NY Habitat

24 03 2008

Sometimes you just set up an agency to fail with your pedestal of expectations.

Historically, I had a great experience renting a furnished flat in Londontown. Therefore, it only seemed natural to rent the property again for an identical period and an identical price, agreed to upon by me and the landlady upon my last departure. Regrettably, the GBP/US$ is not a fraction that is favorable to me and this means budget constraints. NY Habitat unilaterally decides to hike up the price by nearly a third. The landlady offers to bypass the agency (that is your only legal security blanket if she decides to renege and/or interval calamity ensues) but at a hiked up price. Lastly, the agency, not having heard back from me for over 24 hours, decides to remove that entire property from the equation and leaves a very disagreeable taste in my mouth.

In retrospect, I think I got very lucky last time. The quest doth continueth…





Life VISA

24 03 2008

Did you get in on the VISA IPO? Life takes VISA.





London Dining

21 03 2008

Some new restaurants (affordable) to try:

Al Waha (Lebanese): 75 Westbourne Grove. 020-7229-0806. Tube: Royal Oak, Bayswater

Amaya (South Indian cosmopolitan): Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St. 020-7823-116. Tube: Knightsbridge

Bar Shu (Sichuan): 28 Frith St. 020-7287-6688. Tube: Baker Street

Baltic (Polish): 74 Blackfriars Rd. 020-7928-1111. Tube: Southwark





Joint Ticket

18 03 2008

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Paddy Cake

17 03 2008
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Threat Level

13 03 2008




Londontown Vegetarian

10 03 2008

Some recommendations if you feel peckish.

Upscale Indian: Chowki in SoHo (tube: Pic Circus) – 2 Denman St, 020-7439-1330

Indian vegetarian chain: Woodlands Marylebone (tube: Bond st) – 77 Marylebone Ln. 020-7486-3862

Authentic Indian – anything in Brick Lane. The names are generic so just enter something that does not look quite as dodgy as it’s neighbours!

For Indian fusion, Mantra in SoHo (tube: Leic sqr). 48 Dean St. 0871-971-7678

For a quick veggie bite in Covent Garden (tube: Covent garden), Food for Thought. 31 Neal St, 020-7836-9072

For a vegetarian treat, Maoz (tube: Leic Sqr), 43 Old Compton St. 020-7851-1586

For purely vegan (some nights only), Mildred’s in Soho (tube: Oxford Circus). 45 Lexington St, 0871-971-4308