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Picture of Gate Restaurant, Bar & Club, Notting Hill, London

Gate Restaurant, Bar & Club, Notting Hill (Bar / Restaurant / Club)
“Set deep below a cinema on the main drag of Notting Hill Gate, the Gate is a small, but quaint bar and restaurant offering simple decor, creamy colours and well-trained staff. The room is split into two...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 27 Jan 12}

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La Perla (closed), West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“Lying in close proximity to London's most famous market, but well enough hidden to avoid the tourist trap, La Perla has been offering the joys of Mexican refreshment for many a drunken year. In style,...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 24 Jan 11}

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Vibe Bar (closed), City of London (Bar / Club)
“Still going strong and still Brick Lane's best know bar, the Vibe is the meeting point for all of London's trendiest music industry types. Fashionably messy and mismatched, the square room combines...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 11 Nov 09}

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Match (closed), Clerkenwell (Bar)
“Considered one of the best cocktail bars in London and certainly the list is about as extensive as it gets, Match [Clerkenwell] is a dark wood and deep green, natural environment concept. You enter...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 25 Jun 09}

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First Out Cafe-Bar, Soho (Bar)
“It's not cool and it's not creative...what a refreshing change! First Out is a rough-around-the-edges vegetarian cafe on the ground floor with a strong menu of organic dishes, while downstairs an equally...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 02 Mar 08}

Absolute Thai (closed), West End (Restaurant)
“After scouring the net, looking for a new and different Thai restaurant, I came across Absolute Thai. We arrived at 7, and were seated by [very] happy and pleasant serving staff. Obviously recently...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 24 Apr 05}

Pu's Brasserie, City of London (Restaurant)
“A quick review - I've been to Pu's a number of times; either eating with a special friend, or with a big group of people. Every time I come, the staff are always friendly and helpful, the food is always...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 24 Mar 05}

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The Puncheon, City of London (Bar / Restaurant)
“From the dictionary: ---/ snip /--- Main Entry: 1pun·cheon Pronunciation: 'p&n-ch&n Function: noun Etymology: Middle English ponson, from Middle French poinçon pointed tool, king post, from (assumed)...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 09 Sep 04}

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The Mucky Pup, Angel & Islington (Bar)
“Just a short way down Essex Rd is a sign advertising "The Mucky Pup - this way". Following it's direction, we're led through an archway, down [what seems to be] a residential back street, past children...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 27 Apr 04}

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Quebec, Marylebone (Bar)
“Located near Marble Arch tube Station, at the top end of Oxford Street, The Quebec, the oldest gay pub in London, opened in 1946 And has been managed by Tony for over 10 years. In a traditional British...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 16 Mar 04}

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The Duke of Cambridge, Angel & Islington (Bar / Restaurant)
“With a name like "The Duke of Cambridge", you'd expect a dodgy, dark bar, with elderly gentlemen sipping away at a pint of Ale, glaring at newcomers and talking about "the good old days" or the decline...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 05 Oct 03}

The Harp (closed), West End (Bar)
“I have to write this standing up due to the absence of seating, but hey, what would you expect from an old man's 'drinking' pub? And if drinking in the company of the 'soon to be senile' is your idea of...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 30 Sep 03}

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The Lamb & Flag, West End (Bar)
“The Lamb and Flag has been hidden down Rose Street for over 300 years, and as you come in for a drink, you get the impression not much has changed. Inside, the main bar area is quite small, but there's...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 31 Aug 03}

Centuria (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
“Divided into two very contradictory parts, Centuria is a great venue, tucked a little out of the way. The pub is bright, friendly, and lively, and has a good reputation for somewhere to sit outside...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 25 Jun 03}

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Strada (closed), Mayfair (Restaurant)
“Finally - a friendly, classy pizza restaurant. Over the last few years, London has been bombarded with trendy pizza restaurants, bars, and eateries. A wood-burning stove, tacked onto the back of a...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 10 Dec 02}

Pitcher and Piano (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
“Ah, the P&P. Another large chain pub. Normally these places are hard to review (more to the point, hard to review any different from any of the others in the chain) but this one - ah, this is an exception. The...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 10 Dec 02}

