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

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

Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

If it’s cocktail perfection you’re after, you’ll struggle to find better than Bar Termini. This compact bar in Soho’s Old Compton Street is the brainchild of Tony Conigliaro who also owns 69 Colebrooke Row and Untitled in Dalston. This second Bar Termini, Termini Centrale, lacks the beauty of the original. It’s off a side street by Selfridge’s and inside it’s not much to look at. … Continue reading Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

The Wigmore at The Langham

Based at the crappy end of Regent Street, The Wigmore is a pub, or “modern British tavern”, part of the Langham hotel. It’s overseen by Michel Roux Jr, you know him, the one off of MasterChef: The Professionals, along with the hotel’s exec chef Chris King. It’s the prettiest pub I’ve ever been in. The walls are a glossy British Racing Green, there’s a large … Continue reading The Wigmore at The Langham

The Frog by Adam Handling

Fans of MasterChef: The Professionals will know Adam Handling from the 2013 series where he was a finalist. Since then he’s been a busy chap opening The Frog E1 in Shoreditch; a zero-waste coffee shop called Bean & Wheat; and his flagship restaurant, The Frog, in Covent Garden. The latter is an impressive operation: the whole place screams money. Tables of two face the open … Continue reading The Frog by Adam Handling

Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

Two Scottish blokes, Calum Mackinnon and Andy Waugh, started Mac and Wild as a street food stall on Whitecross Street in Islington serving up Scottish produce. They now have two restaurants in London; Devonshire Square and here in Fitzrovia. The dining room is a simple space; long and narrow with tightly packed tables down one side. There’s lots of wood and the ceiling has bull … Continue reading Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

L’Escargot, Soho

In a city filled with new openings every five minutes, it’s easy to forget restaurants that have been around a little longer. 93 years since opening, L’Escargot can boast the title of London’s oldest French restaurant. Inside it feels old-school-posh but without that stifling atmosphere you used to get with fine dining. Service is relaxed, friendly, even jokey. We sit by the window, next to … Continue reading L’Escargot, Soho