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Pie’s London: Piccadilly

January 30, 2012

This is the final instalment of this mini series called Pie’s London, inspired by a request from one of my readers. I have taken you to Covent Garden and Soho. Now I will give you a taste of Piccadilly. This is not an area I know as well as the others and I wouldn’t choose to be there on a night out. Like Chelsea and Kensington, it’s smart, but needs to loosen its tie a bit for me to enjoy it. The advertising display and the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus are so commonplace to me now that I don’t even notice them anymore. Having said all that, because I had a walk around and took pictures with my crappy camera for the benefit of you, dear reader, I started to see Eros, and other parts of Piccadilly in a (slightly) different light.

So let’s get the obvious, touristy bits out of the way. Here are the lights at Piccadilly Circus:

Piccadilly Circus

And here’s Eros, with added pigeons.

Eros, Piccadilly

Eros close up, Piccadilly

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Pie’s London: Soho

January 24, 2012

In my previous post on this short series called Pie’s London, inspired by a request from one of my readers, I gave you a little tour of Covent Garden. I’m now going to give you a flavour of Soho.

I’m the Don of cheap eats and in Old Compton Street there are plenty. The one I go to again and again is The Stockpot, a small chain of restaurants covering central London. The food is hearty, with old school treats like bangers and mash, but there are also such delights as roasted pork belly and Pan Fried Trout Provencal. The various flavoured crumbles sitting in a pool of custard are to die for and overall, it’s really good value for money. The wine’s not great, so skip the alcohol and go to a pub or bar instead. It’s a small niggle in an otherwise great little place, and you’ll still have a good time.

The Stockpot restaurant, Soho

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Pie’s London: Covent Garden

January 16, 2012

I received a request from one of my readers who will soon be paying a visit to Londinium. What do you think of such places as Covent Garden, Soho and Piccadilly, asked Jacki Dilley? And can you tell us about it? Well, I don’t spend a lot of time in Central London these days, mostly because I’m skint. Still, I wanted to give a flavour of those areas and realised as I walked around taking photos with my crappy little camera, there were quite a few shops, streets and pubs I have visited and loved. So I give you a snapshot of the first area I covered: Covent Garden.

Covent Garden station

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