ULN: The Piccadilly Institute

Where: The Piccadilly Institute: One, Piccadilly Circus 

This place is amusing for two reasons– firstly, it’s “what’s on” guide states:

“We all need a place where we become enlightened. This is that place”

This is followed by a blank calendar for the whole of this upcoming month. Hilarious.

Secondly, it’s also described as “dedicated to the principles of pleasure”, which is a bit funny, but mainly intriguing and arousing. Time to pleasure yourself with some £9.95 nachos, if you don’t mind your food resembling  Lisa Simpson after a car accident.


Try and find the “Shrink” room (there are loads of rooms with different, nacho-free menus) and you’ll come across this top notch Holy Cho Fountain described by nacho enthusiast Dani O’Hagan as “generally excellent with perfect ratios of soured cream, guac, salsa and cheese”.

Bizarrely, they were also served in a “metal tub, like a tiny tin bath” reinforcing the proverb: “if you bathe a nacho, they’ll only end up decanted into an old pizza box, as pictured, for ease purposes”. Also, it’s a bit Sylvanian Families.

Receptacle misfires aside, the Big Four were striped across the chos, which were warm and crispy, with the cheese sprinkled in the centre. This is a bold decision Dani described as “nicely combined, and not too invasive.” Personally, I want a bit more of the Viking in my dairy, but who am I to dispute what was, undeniably, a great nacho experience? Oh, and the portion was massive.

If the price has got you feeling like a mangled Simpson character, they do a half price deal 5-7.30pm every day.

Rating? We’re going to go with a 4. Bathing aside.