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Pause 11 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A
 

Tel: (020) 7729 1341
Web: www.thehoxtoncollective.co.uk
Nice juice bar & cafe/gallery. They do not only breakfasts, but also lunch and deliveries.


Coffee Matters
  4 Southampton Row, London WC1
Tel: 020 7242 9090.
A high-quality coffee shop which also sells good tea, coffee and cocoa, organic juices and snacks. Nearest tube: Holborn, Bus 25

The Organic Cafe Grill & Bar
  51 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London, SW7
Not only a good place to have a drink, this café also serves good food. Close to the museums and Hyde Park, this is a nice place to revive yourself after a visit to an exhibition.
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Buses 9 and 10 run to Albert Hall, a five minute walk away.

Neal's Yard Bakery Ltd
  6 Neal's Yard, London, WC2
Tel/Fax: (020) 7836 5199.
Cafe & Shop.
It feels as if you are in a hay loft, not in the middle of London when you visit this small bakery and tea room which overlooks a busy courtyard below. Some excellent breads, cakes and filled pasties can be ordered here as well as teas, coffee and juices. Try their filled mushroom croissants…the best in London. A very central location for lunch or afternoon tea.
Nearest tube, Tottenham Court Road or Charing Cross.
Buses 38, 19 to Cambridge Circus.

fresh! the organic cafe
  3 Princes Street, Hanover Square, London W1B 2LD
Tel: (020) 7495 7346
Web: www.fresh-go-organic.com
A great organic café, well worth a visit as the food is rather good.

Aveda
  28-29 Marylebone High Street, W1
Tel. 020 7224 3157
Rather nice restaurant inside Aveda, a sumptuous temple to "natural" beauty, (this is also a good place to spot celebrities at lunch).

National Gallery Café
In central London the best places to sit down for a snack are in galleries and museums. The Gallery Café has a good selection of sandwiches and salads, and a selection of hot food available between 11.30 and 15.00. They also have some nice puddings such as lemon tart or apricot cheesecake.

This is also a good location for afternoon tea.
Open daily from 10.00 to 17.45pm and until 20.45pm on Wednesdays
Ground Floor
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Buses 11, 24, 29
Tube: Charing Cross

Tate Britain
  As with the National Gallery above, these large public buildings have free entry, so their cafes tend to be popular places to meet. Tate Britain not only has some interesting temporary exhibitions, the basement café serves excellent coffee and rather nice sandwiches. Not cheap, but convivial and lively.
Basement
Tate Britain
Bankside
Buses
Tube: Pimlico (ten minute walk). Bus 77a from Charing Cross

Red Veg
95 Dean Street London W1
Tel: 020 7437 3109
A new café in central London selling "proper fast food". Their menu is very international and the food is very fast. Burgers, Falafel, spring roll, noodles, nuggets, Plantain chips, Vietnamese coffee and green tea and more...They serve one of the best Cappuccinos in the area apparently.

 

Pubs
The Eagle
  159 Farringdon Road
Great music, very good food and a relaxed place to drink excellent beers and wines. Spot the odd Guardian journalists having a well-deserved break from penning their columns…
Tel 020 7837 1353
Open 12-14.30 and 18.30 -22.30 Monday to Saturday

The Hollybush
22 Holly Mount, Hampstead, NW3
Nearest tube: Hampstead
Open 11.00-23.00 Monday-Saturday; 12.00-22.30 Sunday.

This picturesque pub is one of the prettiest in Hampstead. It has a few bars, low ceilings, wood and plaster walls and a real coal fire for after walks on the heath.
Tel 020 7435 2892


The White Horse
  1-3 Parson's Green · London SW6
eMail:inn@WhiteHorseSW6.com ·Tel.020-77362115
Home brewed beer in a traditional Victorian London pub. They pride themselves on their friendliness and speedy service, as well as having a smoke free restaurant serving delicious food.
Nearest tube: Parson's Green

The Latchmere
  A large but welcoming London pub south of the Thames. This one of about eight theatre pubs in the capital, offering both a convivial pub atmosphere downstairs and small venues for live acts above.
503 Battersea Park Road
London
SW11 Nearest rail station: Clapham Junction

Princess Louise
  208 High Holborn
One of the pub wonders of London. This Victorian building has hardly changed since 1891, despite recent redecoration. It has an impressive ornate tiled interior with an extraordinary ceiling. The quieter upstairs room is mainly for diners (pub food around £4-5), but you can get sandwiches downstairs for around £3. Open Monday to Friday 11.00-23.00, Saturday 12.00-23.00 (Tel 020 7405 8816).
Nearest tube: Holborn, Bus 25

The Museum Tavern
  A comfortable pub just by the British Museum, so a good place to enjoy a British pint in the vicinity of one of Europe's great collections of antiquities.
Museum Street, WC1
Tel 020 7242 8987
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road, buses 29, 73, 10 to New Oxford Street

Cat and Canary

1-24 Fisherman's Wharf

Cabot Square E14
  A traditional pub built along the water and a good place to hang out after viewing the futuristic architecture in this thriving financial district.
Tel 020 7512 9187
Nearest DLR stop: Canary Wharf

