The Princess Louise

A couple of minutes walk from Holborn Underground. Unspoilt old pub (with its Victorian toilets intact!). Reasonably-priced, tasty food served upstairs at lunchtimes and in the evenings.

The Crown

Just a few minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground, a Samuel Smith’s pub offering a good range of beers and reasonably-priced food at lunchtimes and in the evening. A friendly pub and pleasantly unpretentiousness.

Filmhouse Cafe/Bar, Edinburgh

A quiet relaxed place to be in the daytime, with very low levels of music playing and none atall if you’re lucky. Even lunchtimes have a quiet atmosphere even though the Fimhouse is only a couple of hundred yards from Edinburgh’s West End. In the evening it gets much busier and noisier with music turned up.

Main meals £5/£7 from 3pm to 5pm.

Hot and cold food available until 10pm every day. Friendly staff.
”Eleven draught beers, five real ales, twelve wines by the glass, loads of bottled beers and over thirty malt whiskies”
You can take drinks from the bar into screenings – ask the bar staff for a plastic glass.”

Open 10am to 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 12.30am Friday & Saturday. Open on New Year’s Day.

Angel, St. Giles, London

Samuel Smiths pub. Good value. Scruffy but friendly. Traditional decor. Public bar, lounge bar, snug, enclosed carriage way, open paved space. Food.

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.

We did include La Rotunda, its restaurant, in our review but a member has written to say that it is not Musac free. This does not stop us recommending the open areas of this airy place, which have been muzac free on my half dozen visits. There is a reasonable amount of comfortable seating with a self-service café, as well as a canal-side terrace on which to stroll. Obviously, it gets more crowded when a concert is imminent.

The very informative web-site is at

N.B. We have been informed that La Rotunda, the restaurant in Kings Place is not Musac free.

Ten mintues’ walk from Kings Cross.

The café is open on Monday to Thursday 7.30am to 7.30pm,
Friday 7.30am to 9pm,
and Saturday 12pm to 7.30pm.