The Slug & Lettuce, Angel & Islington (Bar)
“Normally, I like the Slug and Lettuce as a chain. Food's pretty good, clientele is fairly non-offensive, staff are efficient and the venue is tidy. Not the Islington Slug. I broke a promise to myself...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 10 Dec 02}

The Mitre Bar (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
“If you are a student, or want to relive the spirit of those long gone years, the Mitre Bar tries to appeal to people of all ages, with young minds. The funky interior gives you the feeling that the...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 04 Nov 02}

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The Vineyard, Angel & Islington (Bar)
“The Garden is one of those places where you start to wonder if four designers, each got a section to decorate… without ever talking to each other. The outside “garden” in front, with blue lights leads...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 04 Nov 02}

The Steam Passage, Angel & Islington (Bar)
“The Steam Passage in Angel has just been refurbished. From the dreary, tatty establishment it once was, has sprung out a warm, happy, good atmosphered (perhaps inherited from it's expansion into what...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 24 Oct 02}

The Angel, Angel & Islington (Bar)
“As a JD Witherspoon pub, this one exhibits the classic tell-tale signs. Cheap beer (£2.10 for a pint of Stella Unheard of in London!), cheap food, no music, and an ever-present plethora of elderly gentlefolk...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 18 Oct 02}

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The Living Room (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar / Restaurant)
“Once every now and again, an outstanding venue comes along - The Living Room could prove to be one of these. The venue is divided with the bar up front, a restaurant to the left, boothes up the side,...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 10 Oct 02}

Manor Bar & Restaurant (closed), Notting Hill (Bar / Restaurant)
*presently closed*
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 29 Sep 02}

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Punch & Judy, West End (Bar)
“Stuck in the heart of Covent Garden, the best thing about this place is it's location, a small bar with little in the way of seating and (in our humble opinion) apalling taste in artwork. Having said...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 09 Sep 02}

The Sequel (closed), Clapham (Bar / Restaurant)
“A compact little wine bar come restaurant at the end of Clapham high street under Clapham’s independent cinema, the Picture House. Industrial girders prop up the ceiling, walnut veneer and upholster...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 12 Aug 02}

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The Chandos, West End (Bar)
“Many would shy away from creating a hybridisation (dare we say bastardisation) of old man's drinking hole and ageing first class rail rolling stock - not the Chandos. Drinking apartheid is effectively...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 11 Jun 02}

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Revolution (closed), Soho (Bar)
“Media chilled in the heart of Soho. Leather couches and cool cocktails provide the setting for this oasis of calm. Ample space and an easy-going attitude makes Revolution the perfect retreat for those...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 11 Jun 02}

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The Sussex, West End (Bar)
“Having not long ago undergone a clean up, The Sussex has revitalised itself from a dingy, sticky pub to being a clean, and friendly place. With outdoor seating on a sunny day in the middle of Covent...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 06 Jun 02}

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The Maple Leaf, West End (Bar)
“The Maple Leaf. The only way one can review this place is Canadian. There's Canadian tat all over the walls, behind the bar, everywhere you look. Serves Canadian beer, by Canadian barstaff. Canadian-style...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 14 May 02}

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The Player (closed), Soho (Bar / Club)
Set behind an inconspicuous doorway on Broadwick Street, The Player is an immensely atmospheric basement bar, which has housed many a successful launch party in its short time on the London bar...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 21 Jan 02}

The Elbow Room Pool Lounge & Bar (closed), Notting Hill (Bar / Restaurant)
“The Elbow Room Pool Lounge & Bar is probably London's trendiest pool hall, but you don't have to come here to play pool. Seven American style pool tables offer both 8 and 9 ball games, for between £6-£9...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 02 Feb 01}

Murasaki (closed), Ladbroke Grove & Kensal (Bar)
“Rich hues of purple emanate from this Japanese style drinkery on the lead up to Queens Park. The small noodle bar has table seating to one side and only minimal standing room at the back bar, where the...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 22 Jan 01}

l'appogee (closed), West End (Bar)
“Just off Leicester Square, L'Appogee is a cool, Parisian terrace bar for early evening drinking. Dark wood blends with creams and browns, complemented by palms and plants to give the location a chilled...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 20 Dec 00}

