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Top 8 Healthy London Eateries

Top 8 Healthy London Eateries Tanya’s Cafe myhotel Chelsea 35 Ixworth Place This place has been ridiculously popular, and for good reason.  Not only does this raw food cafe offer seriously inventive and delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners but their raw and sugar free cocktails are my absolute favourite (they’re Europe’s first superfood cocktail bar).  Finally a place where you can enjoy a cocktail without feeling too guilty.  Their raw […]


Brunch at Hubbard and Bell, Holborn

Hubbard & Bell, Holborn It seems like having brunch in hotels is now the done thing in London.  More and more cool hotels are opening which, aside from perhaps a ‘fine dining’ restaurant, also tend to have a more laid back, casual, all day dining restaurant.  One which is accessible to to those with average salaries like me; with fair prices and excellent brunch menus.  I name but a few […]


Snaps and Rye, Notting Hill

Snaps and Rye, Notting Hill My love for everything Scandi continues, as does the expansion of Scandinavian restaurants and cafés in London. People just cannot (understandably) get enough.The new kid on the block is Danish Eatery Snaps and Rye. It opened on the scruffy but lively Golborne Road two months ago, and, apparently thanks to good reviews in the Evening Standard and Time Out, has been thriving. We went for a […]


Sky Garden, City of London

Sky Garden, City of London Having shamefully not been up the Shard yet, arriving on the 35h floor of 20 Fenchurch Street and walking into the stunning expanse of the Sky Pod Bar, I was taken aback by the uninterrupted views of a twinkling London at night. It is a serious ‘wow’ moment, especially because this newly opened bar – which is part of the ‘Sky Garden’ complex – makes […]


Amsterdam revisited

Amsterdam revisited. On a crisp clear winter morning I continued my exploration of Amsterdam.  Since I’ve never lived here it is a city that I’m familiar with, but one I still don’t know intimately.   I find myself drawn, again and again, to the ‘grachten gordel’ – the canal district.   I love how the facades of the houses are all so unique and, despite their beauty, are far from perfect.  Some […]


Juice Baby, Chelsea

Juice Baby, Chelsea After the influx of juice bars and healthy cafes in Soho and Marylebone, finally some new establishments have opened in South West London to join the healthy ranks of South Ken’s Good Life Eatery. The Fulham Road now boasts CPress Juice (similar to Roots & Bulbs and Raw Press), Tanya’s Cafe round the corner is a huge success, and Juice Baby opened a month or two ago […]


The Goat, Chelsea

The Goat, Chelsea Once the much-loved Goat and Boots – a fun old pub, but in dire need of a refurb – last year it was fully renovated and turned into a more upmarket gastro pub/restaurant, with two bars on the first floor.  And a shortened name. For Chelsea fans, it’s a good choice for a pre-Stamford Bridge match (it’s a 10 minute walk). That’s how I ended here with my […]


Bar Termini, Soho

Bar Termini, Soho A small blog for a small place.  But definitely worth writing about, as it’s very cute and charming, even at 11am on a Saturday morning. Why I liked it: 1)      It reminds me of Italy  The main station in Rome is called Termini, and this very Italian establishment, clearly done up in a ‘railway bar’ style (I love the suitcases tucked away above the sofa), takes me straight back to Italy.  It […]


The Pear Tree, Fulham

The Pear Tree, Fulham Our dining room in Vienna was round and for that reason (and perhaps also for the stunning views of the Belvedere Palace) it felt very unique. There is something about round rooms that adds a certain intimacy and coziness that a standard cornered room fails to achieve.  And so The Pear Tree lucks out: it is primarily a large round room, with dark blue walls, large windows […]


New Tom's & Westbourne Grove Shopping - Notting Hill

New Tom’s & Westbourne Grove Shopping – Notting Hill There are few London shopping streets more lovely than Westbourne Grove in the heart of Notting Hill.  While, especially on a weekend just before Christmas, it’s buzzing with people laden with beautifully branded shopping bags, it is miles away from the heaving, horrifying nightmare that is Oxford Street.  Westbourne Grove is sophisticated, atmospheric, colourful and – most importantly – a place […]


