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Picture of The Red Lion, St James, London

The Red Lion, St James (Bar)
“A hidden gem off Pall Mall. Very old and cosy, with an upstairs that looks like your grandmother's parlour. The perfect place to take your drunk friends when they start making a scene at your club.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

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La Porte des Indes, Marylebone (Bar / Restaurant)
“This is a mind blowingly good Indian, beating an old favorite of mine, The Bombay Brasserie, hands down. The food is great, the atmosphere is like a huge Indian wedding, & the price is about £50 per head inc wine. Order a bottle of Omar Kayam with your meal. It is an Indian Sparkling Chardonnay. Sounds vile? Convinced you could only drink IPA or lager with a curry? Trust me - its not named after Persia's top poet for nothing.”
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rfreeman, London 15 Jan 03

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The Grenadier, Knightsbridge (Bar)
“Originally the watering hole of Wellington's men, then made famous in the 80's by Yuppies quaffing bubbly and talking nonsense to each other. Now a fantastic place to go for Sunday lunch, but book in advance as the dining room is small. Try and look as if you live in Belgravia when you walk in or people will stare. This means wear your cheapest togs and talk quietly. The Bloody Mary bar is a real saviour if you are nursing a hangover. It is also an easy walk to Apsley House, Wellington's old digs, now a museum, if you want to look at loads of booty from his career after lunch. There is a fantastic Carravagio on the ground floor.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

Picture of The Wolseley, St James, London

The Wolseley, St James (Bar / Restaurant)
“Extravagantly set in an old bank by The Ritz this chinese restaurant is a favorite of mine becuase it is very good and very cheap. Easy to get out with a meal only a little more than your average Chinese, but the location, the food and the stunning decor all add up to something you would expect to cost twice as much. The dim sum is as good as anywhere in town.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

Picture of Blakes, Kensington, London

Blakes, Kensington (Bar / Restaurant / Hotel)
“Insanely expensive. Only go here if you are proposing to someone and can put it on expenses. That said, the environment is unique and seductive. Very 1930s with a strange gothic overtone. Imagine Poirot's dreams after too much Absinthe. The food is divine and the wine list is very good if you can take that kind of pressure.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

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Jamm, Brixton (Bar / Club)
“Amazing mix of people, amazing live music, amazing atmos, amazing salsa lessons. One of London's best conversions of an old man's pub to a trendy young person's one.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

Antelope, Belgravia (Bar)
“Charming pub just by Sloane Square. If you're sick of being jostled by the fashion desperados in Oriels after a hard day buying shoes for your girlfriend on the King's Road, slip along to The Antelope. Best avoided between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm on weekdays, when the local office crowd pack out the small bar, but otherwise the ideal place for a couple of cheeky ones.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

Picture of Maggie Jones's, Kensington, London

Maggie Jones's, Kensington (Restaurant)
“One of the best kept secrets in town. Superb game and meat dishes at medium to expensive prices in a very romantic setting on three floors. When booking, the tables upstairs by the window are best. You can sit and feel smug watching tragic members of the ignorati eating in the Cafe Rouge opposite.”
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rfreeman, [ Unknown ] 15 Jan 03

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