) and Cromarty are really beautiful. See dolphins at Channonry Point near Fortrose.
Across the Kessock Bridge and you're there, five minutes from the centre of Inverness City.
This is a vegetarian restaurant near Sally Lunns. I am not a 'veggie' but was so impressed by the meal we ate that I bought the recipe book!
Friendly atmosphere,welcoming staff and great cooking makes this restaurant well worth a visit.
2 North Parade Passage, off Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NX
Tel: +44 (0)1225 446059
Lowestoft is on the east coast of England (in fact it's the most easterly point in the UK). Walking or cycling along the promenade is a fantastic experience.
The South Prom starts with a shingle beach to the south, at Pakefield. As you progress towards the centre of town the beach is made up of golden sand.
The North Prom isn’t quite so tourist focused, but well worth a wander, if only to walk directly under the sails of ‘Gulliver’ the largest wind turbine in the country.
Online since 2001 and produced by residents of the city of York, this online tourist brochure gives you a great amount of detail on what to see and do while you are in York.
A good list of the main tourist attractions that will not cost you a fortune to see as well as those you just have to take in and are free.
This is one of THE places to eat in York. Fabulous service, great food and a good atmosphere. It was originally a couple of Victorian terraces houses that they have knocked into one place. It does have a bit of a feel of someone's front room to it but if you can put up with that you will not be disappointed.
7 Scarcroft Road,
Telephone: 01904 634341
Spend a night or more right in the Albert Dock. You might think a Premier Lodge is a Premier Lodge, but this one is a bit special vith vaulted brick ceilings and cast iron pillars, and with a bit of luck you'll have a view over the Albert Dock. And it's a walk or short cab ride to anywhere in the city - Pier Head, Tate Gallery, cathedrals, university shops, football stadia, theatres and the wonderful fountain in Williamson Square where every one smiles…
Albert Dock, L3 4AD. Entrance by the Beatles Museum.
Nearest Station: James Street
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