Kennington Park – Cafe Culture Love

Panini at Kennington Park Cafe

Kennington Park Cafe and More: It is still a honeymoon phase.  Discovering new places, meeting new people I’m finding much to reinforce a decision to move South of the River, despite the protestations of many of my North London friends.  Kennington and Walworth are both packed with history – I’m now a regular visitor to […]

Moti Mahal Covent Garden – Ten Year Celebration

Moti Mahal - Prawns

Ten Years of Food from the Grand Trunk Road at Moti Mahal: Originally founded in Delhi in 1959, Moti Mahal made it over to London just ten years ago.  At the time, London was just on the cusp of becoming the thriving restaurant centre that it is today.  And Moti Mahal helped to spearhead good […]

The Beehive – A Hidden Treasure of a local pub in Walworth

The Beehive Burgers

The Beehive Pub, Walworth: Round here we love our bees.  Kennington Park is home to ‘BeeUrban‘ – a fabulous community project to protect and develop the bee population of London.  Even Walworth Garden Farm has hives.  And my neighbour, who has the kind of garden I’d love to grow, tells me that she concentrates on […]

Fika – Crayfish and More in Brick Lane

Fika Crayfish poetry

Crayfish Festival at Fika, Brick Lane: Walk into Fika the other night and you minght imagine yourself in the depths of a Scandinavian forest.  The walls garlanded with ivy,  mossy stumps on the tables holding candles,  even the staff were wearing floral crowns.  All in aid of something that one of the other guests prosaically […]

Afternoon Tea at Villandry

Villandry Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea and Flower Arranging at Villandry, Marylebone: An invitation to afternoon tea isn’t one I’m ever likely to turn down.  Especially combined with flower arranging, something I’d love the chance to learn to do a little better.  And, although I’ve walked past many times, I’ve never visited Villandry, so I was thrilled to be […]

The Richmond, Hackney – Review

The Richmond Fish Stew

East London’s Raw Bar and More – The Richmond: I’m sure that I am not alone in spending far too much time and energy when I first move searching out local bars and restaurants?  The ideal neighbourhood  restaurant for me is somewhere I feel comfortable by myself or with friends, somewhere with excellent food, an […]

The Riverside Brasserie, Monkey Island, Bray

Riverside Brasserie Terrace 2

Messing around by the River in Bray at the Riverside Brasserie: The last time I was anywhere near Monkey Island, I happened to be in a boat cruising the River Thames.  We passed various restaurants along the way and I remember feeling more than a little envious about the lucky diners, sitting watching the world […]

Making Myself at Home – Lunch at Sally White

Sally White Spinach and Ricotta Roll

Sally White – Coffee in Kennington: When you first move to a new part of town, how do you settle in?  For me, apart from the usual decorating, re-furnishing and unpacking, finding new places to eat is all part of the process.  Working from home, while in many ways wonderful, makes me even more dependent […]

American Independence Day at the Diner – Special Menu

diner frito

The Diner – 4th of July Preview: I was invited to sample the special menu at the Soho branch of Diner. Conveniently situated for shopping in Carnaby Street and Liberty’s, this is a great place for a lunch or post shopping revival. The clue is in the name, the décor is like that of a […]

The Honor Oak – putting the pub back into the community

Honor oak inside

The Honor Oak – a Forest Hill Favourite: I changed job earlier this year, but still miss my old colleagues, so when the opportunity to review the Honor Oak came up, I was delighted to accept as one colleague lives in the road opposite and we could have a good catch-up on the news and […]