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Reviews and contributions written by Sophia Wong

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Flask, Crouch End (Bar)
“A naked chef? Over 300 years old, The Flask is getting old gracefully. A pub full of character and middle-class characters, it offers a formidable food menu and a good choice of drinks (decent wine...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 24 Jan 06}

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Macondo (closed), Shoreditch (Bar / Restaurant)
“Me and my best mate had a brilliant idea. We were going to open a café that sold cocktails and cake, our favourite things (yeah, stuff the whiskers on kittens and raindrops on roses malarky). But dammit,...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 14 Dec 05}

Nanobyte (closed), Soho (Bar)
“Closed in September 2009. Apparently opening as a Vegetarian Restaurant in Spring time..... watch this space. Bark worse than its byte? Let’s get this bit out of the way. The decor here is odd…...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 12 Dec 05}

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Hoxton Apprentice (closed), Shoreditch (Bar / Restaurant)
“For an engaging evening. I am pretty terrible at giving to charity. I am one of those people that zig zag across roads to avoid the bods in coloured bibs asking for my credit card details for some...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 11 Dec 05}

EQ (closed) (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
“Closed until further notice - early 2008 EQ (short for Equilibrium) is pretty smart, in both senses of the word. Looks-wise, it’s an unfussy interior lit with spotlights with clean lines, brown and...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 29 Nov 05}

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Bar Music Hall (closed), Shoreditch (Bar / Restaurant)
“With a recent transformation Bar Music Hall has returned to its roots. Having gone through a fleeting 'hot' time the venue has embraced what used to make the Old Brick Lane Music Hall the heart of Shoreditch's...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 25 Nov 05}

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La Maja, Notting Hill (Restaurant)
“So what’s La Maja? La Maja (so named after the lady in Goya paintings) is a lovely little spot. Actually I lie; it’s not that little. This Spanish restaurant is set on two floors (ground and basement),...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 06 Sep 05}

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Barrio Cocktail Bar & Cafe, Battersea (Bar)
“You have to admit, that’s quite a good name for a South American styley drinking hole isn’t it? Barrio as in Mexican slum but also as in Bar Rio. Ha! Well, I like it anyway. This teeny bar is set in...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 01 Aug 05}

The Devonshire Arms, Kensington (Bar)
“The Devonshire Arms Better the Devon you know. In the summer the Devonshire Arms is a handy place to know cos it’s the only pub in the neighbourhood with a beer garden. And what a cute outdoor area...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 20 Jul 05}

The Games Room (closed), Mayfair (Bar)
“On the game. There is no denying that this private members club is a really seductive looking venue. The discreet entrance on Chesterfield Street leads you through a doorway (marked with antlers) to...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 12 Jul 05}

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Nell Gwynne, West End (Bar)
“One Gywenne, one out. With a capacity of 20 (at a push) The Nell Gywenne is a real bijoux pub. Thankfully, on the night I went (Tuesday) it wasn’t up to its full capacity hence I’m calling it bijoux...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 11 Jul 05}

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Adam Street, West End (Bar / Restaurant / Club)
“There are two ways to make sure that no one forgets where your bar is 1) Be excellent 2) Call it after the address. Adam Street, then, is doubly memorable. A staircase leads you down to this private...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 05 Jul 05}

Copyright (closed), Whitechapel & Wapping (Bar)
“Copyright issues. Copyright is a top bar come restaurant come club yet it's not as full as it deserves to be. This, I believe, could be down to its rather clandestine location in Wapping. Hidden...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 07 Jun 05}

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The Soho Lounge (closed), Soho (Bar / Club)
“Late expectations. It’s late, you’re in Soho, you want to carry on drinking, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a place, right? Yet try it in practice and it becomes a Krypton Factor style quiz. That’s...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 28 Apr 05}

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Holy Drinker (closed), Battersea (Bar)
“A bar… and a holy lot more. I was pretty sure I was going to dislike the Holy Drinker. There was something about the playschool colours on the outside (bright blue and purple) which, despite the bar’s...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 26 Apr 05}

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Number 22, Brixton (Bar / Restaurant)
“22 and all grown up. Though located between Brixton and Dulwich this Herne Hill gem attracts more of the mature Dulwich set. It does this, not by having a Stannah stairlift installed, but by concentrating...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 11 Apr 05}

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Octave Restaurant & Jazz Bar (closed), West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“Was it something you eight? I’d eaten at this address, in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, when it had previously been an Italian restaurant. It was dire and overpriced. Thankfully Octave, launched...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 20 Mar 05}

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Catcher in The Rye, Finchley (Bar)
“A novel approach. The Catcher in the Rye is a welcome addition to the Finchley eating and drinking scene. Having recently been refurbished from being a grubby pub to a pub to go to for grub (by the...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 16 Mar 05}

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Fitzroy Tavern, Fitzrovia (Bar)
“£1.95 for man in a box. You know which lager I mean don’t you? It’s the one on tap with a little man wearing lederhosen in a see-through plastic box on the pump. Ayingerbrau or something. Well, anyway...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 14 Mar 05}

