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For global travelers with a cultured palate and a love of variety, Asia de Cuba, overseen by renowned international restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine served sharing-style in a high energy, sophisticated, yet relaxed environment. Housed in a dramatically colonnaded space, Asia de Cuba's innovative menu is matched in its surroundings by a dramatic series of soaring 'art columns'.
Asia de Cuba not only serves the huge sharing portions for dinner, it has adapted the famous dishes for Bento Boxes, perfect for lunch or pre-theatre; and Afternoon Tea is served daily offering two varieties of Asian or Eurasian teas. The Rum Bar, with its Starck-designed 'lean-on' tables, is an interesting modern play on the classic English Pub. The battered prwns with chilli dip are a lovely starter. Everything on the menu is fantastic and the afternoon tea is excuisite.
Excelent cart of wines
The Avenue is a stunning restaurant and bar in the heart of St. James's in the West End of London. Designed by American architect Rick Mather, the Avenue opened in 1995 to great critical and architectural acclaim. That the Avenue has the 'wow' factor is hard to dispute, its big, bright and buzzy space also makes it ideal for a private party.
The restaurant is reached by walking through one of the longest and most stylish bars in London. The bar itself is gently under-lit providing a warm glow which leads you through into the dining room. On the left hand side there is a glass wine store which sits alongside a raised area (perfect for bands or guest speakers) and to the right there is a long banquette sitting beneath a long, luminous skylight.
Their Chef Lawrence Keogh (formerly at St Martins Lane Hotel, The Bluebird and The Berkeley Hotel) ensures the menu is progressive, modern European, serving fresh seasonal food, simply prepared and cooked. The seasonal emphasis of the cooking means that the menu changes regularly, although the most popular dishes remain throughout the year.
Avenue shows a clean pair of culinary heels to most of the 'in' restaurants in London by its originality and flair, creating a more interesting experience.
Don't be fooled by the name!!!!
Although the name may make it seem like it's a take-away place, it's Far from that!! It has great tasting thin crust pizza with many different choices of toppings (including asparagus, egg, spinach, and many more!). I've been several times to the one in St. Martins Lane and in Bow Street (both near Covent Garden) which have a nice modern ambience to it. Def a good pick for a pre-theatre dinner!! Margherita Regina
Baked Dough Balls- nice fresh out of the oven pizza dough in balls which you dip into a garlic butter dip----YUMMY!!!!
Go to China town many of the...
Go to China town many of the restaurants do great deals walk around and take a look.
Even if your not eating China town is a great place to visit with it's Chinese street buskers and oriental shops. London can be a bit pricey when getting something to eat, but this is a great place for people on a budget.
Eat as much as you like from only £4.50 tasty and a chance to fill up.Even available in the evening, look for the girls handing out flyers.
If you don't like chinese then you can get deals lunch time in pizza hut, or a eat as much as you like pasta place in St Martins lane, between Trafalga Square and Leicester Square as a policeman for directions.
My boyfriend and I stayed at St Martins Lane for his birthday and I have to say that it was very disappointing.
When we arrived for our check-in, the staff were very cold and our room was in no way ready for us. When we were finally taken to our room after about forty minutes in reception, we opened the door to find a cleaning lady still tidying up which came across as very unprofessional. With such a late check-in time, you would expect the hotel had enough time to get our room ready for us.
But the worst part of our stay was the extortionate prices. You are expected to pay £4.50, yes £4.50 for a standard sized Kit Kat bar! And literally everything in our room had a price label marked on it. It made us feel very uncomfortable and definitely made the stay alot less enjoyable. I expected a hotel with it's so called good reputation to have a lot more class.
St. Martin's Lane provided service and facilities that were far from the 5-star standard. We had a long wait to check in, and when we were finally given a room, it had a shower but no bathtub; when I asked to switch, I was told that very few rooms in the hotel have bathtubs(?), and that nothing else was available. Then, we were handed a room key and directed to the elevator- no bellman was available to help us with our things. The corridor had stained carpet and a musty smell. When we reached our room, it was so small that I could barely turn around. Also, this hotel has a peculiar practice of filling its hotel rooms with things to buy- for example, there was a city guide of London in shrinkwrap on a shelf in the room. If you open it, you have purchased it and owe 20 or 30 pounds. The same was true of the shampoo in the bathroom. Instead of a small (free) sample-size, they have full sized shampoo, and if you open it, you have bought it (it will be added to your bill). In all, this hotel provides an atmosphere that is uncomfortable and ungracious. The only thing to recommend it is its location.
I will not stay there again.
A chair would be nie
This hotel takes minimalist to a whole new level of discomfort...minimal space, minimal attention from the staff and not even a chair upon which to sit and lick one's wounds (don't dare open the First Aid kit and reach for a Bandaid/Elastoplast as that will incur a £10 charge) and try to come to terms with how one has been cajoled into paying luxury hotel prices for this mirage...flash over any real furniture....in fairness, the bathroom was nice, although as noted elsewhere there was no tub
Great location, ok hotel
I had no problem with the staff, as many other reviewers did. I though the room was more than adequate, with a large bed, decent bathroom (I don't really need a bathtub), and a good desk to work on.
The internet rates are ridiculously priced, as is everything in the bar. It is more than a little humorous to see the 'bouncers' posted outside of their generally empty bar. Other than that, I got what I thought was a reasonable rate for a hotel in that location ($290), near a tube stop, and with plenty to do in walking distance. I'd stay again if the price was right... I guess I just don't need the goofy, stylized stuff that seems to be their stock in trade in my hotels.
Not worth the money...
We stayed at St Martin"s Lane hotel for 4 nights during May 2005. The location of the hotel is good, very close to the most lively places of London. We decided to try the hotel for the name of Philippe Starck as we are fond of him. The experience was not what we hoped for. The rooms are small and inconvenient. We could not find enough room to open our two luggages at the same time. You have to walk around the room several times in order to get prepared to go out. WC and the shower are located on teo opposite sides of the room ! Traveller convenience and comfort is totally ignored. The service quality is average.. Our door lock was broken and we managed to enter into the room only by the help of the staff with the master key. We requested them to fix the door lock next day, but found that nothing has been done the next night when we returned to our room. The same process was repeated again and as we showed our unhappiness, they sent someone to fix the door which lasted around an hour and kept us awake...The restaurant and club at the reception makes the entrance of the hotel very noisy and crowded. You can hardly talk to the guys at the reception during evening hours...
Bertorelli, St Martins Lane,
What is that women's athletic apparel store called??
I was just in London staying at St. Martins Lane hotel at walking away from tralfalgar square, and taking first right (I believe New Row/Kings Street) there is a little womens' athletic apparel shop. (It is across from a 1 hour photo and a Japanese fast food restaurant) They have messenger bags in the windows and my boyfriend wanted one of them badly.
RE: What is that women's athletic apparel store called??
Hi! There's Sheactive in New Row, Covent Garden. Here's the link:
Is that the place you mean?
RE: RE: What is that women's athletic apparel store called??
That's it!! You're the greatest. I had no idea how to figure it out, I owe you!
RE: RE: What is that women's athletic apparel store called??
That's ok, glad I could help. I just hope they have one of those bags you're looking for.