Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Cora Pearl is the second restaurant from the trio owners of Kitty Fishers in Mayfair. It was always going to be tricky when their talented chef left as he really put it on the map – that’s Tomos Parry by the way, who went on to open the brilliant BRAT. But it didn’t seem to affect business, they were still packed most nights and here’s … Continue reading Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

Bombay Bustle is an Indian restaurant which sits in the former two Michelin starred Hibiscus site in Mayfair. It’s a gorgeous space, made to look like a 1920’s train carriage and the result is quite glamorous. This is co founder Samyukta Nair’s second restaurant, owning Jamavar in Mayfair, another looker. At lunch, a South Indian Tiffin Box menu at £19 is available. A stack of … Continue reading Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

The Blue Posts, Soho

The team behind The Palomar and The Barbary have taken over The Blue Posts, working their magic on restoring this Soho pub, dating back to 1739, to its former glory. Now there’s a special occasion, 8 cover counter restaurant in the basement (Evelyn’s Table), a dark and sexy upstairs cocktail bar (The Mulwray) and a ground floor pub. Said ground floor pub has started serving … Continue reading The Blue Posts, Soho

Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Even with all the new openings coming out our ears, one of London’s prettiest dining rooms still remains Berners Tavern, a five star hotel on Berners Street just off Oxford Street. Ian Schrager is the designer and it’s got to be some of his finest work. The giant walls are filled with photos in varying shapes and sizes, some in gold leaf frames. The ceiling … Continue reading Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Beck at Brown’s, Mayfair

I remember trying Heinz Beck’s food at Apsleys at the Lanesborough a good few years ago. That man could cook and he thoroughly deserved his Michelin star. For some reason or another it closed (becoming Celeste) and this marks his first return to London. Inside Brown’s hotel on Albermale Street in Mayfair sits the large wood panelled dining room which is made brighter by birds-in-the-trees … Continue reading Beck at Brown’s, Mayfair

Hide (Above), Piccadilly

Hide is the flash new restaurant just down the road from The Ritz. Its the creation of Hedonism Wines who own an equally plush wine shop just round the corner. The chef in charge is Ollie Dabbous, of famed Dabbous and Barnyard, both of which are now deceased. There are rumours how much the staircase that connects ‘Below’ (the basement cocktail bar), ‘Ground’ (the casual … Continue reading Hide (Above), Piccadilly

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

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

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