The Carpenters Arms, Fitzrovia


The Carpenters Arms in Fitzrovia, conveniently located just off Tottenham Court Road in-between Warren Street and Goodge Street station, is a very British pub with all its ups and downs. They sell a nice selection of ales and lagers as well as some decent wines and cocktails. The food menu is clearly aimed at students from nearby UCL with meaty and filling pub dishes and a very reasonably priced sandwich menu for lunch.

To put some icing on the cake, The Carpenters Arms has a lovely roof terrace tucked away from the buzz of Tottenham Court Road so you get to enjoy some peace and quiet here. Patio heaters make sure you don’t get cold during your night out but make sure you arrive early as the place gets pretty packed once the clock hits beer o’clock.

Carpenters Arms Rooftop

Of course none of this is particularly new or groundbreaking but if you’re in for a solid British pub serving traditional pub grub and an excellent selection of drinks then this is for you.

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Sunny Day in Richmond!


I’ve used the brilliant weather these days as an opportunity to explore a part of London that I haven’t visited much before, the picturesque town of Richmond in the southwest of London. Summer is the perfect time for a stroll around Richmond and to explore the cute little shops and cafes in town. You can then walk along the river to Richmond Hill and the famous park.

 

 

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If you get hungry along the way then there’s numerous pubs and restaurants right by the river that let you enjoy a nice little nosh and an ice cold beer overlooking the Thames. I went for Stein’s pub, a German beer garden with a nice selection of Bavarian beers and traditional German food.

 

 

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Since it gets incredibly busy on the weekends and moreover there’s a chance of trains and whole tube lines being cancelled, I would highly recommend making your way to Richmond during the week.

Where To Go Next . . .


It has been a while since the last post of How To Visit London The Right Way. Someone has been enjoying the sun too much…

We left off with Karl the alpaca in the Mudchute Farm. Saying goodbye is never easy, but… we move on! Pedaling all the way down the beautiful river path to Westferry, Limehouse (quickly passing Shadwell) and parking in the City.

City in the summer… I know! Suited-up people, always heading opposite to your’s direction. Sky scrappers blocking the sunshine… Well. You can see it in two ways. The tall buildings, blocking the sun, can be the shade that you desperately needed. And tall rooftops is the perfect spot to catch the sun.

The rooftop bars is one of the best advantages of the big city during the summer time.

ClubCat Tip: You must go to Madison Rooftop Bar. Situated right in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, it offers a spectacular view of one of the most iconic buildings in London. Going up to the very top of the One New Change building, there is a charge free terrace for tourists and everyone else who are smart enough to see the city from above without paying £40. There are some cool events going on there, too. As a big screen translating Wimbledon gamesIMG_0207 or cinema sessions. No drinks allowed… But. If you feel thirsty or a little bit fancier than secretly sipping wine from a carton box, Madison is the place. It is very popular amongst the city boys but still makes it to ClubCat top tops. Nothing better than lunching on a hot summer day, nice chill-out music… maybe a cheeky bellini. You can almost sense Ibiza vibes.

Getting closer to the sunset, the place transforms into a lively, almost club-like atmosphere. It still has some quieter corners and a restaurant area inside… But don’t expect a romantic date. It might be ruined by loud music or people, constantly pushing you. If you want to find your corner, the advice is to come early, maybe even sit there from lunchtime. Unless you willing to spend £1000 to get the table… Anyway. There is a reason why the place is super busy. Because it is simply amazing. From morning yoga sessions to Richy Ahmed, to cigar sessions – it has it all.

How To Visit London The Right Way (Part One)


Not trying to sound too presumptuous, only talking plainly from personal experience… Tourists, visiting parents or friends, looking to use the opportunity of a free place to crash and tick the box ‘Got smashed in London’, have their own little plan in mind.

  1. Oxford Street (mainly Primark)
  2. Piccadilly Circus (with no basic understanding why… oh, the big screen. Well, it’s off at the moment)
  3. Leicester Square (cinemas…?)
  4. Covent Garden (I read the book once, about the homeless and his cat and I think it was based here…)
  5. Big Ben (to take THE picture)
  6. London Eye (with an adorably optimistic hope to actually get on it. As it ever happens)
  7. One of the clubs that celebrities go to. (No comments)

Little do they know… Living here for four years now, let me present you the ultimate one-day London tour, improved and approved by us & ClubCat.