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The Greyhound (closed), Battersea (Bar / Restaurant)
“Tucked away on Battersea High Street opposite my favourite greengrocer's you'll find The Greyhound. Oddly enough it looks bigger on the outside than it is (though maybe I just put my contact lenses inside-out). Painted...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 13 Mar 05}

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Bertorelli (closed), Soho (Bar / Restaurant)
“A Bert of peace and quiet. Ok, I admit this bar is not going to be to everyone’s taste. It’s clean and it’s modern (sleek lines, dimly lit, dark wood, big windows, matching two-seater sofas and chairs)....”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 13 Mar 05}

The Castle (closed), Peckham & Camberwell (Bar)
“King of The Castles Wherever you go in town you'll find a pub called The Castle somewhere close by. So why the heck would you bother venturing all the way ‘daaan sarf' to Camberwell to visit this two-year-old...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 22 Feb 05}

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Fiesta Havana (closed), Fulham (Bar / Restaurant / Club)
“Afford Fiesta. In fancy Fulham where the prices can be high and the noses can be snooty, this little piece of South America offers a welcome bit of quirkiness. You can hardly miss the bright turquoise...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 20 Feb 05}

The George, West End (Bar / Restaurant)
“A George-ous drinking hole. The George is one of the oldest pubs on The Strand, hence the beams on the ceiling aren’t ‘mock’ Tudor. In fact there’s very little to mock about this neat, unpretentious...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 16 Jan 05}

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Bodean's, Soho (Bar / Restaurant)
“Meat your maker. The Soho branch of Bodean's (there's also one on Clapham High Street) is set on two floors. Whilst the basement...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 21 Dec 04}

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Mishmash (closed), Clapham (Bar / Club)
“mishmash n. a confused collection or mixture. Tastefully kitted out in 70’s style décor with projectors screening Barbarella (incidentally, these are used for showing football matches too), brocade...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 05 Dec 04}

The Colonies, Westminster (Bar)
“A mashing little pub. I have no idea where the Queen goes when she wants to rediscover a bit of London Pride. However, she could do worse than to pop down to this little pub which is a mere minute...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 05 Dec 04}

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Piano, Kensington (Bar / Restaurant)
“Plink plink biz. I first came to this jazz bar earlier this summer when it had just moved to its new location (it used to be based somewhere down the road). The friend who brought me here refused to...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 28 Nov 04}

The Castle, Battersea (Bar)
“For local people, As it’s only stumbling distance from my doorstep The Castle has been my most local pub in Battersea for nearly a year and yet I only ventured there last week. I am an eeejit. The...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 15 Nov 04}

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O'Neill's (closed), Angel & Islington (Bar)
“A good sport. The Angel branch of O’Neill's (a pub chain known to even the most novice of drinkers) has recently undergone a refurbishment. Nothing radical has been done, so don’t go panicking if...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 06 Nov 04}

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Akbar (Closed) (closed), Soho (Bar)
“Ak like a grown-up. The Akbar is located downstairs of the Red Fort (posh Indian Soho restaurant). As you go down the stairs tea-lights, the scent of incense and lotus flowers floating in a large bowl...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 01 Nov 04}

Picture of 06 St Chad's Place (closed), Kings Cross, London

06 St Chad's Place (closed), Kings Cross (Bar / Restaurant / Club)
““Excuse me, do you know where St. Chad’s Place is?” “Yup, you’re on it.” “Do you know if there’s a bar here?” “Erm, you’re standing outside it” So we begin with the aspect of 6 St. Chad's Place that...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 01 Nov 04}

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The Metra Club (closed), West End (Bar / Club)
“Metra occupies the space previously taken up by the Capital on Leicester Square. I was invited to the launch of this new club to support my mate who sorts out the music here. There are a few difficulties...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 31 Oct 04}

Cafe Cairo, Clapham (Bar / Restaurant)
“You know, something doesn’t add up at Café Cairo. It’s perfectly located just minutes from Clapham North tube, but because it’s just off Clapham High Street it’s got a bit of a hidden gem status which...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 28 Oct 04}

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The Royal Oak (closed), Clapham (Bar)
“Located opposite Clapham North tube, the Royal Oak used to look pretty grotty scary even. But then it had an amazing revamp. I mean we’re talking ugly duckling to swan, wet gremlin to Gizmo, acorn to Royal...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 28 Oct 04}

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Eagle Bar Diner (closed), Fitzrovia (Bar / Restaurant)
“Sore like an eagle. The Eagle Bar Diner has the looks (a shiny chrome interior with black leather booths) and the substance (great burgers from £5.75 and a fabulously boozy mint tea cocktail called...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 27 Oct 04}

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The Loop, Mayfair (Bar / Restaurant)
“Keep you in The Loop? Tucked away just off Oxford Street, The Loop, is a tardis-like space. Though wee-looking on the outside, inside you’ll discover it’s set on three levels (with the ground floor...”
Sophia Wong, Fluid London reviewer 25 Oct 04}

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This week's faves

  1. SophistiCats (W1)
  2. Sunset Strip (W1)
  3. The Dove (W6)
  4. Freemasons Arms (NW3)
  5. Reun Thai (W6)
  6. Ristorante Frescobaldi (W1)
  7. Nanban (SW9)
  8. Bucket (W2)
  9. The Eagle (N1)
  10. Founders Arms (SE1)

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