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 it’s historical name, lies ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfields. 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 venue that boasts a striking bar & restaurant, 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 skyscapers, 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 the leafy suburb of Primrose Hill, The Princess of Wales 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.
Located in central London, Liberty is a high-end, boutique department store housed in a stunning early 20thth century building which covers six floors.
If you have been lucky enough to visit any of the Haché restaurants in Shoreditch, Chelsea, Camden or Clapham, you will know that this is no regular burger joint.
It is the perfect time of the year to be talking about roasts.