First stop – Greenwich.

Being a little bit more remote from the center, it is the perfect place to start your tour. Getting off at the Cutty Start and Maritime Museum station and heading down to the river-path, there is your first surprise. You will see…
Going further down, you reach the historical University of Greenwich. Breathtaking. Make sure you visit the painted hall where Jonny Depp was dancing on the table in the fourth part of Pirates of Caribbean. Also, pop into the magnificent chapel (which is a part of the actual university!)
Not to mention that there are at least a few great maritime museums around, saving the precious time of the best day of your life, not strolling down to the Greenwich Market would be a significant loss.
Pancakes, pumpkins, and lasagna; Jamaican, Vietnamese and Italian – you name it, it’s there. Old stuff – new stuff and creative stuff. Little treasure box. Don’t get too lost and spend all day there!
Pick up a calzone and some mini pancakes with Nutella and head straight to the bIMG_0384eautiful Greenwich Park. Why is it better than the famous Hyde Park?

Where do I start… Despite the breathtaking scenery, it has so much more to offer. Rose gardens, tennis courts, and even deers! The highlight is the Greenwich observatory. Testing your endurance by claiming up the hill, you can reach the famous Greenwich Meridian timeline. (Yes, you can feel the time stops there… Technically, it does.) The view that opens up is something indescribable. The panorama view stretching all the way from London Eye to the O2 Arena.
Enjoy.
Greenwich Park is the last stop before your next destination…

ClubCat Tip: Oliver’s Jazz Bar is the hidden gem you MUST visit when you in Greenwich the next time. In the evening. Trust the ClubCat. It knows best.

Stay tuned!

The Bull & Last, Kentish Town


I’ve been living in Kentish Town for 4 years now and go for a stroll in Hampstead Heath almost every day. Yet to the present day I have never managed to check out the Bull & Last. This gastropub, located conveniently just opposite the Parliament Hill entrance to the Heath, has one of the best reputations in the area for its seasonal menu, drink selection and fantastic service. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that you have to wait a couple of weeks to book a table at the weekend…

We were lucky enough to get a table this weekend and after a night out partying we made our way there for a well deserved, hangover curing Saturday lunch. Breaking news first? The lunch did in fact cure my hangover.

The Bull & Last is a lovely venue with a real pub feeling to it.The bar is well stocked with a good selection of ales and ciders from small, independent breweries, the walls are decorated with stuffed animals and tankards and the whole place has a lively and welcoming atmosphere. Although we arrived early at 12pm most tables were already taken and the place was buzzing with families and children, dog walkers, couples and groups of friends.

We started off the meal with a Bloody Mary and this Bloody Mary was, I kid you not, the best drink I’ve had in a long time. An aromatic, spicy drink, neither too strong nor too bland, garnished with some pepper and celery. We went on to try some of the ales and cider to go along with the food. We went for a pretty standard choice, beef burger and fries and fish and chips. The vegetarian choices are limited, especially if you don’t like fish. The food was tasty and the service was super quick. Our waitress was absolutely lovely, very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu but at the same time super easygoing and joking away with us as if we had known each other for a long time.

To sum this up, we had a lovely lunch and felt well looked after at the Bull & Last. I was more impressed by the laid-back atmosphere and the outstanding service than the quality of the food but I’d definitely be willing to give the grub another try. The food is quite pricey with mains ranging from £15-£30 but the portions were huge and they only use fresh ingredients, which you can definitely taste. Altogether, I can definitely recommend this place and if it’s only for a quiet pint after a long walk at the Heath.

 

Bull&Last Pub

Sober Weekend….!!


I’ve decided to start this semester with a little detox – for one month I won’t touch cigarettes, alcohol, anything containing caffeine and meat! Which obviously makes passing a fun weekend in London with all its pubs and drunken awesomeness quite difficult! So here’s my guide to a great sober weekend in London!