French House
  This isn't a huge place, and it can feel crowded towards the end of the week, but it is a good place to go and catch up on media gossip in the heart of Soho. Renowned as being the place where painters and writers such as Dylan Thomas and Francis Bacon congregated from the fifties onwards. They also have a well regarded restaurant upstairs.
49 Dean Street W1
Monday-Sat 12.00-23.00, Sunday 12.00-22.30
Tel 020 74372799
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
  Famous for being where Charles Dickens drank, this pub has an unlikely mix of Fleet Street journalists and tourists, as well as historical charm.
Tel 020 73536170
Wine Office Court
145 Fleet Street
Open 11.00 - 23.00 Monday to Saturday 18.00-22.00 Sundays
Nearest Tubes: Blackfriars or St Paul's

The Compton Arms
  A Greene King pub (which means the beer will be rather impressive), which feels more like a country inn than an inner city public house. This is highly recommended as a place to talk as they have no piped music. Tasty pies, sausages and mash are available for anyone with a big appetite.

Compton Terrace, N1
  Nearest tube: Highbury and Islington
Buses 43 and 4 from the Angel or Canonbury Road
The Dove
  Renowned as one of the best pubs in the East End, serving excellent food as well as a wide range of Belgian beers, this is a highly recommended local pub, well worth a trip out of the centre for.
020 72757617
24-28 Broadway Market E8, Hackney
Old Parr's Head
  This pub won the GQ men's magazine award for the best bar snacks in Britain. So, why not try them out for yourself?
Canonbury Tavern
  Another North London pub, but this one has one of the best beer gardens in overcrowded city. Recommended for a summer afternoon when the weather is balmy.
21 Canonbury Place, N1
Buses 4, 19, 30
Pride of Spitalfields
  Walk up Brick Lane and you'll find this gem of a drinking establishment half way up. This is an East End pub that isn't full of rowdy blokes. Great beer is on tap. They include the strangely named Bunces Pigswill as well as London's famous Fuller's Pride.
3 Heneage Street E1
Tel 020 747 8933
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
Pub on the Park
  Take the train to London Fields and in summer you will see local people enjoying a drink in the open air, most of whom have spilled out from The Pub on the Park. A good place to bring the family so that children can play outside under the watchful gaze of their parents.
19 Martello Street E8
020 72759586
Trains from Liverpool Street to London Fields or bus 253
Prince George
  40 Parkholme Road.
Difficult to get to if you are unhappy travelling on buses as there are no tube stops nearby, but this welcoming pub has real fires and is very cosy in winter. The wonderful Czech beer Staropramen is available on tap or bottled.
020 72546060
Bus 38 from Victoria Station or Islington Angel tube to Graham Road, then a three minute walk.
Old Dispensary
  19a Leman Street London E1
There are a few city drinkers in here, but also lots of smaller, smoke free rooms away from the bar to have a quiet chat. This bar is closed at weekends.
020 77021406
Buses 67 and 253 to Aldgate

Prospect of Whitby
 

This very old pub, (apparently the oldest riverside pub in London), has wooden beams, good food and fine views of the Thames. Beers on offer include Morlands Old Speckled Hen. The pub is closed weekdays from 15.00 to 17.30
57 Wapping Wall E1
Tel 020 7481 1095
Wapping Tube or Bus 100

 

Pubs with live music
London has a well-deserved reputation for being home to some of the most influential rock bands in Britain, and the following are places to check out new talent.

 
The Dublin Castle
  94 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 Tel: 020 7485 1773
Nearest tube: Camden Town, buses 124 129
This is one of the best places to go to check out where rock celebrities and Madness played their first gigs. Luckily for locals and rock fans from outside London, The Dublin Castle still offers the chance to see some interesting live punk, metal or rock acts.
Open until 1.00 every night except Sunday to 24.00. A large venue, and it's worth going to see what's on.
The Bull and Gate
 

389 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, NW5 Tel: 020 7485 5358
Nirvana once played here and Cooper Temple Clause played fairly recently but The Bull and Gate is now mainly a new bands venue. Unusually, they put three or four bands on per night on the basis that if they all bring their mates then each band will play to a bigger crowd. Slightly better known bands appear towards the end of the week. One of London's best known showcase venues where anything from pop, rock, ska and indie music is on offer.
Buses C2, 134, 214

Clubs
 
Ministry of Sound
 
103 Gaunt Street, EC1
Elephant and Castle
22.30-05.00
£15 or £12 members
Tel 020 7378 6528
A great mix of resident DJ's and visiting guests at this world famous venue.
Tube: Elephant and Castle or buses 12, 188
Tokyo Joe's
 
85 Piccadilly
22.00-04.00
£15
R&B, and funky sounds at one of the best nightspots in London. Join the cool crowd and dress smart.
Tel 020 74953424
Tube: Piccadilly or Green Park Buses 19, 22
Glasshouse
 
22.30-04.30
£10
Funky R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, UK Garage in three different rooms in the city.
Infinity Media
Mermaid Building
Puddle Dock
Blackfriars, EC4
British Rail: Blackfriars, Buses 11,15
Tel 020 72485444
The Elbow Room
 
Ride on Saturdays
21.00-03.00
Free to 21.00 (But it only opens at 21.00… so check these details)
£2 to 22.00 and £5 thereafter.
Mainly house, Latino rhythms and US Garage.
88-91 Chapel Market
Islington N!
Tel 020 78334392
Tube: Islington, Buses 38, 73
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