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GIANT ROBOT – FARRINGDON

The Hype Trendy Clerkenwell all day diner, from the people behind uber-cool but highly regarded venues Milk and Honey, Redhook and The Player. I initially booked based on rumours that they were serving up my favourite burger from Lucky Chip (which I otherwise have to make pilgrimage to Hackney for). By the time I got … 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

NO. 11 PIMLICO ROAD – SLOANE SQUARE

THE HYPE New all-day-eating-and-cocktailing-and-coffeeing-bar-slash-restaurant opened on the former site of The Ebury just off Sloane Square as No 11 Pimlico Road. You might have seen it featured quite heavily on the recent series of Made in Chelsea, but I was already keen to go due to some early rave reviews of the breakfasts. THE FOOD … 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

NEW STREET GRILL – LIVERPOOL STREET

THE HYPE Until now relatively unremarkable and unbeknown British grill in the heart of the city, recently catching the eye of foodie bargain hunters with the new “neverending Sunday lunch” which comes with unlimited prosecco. THE FOOD There’s nothing too jazzy or experimental about this menu – thank god. For me, the Sunday roast is … Continue reading

DAYLESFORD ORGANIC – SLOANE SQUARE

The Hype Chelsea outpost of the Gloucestershire farm shop stocking a mouth-watering array of vegetables, meats, cheese and anything else you might need a wholesome, organic, locally produced version of. In addition to the shop, there’s an impressive café menu and after happening upon it on a sunny day in desperate search of breakfast, it … Continue reading

TINELLO – SLOANE SQUARE

The Hype Lower key (and cheaper) Pimlico Road restaurant from the former chef and the sommelier of Locanda Locatelli which is thought by many to be the best Italian in London. We just wanted something simple and tasty to eat for a Wednesday night and this place was walking distance from my date’s house. The … 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

MANGO TREE – VICTORIA

The Hype High end Thai restaurant (with branches in Doha and Bangkok) based in a bit of a food black spot near Victoria station, behind Buckingham Palace. My date for the evening lives nearby and reported hit and miss experiences previously, but we were drawn to give it another shot by a special spring offer … Continue reading

LA POULE AU POT- SLOANE SQUARE

The Hype Famously ‘London’s most romantic restaurant’, Poule au Pot is a local French bistro,  hidden between Sloane Square and Pimlico in what is otherwise a bit of a gastro black spot. I was sold on it by the promise of London’s best snails. The food The waiter reeled off quite a few specials on … Continue reading