London suburbs

Covent Garden (WC2E)

This has a market like The Rocks in Sydney.

I can get there by taking the 134 bus from Kentish Town to Tottenham Court Road. There is a Monmouth coffee shop here, you can drink in but will probably have to share a table. The milk is nice.

It is also a shopping district, with several retail clothing stores.

Belgo Centraal restaurant is here, sometimes we will visit if we are craving mussels or beer.

There is a M&S in case you need to buy groceries.

Leicester Square

Bunch of expensive mainstream movie cinemas. The National Portrait Gallery is south of square. Entry is free (donation), but there could be some special exhibitions which you'll need to pay for.

Food

Chinatown is North of here. Something is bound to be open.

Ghost Stories @ The Duke of York's theatre

7 Jun, 2011

The Duke of York's theatre is here. We saw Ghost Stories and had a good laugh. It was interesting to see how they add suspense to the air in a live environment. My favourite was the ghost in a dress. As with any good horror movie, there's a good twist at the end.

The protagonist also covered some matters of human perception and irrational behaviour.

Chinatown

Tokyo Diner

Try Tokyo Diner for casual Japanese food. Address is 2 Newport Place, London WC2H 7JJ.

2012-08-10. can of coke 0.90, soba for 7.30, salmon don for 10.60. No tipping.

Loon Fung

Chinatown has a few supermarkets. Loon Fung is located in Gerrard Street, the main street of Chinatown.

New Loon Moon Ltd

This is another supermarket on Gerrard Street.

2014-06-06 It has the "FIRST CHOICE" brand of frozen cuttlefish balls that we like.

Kensington

Expensive area. Stayed near Gloucester Road in a serviced apartment when we first arrived here. A few restaurants.

Road rage in Kensington consists of phrases such as "heavens above".

Shepherd's Bush

Poorer area, some cheaper shops around the green area. White City is close to here, looking forward to seeing what Westfield does to it.

Camden

Lots of interesting stores here. Comparable to Newtown with lots of cheap restaurants and weird people, but lots and lots of tourists on weekends.

I currently live in the borough of Camden. To pay council tax, pay online at http://www.camden.gov.uk/

A huge Sainsbury is here.

2008-05-11 Opening times are Mon-Fri 0700-midnight, Sat 0700-2200, Sun 1100-1700. Check using the Sainbury store locator

There are 2x Neros.

Marks and Spencer opening times are Mon-Fri 0800-2100, Sat 0830-2000, Sun 1200-1800. Use the Store Locator

Kentish Town

This is where we live. Notable shops near the tube are Sainbury local, Pret-a-Manger and the local coffee cart bean about town.

To get the London Gatwick airport, the best way is to take a train (not the tube). Take the train from Kentish Town and change at King's Cross St. Pancras. Then take a train to Gatwick. You can buy a one-way ticket on the day.

On 2010-01-04, A one-way ticket from London Gatwick to Kentish Town costs 13.90. You have to specifically look up Kentish Town in the ticket machine as it not a common destination.

Regis Road Recycling accepts non-recycable household waste such as old computer parts and cables.

Some areas, like where we live, fall under a 'conservation area'. You have be careful about renovating if your house is in one of these designated areas.

Travelling from Gatwick Airport

Take the train between Kentish Town and Gatwick Airport. You will need to change train along the way, at either London Blackfriars or Farringdon.

Boma Garden Centre has provided me with some indoor plants and pots. On 2013-09-01 I bought a cycad for 27.98.

Food

Pizza East has a restaurant here. Right next to it is the Chicken Shop.

On 2013-09-11 we had a bunch of pizzas for lunch, we had to eat at the bar as the place was full on a weekday! Pizzas: anchovy 9, salami 11, burrata 14, spinach 6 (this was a bit spicy with chilli flakes). Service charge is 12.5%.

Tufnell Park

The Cardigan Club Cafe is a small Vietnamese cafe with baguette / rice / noodles served with tasty meat. Fresh juice is also available. It's good for lunch.

Hamstead Heath

North of Camden. Bus 24 ended up here.

Golders Green

Jewish area. Zone 2 area. There is a bagel shop, and also a Korean grocery store.

Dim Sum House on Golders Green Road is ok if you're hankering for yum cha.

Swiss Cottage

On the east side of Finchley there are really nice houses.

The O2 Centre has decent VUE cinemas.

Carnaby Street (W1)

Shopping district with some bars/restaurants. cha cha moon is here, if you want asian fusion.

Clapham Junction

Franco Manca has a store here and serves great sourdough pizza.

Waterloo

The London Eye is to the west of the train station, and the bank of the river Thames. It is a huge ferris wheel. It is very sturdy and secure. My wife who suffers from vertigo even enjoyed this ride. You have the option of viewing a 4D experience prior to the ride, which is nowhere as good as the 4D rides at Universal Studios.

On 2011-03-14, an adult ticket cost me 18.60. You can probably get cheaper tickets or 2-for-1 offers if you plan ahead.

Soho

The Breakfast Club is a cosy little cafe, often you will have to wait for a table on weekends. We didn't think the food was that great, but the decor is interesting and like a backpacker hostel. On 2011-03-05, a full breakfast cost 8.70, coffee 2.00, apple cinnamon french toast 6.60

To the southern edge of Soho, on Shaftesbury Avenue there is a Curzon Soho cinema. On ground floor there is a cafe that serves cakes from Konditor and Cook.

For ramen I like Tonkotsu on Dean street.

Farringdon

We visited Smiths of Smithfield (SOS) on 2011-03-27 for breakfast. Walking from Angel I couldn't see much else open on a Sunday morning. We had to wait for a table. Food is ok, it is trendy place with a mix of people.

WC2H

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opposite Foyles bookstore on Charing Cross Road. On 2011-09-16 it costs 6.95 for a burrito, and 1.15 for a can of soda.

St. Giles piazza

St. Giles piazza is southeast of Tottenham Court Road tube. Ramen restaurant Ippudo is located here.

WC1E

There is a Busaba Eathai on the east of Tottenham Court Road.