28 Magdalen St, London SE1 2EN, UK – 020 7403 5979
Great, no frills gym that meets most needs. People are friendly and classes are great. The Sanda Kickercise class on Thursdays are a workout and really great fun. Instructors and regulars all very welcoming to beginners like myself. Won't find better value anywhere else.
While it's not some super chrome finished techno blasting chain gym, those are actually quite positive things. When it's quiet you can get on with it and when it's busy there is a good atmosphere.
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK – 020 7638 4141
Puts on some very good, interesting and innovative productions but I agree with the excellent "Theatre Monkey" website that it's weirdly difficult to find the perfect seat in the main Theatre. The balcony seats feel far from the stage, with the view affected by a safety bar. The central seats in the stalls are accessed right from the end of the row (not good for claustrophobics). And the end of row seats in the stalls give a restricted, sideways view of the stage. The seats themselves are like super-plush benches, which my companion found very comfortable but not all do. There are many opportunities for eating and drinking in the Barbican. But the whole venue feels vast and pretty impersonal. What is definitely lovely is sitting outside in good weather on the lakeside terrace near the ponds - very restful, with a nearby cafe for a cup of tea, and a good place to arrange to meet.
I came here for a 3D movie. The service was fast and the seats in movie theater was comfortable enough. I like that we can bring our own snacks but I usually buy at the reasonably priced concession. Only issue is the 3D glasses which are too small. But love the ticket prices on Monday!
New Town, 5HU, 192-196 Hanbury St, Mile End, London E1 5HU, UK – 020 7364 7900
Been using this space for the last 17 years, it's a big, welcoming, has an amazing kitchen, the lift is always working, is right next to Whitechapel station and several bus stops.
Nice place for cultural programme. But only problem is the cafe is closed 5.30pm. Any late programme in this venue there is no refreshments facility.