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Brick Lane & West End Theatre

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 1 March 2011 | Views [886] | Comments [1]

I went out to dinner with two teaching friends on Wednesday night before Switzerland, we decided to go and check out Brick Lane… it is renowned for being the Indian food capital of London! As we walked along the street we could tell we were in the right place – at least every second building was an Indian restaurant! They all had someone standing out the front spinning their deal with all the pedestrians passing by. We set ourselves a challenge to get a decent deal – Let the haggling begin! We were offered all sorts of things for rather cheap prices; some came close to offering their first born just to get us to eat in their restaurant! They would all talk down their competition as well, “they don’t have big servings”, “they don’t give you much meat in your curry!” (to which I replied, “I’m a vegetarian” and left the poor guy speechless!) In the end we came to a deal with what looked like a fairly busy and popular place, we scored ourselves two bottles of wine, starters, rice, naan bread and a main each, all for £10 each. A pretty good deal! The food was pretty good and the service was quick, so we even threw in a tip J


The following night I went to a theatre event organized by one of the teaching agencies (they have regular social events). We had dinner together in West End, and then went to the Comedy Theatre to see The Children’s Hour, a play with Keira Knightly as one of the main characters. We were right at the very back in the cheap seats, but it was an interesting play. Once you zoned in on the characters you forgot how high up you were! We were a bit far away to pick out detailed facial expressions, but it didn’t really affect my understanding of the story. It had its funny one liners, but the ending was quite full-on and a little depressing! All in all, it was good theatre and I’m looking forward to going to see some others… maybe Billy Elliott, Mamma Mia, The Lion King?

Tags: brick lane, london, west end theatre



Oh Brick Lane! One of my favourite memories of London. I was so embarrassed every time an Indian man would start rattling off deals in order to persuade my party and me to dine at their establishment. Haha. I blame it on culture shock. We eventually went to this Indian restaurant which was arguably "the best one" as one member in my party said.

He had to be right, I supposed, because the line was zig-zagged all the way out the door onto the sidewalk! I've never seen a line like that at any restaurant.

Loved it! Thanks for sharing :)

  Vishala Mar 14, 2011 10:22 AM

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