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Down-to-earth city types know the best local escape from the rat race is Shaw's Booksellers, a cosy and chatty gastropub located on St Andrew's Hill, not far from St Paul's. Immediately warm and inviting, this charismatic neighbourhood restaurant is set in an old converted paper merchants warehouse, and still clings to its literary roots with a display of journals and books and its battered vintage furniture. The daily menu here is modern British with an Italian influence. The wine list is impressive, and the the variety of real ales on tap are a real hit. Bookworms will love the little touches such as the bill coming tucked inside a novel.