Lunch in the fast lane

Yesterday I fancied a plate of greasy spoon fare as I wasn’t going to be eating until late in the evening. The first place I thought of was an old favourite, Ferrari’s which is next to Smithfield Meat Market. Don’t go if you fancy a friendly chat with the waiting staff but if it’s some cheap filling food (with a Chinese bias) you’re after at any hour of the day you’ll be at the right place! Sweet and sour pork noodles and a cup of tea for £6 was my choice but vegetarian options are also available. P

Ferrari’s Snack Bar, 8 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JR Open (nearly) all hours

Are you being served?

Here’s next week’s menu for the Fourth Floor Restaurant at the LSE where the food is good and cheap as chips (a main course and a bottle of water for just over a fiver) and the staff are very friendly. There’s a roof terrace which is ideal when the weather’s nice to enjoy your meal on. The restaurant is open to all too not just LSE students, so if you’re passing…

By the way Wright’s Bar next door to the LSE old building does a nice cheap sarnie by the way (Cheese and Pickle in a crusty white roll – £1)! P

The London School Of Economics,
Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE

An aptly priced book bargain

London Free and Dirt Cheap

I found a great bargain in the Holborn Library 20p book sale this week, “London Free and Dirt Cheap” by Joe Fullman (Frommer’s.)

The copy I obtained was an edition from 2007 but I am sure you’ll be able to find an up-to-date version quite cheap (prices from £3 inc p+p on amazon!)

There’s some classic cheap London moments here and loads of stuff we didn’t know about, e.g. Best Free Hidden Gem: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, lots of cheap eats ideas including somewhere with the great name of Porky’s Pantry (now sadly closed,) free oddities to visit like The London Stone, free music and concert ideas and free tickets to TV shows too.

Go out and get a copy and get ideas for having fun for (next to) nothing! P

Stopped in my tracks by a Mod scooter (or two)


Last week whilst on my travels to find a very cheap all-day breakfast on the south side of Waterloo Bridge, I was stopped in my tracks. There was a transporter parked on the bridge with a couple of classic cars and some mod scooters without number plates on them.


What was it all about? Was it anything to do with The Jam exhibition that was at Somerset House recently (Paul Weller’s Cuban car and Mod scooter collection?) or was it off a set of a 1960’s James Bond type spy thriller?


Anyway I digress, my mission (if I decide to take it, that is) is to carry on and find that elusive “£4 full english, with tea and 2 toast and 2 fat sausages”. It’s supposedly served up in a legendary greasy spoon in one of the side-roads opposite Waterloo Station I was told by one of my informants. You will be updated with the details as and when. P

Ton up

The score is currently 8-1 in our favour for paying for food from Chick

The score is currently 8-1 in our favour for paying for food from Chick

Following on from P‘s weekend update, we thought we’d celebrate our 100th post by giving a little bit back to the poor Leather Lane businesses who feed us up every week. Chick was the place we chose to spend our hard-earned pounds and very nice it was too.

We went quite late so were exceedingly hungry. You can see how quickly P was unwrapping his well packed £4.65 falafel in pitta below.

The hand is faster than the stomach

The hand is faster than the stomach

Anyway. Normal service will resume next week when it won’t be all about food, free or otherwise. W

There’s no such thing as a free lunch (hour)!


Free food samples, they’re all the rage now! One afternoon on my way to meet W, walking down Holborn I had a third of a cornish pasty thrust into my hand (of course I didn’t refuse!) and then when I reached Leather Lane I had a combination of; a falafel, a mini cup of soup, a single nacho dipped into some hot sauce, a sliver of meat pie then to top it all, a piece of chocolate fudge brownie from a posh cake stall, all for nowt! So do take a walk down Leather Lane one lunch hour and see what you can pick up on your travels but don’t blame me if you feel sick when you get back to work (which I did)!

Marc gooderhamAlso yesterday it was great to hear our old mate Marc Gooderham on the Robert Elms show talking about his work and the show it’s presently featured in. It’s an exhibition of East End paintings called ‘Now & Then’ – The East End seen through artists’ eyes from 1930 to present featuring work by the original East London Group. Go and have a look one lunchtime before it closes!

Now & Then
November 28th – December 8th 2013.
5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields,
London, E1 6QE

Not strictly (lunchhour)

LSE Supper clubOn a lunchtime stroll today around by the LSE, I noticed the above poster for the new “Supper Menu” they are featuring at their 4th Floor Restaurant from 3.30-7pm. W and I have sampled the grub there and we can say it’s not bad for the price especially for this fair city of ours!

Rowan Chernin weatherall

After seeing that, I bumped into a mate from years ago Rowan Chernin of the great Chairman of the board blog, who told me about his latest film-making adventures. Click here for his latest featuring the great Andrew Weatherall. Very interesting stuff!

Big up those lunchtime walks for getting out, clearing the mind, buying cheap loo roll from Superdrug and for bumping into people you ain’t seen for years! P