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Two Floors Bar

Two Floors in Soho

One of the questions people often ask me is why I insist on focussing on City bars. After all, as these folks are quick to remind me, there are many great bars all over London which clearly I either haven’t been too, or simply haven’t heard of.

The Art At Tramshed

Tramshed, Shoreditch

In the nineties when a then-unknown artist called Damien decided to saw a shark in half, preserve it in formaldehyde, and display it as art, it was controversial, to say the least. Twenty years on and the now filthy rich, Mr Hirst offers up his art – this time a chicken riding on top of a cow – for the more conventional purpose of helping to market a restaurant.

The Oyster Shed

The Oyster Shed, London Bridge

My first job as a new arrival in London was at BZW – the venerable and illustrious predecessor of Barclays Capital that had its offices in Tower Hill and London Bridge. And although I was based at Royal Mint Court, we spent a lot of time at the London Bridge office on Angel Lane - for work and pleasure, as it happened.

The Jugged Hare

The Jugged Hare, Barbican

I have to admit that I have a bar crush. No, it's not a drink, but an infatuation with a certain bar group. (Sad, I know, but this happens when you spend most of you spare time in eating and drinking establishments.)

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