Like Hansel and Gretel’s discovery of a house laden with treats within a forest, I discovered a shop full of indulgence on the edge of Regent’s Park. The Choconut boutique was just as deadly with its lavish window display full of highly decorative confectionery and a large chocolate fountain to lure you in.
Summer is fast approaching and we will soon see a host of fantastic pop-ups appear around the City. First off the mark is "La Petite Provence" at The Folly.
It is hard not to be jealous of those lucky people who live in East Village, where the former Olympic Village used to be: pristine apartments, spotless streets and wealth of sporting facilities in close proximity.
When selecting a location for a pre-show dinner, there's no better choice than within the venue itself, particularly when it sits inside one of the world’s most historic buildings. The venue in question is the Royal Albert Hall, which houses the charming Verdi Italian kitchen.
If you are looking for a classic, quintessential British pub experience then a visit to the Marquis Cornwallis in Bloomsbury must be high on your list of must visit pubs.
There are not many restaurants in London where you can arrive in style like taking a romantic ferry cruise to reach your restaurant. That is indeed the best way to reach Columbia restaurant via a short ferry cruise from Canary Wharf pier.
It is a surprise when you stroll into Butlers Wharf Chop House to find it has been around for 23 years. Sure it must have had some refurbishment over the years but it could easily have been a restaurant that has just opened last month.
If you observe photos of famous chef, Raymond Blanc, most of them have a giant smile radiating from Monsieur Blanc. It is this joy and passion that is evident in the restaurants that he owns from the decor to the service down to the staff.
The Geronimo Inns are rapidly developing a reputation for delivering high quality gastropubs. From the Builders Arms in Chelsea to the Bull in Westfield, they are all renowned for attentive service, exciting food offerings and comfortable settings.
Fickled Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to bottomless brunch options: Japanese buffets, unlimited Champagne, traditional roast lunches. What shrewd Londoners are crying out for are fresh ideas and new concepts like KuPP
Izayaka is the Japanese word for an informal drinking establishment. However, the food plays an important role at Izayakas.
As the weather begins to heat up and the wedding season kicks off, it’s time to begin the grooming process. Whether you want to tame your winter mane and achieve sleek, smooth results through a keratin treatment or give yourself a sun-kissed look with Balayage highlights, Beautyworks Blow Dry Bar in Crouch End will sort you out.
The Petite Corée sets itself out as a friendly neighbourhood restaurant in West Hampstead and it's hard to disagree when you visit their simple, yet clean website and also when you arrive in person.
If there was ever such a thing as a perfect marriage on the restaurant/bar scene, it would be combining the zero-waste, "we will recycle everything" attitude of Silo restaurant in Brighton and the completely revolutionary and unique style of White Lyan
Be bowled over by the gregarious British hospitality and fine American cuisine at All Star Lanes Bayswater
If you were unfortunate enough to have walked into the Queensway ice bowl by mistake like myself, you will know the difference between that venue and All Star Lanes Bayswater
Busaba Eathai, a chain of eateries across 12 London locations, truly epitomises the Thai dining experience. On entering one of its establishments at St Christopher’s Place, the floating gerberas and tea lights combined with the fragrant waft of jasmine incense instil a feeling of calm.
Tasting menus are every food lover's dream but they can be very stale and soulless affairs in pompous dining rooms. Luckily the founder of Anglo, Mark Jarvis has delivered one of the most understated and accessible tasting menus around.
Chinatown has gone through somewhat of a revival in recent years. Newer restaurants that have opened have spent considerable budgets on achieving a modern design and look
I've been told by a reliable source that Deptford is the new Dalston; although indications from a recent visit suggested that was still some distance away.
I don't normally start off a review with an obituary, but the recent passing of Prady Balan reminds us of the tremendous work he has contributed to the restaurant scene in London and across the world.
Galvin HOP is defined as a Pub Deluxe by their owners, but what does this mean? Is this the French definition of a gastropub?
By now, you might have worked out the successful formula for launching a successful street food business: have young, impossibly presentable and hospitable owners
Given fish and chips is one of our national dishes, it is somewhat surprising when you ask your friends when was the last time they enjoyed this national delight: the answer is mostly I don't remember.
