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Fu Manchu, Clapham

Fu Manchu, Clapham Let’s be honest, most of us who don’t live in Clapham tend not to venture there. But now apart from a mandatory visit to the Dairy (masters of seasonal, innovative British small plate food), you have another excuse to venture there. Fu Manchu opened its doors last week, and those of you who enjoy the combination of dim sum and cocktails will love this place. Delicate, exquisite steamed dim […]


The Capaldi Hotel, Marrakech

The Capaldi Hotel, Marrakech Marrakech is one of my favourite destinations.  It’s a 3 hour flight from London, the weather tends to be very good from mid-April until the end of September, and it offers a huge range of beautiful hotels (most of which with very good prices). My most recent trip to Marrakech took me to a new hidden gem: the Capaldi Hotel, nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. […]


Nama, Notting Hill

Nama, Notting Hill When Nama first opened last year, it was clear it was going to be a hit.  Located in trendy Notting Hill, where looking good and being healthy seems to be second nature, and offering raw and vegan food (very en vogue) – it was set to be a sure success.  And it has been. With it’s rustic modern white interiors and bustling atmosphere, it’s hard not to […]


Rex & Mariano, Soho

Rex & Mariano, Soho If I had to choose between a meat or a fish restaurant, I would always choose meat. I’d choose steak over sea bass, a burger over fish & chips. So I surprised myself by totally and utterly loving Rex & Moriano – a restaurant which specialises purely in fish.  Rex & Moriano is the newish venture from the guys who started with a restaurant chain which […]


Anassa, Cyprus

Anassa, Cyprus I’d never been to Cyprus before, and so was seriously looking forward to a long weekend in the spring sun in Cyprus.  I came back feeling refreshed, a little sun kissed and wishing I’d stayed longer. Why is Cyprus so great? 1)      It’s a 4.5 hour flight from London to Paphos (you can also fly to Larnaka), and you have almost guaranteed sunshine (or at least warmth) at Easter.  […]


Joe's Southern Kitchen and Bar, Kentish Town

Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar, Kentish Town I’m not usually a huge fan of Southern food. Oily, greasy, fried food just doesn’t do it for me.  But there are always exceptions. Like I loved Wishbone (now Chicken Liquor) for example. And I loved the new Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar, which opened this week in Kentish Town. It’s the second branch to be opening; Covent Garden hosts the first.  I […]


Cahoots, Soho

Cahoots, Soho Once you get past the rah on the phone telling you Cahoots is fully booked ‘for – like – the whole weekend’, and the guy at the door asking you to come back in an hour if you want a tiny hope of getting in, then this may be one of the funnest bar you’ll visit in a long time. The guys behind this are the ever-popular and successful Inception Group […]


Bone Daddies Shackfuyu, Soho

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu, Soho I don’t know many people who’ve been to one of the Bone Daddies restaurants (Flesh and Buns, Bone Daddies Ramen) and not loved them.  They do Asian food (with modern twists) so so well.  So I was delighted when they opened Shackfuyu, a year long pop up specialising in modern day Japanese and Korean food, a few months ago in good old Soho. Don’t be put off […]


The Cross Keys, Chelsea

The Cross Keys, Chelsea When it comes to Gourmet Pubs, London is the best place to be. But of all the London Boroughs it’s the  Chelsea & Kensington and Fulham Boroughs that seem to be exemplary at them.  There’s the Harwood Arms (with a Michelin star no less), the brand new Tommy Tucker (blog soon to follow), the Crabtree, the Pear Tree, the Phene, the Brown Cow – the list […]


Fourteenth Colonie, Clerkenwell

Fourteenth Colonie, Clerkenwell How convenient that as my love for the Clerkenwell area grows, so too does the array of cool restaurants that keep opening there. The Fourteenth Colonie has sprung from a concept that started in the US, in Brooklyn in fact.  ‘Brooklyn’s Colonie’ is New York’s first crowd-funded bar and restaurant, and the Fourteenth Colonie is a partnership in London.  For those who think I am misspelling the word […]


