For your orientation: Samarkand is located to the right of the Caspian Sea, to the left of China and right in the middle of the Silk Road. The surroundings of the city are teeming with "stans", namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan - and Uzbekistan, the country to which the city of Samarkand belongs. If you are looking for the right "end" in London, you should in any case pop in the brand-new Samarqand, the branch of a recently opened Russian restaurant chain highly acclaimed by critics. Why? Because it is different: not quite Chinese and noodles, not quite Russian and heavy, but somewhere in between, on the Silk Road to be exact. If you are hungry and not keen on experiments, rely on the old friends: There is lamb and Borscht - you can't do anything wrong with it. And if you still haven't found the right pasta, we recommend ravioli - same name for it from Europe to Korea and same taste, too. Uzbekistan calls them Samsa and at the Samarqand Samsa is served with mint, lamb and tsatsiki. Just one more word to how the restaurant works: Business is up front, Karaoke in the backroom. If you combine both, you have earned yourself a water pipe in the lounge.
Paradise is a pub - a pub with a poet's soul, i.e. a successful blend of English cottage or France two hundred years ago. Made up of wooden panels and block strip flooring, the Paradise boasts classic portraits and golden mirrors. And at the entrance an angel is greeting you. Each room of the large pub is different; an interesting story hides behind each painting. Was the empty golden cage ever home to a bird? Has anyone ever read the books at the library? And why the heck is there an angel at the entrance? We can answer the last question at least: The Kensal Green graveyard is located right across the pub, and the name of the pub refers to an ancient poem in which the poet describes the path to the hereafter via the graveyard. But relax: You won't find dark-robed folk and depressive music here. The clientele is cosmopolitan but not decadent; arty but likeable. It is like the pub itself: colourful, enigmatic and popular. The perfect setting for calamari, chips and ale.