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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 27 July 2016.

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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Brockley Barge

A Wetherspoons pub with Real Ale, Real Cider and food. Latest check 24 August 2016.

Location

184 Brockley Road
SE24 2RR Brockley
GB
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Capitol

A Wetherspoons pub with Real Ale, Real Cider and food. Latest check 24 August 2016.

Location

11-21 London Road
SE23 3TW Forest Hill
GB
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Ship of Fools

A Wetherspoons pub with real ale, real cider and food.

Location

London Road
CR0 2RE Croydon
GB
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British Museum - The Great Court

Not exactly a haven of peace and quiet, but a very good place to meet, if not a place to tarry for too long, particularly at busy times. The glass covered courtyard meets all the basic needs: toilets (muzac-free, I think, but correct me if I am wrong) and somewhere to sit and have a coffee and snack. And, if you arrive early, you can slip through thee Portland Stone porticos into the wonderful galleries (the fourth, South, portico is, notoriously, of the wrong stone). The light under the huge glass roof can be extraordinary enough to warrant the visit.

Location

Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DG London
GB
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