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Sherlock Holmes and the vilest alleys in London

I’ve been reading The Best of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that were first published in The Strand Magazine.

This short passage in The Copper Beeches that describes the Hampshire countryside caught my attention:

‘Do you know, Watson,’ said he, ‘that it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation, and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.’

‘Good heavens!’ I cried. ‘Who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?’

‘They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.’

Nowhere is safer to me than a busy London street full of strangers whilst the thought of walking alone in a quiet village fills me with fear. Naturally a number of people I have discussed this with have said the opposite!

Pinterest Finds: Food in Disguise

This week my Pinterest Finds are dedicated to food in disguise. Take a look at the images below, and you might think you are looking at Brighton Rock, Hot Dogs, Steak, Worms and so on. But trust me, you are not. Confused? Me too.

I can’t decide whether I love or hate food in disguise. In theory, I think it is a brilliant idea. But in reality… if I see something that looks like sushi, I want to eat sushi! And when it turns out to be cake – I can’t help feeling disappointed.

What do you think?

Chicken Shop

I visited Chicken Shop last week with a couple of friends. A Soho House project in Kentish Town that is linked with Dirty Burger and Pizza East, it has that cool and trendy look with Cowshed products in the bathroom. Essentially they offer a rather glam take on KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut – but with far superior food.

You get a choice of chicken: whole, half or quarter.


A choice of sides: lettuce & avocado salad, crinkly chips, coleslaw and corn on the cob.

The drinks menu is limited too, with a few wines, a few beers (including Camden Pale Ale) and those fancy Victorian lemonades and ginger beers. It makes making a decision about what to eat after a long day at work remarkably simple and enjoyable!

Between 3 starving women we ordered half a chicken and one each of the sides. There was plenty of chicken with all the sides, but without them you probably need half a chicken between two. The food arrived quickly and the coleslaw was delicious (and I’m not really a fan).

Staff were pleasant, the lighting very dim and the wipes and toothpicks helpful. Corn on the cob and chicken wings aren’t exactly the perfect first date foods now, are they?

My only issue was the wait time. Obviously this is the latest in a series of no reservation restaurants, but when you arrive and are promised a table in under 30 mins you would hope to get your table in that time, especially with no bar to wander off to in order to kill time. An hour after we arrived we were seated, despite watching groups of 4 sit down first even though they arrived half an hour after us. This happened a few times and would definitely put me off returning.

One final note: if you are paranoid like me then don’t visit the toilets by yourself! They are styled like a Saw movie or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with that American horror movie look. My friends think I’m ridiculous but if you have an overactive imagination enter at your peril…