La Paquerette, Liverpool Street
Set in the middle of Finsbury Square, next to a tranquil bowling green, lies a slightly chaotic, ramshackle bar and restaurant called La Paquerette. Plans have been afoot for years to revamp this space, most likely to the detriment of this glorified toilet block, and many of us bestowed with the privilege of visiting it would probably be willing to swing the sledgehammer ourselves at times. However, there may be a small tear in our eyes as we did so. For whatever its faults, if the future sees instead a huge underground venue aimed at champagne quaffing corporate guests then would that really be better? Anyway, back to the present. Getting a drink should be a simple process: approach bar, manoeuvre between other thirsty patrons, place order, exchange cash for beverage(s), pour down throat, repeat as necessary. Far too simple. Here the addition of separate queues for paying for and collecting drinks makes it a long, drawn out affair providing plenty of time to admire the white, plastic chairs and other cutting edge additions. The handwritten sign in the men's toilets requesting us not to urinate on the floor is the cherry on the cake. We'll admit the presence of an outside space is a massive plus, but something with this setting really could and should do so much more.
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Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1RR
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