Hawksmoor, Borough

This is Hawkmsoor’s 6th restaurant in London (plus one in Manchester) and it’s by far their prettiest. Based right by Borough Market, next to Le Pain Quotidien, in a former hops warehouse, it’s full of character. It’s all parquet flooring and dark gloss walls. Service is the usual relaxed, wear your own clothes, “how’re you getting on buddy?”, style. We’re seated in the corner of … Continue reading Hawksmoor, Borough

Street XO, Mayfair

StreetXO is the first UK restaurant from David Muñoz, who owns the three Michelin starred DiverXO in Madrid. It’s next to the police station in Mayfair and from the minute you step foot through the steel container door and down into the basement, the experience is bizarre. The dining room is massive and on our Thursday night visit it’s packed – and clubby. We sit at … Continue reading Street XO, Mayfair

The Cheese Bar, Camden

I’ve enjoyed The Cheese Truck’s cheese toasties on Maltby Street Market for some time now – the one with quesa chihuahua and chorizo is one of the best hangover cures in London. After a successful £130,000 Crowdfund, owner Mathew Carver has got himself a proper restaurant. It’s in the stables in Camden Market which isn’t the most glamorous of places late at night – I’d … Continue reading The Cheese Bar, Camden

Louie Louie, Walworth Road

I first heard about Louie Louie, a new cafe/bar/restaurant from the guys who own nearby Fowlds Café, from Jay Rayner’s review in the Guardian. He liked everything but the natural wine list – I can’t say I’m a fan either  – but it’s certainly something that’s growing in popularity. The restaurant definitely stands out on the Walworth Road – mainly because it looks quite nice. … Continue reading Louie Louie, Walworth Road

Cliveden House, Berkshire

Cliveden House is a National Trust property and hotel set within stunning grounds in Taplow, Berkshire. Once home to Lord and Lady Astor, the outside swimming pool was made famous as the location for the Profumo affair and guests at the time ranged from Winston Churchill to Charlie Chaplin. It’s had quite an illustrious existence. Over our numerous visits, be it for afternoon tea, lunch … Continue reading Cliveden House, Berkshire

Isabel, Mayfair

You haven’t heard of Isabel on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street? Well I hadn’t either until a well connected friend took me there for a drink. I should say, it’s not the sort of restaurant I’d usually enjoy; a rich “I’m not happy with this table” Mayfair clientele and it’s super exclusive; basic website, no Twitter, no Instagram but I found myself in love with the place. … Continue reading Isabel, Mayfair

Vineet Bhatia London, Chelsea

I first visited this Indian restaurant a few years back when it was called Rasoi and it had a Michelin star. Although nothing was hugely wrong with it the food wasn’t exactly scream-worthy. After losing their star it has since had a refurb, name change and complete menu overhaul – evenings are tasting menu only at £105 per noggin. We have to knock at the … Continue reading Vineet Bhatia London, Chelsea

Dominique Ansel Bakery, Victoria

Our first taste of Dominique Ansel’s sweet treats was at his cafe in New York. This chap worked for years as the exec pastry chef at two Michelin star Daniel in New York and then set up his own place which was made all the more famous by his invention the Cronut®. Mum, that’s a cross between a donut and a croissant, you’d love it. … Continue reading Dominique Ansel Bakery, Victoria

Timberyard, Edinburgh

Timberyard is one of those must visit restaurants if you’re in Edinburgh. The front, with its giant red door, looks like a fire station and the inside could win awards for interior design. It’s one of the coolest looking restaurants I’ve been in. It’s a vast Warehouse style dining room and on this rather chilly Scottish afternoon, it’s a bit breezy. We’re first given menus … Continue reading Timberyard, Edinburgh

Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

It’s not an area I frequent often I’ll be honest, but Walthamstow is surprisingly easy to get to. A short 16 minute train ride from Liverpool Street and we’re there – you can even use your Oyster card too! The reason for my visit is a new restaurant opening in the form of Yard Sale. These guys have pizza shops in Finsbury Park and Clapton, … Continue reading Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

The Devonshire Club, Devonshire Square

The Devonshire Club is a new hotel and members club in the City, tucked away in a square just behind Liverpool Street station (opposite Pitt Cue). At the helm is Brian Clivaz, he’s the chap who made his name at Home House, The Arts Club and more recently L’Escargot – London’s oldest French restaurant. Our deluxe club room, number 403, is simple but practical. I … Continue reading The Devonshire Club, Devonshire Square

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar, Regent Street

Quite honestly, I’ve never been in a more gorgeous space than this new cafe cum cocktail bar in the Ralph Lauren store on Regent Street. It’s all dark wood, plump Ralph Lauren cushions, fresh flowers, paintings of polo players and handsome waiters drying glasses with tea towels – it’s like a set from a film. We arrive for breakfast and after a notably good Cortado … Continue reading Ralph’s Coffee & Bar, Regent Street