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[31 Oct 2009 | By ]
Nara Korean Restaurant Review – Oxford Circus, Soho

I last went to Nara two years ago for a friend’s Birthday celebration, and although the meal was decent somehow it quickly slipped out of my mind and I never visited. Which isn’t really a shame, because in London there are so many good restaurants that an average one sometimes is just not good enough to deserve a second visit. This time, I decided to visit Nara again as I was in the area to collect a book from WH Smith on Oxford Street. Nara is a small Korean restaurant just off Oxford Street in Soho, and while there was again nothing special, this time I found the portions very filling, the food tasty, and best of all the prices seem to be rather reasonable.

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[30 Oct 2009 | By ]
Cheapest Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in London

One of the silver linings of spending a freezing cold winter in London is the numerous outdoor ice skating rinks that pop up everywhere in the city. It seems that every year, more and more outdoor ice rinks open in parks, squares, and really any clear outdoor area. But it has also gotten really expensive to go ice skating too, with average prices of around £10 plus for only an hour. If you have a family of four, it can easily cost £30-£40 for barely an hour of family fun! This is a guide of all the outdoor ice skating rinks in London, ranked in order of price, so you can find the cheapest ones!

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[29 Oct 2009 | By ]
Secret Burberry Factory Outlet Store

Burberry is the ultimate symbol of British fashion, sold across the world and worn by millions. Personally, I’m not too fussed about their checked pattern, but their trench coats are absolutely fab and of the highest quality. A pity then, that their prices are so high. But, as always, if you know where to go you can find bargains for luxury brand name clothes, mostly at factory outlet stores.
So when I heard from my friend of this Burberry factory outlet shop right in the heart of London (ok, I admit, not central London), I knew I had to share it with readers of the London Insider.

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[25 Oct 2009 | By ]
Cay Tre Vietnamese Restaurant Review – Old Street, Shoreditch

This is the second time I have been to Cay Tre; the first was with high expectations from reading numerous reviews, and the second time was to satisfy my craving for good Vietnamese food. On both occasions, the quality of the food did not disappoint! This is simply one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town, and the huge waiting crowds that snake outside the door onto the street is a testament of that.

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[25 Oct 2009 | By ]
Sea Fish Restaurant Review – Upper Street, Islington N1

While the UK is known for its famous fish and chips, I can’t imagine the disappointment of tourists coming to London expecting to sink their teeth into delicious, light battered cod or haddock. Most of the fish and chips sold in pubs taste like it was a frozen ready meal heated up in the oven. In addition, whilst there is no lack of restaurants serving good food in London, there is a major dearth of good fish and chip shops that serve quality food and not just anonymous takeaway to the drunken. Hence, when I came across Sea Fish, a quaint fish and chip restaurant in North London, it was begging to be reviewed and promoted.

London News »

[23 Oct 2009 | By ]
Heathrow Airport Voted Worst in the World… Again

Heathrow Airport has, again, been voted the worst airport in the world by members of the Priority Pass program. In its annual survey, the London airport has picked up the unflattering accolade for the second year running, despite the opening of the brand new Heathrow Terminal Five and repeated statements from the British Airport Authority on the huge amounts of investment into the airport.

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[21 Oct 2009 | By ]
Lola’s Cupcakes opens branch counter at Selfridges

The famous cupcakes from Lola’s Kitchen have made a debut in the food hall section of Selfridges, having made a name for itself at the Harrods food hall already. If this pattern continues, we should hope to see a branch of Lola’s Kitchen at Harvey Nichols or Liberty soon! Lola’s Kitchen is known for some of the best cupcakes in London, each made freshly on the day and by hand.

Events in London »

[20 Oct 2009 | By ]
Friday Late Nights at the National Gallery

The Friday Late Nights is a weekly event that every art lover in London should have permanently emblazoned in their diaries. This highly popular event allows one to wander around the gallery and enjoy the Carravagio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh paintings in a crowd-free environment. In addition, there are many special events and guided tours specially for the late night opening.

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[19 Oct 2009 | By ]
Ironmonger Row (Turkish) Baths, Islington EC1

Ironmonger Row Baths is one of the capital’s most historical buildings, yet very few people know about it, and yet fewer take full advantage of the facilities inside. This Grade II listed building from the 1930’s houses one of the best Turkish Baths in London, in addition to a swimming pool, fitness gym, and surprisingly, also a communal launderette. The building has been marked for a complete renovation from mid-2010 to 2012, so make sure you visit before it closes to the public!

London News »

[17 Oct 2009 | By ]
First Green Cab Company in London Taking Market by Storm

There’s now an environmentally conscious private cab hire company in London to help make your journey from point A to point B greener, and at apparently no extra cost compared to the traditional cab companies like Addison Lee. Green Tomato Cars not only use the Toyota Prius hybrid car across their entire fleet, they also double-fund carbon offsetting projects to ensure that both their cars and their office operations are carbon neutral.