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    Quote Originally Posted by xeraphim View Post
    speaking of hakkasan, have any of you been to hkk yet?
    The quality of the cooking is sublime in HKK and far exceeds anything that Hakkasan and Yautcha can prepare. That being said the location is a little sterile and lacks the flair of the former two. Also cocktail selection is a little anaemic if you prefer that to wine.

    I second Koya, not Koya bar, all the creativity is happening at the original site. Kanada-Ya for Ramen if you are willing to wait a long time, it's bizarre how disappointing Ippudo was in London opposite, I remembered New Yorks being incredible.

    Antidote wine bar and restaurant does great no frills food

    I would have swapped Heston for the other most popular tourist destination, the Ledbury, or Dabbous

    Assuming you haven't been to any of Atherton restaurants in Asia, I would definitely recommend one of the social chain, Social eating house being my favourite (and the Blind Pig upstairs is easily one of the best bars in central London without spilling over into Artesian bar prices, can get very busy though.)

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    thanks for the discussion guys, seems like some great recommendations there! tried to get a reservation for The Ledbury but they were completely booked out for lunch and dinner till early December..

    how drawn out is the tasting menu at The Clove Club? Lyle's looks nice but 2 hour+ tasting menus tend to try one's patience after a while.

    Hakkasan looks fancy but the missus is Cantonese and objects to the idea of yum cha that's £50+ per head. has anyone tried Pearl Liang in Paddington for dim sum or can recommend anywhere else that's good? good chicken feet are a must.

    so Kanada-Ya is the place to get one's fix of pork fat, sodium and carbs?

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    Depends on what type of Dim sum you are looking for. Pearl Liang is 10 minutes away from me I've been quite a few times usually very nice. They also have a reduced selection evening menu at inflated prices. Plum Valley in chinatown do a cheaper riff on the Hakkasan styled Dim Sum, not authentic at all but always good and served all day. I've always had a soft spot for golden pagoda, also in china town. Princess Garden near selfridges also excellent (no siu long bao though). The texture of chicken feet bothers me so I can't comment on them sadly.

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    thanks Zenith! also forgot to ask if there's any recommendations for brunch.

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    Ottolenghi and Honey&Co for middle eastern.

    Hawksmoor Guildhall for meat

    Delaunay or Wolseley for the classic grand café style

    Two very good coffee places that also serve good breakfast/brunch are Allpress and Workshop.

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    cheers jumpoff, I can't say no to good shakshuka and merguez!

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    when does the first round of markdowns usually hit stores in London?

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    Got an email from LN-CC 5 minutes ago about 25% off, not sure if it helps you at all, I guess not. But, usually not until much later in the season than in the States, so buy now.
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    If I recall correctly, Hostem have a separate room for their sales (downstairs, to the left, behind the desk) the entire year. At least that was the case every time I’ve been to L (mid Jan, mid Feb and mid May) and visiting.

    I also liked the area. There’s a really good artbook shop nearby (bookartbookshop, Pitfield Street), if you’re into such, and Æsop just across the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Got an email from LN-CC 5 minutes ago about 25% off, not sure if it helps you at all, I guess not. But, usually not until much later in the season than in the States, so buy now.
    ditto, hence the query. there's nothing in particular I'm interested in this season anyway, I just enjoy checking out the stores' buys and handling the pieces.

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    Haha amazing to see this thread. I went back from London and Berlin a week ago and I fell in love with London.

    The best city I went to for a random walkthrough. Everything looks amazing and anywhere you look, you'll find an amazing building or an old monument + the city is very clean ... compared to Paris -__-

    My favorites spots were London Bridge, Buckingham Palace (Green Garden!!!), the Regent's Park where I fed some squirrels with nuts which is an impossible experience in France. I also loved Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and the whole area of Soho.

    I went to Charing Cross, Lambeth Palace, Vauxhall, Camden Town (loved it) and other spots and got to say that it's easy to find various places and atmospheres in London. Very charming city, I'm looking forward finding a position there and move from Paris.

    By the way a McFlurry is only 0.99£ ... It's 3.20€ in France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreavan View Post
    My favorites spots were London Bridge, Buckingham Palace (Green Garden!!!), the Regent's Park ...
    Well, you're really going to love London once you discover the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreavan View Post
    Haha amazing to see this thread. I went back from London and Berlin a week ago and I fell in love with London.
    What about Berlin? I'm interested to read about some new opinions (maybe not in this thread though) after I almost moved there in summer last year but gladly decided not to. Since then, I am down from my usual 8-10 visits a year to 2, the second one this year in a couple of days.

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    so a McFlurry huh.
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    Yes I guess so! I was there for a week only and wasn't alone so yeah, pure touristic vacations. Sometimes it feels good this way xD
    Just being in a bus was magic to me so yes I imagine I have many things left to discover (PM me if you have any suggestions for my next trip).

    My main goal was to understand and feel if I can live and work there. I figured out that it's definetely a yes.
    I felt really good and much more comfy than in Paris.

    I visited many other spots and went until Cambridge which is so charming btw. A week is way too short to really enjoy the londonian lifestyle and customs but the most important is what you feel right?

    Loved Berlin too but not the same story xD + I don't really like the cold which is such an argument in Berlin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbeuys View Post
    Well, you're really going to love London once you discover the rest.
    Take a trip to Newham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowrey View Post

    so a McFlurry huh.
    In his defense, it's probably the only affordable 'beverage' you'll find in London.

    As for McDonald's, I recently saw a Paris menu item called le double shiny bacon. And to think stateside we've had to make do with matte bacon all this time.
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    is St John worth the hype? turns out I'll have an extra night in London..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dji View Post
    is St John worth the hype? turns out I'll have an extra night in London..
    not to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by interest1 View Post
    In his defense, it's probably the only affordable 'beverage' you'll find in London.

    As for McDonald's, I recently saw a Paris menu item called le double shiny bacon. And to think stateside we've had to make do with matte bacon all this time.
    It was a real shock for me. The reference seems dumb but this is a reality. In France, you cannot afford a McDonalds menu for less than 10€ (if you want an icecream to complete it) which is a bit insane for what it is.

    Berlin was the less expensive McDonalds I went to though and they have the veggie burger which is an other alternative to the Fish if you don't eat meat.

    By the way, I noticed something very obvious down the londonian streets. Who do english peope have with the "Prêt à Manger" fast foods? They're all over the place, like every hundred meters.
    It seems to be much more popular there than in Paris or anywhere else.

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