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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.

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W1A 1EX
GB
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Brockley Barge

A Wetherspoons pub with Real Ale, Real Cider and food. Latest check 7 September 2017.

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184 Brockley Road
SE24 2RR Brockley
GB
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Capitol

A Wetherspoons pub with Real Ale, Real Cider and food. Latest check 7 September 2017.

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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.

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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.

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Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DG London
GB
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Kings Place

Kings Place is the new rival to the Wigmore Hall for chamber music. Its accoustics are impeccable and it doesn't even have the Wigmore Hall's Jubilee Line rumble.

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90 York Way Kings Cross
N1 9AG London
GB
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The Estorick Colellection

The Estorick Collection boasts the finest collection of 20th-century Italian art in London. It has a simple but pleasant café with a quiet garden.

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39a Canonbury Square
N1 2AN London
GB
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London Review Bookshop

Just down a street opposite the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop is a gem. Well stocked, particularly considering its apparently small size, and with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Associated with the London Review of Books, the shop specializes in literature, the arts, politics, history etc. It has a particularly wide range of evening and weekend events such as readings by authors, as well as discount evenings and customer socials. All the details are on their site at www.lrbshop.co.uk.

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14 Bury Place
WC1A 2JL London
GB
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Hatchards, London's oldest bookshop

Established in 1797 and still in its same elegant (if much expanded) premises, and still muzac-free despite being owned by Waterstone's.

A general bookshop on five floors with a good range of books - including decent art and philosophy sections - and friendly, informative staff

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187 Piccadilly
W1J 9LE London
GB
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