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Kansas Smitty's, Hackney (Bar)
“Top 10 things you need to know about Kansas Smitty’s bar: 1) Inspired by the hedonistic city from which is takes its name, Kansas Smitty’s – a miniscule, starkly-decorated
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 05 Oct 15}

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The Salisbury Arms, Wood Green & Palmers Green (Bar / Restaurant)
“Top 10 things you need to know about the Salisbury Arms pub: 1) What epitomises Blighty? A good old-fashioned pub. But not just any pub will do these days. 2) The Great British public craves
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 12 Jul 15}

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Pennethorne's Cafe Bar, Westminster (Bar)
“Top 10 things you need to know about Pennethorne's Cafe Bar: 1) By jove, I think I’ve done it! I actually believe I might’ve uncovered
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 04 May 15}

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Brew, Putney (Bar / Restaurant)
“Top 10 things you need to know about Café Brew, Putney: 1) Three things we know about Australians: they love their coffee; they love their brunches; and they hate British winters. Café Brew – the fourth...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 15 Mar 15}

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Ekachai, City of London (Restaurant)
“Top 10 things you should know about Ekachai restaurant: 1) Casual Asian, street-style dining – with a particular focus on Thai, Malay and Cantonese dishes – is what Ekachai is famed for. Jack of all...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 04 Apr 14}

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The Verge Bar, Shoreditch (Bar)
“Top 10 things we discovered about Verge bar: 1) Housed on the corner of Brick Lane and Bethnal Green Road, this small, laid-back and rather unassuming Shoreditch bar could easily be overlooked. Venture...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 19 Feb 14}

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Hoxley and Porter, Angel & Islington (Bar / Restaurant)
“Top 10 things I discovered about Hoxley and Porter restaurant when I visited 1) Hoxley and Porter is much more than mere bar or restaurant. It is, in fact, inspired by adventure and classic colonial...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 08 Oct 13}

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Mozzarella & More, Chelsea (Restaurant)
Best for: sampling divine, home-made Sicilian food; excellent service. Great: for a low-key, romantic evening. Hands up who hasn’t suffered from food envy? You,...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 23 Jun 13}

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Claude’s Kitchen at Amuse Bouche, Fulham (Restaurant)
Best for: Excellently-priced seasonal British fare. Great: Exceptional fine dining in west London. When I was but a teen, and of the vegetarian persuasion, I never...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 25 Apr 13}

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Brasserie Blanc Opera Terrace by Raymond Blanc, West End (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: impeccable service; views; impressing out-of-towners with a glam location. Great: decent, but not outstanding, French cuisine; a reasonably priced, celebrity...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 21 Dec 12}

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Hideaway, Streatham & Norbury (Bar / Club)
Best for: Enjoying some very decent live music south of the river Thames. Great: for partaking in London’s pop-up bar/restaurant/club craze. We need to talk. I’m...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 23 Apr 12}

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Kimchee, City of London (Restaurant)
Best for: A decent Asian-food fix that’s easy on the wallet. Great: Cheap and cheerful (but not at all tacky) city-centre dining. “Atkinsons don’t waste food.” If...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 14 Mar 12}

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One Blenheim Terrace (closed), Maida Vale & St Johns Wood (Restaurant)
Best for: Stylish dishes and retro classics cooked with a traditional twist. Great: for exceptionally friendly service and for escaping central London. Once upon...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 08 Feb 12}

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Grand Union Paddington (closed), Paddington (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: Late-night drinking and dancing in an unpretentious central London venue. Great: cocktails and decent pub grub-esque nosh. I’m one of those ghastly people...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 04 Jan 12}

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The Bingham Bar, Richmond & Kew (Bar / Hotel)
Best for: sipping decadent cocktails on the sun terrace whilst thinking about the rough end of town up north. Great: cocktail and wine list; views across the Thames. Here’s...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 12 Oct 11}

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Albion (closed), Shoreditch (Restaurant)
Best for: good ol' fashioned grub. Great: for people watching. High Fidelity style guide to my Top 3 Caffs in the UK: 3. Millennium Cafe on Holloway Road. They...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 28 Jun 11}

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Albannach (closed), West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“Scotland isn’t exactly famous for its world-class cuisine and being a London-based Scot myself, I’ve suffered years of abuse about Scottish grub; but if one more person says the words ‘deep-fried Mars...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 21 Jun 10}

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The Distillers, Hammersmith (Bar)
“We are all taught to find our niche; play to our strengths and don’t try to be something we’re not. If you’re a dour Scotsman with the likeability factor of a wasp, maybe don’t run for Prime Minister....”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 18 May 10}

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PINCHITOtapas EC1 (closed), City of London (Bar / Restaurant)
“I’m a tapas fiend. If I could only eat one kind of food for the rest of my life, it would be, without a doubt, tapas. I keep a list of my favourite tapas restaurants around the world (fine, I’m a geek;...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 30 Mar 10}

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The Langley (closed), West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“Sandwiched between Mexican restaurant Café Pacifico (who serve the best salsa in the whole of London – fact) and the world-renowned Pineapple Dance Studios (where they do a different kind of salsa altogether)...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 28 Feb 10}

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Jewel, West End (Bar / Restaurant / Club)
“It is a fact universally acknowledged that trying to find an upmarket yet unpretentious bar in Covent Garden is like trying to find hens’ teeth; or Pixie Lott’s sense of individuality. Snooty doormen,...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 01 Feb 10}

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The Compass (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar / Restaurant)
“The term gastropub is questionably used far too frequently at the moment; a catch-all phrase for any quintessential British pub-cum-restaurant with aspirations. Yet, The Compass encapsulates everything...”
Sophie Marie Atkinson, Fluid London reviewer 13 Nov 09}

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