Ich habe mich dazu entschieden, dieses Semester mit einer Art Entgiftungstherapie zu beginnen – einen Monat lang werde ich weder rauchen, noch Alkohol trinken, Koffein konsumieren oder Fleisch essen! Das macht es offensichtlich ziemlich schwierig, in London ein gutes Wochenende zu verbringen mit all seinen Pubs und beschwipster Heiterkeit. Deshalb nun hier meine Anleitung zu einem tollen und vollkommen nüchternen Wochenende in London!

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Searching the internet shows that this is quite a common issue in London, people giving up alcohol for a month and then desperately look for things to do. Someone has even set up a website about it.
London undoubtedly is a renowned centre of culture and history and its list of museums is long and diverse. Museums in London don’t just involve the massive ones everyone knows – such as the Science or Natural History Museum or the V&A – there are lots of smaller, independent places, the Charles Dickens Museum, the Cartoon Museum and the Scotland Yard Crime Museum to name but a few. The Telegraph has put together a list of the 50 best unusual London museums. So if you’re not drinking it’s a great idea to spend the day in a museum of your choice!

You’ll probably be hungry afterwards and thank God London is full of choice if it comes to eating out, even if you’re a (temporary) vegetarian as I am right now. My favourite vegetarian dine-outs are definitely those small traditional Indian places in the suburbs where you get proper and affordably priced Indian cuisine. TimeOut and the Evening Standard have published lists with the best vegetarian restaurants in London; I might check out some of those places over the next few weeks too!

If the weather is good – and luckily we’ve had the most stunning autumn ever so far – then why not go for a walk in London (guided or not) or take some Boris Bikes and cycle the city? Stop by at a cafe and indulge yourself in cake and sweets – after all, it’s the weekend, isn’t it?

And why don’t you go and watch a play or a musical? London is full of theatres and tickets don’t necessarily have to be expensive. Or go to the movies like in the good old days – that’s what I’m going to do today! Beautiful, sober weekend everyone!


Wenn man das Internet durchsucht, merkt man, dass das gar kein so ungewöhnliches Thema ist, Leute, die für einen Monat auf Alkohol verzichten und verzweifelt nach Beschäftigung suchen. Jemand hat sogar eine Website zu diesem Thema erstellt.
London ist zweifellos ein renommiertes Kultur- und Geschichtszentrum und die Liste der Museen ist lang und vielfältig. Zu den Museen in London gehören nicht nur die großen und bekannten – wie beispielsweise das Science oder das Natural History Museum oder das V&A – es gibt eine Menge kleinerer und unabhängiger Museen, das Charles Dickens Museum zum Beispiel, das Cartoon Museum oder das Scotland Yard Crime Museum, um nur eine kleine Auswahl zu nennen. Der Telegraph hat eine Liste der besten 50  ungewöhnlichen Museen zusammengestellt! Wenn ihr also nicht trinken wollt, verbringt doch den Tag in einem Museum eurer Wahl!

Nach dem Museumsbesuch werdet ihr vermutlich hungrig sein und Gott sei Dank bietet London eine große Auswahl an Gaststätten aller Art, selbst wenn ihr, so wie ich, (momentan) Vegetarier seid. Für mich sind die besten vegetarischen Restaurants ganz sicher diese kleinen, traditionell indischen Restaurants, die man in den Vororten findet und wo man echte und preiswerte indische Küche bekommt. TimeOut und der Evening Standard haben Listen mit den besten vegetarischen Restaurants Londons herausgebracht, einige davon werde ich über die nächsten Wochen wohl selbst mal ausprobieren!

Falls das Wetter mitspielt – und glücklicherweise hatten wir bis jetzt wirklich den besten Herbst aller Zeiten – warum dann nicht zu einem Spaziergang ansetzen oder einer Führung oder ihr leiht euch ein paar “Boris Bikes” und erkundet London mit dem Fahrrad? Legt einen Zwischenstop in einem der unzähligen Cafés ein und gönnt euch Kuchen und Süßen – immerhin ist es Wochenende, oder etwa nicht?

Und wieso geht ihr nicht ins Theater oder seht euch ein Musical an?  In London gibt’s Theater wie Sand am Meer und die Tickets müssen nicht unbedingt teuer sein. Oder ihr geht ins Kino wie in den guten alten Tagen – das ist es, was ich heute vorhabe! Schönes, nüchternes Wochenende euch allen!