With the abundance of steakhouses in London, it can be a gamble whether you will get a premium cut or a braising steak. Perhaps the last place you would look for a surefire bet is at a casino, but the Heliot Steak House at the Hippodrome casino is a must visit for all steak lovers.
Wringer and Mangle is one of those venues you just walk in and know you are in East London. It just wouldn't work in Central London
It's time to dispel the myth that everything has to be expensive at hotels. Yes, the mini-bar in your hotel room might be pricey, but there are always great value deals to be found.
The insatiable appetite for bottomless brunches in London is showing no signs of abating. However, with the vast array of choices, it may sometimes be hard to find one which offers genuine value for money which is matched by an unerring dedication to the quality of their food. Step forward OXBO Bankside.
If you’re after an affordable, professional hair or beauty treatment in North London, Beauty Works in Crouch End is the choice for you. Beauty Works is one of the leading health and beauty clinics in London, which comes as no surprise as they offer such a broad range of beauty services. Set up by cosmetologist, Tracey Smyth, they clearly put their clients first keeping it open everyday, up until 8pm during the week to make it as convenient as possible to visit after work.
The most mentioned words on restaurant websites are probably "finest seasonal ingredients". These often abused words have little meaning these days. Luckily my faith has been restored with a recent visit to the Indigo restaurant at One Aldwych hotel.
From the bustling streets of Bangkok to Malaysian markets, street food in Asia has always been considered such an everyday existence. However, when it comes to pan Asian food in the UK, which is now a huge part of the London restaurant scene, its street food concept is neglected bringing elegance to an everyday trade.
Situated on James Street, Marylebone, known for its high density of trendy restaurants and designer boutiques with the famous Chiltern Firehouse in close proximity, we had high expectations for the Reform Social and Grill. Housed in the grand Mandeville Hotel with its pillared entrance, it was a very opulent setting with deep red-leather upholstered sofas and mahogany flooring.
With the popularity of burger restaurants in Central London, you do have to wonder if one day there will be more of them than our iconic British pubs. Having a unique selling point is crucial to stand out in this crowded market place.
There has been many rags to riches stories for hip food stall owners who have become restauranteurs writing their own cookbooks and having their own business. Thom and James Elliott are perhaps one of the most well-known ones.
As you descend down into Bounce, you can't help but feel the happening vibe. The guests look excited, the staff are energetic and the graffiti walls are just pure Shoreditch.
The austere area that is Holborn has never been known for its atmosphere, but the recently renovated Belgo Holborn is about to change that perception.
Forget the racism row in Hollywood, the real scandal was Michelin not being able to find any executive female chefs worthy of a Michelin star in France for their 2016 edition. It is still very hard to break into the very male dominated world of the restaurant kitchen these days.
There are fantastic shops, galleries and restaurants on the King's Road, but by the time you get to the Parsons Green section of New King's Road, there is generally not a lot going on. However, one place well worth visiting is the family run restaurant, Primavera.
Londoners are some of the smartest diners in the world. They often check the pedigree behind new openings before taking the plunge and visiting new places. With Ichiryu, you could not have a stronger team behind this venture: it is from the owner of Japan Centre and Shoryu Ramen.
Omar Allibhoy has been called many things: the Spanish version of Jamie Oliver and the 'Antonio Banderas of cooking'.
In recent years, there has been a steady stream of Japanese restaurateurs braving the convoluted world of the London restaurant scene.
Panton street might not be the most famous street in the West End, but it is rapidly becoming a must visit place for fans of Asian cuisine.
The Asian fusion restaurant group that first launched in Soho in 2008 is still going strong with the latest branch of Inamo in Covent Garden with their groundbreaking interactive table ordering technology.
When you think of the words: Italian takeaway, 99% of you will be thinking pizza and it is often the poor quality ones which will offer you a free bottle of coke to hide the taste of their inferior ingredients.
In the cut throat world of the London dining scene, if you don't evolve quickly, you rapidly become another tragic extinction story. When Opso opened in 2014 with much fanfare, some hardened food critics didn't give the venue the best of reviews.
You must be doing something right if you've gone from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan to a global phenomenon within a few years. It does help if your founder is Danny Meyer, the New York restaurateur who has the midas touch and can do no wrong.
Having walked past the unassuming entrance of Souk Medina in Covent Garden many times, I've always thought it was an antique shop, which would not look out-of-place in the thriving markets of Marrakech.