Tag Archives: pubs

free food and origin

2 Oct

london 1.38pm 17.5C sunny monday 2017 virgin lounge haymarket


raise the red lanterns in chinatown in preparation for the moon cake festival on 4oct.

i have just had a free pie from the hope pub in fitzrovia. (near goodge st station) . i was the first customer there, arriving at 12pm, there was no queue.

i wonder how come no one seems to know of it.

there was a limited choice of free pie, a beef, chicken and vegetarian. i chose the beef, and it was very nice, very meaty, with the beef chunky so that u can really see it and feel the texture of it.

i got the email from them that contain the free offer . you have to show it to the staff to get the free pie.

i was notified of this free offer from the londonist , i read it last night and clicked on the link and got my free voucher sent to me in my email very quickly that night.

but this morning , whilst i was hanging around waiting for the pub to open, i actually  saw two of their staff outside the street ,carrying tablets, and appear to be asking people to join. i approached them and asked is it true you are giving away free pies? they said yes, asked me if i got a phone, which the company will send me the voucher to claim it…though on the tablet they showed me , they ask for the email, not a phone number. 

the email i got last night said they are only giving 100 free pies… but from what they said, it seems not many people know of it, and there are lots of spaces left… either that or they are just wanting to give to everyone.  


they were strangely not busy. no one approached them to find out what they are offering…  there were lots of people sitting on the benches nearby, it was a communal garden that surrounds the cafe nero building…  i wonder whether people here in london are so flooded with free food offers they dont bother anymore. haha. can that be possible? we are so jaded by free food offers, we just could not be bothered? it might be the londonist newsletter came late, it only appeared late at night in my email box, so a lot of people would only have read it this morning, if that. maybe no time to get down there during 12-2pm. perhaps tomorrow they will be busier when more would have heard of it. 

and it is a generous offer… they told me that i can use the email voucher for everyday of this week, as long as the offer lasts, till friday… that means i can go there every day at about 12-2pm and get a free pie. (not that i will of course) very generous of them i think. this was not mentioned in the email they send me with the voucher. 

i was looking at all those people sitting on the benches in the garden, nearby, and wondered how come they dont know about it?

when i was there, and finished the pie, there was still no one came in. then finally two men, who look like business men came in and they ordered alcohol drinks, but they did not seem to want the free pie… they must be aware of the offer because there was a sign on the door of the pub advertising it.

i think the businesses want our emails… so that they can send offers. for eg, recently i was at the victoria place area, accessing the costa coffee , trying to get online to access the voucher i got, and it seems i got onto the ed diner restaurant nearby because the next day they send me a email saying they want to give me a free hamburger, all i have to do is order a drink from them. so that seems to be the business modus operandi. haha. well, i dont mind, after all, who dont mind getting free hamburger right? i think there is a glut of these hamburger restaurants. 

hmm, i m seeing this live report and seeing this video of the mass shooting in las vegas, on the big screen in the lounge here. 50 people killed. it was at an open air concert.

and then there is the catalonia independance vote and the police action against it. i have been reading dan brown , origin, and it is set in barcelona. it is not connected of course, though it is in that area of spain that is receiving so much attention now. 

when i first read the book, i was rather impatient to read the ending, so i skipped the middle bit and went straight to the end. haha. he likes to go all over the place with his setting of the scene, and it can get rather tedious, it is all the cliff hangers that he ends every chapter . haha. it reminds me of this friend of mine, who wont answer my question straightaway but goes all over the place taking his time to get to the point.

 i was not very impressed with the plot, he makes as if the final revelation will be mindblowing and blows religions out of the water… and the final revelation is not really… unlike the last one i read of his… inferno, where the final revelation was a huge surprise to me and very thought provoking…

 but then i decided to go back and read the bits i missed and it is much more enjoyable re reading it. 

monarch airlines have gone bankrupt. all flights are cancelled. after all that trouble with ryanair, and now a whole airline gone tits up. who will be next, i wonder?

added. 4.20pm, the post arrived and i saw i got a bill for my service charge , 1oct17-31mar18. £593.62. this is the half yearly bill, so i suppose the annual cost is about £1,200. it is a good figure, low for living in the centre of london. i put it here just so i can have some record of it. to compare years later , hopefully i live that long. haha. 


what to do today

4 Sep

london 10.11am 17.4C cloudy sunday 2016

simon mentioned the burning of a wooden structure on the thames, to depict the london skyline during the great fire of london. it is to be burnt later today as a highlight of the fire of london show going on all weekend. he said he might go and see it, though i told him they are saying it will be so crowded that they suggest people see it on the live show at their website instead. i think businesses there esp restaurants would like it if people did go there and then eat at their restaurants during or before or after the show. 

the lord moon of mall pub near trafalgar square. its a whetherspoon pub. in march 2015 i remember being particularly pleased that they are offering english breakfast for £2.99. i wonder if they still do so. i doubt it. i read in their website that they give unlimited free refills of coffee before 2pm. i wonder if that is still on. if so they should be recommended.

this one is in such a high tourist area, maybe they dont want to advertise it too much otherwise tourists might just go there for  a coffee and use their toilets and nothing else. esp now that the trafalgar square toilets need to pay.

though of course if the tourists are wise, they can go to the national gallery for free toilets.

i pass this pub often but never read their notices. until now when i see in the photo that their chips and hamburgers are about £5.50 with soft drinks. the macdonalds across the road are selling theirs for that much. though u can get a voucher for macdonalds that gives u a quarterpounder hamburger and fries for only £2. this is all near trafalgar square a popular tourist site.

maybe that is the thing about london, the eating places are chains and charge the same prices whether in the back of beyond or right in the centre near trafalgar square. there is a pret a manger, and another chain coffeeshop , cant remember what it is now; with out door seats facing and overlooking the square. it is a great place to linger and watch people. yet the prices are the same as in any of their branches elsewhere. this is so different from european cafes at famous sites, a notorious example is st marks square in venice; where they charge u a lot to sit there. 

JD Wetherspoon launches coffee price war – fastFT: Market-moving news and views, 24 hours a day – FT.com

13 Mar

JD Wetherspoon launches coffee price war – fastFT: Market-moving news and views, 24 hours a day – FT.com.

99p for filter coffee and free refills in morning and afternoon in a wetherspoon pub. and reduced priced breakfast too. hmm, will you go there?

i dont commute to work but it might be attractive to those who come into london to work. there is a wetherspoon ( it is a chain of pubs) just outside victoria station. people might start thinking of meeting there instead of at starbucks or cafe nero.

i found this article via google news which is now my favourite place for browsing the news. it enables people to read subscription -only newspapers like the FT(financial times) without having to register with them.

here is a link to the guardian, on the same subject, in case u cannot access the FT. £2.99 traditional breakfast. and 99p for a small latte or cappuccino. that is good value. esp if the victoria branch does it. not always certain that central london branches follow it up. it will certainly provide competition for the local outlets in the area if they do so.