Get Fit for Free (or for a bargain)

Get Fit for Free (or for a bargain) London has an incredible array of fitness classes on offer, but with classes sometimes at £30 a pop, they’re pretty expensive.  Since I’m a bit of a bargain hunter, I’ve explored some of London’s fitness options, and have noticed that many offer a free introductory class (or classes) to get you interested.  I would also recommend signing up to the Time Out […]


Percy and Founders, Fitzrovia

Percy and Founders, Fitzrovia I love a soft launch, not just for the 50% off the food (which – don’t get me wrong – I do appreciate) but also because I love going to brand new places, and seeing what they have to offer that’s different, or better, than the rest.  New places seem to be constantly cropping up in Fitzrovia, from Maple & Fitz (health-foodies alert) to Beyond Bread […]


Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell I’ve recently discovered Exmouth market in Clerkenwell: the cutest semi pedestrianized cobbled street lined with fantastic bars and restaurants, and with an outdoor street market (which runs on week days only from 11am – 2pm).  Restaurant wise, Moro is meant to be amazing if you like Spanish food, and apparently its more affordable sister tapas bar Morito is also worth a try.  Other than that you’ll find the […]


Krakow: Tips for a Weekend Break

Krakow Krakow is the perfect destination for a weekend break.  Flights aren’t too expensive (though you might have to swallow your pride and travel with Ryan Air) and it’s only 2 hours away (with 1 hour time difference).  It is a pretty, small city, where you can easily walk the main sights and where your Zloties (about 5.6 to the pound sterling) go a long way.  Ideal for those who […]


Worlds End Market, Chelsea

World’s End Market, Chelsea The ‘bottom’ end of the Kings Road is improving with leaps and bounds. Not only has Juice Baby – a cosy and delicious place to go for everything healthy – established itself in Worlds End, but now the grotty pub which has constantly changed hands has been transformed into World’s End Market.  Something, I hope, more permanent. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and maybe […]


Blacklock, Soho

Blacklock, Soho You wouldn’t think this new restaurant and bar was once a Soho brothel, but it was.  Now, the walls have a fresh lick of white paint, the colonnades are charcoal black with white crayon scrawls of the Blacklock menu and the lighting is subtle, in that trendy Soho way.  The whole place smells new, though sometimes you catch wafts of sensational grilled meat.  And then you know why you’re […]


510 Below, Fulham

501 Below, Fulham Hooray, there is finally an elegant, attractive cocktail bar in Fulham! This place is far removed from Fulham Broadway die-hards like Elk Bar (happy hour every hour, every day, anyone?) and Weatherspoons. In fact, it’s quite far removed from everything. And therefore also rather hard to find. This pretty little cocktail bar with a ‘gin accent’ is hidden underneath another favourite establishment of mine, Manuka Kitchen (grab […]


Favourite Cotswolds' Pubs

Favourite Cotswolds’ Pubs  The Cotswolds may be one of the most glamorous parts of the English countryside.  With its rolling hills,  gold coloured, well-preserved villages and stately houses and gardens, it is often seen as the perfect weekend get-away. Its proximity to London (an hour and a half or so drive or train ride), means that it is exceptionally popular with Londoners, keen to get some fresh country air and […]


Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia Writing that Berner’s Tavern is eye-catching is an understatement, and it’s really no wonder it has won a number of awards for its design since it opened mid-last year.  I remember when it first opened, the press obviously loving it, seeing countless photos in magazines, online and on Instagram: of a room with every inch of its walls covered in paintings and with a feeling of grandeur few […]


Mission E2, Bethnal Green

Mission E2, Bethnal Green After enjoying Hoxton’s popular wine bar Sager & Wilde, I was delighted to hear of the owners Charlotte and Michael Sager-Wilde’s newest venture: Mission.  Again, the focus is on wine – particularly Californian wine – but, unlike Sager & Wilde, the food here is as important as the wine.  Which is lucky, because I went for my birthday brunch, and felt more like a Bloody Mary than […]