Sour rye bread. pickled wild mushrooms, around 16 beers and 40 vodkas. Set lunch at 10 a head. 144 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1 (020 7278 6661). Mon to Fri 12 p.m. till 12 a.m., Sat. 6 p.m. till 12 a.m.

Upmarket, very expensive. Reminiscenting Tsarist era. 23 Conduit St, W1 (020 7493 7000) Mon to Sat, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Luba's Place
An unpretentious and solid restaurant. Good food (especially "borsch"), the menu is adapted for vegetarian tastes. Live music (mixture of Russian and international pop). VERY big selection of vodkas and vodka-based liquors. open till late! Moderate prices. 164 Essex Rd, N1 020 7704 2775. Tue to Sun, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Soviet Canteen
120 vodkas. Fiarly expensive. Pre fix meal for 10. 430 King's Rd, SW10 (020 7795 1556) Mon to Sat, 6:30 p.m. 11 p.m., Sun. 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

A restaurant and cafe described as "lugubrious" by the Hot Tickets critic. Live Russian misuc. Moderately priced. 101 Regent's Park Rd, NW1 (020 7483 3765)Mon to Sun, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Expensive. 65 Ilfield rd, SW10 (020 7352 6326) Mon to Sat, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Small.Jolly. Moderately priced. 265 High St, W3 (020 8993 6802) Mon to Sun, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Lucky Village
A Russian/Georgian restaurant in the heart of Stoke Newington (exciting fact for some, but not for others). Price?????Address????TeNo????Opening hours?????

Borsch and Tears
I heard pretty bad opinions about them. Improve, guys. Price????? 46 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NX. Tel 020 75849911. Opening hours?????

Societies and Clubs

Society for Cooperation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS)

The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) caters for students, teachers, researchers, and all other individuals interested in Russia and the former Soviet Union. It offers a loan library, reference and enquiry service, and visual aids collection, supported by a professional librarian. It also organises language courses in Russia, lecture programmes, and other cultural events.

320 Brixton Road
Tel: 020 7274-2282
Fax: 020 7274-3230
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-1pm, 2pm - 6pm
Nearest Tube: Brixton

London and home counties: 15 waged, 10 unwaged 
Elsewhere: 10 waged, 5 unwaged

The Britain-Russia Centre

The Britain-Russia Centre and British East-West Centre facilitate professional contacts between the United Kingdom and the new countries formerly part of the Soviet Union. They promote political and economic reform, and develop long-term connections between decision makers and opinion formers in partner countries. The centres work in consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, as well as with organisations and individuals in the partner countries.
The library collection reflects all political views and covers most aspects of Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, with the emphasis on literature, history, social sciences and the arts. The holdings are principally in English or Russian, although some other languages are also represented.
Members receive The British East-West Journal, containing informed and independent writing, together with regular mailings about forthcoming events at the Centre in London and elsewhere, and about other activities that may be of interest. These include receptions and talks on a wide range of subjects in English, Russian and other languages.

Contact Helen O'Connor:

The Pushkin Club
The Pushkin Club holds lectures on literature, the arts, and social, political and historical issues. Meetings generally take place on a Tuesday evening. There are also gatherings at the club when only Russian is spoken.

The Pushkin Club
Pushkin House
46 Ladbroke Grove
London W11 2PA
Tel: 020 7727 5311 or 020 7407 1215

Centre for Russian Music and Prokofiev Archive
Goldsmiths' College, London SE14 6NW
020 7919 7255
Books, scores, and recordings by many Russian and Soviet composers. By appointment only.

Links to Russian London sites: Russian London (Rus/Eng)


Grant and Cutler
Grant and Cutler is a foreign language book shop with probably the largest amount of novels in Russian as well as language learning materials.
55-57 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7AY
Tel:(44) 020 7734 2012 

Foyles also has a large selection of Russian books.
113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB. Tel +44 (0)20 7437 5660
Fax +44 (0)20 7434 1574 E-mail

Russian Books on the Web

YourDictionary: links to many Russian on-line dictionairies
Russian search engine: Agama


Russian Federation Embassy
13 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QX
Tel: 020 7229 2666/6412
Russian Consulate
5 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QX
020 7229 8027
Russian Consulate General in Edinburg - 0131 255 7098

Armenia Embassy
25a Cheniston Gardens, London W8 6TG
020 7938 5435

Azerbaijan Embassy
4 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL
020 79383412

Belarus Embassy
6 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL
020 7937 3288

Estonia Embassy
16 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5DG
020 7589 3428

Georgia Embassy
3 Hornton Place, London W8 4LZ
020 7937 8233

Kazakhstan Embassy
33 Thurloe Sq, London SW7 2SD
020 7581 4646

Kyrgyzstan Embassy
Ascot House, 119 Crawford St, London W1H 1AF
020 7935 1462

Latvia Embassy
45 Nottingham Place, London W1M 3FE
020 7312 0040

Lithuania Embassy
84 Gloucester Place, London W1H 3HN
020 7486 6401/2

Turkmenistan Embassy
2nd Floor, St. George House, 14-17 Wells St, London W1P 3FP
020 7255 1071

Ukraine Embassy
78 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PL
020 7727 6312

Uzbekistan Embassy
41 Holland Park Rd, London W11 1RP
020 72297679


The Russian Orthodox Church
57 Harvard rd, Chiswick, London W4 4ED
020 8995 9503

The Russian Orthodax Church in London
67 Ennismore Gardens, London SW7 1NH
020 7584 0096