Picture of The Edge, Soho, London

The Edge, Soho (Bar)
“The range of people that frequents The Edge provides an excellent picture of the melting pot of Soho lifestyles. Though a gay bar, it certainly is not unwelcoming to straight strays, who want to see just...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 19 Dec 00}

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Blacks, Soho (Bar / Club)
“Blacks is a dark and mysterious private members' club. The basement entrance leads you out of the depressing reality of Dean Street and into the romantic, Dickensian world of a beautiful Georgian townhouse,...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 19 Dec 00}

stream (closed), City of London (Bar)
“Farringdon is a place that has absolutely exploded over the last year. There are almost too many new openings to keep up and how the locals managed to have any social life before '99 is anyone's guess,...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 18 Dec 00}

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Little Italy, Soho (Bar)
“The big brother of Bar Italia, Little Italy has all of the family character, is equally popular and parties just as hard. A two-levelled...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 18 Dec 00}

Velvet (closed), Soho (Bar)
“Probably better described as a club than a bar, Velvet Room is small without being pokey. Descend the narrow staircase and enter a plush world of banging music and beautiful young babes with a postage...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 25 Sep 00}

Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill (Bar)
Downright dirty, scuzzy drinking is the order of the day at notting hill arts club. The basement bar and club is a simple setup of interconnecting rooms with a circular bar in one and...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 17 Aug 00}

Picture of 101 Bar (closed), Soho, London

101 Bar (closed), Soho (Bar)
The glass front of Point 101 gives panoramic views over an area you would really rather hide. The two-storey cafe bar under London's most central sky-scraper, Centrepoint, is a magnet for the young,...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 17 Aug 00}

Santa Fe (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
closed This Mexican restaurant in the middle of Islington's main street houses a small but enjoyable bar at the front. A row of souwesters is mounted on the wall and with a huge and dangerously...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 07 Aug 00}

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Freedom, Soho (Bar)
“Freedom came out of the closet a couple of years ago, when it decided it was not gay, but simply open minded. Since then, it's got better and better. The sheet glass front and the location on one of London's...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 25 Jul 00}

The Saint Bar (closed), West End (Bar)
Saint has had its ups and downs over the last few years and at the moment it's enjoying somewhat of a revival. A long overdue refurbishment hasn't changed the overall appearance and the signature...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 17 Mar 00}

Kink, Angel & Islington (Bar / Club)
“Set away from the 'nice' end of Islington, Islington Bar is actually more King's Cross and Pentonville Prison is only around the corner. But we'll let them off. The venue is a high-ceilinged, high-volume...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 01 Jan 70}

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Zilli Fish (closed), Soho (Bar / Restaurant)
“A relaxed and inviting experience, Zilli is a cool, calm and collected Italian drinkery in the heart of Dean Street pies & pints territory. Its character and individuality stand out from its chain bar...”
Duncan Welch, Fluid London reviewer 01 Jan 70}

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Henry J Beans Chelsea, Chelsea (Bar / Restaurant)
“Simon D - you are having a laugh! Do you work here or something? I'll agree with you about the girls, but the staff were slow as hell, the food was crap, and the drinks were nothing a bar of that size shouldn't have.”
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Dunc, London 21 May 04

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The Stonemasons Arms, Hammersmith (Bar)
“Not too bad. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, cold beer. What more could you ask for?”
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Dunc, London 03 Oct 02

Santa Fe (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
“The food here is FANTASTIC!”
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Dunc, London 10 Sep 02

Bar Monaco, West End (Bar)
“I have never been to this bar and not felt welcome. And they do a *mean* cocktail...”
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Dunc, London 11 Jun 02

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Porters English Restaurant & Bar (closed), West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“The place is nice enough, there's just something missing.”
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Dunc, London 11 Jun 02

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Navajo Joe (closed), West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“Very cool bar. I'd recommend the Flaming Lamborghini - although not too many!”
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Dunc, London 14 May 02

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THE LONDON FOLKFEST 2016

THE LONDON FOLKFEST 2016
The London FolkFest, One Of The UK's Most Boutique Live Music Festivals, Returns To Balham For It's 6th Year - 10% off tickets using code FLUID10 29/04/2016
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"Popped in for a few gins, and the bartender, Sophie was fab! Super friendly, knows what she's doing, drinks were lovely. Super nice pub. " Which venue is this?

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