I don't know about you, but I quite value how people post up recommendations for local things on this website, everything from restaurants and pubs, to estate agents, plumbers, and even the best Tanning shop to get eye-candy. The trouble is that the postings tend to be on individual things, and I just thought it might be interesting if people posted up their top recommendations on whatever, all in the same place. So here goes mine (with no apologies for it being completely biased according to my interests), but I'm more interested in hearing what yours are really-
Best Chinese Take-away- Golden Chopsticks, Tooley st. Excellent food, friendly service, prompt deliveries.
Best Indian restaurant- the one under the railway bridge at the top of borough high street, just before it leads onto london bridge
Best Fish and Chip shop- the one half way down Waterloo Road, past the old Vic, as you are going towards St George's Circus although the battered sausage and chips from the one half way down New Kent Road (near the pub) are pretty good- mind you, I've only ever eaten there when I have been truly caned.
Best place to get fruit, veg, etc. Borough Market obviously, although you get better conversation out of the fruit and veg at Tesco's on Old Kent Road, some of whom can even remember what it was like in the Blitz
Best candidate for London Mayor: Ken Livingstone for having the balls to do conjestion charging, for freezing bus fares at £1 for ages, for introducing bendy buses
Best doctor's surgery- the one at the junction of St George's Road and Elephant and Castle: the pleasantest waiting room I've been in for a loooong time, and the doctors are pretty damn good too! Of course they are, its the NHS, but the other real novelty about this surgery is that the receptionists are cheery, helpful and friendly, which isn't always the way with GP surgeries in my opinion
Best Place to buy cheap booze- the off-license at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and the Bricklayers Arms roundabout. Really good selection at cheap prices
The best Chinese restaurant on the whole of the southeast side of the river from the City to Greenwich is Hong Kong City in the Old Kent Road between Toys R Us and New Cross. It's full of Chinese families who normally frequent Chinatown.
Sorry, the best arches are the ones under the long viaduct near the old Spa Road railway station (Spa road, and roads adjacent). I've never been able to imagine why such effort was put into some railway arches - although I suppose that it was the location of the London & Greenwich railway, which was the first railway in London, I believe.
On second thoughts, they're probably in SE16, just, but I hope that the Editor will let them under his stick.
You're right, it was the first railway in London, and the terminus was originally just by Spa Road - the line was later extended and a new station built at London Bridge. Some of them (the arches) are in SE1; I reckon the vaults in London Bridge station are better though, but do they count? Or should I nominate those as Best Vaults?
Damn it - beaten in the race to make the architectural distinction between arches and vaults! There are rumoured to be some unspoiled - i.e. not tinkered about with for the Jubilee line - vaults still under the station somewhere behind the escalators.
But surely the most atmospheric arches were those that now form Vinopolis. To add to the confusion they were known as Clink Street vaults. I've not been inside since the conversion job - what does it look like now?
Does anyone else remember the astonishing art installation HG by the American "theatre visionary" Robert Wilson that was in there for a few weeks in 1995 - on themes from HG Wells?
I think London Bubble also did an event there in the freezing cold which I missed, but everyone who participated raved about.