Visit London Blog » liverpool street Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bison to Bedlam: Fascinating Finds from the Crossrail Project Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:19 +0000 Skeleton from Bedlam Pottery fragment from the Great Western Railway Roman poppy seed beaker

Discover a fascinating free exhibition of the finds unearthed by the Crossrail project at its Tottenham Court Road Visitor Information Centre. From the remains of a Bedlam inmate to rare pieces of amber, this display is an astonishing insight into the rich variety of London’s history.

Designed to provide a train service between Berkshire and Buckinghamshire via Central London, the mammoth Crossrail project is currently tunnelling its way through the city. To celebrate the halfway point of the project’s archaeology programme, it has staged a free display of some of the most spectacular finds.

One key exhibit is a skeleton from the Bedlam graveyard, the last resting place of those incarcerated in London’s notorious insane asylum. This is one of the younger discoveries, however, and you can also see an ancient segment of mammoth jaw displayed next to pieces of amber that are 55 million years old. A lighter note is provided by Saxon ice skates, which would have been used for gliding over the frozen Moorfields Marsh, as well as a rather amusing chamber pot – something best seen for yourself!

More information about the exhibits is provided both by the friendly staff and a series of free Wednesday evening seminars. These are given by the project’s archaeologists and take place from 6.30pm.

Bison to Bedlam is at the Crossrail Visitor Information Centre at 16-18 St Giles High Street. Opening times are 11am to 7pm Tuesday to Thursday and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. The exhibition is open until 27 October

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Launch of The Drift Bar and Restaurant Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:10:55 +0000

The Drift bar and restaurant opens tomorrow in Heron Tower opposite Liverpool Street Station. We had a peek behind the scenes at the opening party and took some pics of the impressive interior.

Set across two floors, the venue has high ceilings and industrial-style décor. There’s a good cocktail list including “skinnies” for dieters, plus a wide-ranging menu, from Sunday roasts to bar snacks.

A sister bar to The Folly, The Anthologist, The Refinery and The Parlour, The Drift is sure to be popular with City drinkers.

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Sheba: The Queen of Brick Lane Curries Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:00:11 +0000

Tucked away opposite the Old Truman Brewery in London E1 is Sheba Brick Lane.

On arriving in Brick Lane we were greeted by touts for a host of Indian restaurants all claiming to offer the best meal on the busy East End street. Sheba, however, needs no touts – it has a steady stream of customers literally queuing for the chance to eat at the well-loved establishment.
Founded in 1973, this family-run restaurant excels in delivering delicious, hearty Indian cuisine at a reasonable price. We arrived at 7pm to a full restaurant. Many diners seemed to be regular customers judging by their familiar rapport with the waiters, which we took to be a good sign. The bustling, buzzy atmosphere gave a sense of theatricality to the whole experience.
The extensive menu was rather overwhelming, with specialties from award-winning chef Gulab Miah, Sheba house specials, a huge selection of seafood as well as all the curry house classics. We eventually decided on kebab ke karishma (grilled meats) followed by the lamb lucklow (lamb shank) and special tandoori korai king prawn.

The main dishes were particularly outstanding. We’ll return to Sheba for the lamb lucknow alone, with its rich gravy of cardamon, tomato and saffron. In fact, the food was so good and portions so generous that we were compelled to take home what we couldn’t finish.
Our evening was rounded off perfectly with a stroll back to Liverpool Street station through the charming Spitalfields Market, happy in the knowledge that we would be able to enjoy our Sheba leftovers for lunch the next day.

Sheba is open seven days a week and booking is recommended at the weekend.

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