The best caffeine hits to start your day

There’s certainly one thing that kept me sane through lockdown and that’s coffee. Lots of it. From pods to drip filters, I’ve been drinking caffeine by the litre load and here some of my faves… Caravan We all love Caravan restaurants for their avo on toast and baked eggs but it’s their coffee they’re really known for. They take an ethical standpoint to source ‘green … Continue reading The best caffeine hits to start your day

The Garden at The Berkeley

The Berkeley hotel, in Knightsbridge, has transformed a former car park into The Garden at The Berkeley, a gorgeous outdoor restaurant. There are real trees strewn with fairy lights. Generously spaced tables, each topped with an automated hand sanitiser dispenser. There’s music pumping loudly enough to feel fun but so you can hear yourself talk with it. On a balmy Thursday evening it feels like … Continue reading The Garden at The Berkeley

Lockdown thirst quenchers

While I would never encourage getting rat arsed during Lockdown, everyone needs a little libation to cheer their souls once in a while. Here are some favourites that have been whetting my whistle during isolation… Blackcow Vodka This is an interesting one – ‘pure milk vodka’. Jason Barber and Paul Archard decided to change the path laid out for them by their great grandparents who … Continue reading Lockdown thirst quenchers

Feed Britain with Leon

Healthy fast food chain and all round good guys, Leon, have launched Feed Britain, a food delivery service which offers gigantic boxes of goodies from ready meals to glorious meat to fresh fruit and veggies. There’s a specific focus on producers whose business has suddenly vanished with the closure of the city’s once thriving hospitality scene. Leon Family Meals (£36) sees bags of menu highlights … Continue reading Feed Britain with Leon

Gloria, Shoreditch

Big Mamma Group is a collection of fun, Italian restaurants across Paris and Lilles, which have proved rather popular. Their latest venture is Gloria, a trattoria in Shoreditch, based on 1970s Capri. I like it already. Inside it’s stunning with something pretty at every turn. We sink into the thousands of cushions in our booth, admiring the specially designed crockery, from the candle holder to … Continue reading Gloria, Shoreditch

Soutine, St John’s Wood

Take a look at Fischer’s or Colbert and you’ll see Corbin and King know how to make a bloody good neighbourhood restaurant. The latest addition to this subtle empire is Soutine on St John’s Wood High Street, North London. Arguably their nicest looking yet, Giles Coren best sums it up in his Times review: “It has been magnificently overhauled to look just like the sexiest … Continue reading Soutine, St John’s Wood

The Boulevard Theatre, Soho

It’s not often new theatres are built – especially in the heart of Soho – so it’s exciting to see The Boulevard fling open its theatrical doors. It’s an impressive setup which can boast Europe’s most advanced revolving theatre. We see a two man play, The Sunset Limited, which doesn’t make use of this technical wizardry yet still keeps ups captivated for the full 95 … Continue reading The Boulevard Theatre, Soho

Daffodil Mulligan, Old Street

This is the new restaurant from Mr. Hospitality himself, Richard Corrigan, fellow Irishman and bloody-nice-bloke, John Nugent, and Tony Gibney, taking over the old Nuala site just off Old Street roundabout. The gorgeous basement bar remains, which serves a mighty-fine Guinness, while the ground floor dining room has the addition of an oyster bar, where we perch while watching the open fire cooking. It’s all … Continue reading Daffodil Mulligan, Old Street

The Grill at The Dorchester

Head chef at The Grill at The Dorchester, Tom Booton, is a sprightly 26 years old. He’s the youngest head chef in London. I think? Surely. He’s ex-Alyn Williams at The Westbury, which was certainly a brilliant restaurant before the fall out. The handsome space, all low lighting and gold galore, features a dessert bar where guests can stuff their faces on puds like banoffee … Continue reading The Grill at The Dorchester

Northall at Corinthia London

As 5* London hotels go, Corinthia London is a real whopper. From afternoon tea, to Tom Kerridge to the finest spa in the city, it’s got it all. The latest addition is André Garrett, previously of Cliveden House, who’s overseeing the menu at The Northall. The vast space is refined without being stuffy; tall ceilings, natural light aplenty, plush carpets and crisp tablecloths. Our visit … Continue reading Northall at Corinthia London

Sticky Mango, Southwark

I’ve heard plenty about Sticky Mango, housed in a sleepy side street in Southwark. Reviews from legendary Fay Maschler and that Giles Coren were both terrific. The place has some history. It used to be RSJ, a neighbourhood restaurant that those-in-the-know will know is where Posh and Becks once courted back in the day. Then head chef, Peter Lloyd, is now Chef Patron, and his … Continue reading Sticky Mango, Southwark

Allard, Paris

Although Alain Ducasse might be better known for his uber fine dining spots like Le Meurice or his newly-opened riverboat on the Seine, this bistro has been around since 1932. Once owned by Marthe Allard, and kept in the family for centuries, not much has changed about this charmingly quaint spot in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, since Ducasse’s takeover. You arrive in a corridor opposite a tiny, semi … Continue reading Allard, Paris

Wild Honey, St James

As we sit in Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey in the Sofitel St James hotel I can’t help but feel relaxed. It’s a large, bright and cheery space, modern art fills the walls, giant chandeliers fill the ceiling. Service is upbeat and charming. The menu makes you hungry. How about classic bouillabaisse Marseille style? Or classic farmhouse terrine? Or a soup made from partridge, pheasant, woodcock … Continue reading Wild Honey, St James