|I also remember a mate taking me for a drink in the bank of England years ago...pretty spectacular for anyone else looking for somewhere a bit different for a (slightly expensive) drink.|
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danathjo wrote:Nah. not really. Chancery Lane has some interesting pubs on it too, but won't be on your route. But Brick Lane, particularly the north end in Shoreditch, has loads of stuff. South end is good for curry.
I think that's definitely on the cards now, also correct me if i'm wrong but brick lane isn't too much of a backtrack walk from london bridge is it?
Should warn you the Crosse Keys is a Weatherspoons. So stay for a drink, but not for food.
Edited by FWB at 23:23:20 08-12-2014
Haha, that'll be tomorrow's research I think 'best place for a curry on brick lane'
This one has interesting decor. Tho I can't remember what the food was like.
danathjo wrote:Sure it wan't the 'Bank of England' pub on Fleet Street? (Which isn't the Bank of England!)
I also remember a mate taking me for a drink in the bank of England years ago...pretty spectacular for anyone else looking for somewhere a bit different for a (slightly expensive) drink.
If you're going to look at St.Pauls, you may as well take them inside and go up to the top. Going to the top of the shard would be a good idea too. Riverboat to Millenium Dome. Cable car to north bank. DLR back to Tower of London. Off to Lahore Kebab House for a big plate of lamb chops. Pukka.
TBH though, if they're Australian, shouldn't you just leave them in a Wetherspoons all day?
Take them to Walkabout so they can blend in with their countrymen and talk about how shit London is compared with Oz yet inexplicably turn down all offers of a lift to the airport
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Just an aside but the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern doesn't really exist anymore. They've built basically a whole new floor right in the middle of it destroying the sense of space. *sniff*
If you're all into gaming Loading Bar is worth checking out (used to be in Soho but I've heard it's moved) and the Namco Arcade has some silly arcade fun on the South Bank. There's also a pub on Caledonian Road (Near King's Cross) called Meltdown that shows e-sports and has gaming-themed drinks and a couple of xbox's/ PCs you can play stuff on.
Namco Station is a pile of shite with outdated 90's cabinets. Nothing new. No where near Trocadero (RIP in pieces) levels of awesome. If you want an arcade, go to the Heart of Gaming. It's in Acton, but it's a pay-on-the-door arcade with freeplay machines inside.
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That's pretty handy as no trip to London would be complete without a visit to Acton.
Yeah, you'll want to ensure one mugging/stabbing during your visit.
There's something odd about saying Maco is crap thanks to outdated cabinets and then recommending a trip to what is essentially a museum for old cabinets that you can't find anywhere anymore.
I think Namco is one of the last few places with a proper arcade feel, it's tacky, loud and bright which is exactly how I remember Arcades from when I was a kid. They have games like Time Crisis, House of the Dead and Sega Rally. Different generation perhaps.
The Trocadero is possibly the most depressing place in London, it's been on a steady decline for the last fifteen years but now it's just got a few tat shops and a lot of closed down empty space. Gone are the days when there used to be floors of simulators, the Alien experience, a tower drop ride (admittedly a little one) going through the middle and even a LAN cafe at one point. Now it's just horrible.
I remember the Alien experience. Was ace. Did it several times. They had a multiplayer mech game with pods too. Haven't been for years, but had fond members of it as a kid. The sweet shops on the entrance/exit too to get you all ready.
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Take them here and show them how cool you are
None of the cabinets at Namco have been created in the past ten years. By comparison, the Trocadero before it closed, was still importing cabinets from Japan including the latest DDRs, DJ Max Technika, Viewlix cabinets for Street Fighter et al and much more. Namco is just an overpriced bar with a few old game cabinets.
It was waning foot traffic and increased rents that forced the Trocadero out, and they then sold off all of their machines. Some went to other places like Casino, but I don't even know if that's around anymore.
I spent a lot of my youth there, mostly playing in money matches on things like SNK vs Capcom and Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Now it's just desolate :c
But by comparison, Namco has never held a flame to it.
It's shut down now isn't it, the trocadero? Cinema is still open but the rest was blocked off last time I walked by, probably being redeveloped into a TK Maxx or some other prole crud. They had the Mario Kart Arcade cabinet which was fancy.
Namco wins due to having had Rival Schools.
Shit no, that was the old Namco in soho, next to Wendys... fuck i'm an old cunt. All ashes!
Yup, and I'm not even sure if the Cinema is there anymore to be honest, nor the other bits (didn't they have bowling?)
Namco is the equivalent in terms of arcade as a seaside town. And I should know, I live in Southend where we have a stretch of about a mile of nothing BUT arcades.
(To be fair, some of them are alright as it goes!)
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There was a Bowling Alley there but not been for 6 years.
Free tickets to the 'Walkie Talkie' sky garden anyone?
More info here:
@TheSaint Cheers buddy, I was tasked with sorting out this months team night out - sorted
It appears you can only book three weeks in advance so check back in a month or so.
It's only just opened (opens today) so it could be a promotional thing.
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Forbidden Planet in Shaftsbury Avenue, some videogame shops, a cool dvd shop in Charing x road, then get the fuck out of there and have a white pudding supper in Edinburgh.
Nice spot, Saint. Booked. No weekends and can't be too late on a weekday this time of year, but should still be nice.
4 weeks late but Trocadero ONLY has a cinema now.
It's a sad building, really. Reminder of more fun days.
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Several year ago when I was still working in St James's, I met some French guy giving away macarons to promote his new shop in the basement of the Trocadero. It was his dream apparently, to bring real macarons to the British. They were good macarons.
He probably thought it might be like the Parisian Trocadero but I didn't have the heart to tell him that the one here is a fucking dump and he's wasted his money, and La Duree beat him go it on Piccadilly.
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