TRIED AND TESTED: TUK TUK , NOODLE BAR SOHO

I passed by this noodle bar in Soho many, many times. I was always intrigued by its sleek, smart look and I wanted to try. So, today I decided to go there with a friend who I convinced against his will to favour a £6.50 Thai Vegan Buffet in the same street.

The prices in the Tuk Tuk many are quite fair and surprisingly not expensive for the area -true that SoHo and Covent Garden offer plenty of choices in terms of cheap eats, but it become harder over the last few years to find anything that is cheaper than a fiver.

The service was quick, the room well lit up and the staff was pleasant and efficient. Most of the tables were taken and people seemed pretty satisfied. I ordered a chicken with rice dish and my friend a meat and seafood with rice one.

Food was served promptly and the appearance was quite nice.I wouldn’t say that I felt the same way when I finished my meal. The duck and pork were very tasty and rice was just cooked fine. Still, I was disappointed somehow. I have eaten many times in cheap Noodle bars that won’t make it to the top ten for service or staff smiling skills; even though, the food was cheap and filling -in many occasions I haven’t been able to finish my meal.

Tuk Tuk might appeal to anyone who seek to placate their hunger for a short period of time or if you are happy to order some starters, but I won’t say it will do the job is you are looking for a single fill-me-up dish.

As always, opinions vary, so please don’t let mine ruin your free will. So, if you feel like trying, do so, please. Don’t worry, I won’t say, I told you so.

Tuktuk

56 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4UE

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LONDON DECADENCE?

One of the most annoying problems in any city is the sudden amnesia that most of the local councils seem to suffer from when it comes to repair/fix infrastructures on public areas.

I was walking by in my neighbourhood and I noticed this small park, perhaps part of the nearby Business centre.

In any case, it is a small nice green area with a few benches and a characteristic design. As you can see in the photo, two trees are missing with no signs of any replacement for them -it’s been like that for a few years already.

But, that is not the only problem as you can see in the second photo. Some of the slabs on the pavement need to be re-lay.

This is one of the problems with many of the Grandeur Projects in so many big cities. They are good when it comes to promote a city and when it is election period, but it is so easy to forget about them.

So, next time you are out and about, see how many of those spaces have been abandoned. Take a photo, show them. It’s time we reclaim our streets.

DLR 20 YEARS ON

Commuters in London are familiar with the underground system. It is the backbone to the transport system in the capital. It also attracts the attention of the Media and it is target for blackmailing governments as recently seen in the three days strike in London.

Although, it is the main way of transport for many people within the M25 -some of the underground lines reach areas that are far away from the central London zone-, there is another system equally important for those travelling in and out the City or in the East of London. That is the DLR -Dockland Light Railways-, which just commemorated its 20 years since the first line was built.

It might be small in comparative with its bigger counterpart London Underground System, still its importance is such that it has shaped the East London area and it will do that again in the coming years, especially for the Olympics.

Without the paraphernalia that accompanied the Tube works over the last few years, the DLR extension has been well on schedule with the upcoming Woolwich underground approach due to open soon.

Its driver-less carriages has been an attraction for those foreign tourists that felt adventurous enough to discover the Docklands. The sensation of being seated in the front seat with no driver and just the feeling of being in control of the train, has gotten cameras to flash in order to retain the unusual event for many.

More changes are on its way for the DLR such as an increase in the number of carriages to increase the capacity of the network. The latter along with further extensions of the areas covered will increase the number of people who will be able to experience the driver-less journey experience.

Congratulations for those 20 years. !!

LONDON NEW SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE

Elephant and Castle is one of the most prominent areas in London, mostly famous for its horrendous pinkish shopping centre and council estates. It’s currently going through a regeneration that will create new landmarks and buildings that will change the look of the area.

On the negative side of this new face of London is the bad design, quality or both that seem to go with the new developments. I recently visited a Health Community Centre on its new home in New Cross and it caused me some nice surprise.

Waldron Heath Centre is, in my opinion, a good example of how buildings should look. A modern façade that does not clash with the surroundings, a clean look adequate for the facilities that anyone would expect from a health centre and an interior design that makes the most of the light and open spaces within it.

The brown slate look doesn’t give the gloomy look that other modern building in different boroughs have. Access to the building is easy and parking for disable people perfectly placed.

The inside of the building is ample with enough light that helps to feel comfortable inside a place that might cause some uncertainty in people as a health centre is.


Each area have their own waiting area and reception and toilets.

Perhaps, on the bad points I have to mention the eerie voice that echoes throughout the building when in service and the signalling that makes hard to find some of the areas.

Not everyone likes modern architecture, but it’s refreshing to see buildings that not only offer social services but also integrates within the area they are.