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Best Coffee Shops In Central London

Any day out in cental London needs a few coffee stops to punctuate it. I'm a big fan of the fine coffee purveyors of Covent Garden and Soho, and have reviewed a few of my favourite central London coffee shops below. Milk Bar (Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 4AG) Excellent Kiwi coffee house, sister of Flat White (see below), and my favourite establishment at the moment. Uses the same blend of coffee beans as Monmouth Coffee Company's default take-away; that is the stuff with the delicious slightly liquoricey edge to it. Dark and chilled atmosphere, funky art work ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/best-coffee-shops-in-central-london

Running the London Marathon

I managed to haul myself around the London Marathon at the weekend in a respectable (for me) 3 hr 20 min. Although hard work, particularly in the last 10 miles, the atmosphere was fantastic with crowds lining the route all the way. It was a great challenge that's left me in two minds whether or not to do it again next year! My training had been a bit on the short-but-fast side with the single longest run at ~18 miles and the second longest being the Brighton half marathon a couple of months previously. Doing 9-10 milers at a ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/running-london-marathon

Enjoying the wares of Brew Company Sheffield and Sea Island Coffee London

I enjoyed a visit to The Brew Company microbrewery in Sheffield last week. This is small-scale brewing, perhaps 10,000 pints of ale per week, that's supplied to Sheffield's finer ale pubs like the Fat Cat, Devonshire Cat and Kelham Island Tavern. The Head Brewer, owner, salesman, cleaner etc is Peter, who runs the brewery single-handedly and even finds time to do informal tours to ale enthusiasts on the occasional evening. We sampled his best bitter, a hoppy IPA, and a light ginger-flavoured ale. They were delicious with good punchy flavours -- no Smiths or Tetleys Creamflow here! And ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/brew-company-ales-sea-island-coffee