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The Swan is the restaurant of the Globe Theatre, which appears to be music-free but is pretty expensive. (I myself did not eat there.) But the bar by the theatre does snacks and is certainly piped music-free.
New café on top of the new Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London.
Foyles, Britain's 'biggest bookshop', remains marvellously free of piped music. The café on the top floor is not only free of piped music but, despite the industrial-looking decor (all exposed pipes, very Bauhaus), is generally quiet. Pleasant range of snacks, teas and coffee at reasonable prices, though not a place to linger.
This is a pleasant and some unusual café in Gardenstown.
It provides a range of snacks and hot drinks.
Please note that the opening times are a bit limited - I have been on a couple of weekend days, when it was not open until 12.
As the name implies, it also serves as an art gallery, and has some some stuff to sell.
If you're in Gardenstown, I recommend a couple of short walks - one to Crovie, and the other one along the beach and then up the path to the remains of St John's church, from where the view is stunning.
Reviewed 8 October 2014. Near Hackney Wick station and the Lee Navigation.
This brewery tap has real ale and cider or perry. Food is pizzas. It is in a run-down industrial estate and backs onto the Lee Navigation. It has no piped music during the day to appease the neighbours. At night it is different.
Normal shop opening hours with a large public carpark at the rear. Little flower-shop and cafe next door.
A lovely independent bookshop in a quiet little historic market town on the River Thames; the staff are friendly and cheerful, knowledgeable and able to obtain ordered books much faster than most large chains. Absolutely no piped music, although the staff confess to bursting into the odd refrain when feeling particularly happy.
Small outdoor garden to wander round and interesting cactus house on two levels. Sunny terrace with outside tables also to watch the birds and butterflies. Plant sales and organic produce. Next door to Inverness sports centre and aquadome. Open 10am - 5pm. www.cobbs.info
Cobbs's soups, scones and cakes are wonderful. Light lunches, children's lunch boxes and healthy options available. Cakes and traybakes all made locally at Cobbs Bakehouse near Loch Ness.
Basic pub with food. Tucked away on an unlikely back-street corner, grid ref TL459579. Music-free at lunchtimes but jukebox evenings. Website sixbellspub.co.uk.
Refreshingly unpretentious. Unfortunately, your reviewer was unable to sample the food.
My wife and I ate visited this restaurant with some friends three times, twice for meals and once just for coffee liqueurs. I also had two breakfasts.
The restaurant was music free for two nights. On the third night there was some loud music for a few minutes, but this was turned off (not at our request). There was no music at breakfast. There is a television in the bar, but this was not noticeable when I was there.
There is a good range of food.
Please note that the hotel is on the main road through the village, but also pretty close to the A947, so you can get some road noise.
"The Lock" Tea Room, Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, Essex, CM9 4RS
I can’t give much of a review of this place, as this is a second hand review – my wife was there and had a nice lunch with no music - http://trooms.com/goto.php?ref=y&sess=+A5E5146191D51+F18435A52+9+B581D10....
It looks like it has a waterfront view.
From their website, it looks like there are some other team rooms in the group in Essex.
Reviewed 30 July 2014. Near Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Station.
Very close to Covent Garden. The pub's emphasis is firmly on real ale, real cider and real conversation, with 10 hand pumps on the bar serving a great selection of beers. It's a place to meet friends and make friends.