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Premier Inn London Euston Hotel: Superb location, comfortable accommodation

There is no getting around it – Premier Inn Euston is a budget hotel, although at 90-100 pounds a night such “budget” is in London terms. Any comments on its quality must therefore be given with reference to its price. The location is superb. Not far from the hotel is Euston Tap, the famous tap room with 27 beers on tap, including a number of cask ales. Just a bit further is the Euston station. To the east, at a…

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Fernandez & Wells: Coffee not bad, food average.

We were at Fernandez & Wells for a quick brunch before heading to the museums nearby. The flat white we have ordered was decent but average, especially when compared with proper coffee shops around London. For food, I had a chorizo omelette on toast – an almost fail-proof recipe. It was average. Whist egg fried in chorizo fat can hardly taste bad, mine was significantly overcooked. The smell in the shop when it was being made was mouth-watering, though. Whilst we…

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Skinners Arms: Friendly & helpful staff, decent beer, average food.

To begin with, be very careful with your personal belongings when you are in this vicinity of the Skinners Arms. Two tourist couples had their phones taken whilst using their maps near the pub, when we were having lunch there. The staff of the pub were very helpful to these couples, going out of their way to give chase but the thief was long gone on his motorcycle and nothing much could be done. We had lunch here, and the…

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The Drapers Arms: Mediocre food, friendly busy staff.

The meal at Drapers Arms was a bit of a disappointment, partly due to our misplaced expectations. In short, the food was overwhelmingly mediocre, the beer / cask ale selection was very limited (yes we were spoiled by the Euston Tap) and the staff were too busy. To be fair, this would serve fine as a local pub, and I would be quite happy if I have a local like this back home. Yet gastropub this is not. The food…

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Burger & Lobster Leicester Square: Very nice lobster roll

We were out hunting for a burger & lobster to satisfy our cravings for lobster, so naturally that’s what I ordered once we were seated.  We didn’t need to wait for a table fortunately, although the not-so-small restaurant filled up soon enough afterwards. It was delicious. My only complaint was that there were way too many claws (how is that possible?) and not enough body meat.  Unfortunately I find the bodies to be juicier and have better texture than the…

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Flat Iron Denmark Street: Superb through tenner-tainted glasses

Any comment on Flat Iron must be made with the note that the steak here costs only a tenner. Yup – just 10 Pounds Sterling for a decent steak. Everything else naturally cost extra: the chips, the sauce, the drinks. As such, comparing it with “proper” (read: expensive) steakhouses like Hawksmoor would not be fair. The environment was comfortable.  Rather spacious, in fact, as we visited at some odd hour in the afternoon, which is a time when an afternoon tea…

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Honest Burgers Camden: Great burgers at a good price

We had our brunch at Honest Burgers Camden on a rainy morning, just before they were supposed to open. Exploring Camden Market without only a latte and some cake for breakfast made us crave for an early lunch.  The staff had no problem letting us in to escape the rain, but reminded us that we’d have a good few minutes to look at the menu before they can punch our orders into the system.  No problem with us at all, as…

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Rock & Sole Plaice: A fishy tourist trap

The key for dining at Rock & Sole Plaice is your expectations. If you expect to have the best fish and chips in London (or even good fish and chips), then you will be disappointed. If you want to have fish and chips at one of the oldest chip shop in town for the sake of it, regardless of whether it is good, then go ahead. For me, good fish and chips need to have crispy crust that is light…

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Not up to usual ibis standard: ibis London Euston St Pancras

To begin with, I could not possibly complain about the location of this ibis hotel, which was excellent. Right next to Euston Station and short walking distance from Euston Square station as well as 5 pounds taxi from St. Pancras it was very convenient. A Sainsburys and Cafe Nero are also nearby. Booking process was also easy via its online portal, like all ibis hotels. These may justify the ~92 pounds per night price. Yet inevitably there were problems… The…

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