retail in london

13 Sep

london 4.07pm sunny 22.2C thursday 2018

yesterday a friend who i have told about the circuit training in the gym in chelsea, did join the session yesterday. i am hoping he will continue it. after the session he wanted to go for a coffee and chat with me, so we went to one nearby.  he said he wanted to treat me. however, it was not a good cafe, in that my cappuccino was awful, ( it was very weak… i like weak coffee but only if i make it myself… if it is bought, £3 it costs, i want strong coffee… (it was my friend’s treat so i did not say anything, but i dont think his tea was good value for money either) . 

he asked for tea in a pot, and they gave him a lipton teabag in a small pot that only have enough water for 1 cup. the lipton teabag is the usual thing they give you when u ask for tea. it is a continental habit, and this shop in chelsea seem to be copying them. it  is why i dont order tea even when i am in london. you would think you could get real tea in london but it is not so. they all serve you with a lipton tea bag, and that is the weakest tea in the world. 

you can get real good coffee in london, but this shop make me realise only if u go to a chain coffee shop, like cafe nero, or costa, etc, not to this private coffee shop on the kings road in chelsea. the food they serve can’t be that nice either, because next to our table, someone have left a pizza, and cake uneaten. quite a lot of it was left. it amazes me why people leave it uneaten after ordering it. these foods are not cheap if u order them in a cafe like this. yet they did not finish it. anyway i resolve never to go there again. i should have taken him to the simit sarayi coffee place just a few doors further down. 

today i went to canary wharf…(it is in docklands) because i thought malaysian airlines was sponsoring a malaysian cuisine demonstration there. but there was no sign of them when i went there at about 1pm. then i thought maybe they are at canada water,one stop away… i always get these two tube stops confused. they dont sound the same but somehow in my mind i always get them mixed up. but there was no even a square of open space there.

there is one, a huge open space, but i only know how to find it if i come out of the DLR tube stop, whereas this one is a jubilee line tube stop. there was an underground shopping complex nearby and i took a wander round it. saw one making up salads for a long queue of hungry office workers on their lunch break. it was so popular that it has lots of empty bowls. you can get your salad made up on the spot. costs £6.60. they must be doing something right, because it was very popular. 


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