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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

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

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

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

HONEST BURGERS – BRIXTON

THE HYPE One of the earliest entrants to the London super burger scene, Honest Burgers’ first outlet was also helpfully located in the foodie mecca that is Brixton Village (and a short walk from my house). A 4* and a 5* review from trusted burger detective Burgerac seemed to suggest there was more worth investigating … Continue reading

HUSH BRASSERIES – ST PAULS

THE HYPE You may know the daddy restaurant already – the well established Hush in Mayfair (hidden down a cobbled alley with a large courtyard, it’s also worth checking out.) This is a new breed of spin-off Hush Brasseries located in St Pauls and Holborn which have only just opened. THE FOOD This is my kind … Continue reading

FLAT IRON – PICCADILLY CIRCUS

The Hype   Pop up turned permanent soho steak restaurant. Set apart from the rest of the steakhouse breed on two counts:– low prices are meant to be the draw at just £10 for the flat iron steak itself, and the décor is more stripped back warehouse than typical cowhide and glossy granite. The Food Starting … 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