Hutong

Hutong is the kind of place which you unwittingly want to go to. Though some people have mixed feelings about the Shard – its audacity and shamelessness standing enormously tall in the middle of town – I think I love it: its location, its views and its shape. Luckily, a Partner at work suggested Hutong … Continue reading Hutong

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Lantana

I’d passed Southwark Street’s brand new Lantana on my way back from a work lunch at Hutong (on which, more another time) and was stunned to see it in this part of town: a new opening from an all-day Antipodean café, how could I have missed it?! By way of follow-up, I browsed their website … Continue reading Lantana

Addommè

For my nephew’s first trip out (aged 5 weeks!), I suggested Streatham Hill’s relatively local pizzeria, Addomme.  The Evening Standard had, after all, hailed it as one of London’s best sourdoughs.  And what’s more, you can book– a rarity nowadays but oh so essential with the little one(s). As the restaurant itself is tiny, booking … Continue reading Addommè

Story

To road-test – or in this case St. John’s Hill test – a little independent roastery in my soon-to-be neighbourhood, my companion and I – who had been chatting about this place for some time – finally made it to Story for some Saturday morning caffeine. Saturdays are for story-telling after all, ideally over a … Continue reading Story

Raw Duck

Although I don’t normally venture so far east, Raw Duck had been on my and my companion’s radar for a while.  Being a long, albeit rainy, July Friday, we decided to make the most of the evening and venture to London Fields to try it out. And boy was it a trek: I think I … Continue reading Raw Duck

River Café

With its iconic reputation, the River Café seemed like an apt spot for a pre-baby luncheon for my sister. Although we were celebrating new arrivals, the River Café has been a long-standing pillar of London’s high-end restaurant scene. Established in 1987, it’s enjoyed an enduring success, serving Italian fare made from the finest produce and … Continue reading River Café

Copita

I’d once been to Copita on a date for a drink of the gin kind.  This buzzy little tapas spot in the middle of Soho is, after all, well-suited for courting couples.  In Spanish, of course, “Copita” means sherry glass, which succinctly conveys the focus of this Soho wine bar. Their gin menu is extensive, featuring all sorts of … Continue reading Copita

Antipodea

You may already be familiar with Brew and its coffee – if not, see my review of this brunch haven here.  Branching out from its day-time vibes, however, the team behind Brew have set up Antipodea, an all-day Australian brasserie that converts from a laid back Melbourne hangout, serving  legendary corn fritters and All Press … Continue reading Antipodea

Panzanella: Turkish style

what? tomatoes, sundried tomatoes/olives, red onions, pitta chips and coriander marinated in a lemon, garlic cumin, paprika, olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing why? celebration of tomatoes and Turkish spices, quick and easy to throw together, and summery vibes