A to Z of Crime Fiction

Feb 4, 2013 by

Time to kill before your train? Visiting the British Library? Or maybe just passing through Kings Cross? Make sure you don’t miss the A to Z of Crime Fiction free exhibition at the British Library, hosted by the Folio Society until 12th May. They’ve managed to find something for every letter, sensibly hopping back and forth between authors, titles, themes and places. Who knew that Terry Venables co-authored a crime novel, never mind all the other famous sporting names who have dabbled in the genre? One of my favourite childhood reads, Enid Blyton‘s lesser know series featuring the Five Find Outers and Dog, is there but my parents’ old favourite, John Creasey, only gets a mention for the award he sponsored. I guess he was of his time. I came away with a list of...

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New London Cafe

Jan 26, 2013 by

This lovely café is very close to Highbury and Islington station but walking the opposite way you might normally go, down St Paul’s Road towards Dalston. With a corner spot, the owners of New London Cafe have made the most of its location with seats in the sunny window as well as a small terrace at the back. The coffee served is Fair Trade Organic which is fine and a wide selection of sandwiches, paninis and cakes is offered, along with some pastries. I tried the spinach and cheese slice which was very tasty. A warm welcome awaits you and the small cafe manages to squeeze a few tables in without the squashed in feeling you sometimes get. I expect there are more plans for the tiny courtyard at the back but at the moment...

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Maison d’Etre

Jan 26, 2013 by

  Right on Highbury Corner facing the roundabout on the corner with St Paul’s Road, Maison d’Etre  is another little corner of France serving a delicious range of bite-sized patisserie. Who could resist? Nude Espresso is the coffee on offer and this is very good. I particularly like the range of salads available, together with panini, delicious home-made soup and sour dough sandwiches. There are seats outside which is good in the summer if you don’t mind a bit of noise or are into bus spotting or...

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Rial Cafe

Nov 17, 2012 by

I first discovered Rial Cafe when starting a walk from West Ham station about a year ago and, exploring the area some more, keep coming back. Right opposite the station, it’s not hard to spot, and it’s worth breaking your journey here just to pop in. Tables outside for a sunny day and quite a few seats indoors, they serve a good coffee (will check the blend next time I’m there!) and a whole range of snacks and cakes.   The one thing you really can’t miss is the warm welcome you get when you walk through the door. Every regular seems to be a friend and you want to come back to be part of that. Customers are a lovely mix of old and young, different cultures and nationalities and that’s what draws...

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Eggs Milk Sugar

Oct 22, 2012 by

Exciting, a new cafe near the (ex) office on the corner of Tottenham Road and Southgate Road. Eggs Milk Butter in the old dairy is half a cafe and the other half dedicated to comic books, this is guaranteed to draw some different folk. What a great idea. I love the cushions made from old shirts and furniture reused and recycled, always a hit with me. The staff are lovely, very welcoming and they can’t do enough for you. One of them is even a published graphic novelist, though she is a bit shy about it. If you push, her colleague will show you her book from the library they keep. This is another great idea so you (and they) don’t need to worry about coffee getting spilt on the stock. Any titles can...

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Lashings

Jul 19, 2012 by

Being well organised I found myself with an hour to wait in Bristol City Centre for my Megabus back to London. There are lots of places to eat and drink in the Centre but I was looking for somewhere a bit special with wifi where I could just get a decent coffee and relax. I didn’t have time to explore far. And it was a Sunday. I wandered about a bit and then my eagle eyes spotted Lashings, an independent coffee house on Broad Quay facing the hustle and bustle of the Centre. It was a perfect place to catch up on emails etc and watch the world go by, knowing it would only take me five minutes to get back to the Colston Hall to catch my coach. Very friendly with nice organic coffee...

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