Corinthia: afternoon tea

“It was in 1840 that Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, noticed she felt a ‘sinking feeling’ around mid-afternoon. Once served with a pot of Darjeeling tea, some bread, butter and biscuits, she felt decidedly better. The afternoon tea was born.” That’s written in the first page of Corinthia’s afternoon tea menu and it’s a lovely way to start proceedings. Equally lovely is the gorgeous … Continue reading Corinthia: afternoon tea

Paladar, Elephant & Castle

It’s not exactly Mayfair but Elephant and Castle is on the up. They’re extending the Bakerloo Line so it won’t be a dead end, there are rumours of the shopping centre finally being redeveloped and there are flats going up at every turn. So Paladar, a new Latin American restaurant, just a short stroll from that chaotic roundabout at E&C, is a great addition for … Continue reading Paladar, Elephant & Castle

Laurent, Hotel Café Royal

In the heart of Piccadilly, Hotel Café Royal is really hitting its stride as of late. They’ve ditched the restaurant in the entrance which has transformed the lobby into a beautiful space. There’s transformation afoot upstairs too. Gone is the members club and an old event space has turned into Laurent. Exec chef Laurent Tourondel has created a menu which focuses on sushi and steak. … Continue reading Laurent, Hotel Café Royal

Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

Hoi Polloi is the restaurant which takes up a large part of the Ace Hotel’s ground floor. It’s big and beautiful and full of East London hipsters. Seriously. We walk through the hotel’s lobby at 6pm and not a single person is without a MacBook. You can also enter the wood-panelled canteen-style dining room through a florist shop which is rather charming. We start with … Continue reading Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

Pastaio, Ganton Street

Stevie Parle owns a fair few restaurants now. There’s Dock Kitchen, Craft London and Palatino. You’ve got Rotorino, the one he co owns with that chap who runs Street Feast. And then there’s Sardine which he consults on. Pastaio is his first go at a central london site, this time serving only a small array of handmade-daily pasta dishes. It’s a large space with an … Continue reading Pastaio, Ganton Street

Lina Stores, Soho

Established in 1944, Lina Stores has been keeping Soho well stocked in Italian produce for over 75 years. It’s a cute shop and a slice of old school London which is fast fading, becoming flats and coffee shops. In this uncertain climate for restaurants it is particularly exciting to see Lina Stores expanding – they’ve just opened a pasta restaurant nearby on Greek Street (a … Continue reading Lina Stores, Soho

Jidori, Covent Garden

It might seem a little odd reviewing a restaurant having only tried one dish but sometimes you eat something so absolutely ruddy delicious that you want to tell people about it. So, here goes. Firstly, some back story. This is the second Jidori. Their one in Dalston is a beautiful creation; all soft pinks and pale blues. This one is less attractive but admittedly I’m … Continue reading Jidori, Covent Garden

Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

The original Sophie’s steakhouse in Fulham has been around for 15 years. Their second, in Covent Garden, had to up sticks and leave to make way for a new hotel owned by none other than Robert De Niro. Panic not as owners Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power have now opened in Soho. It’s an astonishingly large setup. There’s a terrace, a whopping bar, a huge … Continue reading Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries have added to their posh garden centre cum café cum restaurant in Richmond with this big ol’ beauty in Covent Garden. It’s a whopper. There’s a deli, a lifestyle shop with a florist out the back and two restaurants: La Goccia and a more formal The Petersham. The latter is a gorgeous space filled with plants, flowers, foliage, gigantic chandeliers and walls adorned … Continue reading Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Delamina, Marylebone

This is the second restaurant from husband and wife duo Limor and Amir Chen, who also own Strut and Cluck in Shoreditch. It’s a gorgeous space; all bright and airy with white painted exposed brick walls and potted plants aplenty. The dishes are vibrant both to look at and eat. Charred cauliflower (£9) comes with lemon zest infused crème fraiche sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. It’s … Continue reading Delamina, Marylebone

Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley

The Berkeley’s afternoon tea offers something a little different; the sweet treats are inspired by the world of fashion. Head Pastry Chef, Mourad Khiat, takes a look at the upcoming seasons and bakes goodies accordingly, so, if you like the look of a particular handbag, the chances are you’ll be eating it here. It takes place in the Collins Room, a gorgeous space, all pale-blue … Continue reading Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley