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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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The Scotch Whisky Experience: A nice introduction to scotch

We have joined the Platinum tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience, which included a tasting of four whisky from different regions (Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Islay). The four whiskies offered were decent and may be representative of the regions, but were not particularly good. That said, given the price it is probably reasonable that the whiskies offered were not particularly outstanding.  The scratchy card that release scents that are supposedly representative of the regions, unfortunately, was distinctly artificial.  It does…

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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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Bowmore House: Superb B&B on Islay

We stayed at the Bowmore House for 3 nights as part of our Scottish Routs whisky tour of Islay. The hosts Andrew and Alison were great, the food (and whisky) at breakfast were great. Of course, when on a whisky tour one would need a nice hearty breakfast to prepare for the whiskies!  The room was clean and tidy and the bathroom was huge. The location of the Bowmore House is perfect. It is not far from the city center of…

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Very convenient and clean: Royal Oxford Hotel

As the title may suggest, the strength of this hotel is in its location. Just a couple minutes (easy) walk from the Oxford train station with relatively flat ground throughout, albeit with a few road crossings. The entrance of the hotel was not on the front of the hotel, which is occupied by its restaurant, but is small and located on the Park End Street side. The hotel is also at good distance from town centre, with only a few…

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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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