Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Live; the Short List

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Live; the Short List

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NUT CASE 352 Uxbridge Road, W12 (020 8743 0336) As the name above the door suggests, this shop may contain nuts. Inside the small premises, a vast selection of nutty stuff is spread around in sacks like the contents of Ali Baba's cave. Coffee is also present in abundance - although this is of the distinctive Arabian/Lebanese variety and will not perhaps appeal to lovers of Starbucks - and roasting and grinding take place on the premises. The place smells so good that if it were a house, you would buy it immediately. Other treats include a large selection of baklava and other sweet treats, while those wishing to bake Nigel Slater's exquisite clementine cake will find the essential ingredient, ground almonds, readily available.

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310 Uxbridge Road, W12. Friday 16 March from 7.30pm. Tickets cost [pounds sterling]15. 08700 600 100 or visit Bush Hall will have a vaudeville vibe on Friday with the launch of a monthly cabaret night. Ooh La La features a screening of Buster Keaton's The General with live piano accompaniment followed by burlesque cabaret from Crimson Skye, Lil' Miss Chievous and The Teasemaids, below. On Friday 13 April magician Scott Penrose stars, while dancer Crimson Skye will escape from a straitjacket to the strains of Crazy.

Friday 18 May is circus night with Mat Fraser compering as Seal Boy, based on a Victorian freak-show personality.

THERE'S A THOUGHT As we move into spring and the weather improves, how about more picnic tables in London parks?

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THE NELLIE DEAN 89 Dean Street, W1 (020 7734 2572) Soho can be a bit much at times. Quite apart from the crowds, there's the distinct possibility that the nice little bar you discovered last time has changed into a joint offering live monkey brains.

What is required is somewhere reliable to hole up, and the Nellie Dean is just such a place.

Bedecked by flowers in hanging baskets, this is a local pub for anyone else who fancies an uncomplicated rest from their labours. Upstairs is the pool table and a decent jukebox, where a good time is virtually guaranteed. …

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