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AQUA SHARD – LONDON BRIDGE

The Hype Another resident of the Shard, Aqua is largely considered “not as good as Hutong but better than Oblix.” Here, it’s contemporary British food, but you may be better acquainted with its Spanish/Japanese relative, Aqua Nueva – if not for the food, then for the incredible roof terrace just off Regent Street. The Food … Continue reading

HUTONG AT THE SHARD – LONDON BRIDGE

The hype London’s newest really tall building, the Shard, best known for the question “wait, that’s what it looks like finished?”, is, more importantly, home to three exciting new restaurants on floors 30-33 (which in case you’re wondering, is nowhere near the top). Hong Kong’s Hutong has been the most critically well received of these … Continue reading

SMITHS Spitalfields – LIVERPOOL STREET

The Hype Following an excellent evening at Smiths of Smithfield a few months ago, I was delighted to be invited for the launch night of its new four storey sibling, SMITHS Spitalfields in September – located in a trendy location within Spitalfields market. The Fun With exposed brickwork galore, an outdoor terrace within the covered … Continue reading

METRO GARDEN RESTAURANT – CLAPHAM COMMON

THE HYPE You’ve probably walked past this little restaurant right by Clapham Common tube a hundred times and never noticed it, so you’d be surprised to know it has a huge garden restaurant, filled with trees and twinkly lights hidden just behind it. Given this was the summer for al fresco, I thought it would … Continue reading

MEATLIQUOR – BOND STREET

THE HYPE Back in the day, long before burgers and South London became big, I very nearly considered a trip to New Cross to visit the underground #meateasy #meatwagon – a bog standard takeaway van serving burgers so good that people would embark on a patty-pilgrimage, queue for hours and eat in the rain just … Continue reading

TRULLO – HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON

THE HYPE Nice Italian hidden off the beaten track, in a bit of a weird location near Highbury & Islington tube. It’s the baby of a former River Café maitre d, and the chef trained at Fifteen, St John and Moro, so on paper at least, a winner. THE FOOD The menu changes every day, … Continue reading

PURL – BAKER STREET

THE HYPE A friend returned from a date last year claiming to have been to a cocktail bar where she had to don a moustache disguise to drink one of the concoctions, and another was accompanied by a man striking a Chinese gong as you drank. That place was Purl London, located handily opposite my … Continue reading

EVANS & PEEL DETECTIVE AGENCY – EARL’S COURT

The Hype The ‘nadir of the speakeasy trend’ – a mysterious cocktail bar masquerading convincingly as a detective agency. You have to make an appointment with an actual case to solve to drink here. I love secret and slightly ridiculous things so this went straight to the top of my to do list as soon … Continue reading

GORDON RAMSAY AT CLARIDGES – BOND STREET

The hype Flagship starred Gordon Ramsay restaurant based in the beautiful Claridges hotel. It calls itself an “established and iconic with a dining room that never fails to impress” but other reviews don’t always agree. The food We were excited to discover that there was a three course lunch menu available for just £30 a head despite … Continue reading

FEAST – ANGEL

The Hype Following a raved about event in the summer, Feast is back “transforming a never-before used Victorian sorting office into a spectacular seasonal setting for a boisterous Christmas banquet.” Set in a deserted warehouse in Islington, with drinks, music and some of London’s street food stars and top chefs including HIX, Mishkin’s, Ceviche, Gordon … Continue reading