Saturday, 17 December 2016

Rest & Be Thankful No.4 An Hourly Emergency Bulletin for West End Xmas Shoppers #shoppingishell @popsfishnchips

For those of you out and about today on the busiest shopping day of the year… TIME TO TAKE A BREAK from the hell of Oxford Street & surrounding environs! Head for…

Poppies in Soho

The famous 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho's Old Compton Street is one of our stopping points on the Rock'n'Roll London tour. It closed way back in 1970 and in recent years has been occupied by a succession of pretty ho-hum restaurants.

Ho-hum no more!

A few weeks ago, that great East End institution Poppies Fish & Chips Shop made the move west and opened at the site of the 2i's, giving the place an excellent 50's style makeover.  

I was invited in a few weeks ago to have a nose around and was further delighted to see a section of uncovered mural from the glory days of skiffle…

All-in-all, it's a fantastic makeover.

For years I've been sending London Walkers to the four corners of London in search of traditional fish and chips, so I'm delighted that Soho, for so long a traditional chippy wilderness, has a truly great fish and chip shop once more.

Welome to Soho Poppies!

Here's the menu…

Find Poppies Soho here…

And here's a skiffle playlist to put you in the mood…

Christmas 2016 With London Walks…

On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square

Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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