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16:18 : lj guide to bermondsey!
As you all possibly know nou,uon and I are moving to bermondsey real soon now. To save me wanderingly aimlessly finding things I wish to pick the bermondsey hivemind's brain.

borough market or a big 4 supermarket are not valid answers to these questions.

1) best place to get:-
a) vegetables (the allotment is not an answer for this)
b) meat
c) booze
d) kitchen utensils
e) random stuff
f) cheese
g) decent bread

2) reccomend a :-
a) pub
b) dentist's surgery (nhs by preference)
c) doctor's surgery
d) another pub

of these 1b and 2a are the most important :)



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From:marnameow
Date:20060806 15:29 (UTC)
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1) best place to get:-
a) vegetables (the allotment is not an answer for this)

There are a couple of veg shops on Southwark Park Rd. Also a Co-op, although that's not great for veg.

b) meat

No clue! I am mostly veggie, and if I do buy meat it's from Borough Market.

c) booze

The Co-op on Southwark Park Rd. It's the default beer stop, being between home and allotment. It's not got a huge selection, though. The Majestic in London Bridge does Nice Beer, Cheap. (Case of St Peter's beers for £15, frex)

d) kitchen utensils

Woolworths?

e) random stuff

Fin King Aquatics sell tortoises!

2) reccomend a :-
a) pub

The Angel, by the river. About seven minutes walk from yr new home. It's a Sam Smiths pub.

b) dentist's surgery (nhs by preference)

No clue!

c) doctor's surgery

Alfred Salter Medical Centre, which is at the top of Drummond Road.

d) another pub

Mayflower - further along the river by Rotherhide. It's a Greene King pub.
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From:rjw1
Date:20060806 17:12 (UTC)
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The Angel, by the river. About seven minutes walk from yr new home. It's a Sam Smiths pub.

i hate sam smiths beer.

Mayflower - further along the river by Rotherhide. It's a Greene King pub.

oh dear it doesnt get any better does it.

obviously im goign to have to search far and wide for a pub servign decent beer.
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From:marnameow
Date:20060806 17:44 (UTC)
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Well, London Bridge isn't very far at *all*, and there are planty of tasty-beer pubs around there.
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From:flick
Date:20060806 15:34 (UTC)
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Waitrose at Canary Wharf....?

The Albion Street GP surgery is very good, but there are probably closer ones to you.
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From:karen2205
Date:20060806 15:56 (UTC)
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You do know about http://www.nhs.uk/England/Default.aspx for searching for local GPs/dentists etc, don't you?

My experience of attempting to register with GPs in London was that you need to phone round and check whether they're accepting new patients from your postcode/street name before going to the effort of going out to them. Also check what they'll need to see before they'll let you register - in my case it was passport (as ID), Lease/Council Tax bill (as proof of residence) + NHS medical card (but I could probably have got away without this). They then made me book a 'new patient' appointment with one of the nurses before I was allowed to book an appointment with one of the doctors, and they would only offer new patient appointments during the working day.

I really like John Lewis for kitchen utensils. They do 'Good Grips' and 'Culinare' stuff, amongst lots of other things. I could spend a fortune on that sort of stuff given half a chance.
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From:jvvw
Date:20060806 16:36 (UTC)
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I hate the way that they make you go to a new patient's appointment when you register with a doctors. I've moved so many times, and this time I just couldn't be bothered to reregister because I know they'll make me go to one, given that where I am registered is half way between where I live and work and I'm not exactly a regular attendee there. It's particularly annoying when you've just started a job and you don't want to be asking your new boss about going to doctor's appointments yet.

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From:karen2205
Date:20060806 16:46 (UTC)
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I do wonder if it's a London/city thing, because I didn't have to go to one out here in Bury St Edmunds. The main reason I bothered going through the rigmarole was to avoid having to go through it when actually ill, because I'd find that horrendous. And yes *nods* re not wanting to have to ask for time off when you've just started a new job - though medical appointments aren't the only thing that make you need days off work when you've just moved house.
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From:jvvw
Date:20060806 17:25 (UTC)
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I've had to have appointments at several places that I lived in Surrey, and also in Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, so it extends slightly outside London at least. I think it's one of these things that's regarded as 'a good thing' for doctor's surgeries to do but it's up to them to decide whether they have the resources to or not. One surgery apologised to me for not offering me a new patient's appointment :-)

As you say, it's worth doing, because you want to be registered at a doctor when you _do_ get ill. It's pretty much the only house moving thing that you can't do at a weekend, assuming you can phone places during your lunch break. I only took two days off work last time I moved job and house last year, and I managed, but it was pretty exhausting and it was only a month before Christmas and I took some days off then.
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From:sbp
Date:20060807 11:12 (UTC)
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There is of course the big Tesco the other side of the park.
And Borough Market is a short tube or bus journey away, at London Bridge.

London Bridge also has the Royal Oak, which is a Harveys and always has nice beer. Also the George (several hundred years old, outside bit, London Pride and guests like Landlord or 6X), the Bunch of Grapes and the Southwark Tavern are semiregular haunts.
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