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Antonio Gramsci
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So. Five days in London with the lovely wife. April 11-15. I need OTF's help with the following:

1) Where to eat?

Say I want a really good meal in London but don't want to break the bank. Where should I go?

2) What to do?

I'm looking for things that aren't on the main tourist path, that I haven't done before. Is spitalfields/brick lane worth a visit? What about the Design Museum? What would y'all suggest?

3) Bookstores

Now that both Politico's and Sportsbooks have closed, I feel that London's got nothing special in the book department. But this is probably just my own ignorance - where's a good place for browsing?

4) Special events

Anything interesting going on in April? Galleries? Theatre? Anything?

5) Buying OTF folk a round

If I wished to stand people a drink on the afternoon/evening of the 15th, where would be a good place to do so?

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lyra
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1) How about Andrew Edmund's if you want sort of cosy/romantic, or Skylon if you want dramatic views?

2) probably, yeah, to spitalfields. Highgate cemetery?

3) Foyles is nice now, it's comfy and friendly. Also the big waterstone's at the university has got stuff you won't find elsewhere - remainders and lots of secondhand stuff.

4) You'll miss the LLGFF, sadly. Er. I don't know.

5) a Sam Smith's!

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1 - The chances of getting any meal in London without breaking the bank are pretty limited. Let alone a very good meal.

But, if you want very, very good food then I'd recommend somewhere like Ramsay's Boxwood . Book in advance. The really good restaurants (like Boxwood, or Tom Aikens , say) generally have very good lunch offers - Aikens has a 3 course lunch for 29, including amouse bouche, petit fours and coffee; Boxwood has one for 25. The other Michelin starred restaurants probably have similar deals. Book early and go for lunch and be careful about the wine as it will cost an arm and leg.

2 - The Sir John Soane museum is my favourite small museum in London.

3 - Daunt and Stanfords.

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I have a couple of decent gigs in my diary around that time: the mighty Chromeo at Koko on Friday 11th (although they're Canadian so you probably get to see them whenever you want), and Bjork at Hammersmith Apollo on Monday 14th.
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Man Ray/Duchamp/Picabia at Tate Modern

Cranach at Royal Academy

The Camden Town Group at Tate Britain

I'll be catching them all the following month.
The Courtauld Institute is always worth a visit, it's small, never crowded but stuffed with great work.

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Antonio Gramsci
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I saw a notice for the Man Ray thing - I was thinking of spending a day doing tate and design museum on the south Bank. Where's the Courtauld institute?

Bjork sounds like a possibility, SR, thanks!

All restaurant ideas sound great.

And Lyra, yes, but *which* Sam Smith's?

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quote:
never crowded
Well, not until you blabbed about it. Now it'll be chock full of OTFers going "Yes....mmm hmmm....I see what he was attempting there....".
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ursus arctos
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The Courtauld is now in Somerset House, so it isn't hard to combine with the South Bank.

I would second Sir John Soane's Museum and Foyles, and suggest a canal walk as something else off the beaten track.

And you should hire Tubby for a tour.

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I remember when the Courtauld collection was housed in a nondescript academic building next to ULU. I wandered in there once, in a bored hour between lectures, not having a clue what to expect. I was absolutely gobsmacked to find myself face-to-face with Van Gogh's Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear.
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Tubby does tours? What kind?
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Tubby is aces at showing you round places and telling you stuff about them.

As for which Sam Smith's, erm, well. The Cittie of Yorke is always fun

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Now it'll be chock full of OTFers going "Yes....mmm hmmm....I see what he was attempting there...."

Nah, we're far too post-modern for that. More like "I don't give a shit what he was attempting. It's aces!/bollocks!"

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SR: I had a similar experience. Went up in this creaky old lift, the doors opened and there was Manet's 'Bar at the Follies Bergere.' on the wall opposite.
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I still think of that as how the Courtauld is "supposed to be". I actually haven't seen it at Somerset House.

It may be a professional affliction, but I always enjoyed wandering around the Inns of Court.

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Joe Allens is good for quality food and a great ambience. Perhaps a little pricey, but should be under 90 for 2/3 courses and a decent bottle of plonk.

Seconds on the Tate Modern. It's a great building and a great collection. The South Bank isn't really off the beaten track, but it is a rather nice walk.
And the Eye is excellent, albeit a little pricey and a bugger for queues.

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