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Women From the United Kingdom Share their Tips


Indian restaurant in South London...

If you find yourself in South London there are many Indian restaurants to choose from but without a doubt the best Vegetarian Indian restaurant I have ever eaten at is the Kastoori Restaurant. They serve vegetarian Indian food that even the most hardened meat lover can't help but fall in love with (eggs are not used in the cooking so many dishes are suitable for vegans). The restaurant is run by the Thanki family (from Gujarat via Uganda), the staff is very helpful and will help you choose your meal, ensuring that you do not over-order. Finish off with kulfis (Indian ice cream) and the final surprise of a modest bill for such a wonderful feast (average cost approx. £14 per person). Kastoori is located at 188 Upper Tooting Road, SW17. Tel: 020 8767 7027


Supportive staff at Nonna's in Sheffield...

I'm a Journeywoman readers and my hometown is in Sheffield, England. My girlfriends and I enjoy Nonna's, an Italian cafe and deli on Ecclesall Road, just before Hunter's Bar roundabout (if travelling from the city centre). I've used it for years, sometimes alone and sometimes with friends. Coffee is great, staff is friendly and attentive - and they make wonderful mini biscuity and cakey things that go so well with coffee. My favourite is Americano coffee with a pistachio mini cake thingy. The staff is sensitive to changes in moods and, without knowing the reason, were greatly supportive last year after my mother died. I forgot to pay and went back when I realised later that day. They just said it was no problem and they could see I wasn't myself.
Pam, Sheffield, England

The Portrait Restaurant in London...

I'm a business traveler to London and the best tip I ever got was to have lunch or afternoon tea at The Portrait Restaurant in the National Gallery. Situated in Trafalgar Square, it provides a lovely view of London -- Parliament, the Eye and Big Ben. This restaurant serves a nice lunch that's affordable in return for excellent ambiance and the opportunity to rest between sightseeing stops.
Bets, Brooklyn, USA

A great pub in Zennor, Cornwall...

Last year, my sister and I walked 80 miles of the South West Coast Path in Cornwall - England and Wales can boast a really extensive, well signed footpath network which (as long as you take sensible precautions) are quite safe to use - I've also walked the West Devon Way (36 miles) on my own, camping out with my two chocolate labradors. What I wanted to do was recommend the Gurnard's Head Pub ( in Zennor, Cornwall. We stumbled on this gem when on that 80 miles trek. The food was fantastic - spoiled us for pub grub for the rest of the trip. It was also very reasonably priced. The chef is trained by the Delia Smith of Ireland so the fare is very special.

The light in Cornwall is different - must be the reflections from the Atlantic Ocean that does it - or the confluence of ley lines - whatever, the surrounding area of the pub is wide open and wild. The decor inside is terracotta, blues - reminded me of the mediterranean. And, of course, they serve excellent beer (real ale!). I plan to stay there some time, but we were camping out on that particular trip.
Terri, Lustleigh, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

Five insiders tips for enjoying London...

Oh I miss London! I've just moved to Hong Kong but I wanted to pass these five tips on to JourneyWomen who are visiting my favorite part of the world. I hope they help.

1) You must buy The Guardian newspaper on a Saturday. In it you'll find a small booklet called, The Guide - a 'what's on' listing for London.

2) Our famous double decker buses are slowly being phased out but you can still board the Nos 9 and 15. Try and sit in the front seats for the best views.

3) If you are going to London in the winter the courtyard at Somerset House has an outdoor ice rink which is very festive. It's usually open between November and January. Check here for current dates and photos of last season.

4) I personally love a good curry. Do you? If yes, I heartily recommend you try out Tooting's Mirch Masala. It's on the Northern tube line at 213 Upper Tooting Road. Tel: 020 8672 7500. Website:

5) Visit our lovely parks in the summer. Save some cash by buying sandwiches at one of many Pret A Manger sandwich shops or Marks and Spencer food courts. Find a bench, lay your jacket out and do what all the office workers do in London. Relax! Russell Square/ Tavistock Square/ Grosvenor Gardens in Victoria are all really lovely. If you are in Victoria, you can enjoy a yummy Sharwarma from Noura. There's a park right opposite if the weather is fine or just sit in the cafe section of the restaurant and do some fabulous people watching.
Shahira, Hong Kong

EDITOR'S NOTE: We googled the Lebanese restaurant Noura and this is what we found. Sounds wonderful!
'The new face of Lebanese dining in London, Noura is smart, sleek and modern. Its slickly designed menu offers around 50 meze dishes, plus grilled meats and, for dessert, some terrific own-made ice-cream or aish as-saraya, a caramelised bread pudding with clotted cream. Address: 16 Hobart Place, SW1W 0HH (020 7235 9444/ Victoria tube.





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