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Kings Arms

Excellent food and well-trained, friendly staff. Spacious, elegant ambience - doubles as gallery selling work by talented local artists. Garden.

Location

North Road, Charlton Horethorne
DT9 4NL SOM
Somerset GB
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Wigmore Hall Restaurant

Set in the atmospheric basement of the Wigmore Hall, this restaurant is open for light snacks and full dining before all Wigmore concerts, and occasionally also on Sundays at midday.
A selection of hot and cold food is available ranging from cakes and sandwiches to a reasonably priced three-course fixed price menu.
The Bechstein Bar next door offers drinks and snacks.

Location

36 Wigmore Street
WIU 2BP London
GB
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Heywood Hill

Founded more than 70 years ago, this is one of London's smallest bookshops and one of the most elegant and individual in the world. It is also one of the most delightfully old-fashioned, with receipts written out by hand.

Location

10 Curzon Street
W1J 5HH London
GB
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Café du Jardin

Usefully located near the Strand and Aldwych for pre-theatre suppers, the Café du Jardin is no temple of gastronomy but it offers a pre-and post- theatre menu. Bistro food in traditional French manner but not nearly as cheap as you might expect from the quality of the food. Interesting wine list. A few tables outside - don't accept seating in the basement, or you will miss the interesting view of the street.

Location

28 Wellington Street,
WC2E 7BD London
GB
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Princess Louise, High Holborn, London

Location

208 High Holborn
WC1V 7BW London
GB
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Angel, St. Giles, London

Location

61-62 St. Giles High Street SW Centre Point at eastern end of Oxford St.
WC2H 8LH London
GB
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Olde Mitre

A well-hidden gem with real ale, real cider and food: still has an outside Gents. Keeps City hours. Latest check 14 July 2016.

Location

Ely Place
EC1N 6SJ London , LND
London GB
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Jerusalem Tavern

St. Peter's Brewery's only London pub. Real ale, real cider and food. Closed weekends. Latest check 30 August 2017.

Location

Britton Street EC1
EC1M 5UQ London , LND
London GB
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Lidls Supermarkets

It may surprise some people that Lidl, the famous cost-cutting chain of supermarkets, is free of piped music, but it should not.
Piped music is an unnecessary extra expense for a chain that concentrates on low prices.
Lidl stores, if not luxurious, are therefore pleasant to shop in - far more so than muzac-polluted places such as Somerfield or Asda. Lidl staff, being free from the stress of unwanted music being forced on them, are actually more likely to be relaxed and helpful.

Location

SP4 7RT
GB
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John Lewis/Waitrose chain of stores

No real need to say anything about this famous and excellent chain of department stores and supermarkets run on cooperative principles (all the people working in them share in the profits) except that the chain has been growing steadily for many years - at least in part because of the lack of piped music. Their no-music policy has recently been confirmed.

Location

W1A 1EX
GB
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