Saturday 28 June 2003 12.32pm
I don't know about you, but I quite value how people post up recommendations for local things on this website, everything from restaurants and pubs, to estate agents, plumbers, and even the best Tanning shop to get eye-candy. The trouble is that the postings tend to be on individual things, and I just thought it might be interesting if people posted up their top recommendations on whatever, all in the same place. So here goes mine (with no apologies for it being completely biased according to my interests), but I'm more interested in hearing what yours are really-
Best Chinese Take-away- Golden Chopsticks, Tooley st. Excellent food, friendly service, prompt deliveries.
Best Indian restaurant- the one under the railway bridge at the top of borough high street, just before it leads onto london bridge
Best Fish and Chip shop- the one half way down Waterloo Road
, past the old Vic, as you are going towards St George's Circus
although the battered sausage and chips from the one half way down New Kent Road
(near the pub) are pretty good- mind you, I've only ever eaten there when I have been truly caned.
Allround Favourite restaurant- the Vietnamese one opposite Lower Marsh
on Westminster Bridge Road
Best place to get fruit, veg, etc. Borough Market
obviously, although you get better conversation out of the fruit and veg at Tesco's on Old Kent Road
, some of whom can even remember what it was like in the Blitz
Best candidate for London Mayor: Ken Livingstone for having the balls to do conjestion charging, for freezing bus fares at £1 for ages, for introducing bendy buses
Best place to buy olives- the "Butchers" shop on Tower Bridge Road
Best doctor's surgery- the one at the junction of St George's Road
and Elephant and Castle: the pleasantest waiting room I've been in for a loooong time, and the doctors are pretty damn good too! Of course they are, its the NHS, but the other real novelty about this surgery is that the receptionists are cheery, helpful and friendly, which isn't always the way with GP surgeries in my opinion
Best Place to buy cheap booze- the off-license at the junction of Tower Bridge Road
and the Bricklayers Arms roundabout. Really good selection at cheap prices
Best museum- the WW2 museum on Tooley Street
. Deeply moving.
Best barber's shop- the lime green one on Tower Bridge Rd. Friendly staff doing a good job at sensible prices
Best view of the river- from the top of the GLA building- the balcony outside is a real treat
Best estate agents- My mate tells me that Williams Lynch are professional and efficient, if a bit more expensive than the others.
Best current exhibition- "My favourite dress" on Bermondsey St is really interesting even if you are not into fashion
Best open space- not SE1's strong point, but The Rose
gardens on the edge of the Tyers' estate are well kept and a tranquil escape on a summer's evening
Anyway, I am sure you are sick of my self-indulgent list, so what is your best "can anyone recommend"s? There must be some good plumbers, electricians, etc.
-MM- The Nature of Monkey was Irrepressible.