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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

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

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

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

SMITHS OF SMITHFIELD – FARRINGDON

The Hype Fanciest floor of the impressive looking four-storey restaurant, nestled in the heart of the historic Smithfield market, I first visited in 2008 to celebrate getting my first graduate job (pre-katemeout days) and still have cravings for the crackling on that pork belly five years later.  When I was recently invited to a ‘showcase’ of … 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

DUCK & WAFFLE – LIVERPOOL STREET

The Hype Located on the 40th floor of the Heron tower in the city, with sweeping views of London, sitting on top of sister restaurant Sushi Samba – Duck and Waffle was one of the most hyped restaurant openings of late 2012. The Food The most important thing you need to know is that you … Continue reading