Nestled in the heart of South Kensington is a tiny gem of a restaurant, an authentic Japanese café and delicatessen promoting fresh produce and healthy eating named Tombo.
It seems to be the trend these days to describe everything with superlatives when writing a food review, its either ‘the best’ or ‘the worst’, just being good is not good enough. So far I have refrained from this trend. However, there is no stopping me now when I say I think I have eaten the most amazingly perfect Indian cuisine in London today.
How well do you know your lobster? Most people think eating lobster is like riding in a limousine – fancy, expensive, and elitist. Not known for having huge generous chunks of meat lurking beneath their shells,
Let's shake things up a bit, forget Soho, forget East London, and forget alcohol – before you scream with horror let me finish – Things are happening in the suburbs of London.
This is London… of course there’s plenty more fish (and chip shops) in the sea but… very few even come close to Stoke Newington’s ‘Sutton and Sons’- a blissful exercise in perfect batter and classic seafood dishes.
Deep in the swankiest heart of the Grosvenor’s Belgravia lies Eaton Square. Once home to Neville Chamberlain, Vivien Leigh and the address of the fictional Bellamy family in ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, it is now known for something altogether more exotic- its incredible Lebanese restaurant and cocktail bar.
Steam and Rye’s website describes the bar and restaurant as being an ‘American dream on British soil’, with its design offering an ‘over-whelming assault on the senses’. This is no exaggeration
With so many restaurants and so much choice, its nice every now and then to escape the endless lists and enjoy yourself without having to over-think. A good example is the way that Italian's dine.
I’ve discovered a pornstar. One of London's finest. And not only does this pornstar give you more than enough pleasure, prosecco is served alongside. Delightful. I’m talking about the cocktail of course.
There probably aren’t many Londoners who haven’t eaten an outstanding number of curries, or regularly visited an Indian restaurant. Every area has its local, most people have a favourite dish – chicken buhna,
Whether you are a regular visitor to Italy, or just have a passion for Italian food and cooking, it’s common knowledge what makes the famous cuisine so good is the quality of ingredients. Forget buying pasta from Sainsbury’s, if you can get the real deal why eat anything less superior?
We all know you can have a cocktail shaken or stirred, but what if you were given the option for your drink to be smoked and steamed, foamed, fizzed or set on fire?
Hailing from Switzerland, Tibits vegetarian restaurant in London is bringing buffet dining with a difference to the city's ever-expanding food scene and my, what an experience it is. The concept? Choose as much or as little as you like from a wide selection of impeccable vegetarian dishes, weigh it, pay it and enjoy.
The Pepper Tree does fantastic Thai food in London. Dinners - moist, more-ish Crab and Prawn Dim Sum, spicy Chicken Jungle Curry with the light fragrance of lemongrass, huge bowls of hot & sour Tom Yam Talay, all of which would be reason enough to visit time and time again…
Be you human or ninja turtle, I think we can all agree that everybody loves pizza… but you don’t need a weekend away in Italy to find a good one.
It might be early days to officially start classing South London as ‘Down Under’ but the 4th instalment of antipodean Jason Wells mighty Australian inspired gastro pub Brew is certainly helping the title grow.
If your looking for an exceptional fine dining experience but prefer relaxed surroundings, friendly easy-going staff and affordable à la carte prices, then the award winning Sixty One is the restaurant to visit.
The combination of the words ‘theme’ and ‘restaurant’ would usually be enough to send most self-respecting gourmands running for the hills but, here in our funny old metropolis, there’s often an exception to any rule. Pond in Dalston is one such place- a homage to the Hawaiian dining craze sweeping across America, or from "across The Pond", and certainly no relation to the downmarket ‘tiki huts’ blighting the landscapes of suburbia.
In the interest of total transparency, I must hold my hands up and admit I’m a total football layman… well, more of a football moron really. I know absolutely nothing at all about our nation’s favourite sport other then it involves a ball, a pitch, well-paid players and hordes of extremely passionate fans so, admittedly, it was with some trepidation that I headed East to Café Football.
Named like a 70s soft rock band and serving up an array of fabulous British dishes from land and sea, The Jones Family Project is making fine use of a prime location at 78 Great Eastern Street.
Nestled deep in the heart of ‘Smooth-Fields’, to give the area its historical name, lies ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfields bar & restaurant London. This grade-II listed, four-floor gastronomic church may as well be dedicated to the meat-market this location is best-known for and attracts a vast array of gourmand pilgrims from the four corners of the nation. Amen to that we say.
Trip Space, a multi-functional cultural space beneath the railway arches of Haggerston have played host to a seriously eclectic array of events and activities covering everything from Contemporary Choreography and Acro Yoga through to Contact Improvisation though to my knowledge, never have their permanent offerings tasted so good.
Little Bay is one of those places that just becomes dear to the heart of those who stumble across its warm embrace, managing to combine the three things that are starting to, sadly, disappear across the landscape of our food scene here in Britain- good, honest bistro food at prices that won’t require a second mortgage, served up with a twist of classic British eccentricity.
Excellently positioned directly opposite St Pauls Cathedral, The Happenstance is a stylish bar & restaurant that boasts a bountiful deli, mixology table and florist, and invites you to "immerse yourself in a world of curiously good times & happy coincidences".
If you’re looking for some top quality peaceful pampering in North London look no further than popular new Crouch End salon, Bomb & Co.
With an unprecedented panorama over the formidable Canary Wharf, Plateau has presented a platter of contemporary French elegance to London's cosmopolitan dockside business district for over a decade.
Who would have thought that the Millbank Tower near Westminster and Pimlico, which, I think we can all agree, is not the oldest, prettiest, tallest, most famous or historically important of the London skyscrapers, would be home to such an epic enclave of relaxation and perfectly delivered burger and lobster?
There can barely be a better feeling than spending a sultry summer's afternoon floating along the River Thames, jazz soothingly being played as you sample some of the finest cuisine the capital has to offer.
The Bar at Roast website reads "Cocktails, Music and Views Above Borough Market" - whether during London's sizzling short summer or weary winter, there is little else that anyone can ask for and they deliver on all the three elements spectacularly.
The original Boulestin Restaurant was opened by the world-renowned French Chef Marcel Boulestin in the mid-1920s. Situated in Covent Garden, it was said to have been one of the most expensive restaurants of its time in the English capital, not to mention one of the most splendid.
With its location in the leafy suburb of Primrose Hill, The Princess of Wales pub is always going to be something a little bit more than a traditional pub.
When you want an entertaining tour of the city, rather than the snooze of a listless guide intoning historical dates, try driving straight off the edge of the Thames in the most bizarre London sightseeing adventure, and book an afternoon with the London Duck Tours.
Located within London's trendy Shoreditch area, on Appold St, K10 brings the highest quality of both ingredient and adventure to all lovers of Japanese cuisine.
Kayaking is a great workout challenge and a fun way to soak up the rare London sun. We recently found the perfect place to pick up a paddle - right in the heart of East London. The Castle Canoe Club is a canoe/kayak club based at the West Reservoir Centre, a tranquil body of water just off Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.
If you've ever taken a trip down stream with the Thames Clippers river boat service you may have noticed a large circular pub as you wind round towards the Isle of Dogs. This pub is now named The Old Salt Quay.
Associations of being on the end of a switchblade in deepest Whitechapel will always conjure up images of fog-bound Victoriana. But that shouldn’t stop you taking a trip into latter-day Whitechapel (as yet still ungentrified - but they’ll get you my pretty, oh yes) and heading for Jack the Clipper for the shave of your life.