Afternoon tea at Ham Yard, Soho

Afternoon tea at Ham Yard Afternoon tea is something so English, yet we never really seem to make time for it. The only times I have been were at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath (a serious delight – am still saving up to stay there) and at the Langham Hotel behind Oxford Street for a Hen Do.  Both were fun experiences, quintessentially English and highly calorific. i The latest addition to the […]


The Smoking Goat, Soho

The Smoking Goat, Soho It’s not surprising people queue for an hour to get a table at this new addition to Soho’s long list of ‘must go’ restaurants.And (side note), why is it that all the good restaurants are so tiny?Recommended by a friend of mine, who made it there before the Nudge (but not before Just Opened) – I got lucky last week and grabbed four seats by the […]


Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada Winter sun.  You just can’t put a price on it.  I decided after 6 days in the delicious Egyptian sun this November that from now on, I’m going on holiday every November.   It is just so much more necessary and more valuable than a summer holiday, when England is actually pleasant to be in.  And while when you return the weather is no better, you […]


The Dairy, Clapham

The Dairy, Clapham Sometimes you walk past certain places and just know that they’re worth a visit.  The Dairy, on Clapham Common’s ‘the Pavement’, is one of those places.  The time I found myself in Clapham this past summer (which now seems a distant memory), I walked past it.  Instantly I was drawn to its buzzing Common facing terrace, and caught a glimpse through their wide open doors of a […]


Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam Every time I return to Amsterdam it has numerous new tempting brunch additions.  But when I was in town two weeks ago I was determined to brunch at Buffet van Odette – a cafe/restaurant which is a staple brunch place for most young and ‘with it’ Amsterdammers, and which I, shamefully, had yet to visit. The name is misleading, since it does not really offer a buffet - […]


Volkshotel, Amsterdam

Volkshotel, Amsterdam Those of you planning to visit Amsterdam any time soon (and who, like most of us, can’t afford to stay at the stunning new Waldorf Astoria), you’re in luck.  Imagine the Ace Hotel (hip, hot and happening with an industrial feel), but without the price tag.  A hotel which offers quirky, cleverly designed rooms which can sleep multiple people, very comfortably, but without being a hostel.  A place […]


Tanya's Cafe, Chelsea

Tanya’s Cafe, Chelsea For those of you who are starting to take your health more seriously, be it by drinking less or cutting down on carbs or sugar – Tanya’s Cafe (both gluten and sugar free) might be the place for you.  But even those who aren’t health-obsessed, I’d still recommend it. And that’s what’s so great about this place.  It’s fun. It serves alcohol. You don’t just get uber-skinny […]


Basement Sate, Soho

Basement Sate, Soho In a dimly lit basement on Broadwick Street you will find a new bar, celebrating a combination of cocktails and pudding (yes, you heard me right).  I was pretty excited to hear about this opening, since I have a massive sweet tooth and find that Soho can always do with a few more good cocktail bars. We stumbled here fairly full after dinner at Palomar, convincing ourselves […]


Sager + Wilde, Shoreditch

Sager + Wilde, Shoreditch Shoreditch is known, amongst other things, for grungy clubs, pop up restaurants and edgy basement cocktail bars.  But it now also, I recently discovered, has a very sophisticated wine bar.  Which adds a bit of classiness to an otherwise barren stretch of Hackney Road.  You can see it’s warm lights from a mile off.   Sager + Wilde is one of the first places in Shoreditch I […]


The Palomar, Soho

The Palomar Restaurant, Soho Ever since The Palomar Restaurant opened a few months ago, I’ve only heard good things.  The reviews have rarely had a negative point.  Even the uber-critical AA Gill loved it.  They’ve got to be doing something right. I’d been trying – and failing – to reserve a table for weeks, but Open Table was not letting me get my way.  Then I found out that the […]