Pont Street Restaurant – Eating Cake and a Whole Lot More

Cakes and Savories

Marie Antoinette Afternoon Tea at Pont Street: I know Pont Street in Belgravia best for the austerely beautiful Scottish Church of St Columba.  At one time I had a friend who used to sing for services there.  I’d never noticed a restaurant – although, discretely sited on the corner of Pont Street and Chesham Place […]

Evolutione at Hotel Xenia – Guest Chef Series Launch

Hotel Xenia - Just Pasta

Sicilian Tasting Menu at Evolutione, Hotel Xenia, Kensington: London is full of boutique hotels, many with capable but not always exciting restaurants.  .  How should a well positioned but relatively unknown hotel create something of a buzz about their own chef?  Only the brave would go the route of Hotel Xenia, importing a top Italian […]

Gaucho at Tower Bridge

gaucho steak

A Meaty Affair at Gaucho: Famous for beef and wine, Argentina is the eighth largest country in the World.  There’s a certain romance and passion about this place,  home to Evita, the Tango and the Gaucho, cowboys of the South American Pampas.  The eponymous restaurant group has, for many years now, served some of the […]

The Architectural Tea – Sir John Soane at the Gilbert Scott

Gilbert Scott Sweet Pastries

Afternoon Tea at the Gilbert Scott, St Pancras: There are places in London that I’ve long intended to visit. One such is Sir John Soane’s Museum, historic home of the London architect in Lincoln’s Inn.  He designed the house to work both as a home and as a setting for an eclectic collection of antiquities […]

Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush Chinese New Year and Launch

Shikumen Shepherds Bush Gallery Exterior

Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush – Launching in time for the New Year: Gosh, was almost two weeks ago we celebrated Chinese New Year! Even though I have lived in London for almost five years now I haven’t yet managed to get out and celebrate Chinese New Year. So this year I was more than happy to […]

The House of Holi Returns to Cinnamon Kitchen

Holi play 4 cinnamon kitchen

Cinnamon Kitchen Play Holi in the City: It is the festival of colour, the festival of love.  And, amazingly good fun as I discovered last year at Cinnamon Kitchen.  If you missed Holi in the City last year then you’re in luck.  This year it has returned and you can join in the fun at […]

Iberica Marylebone – Review

Iberica Counter

Iberica Marylebone – A Spanish Sojourn for London Ladies who Lunch: Marylebone is perhaps one of the most unlikely parts of London to be dubbed a ‘village’.  Right in the heart of the City, there’s little green space and for the most part a population of city apartment dwellers and visitors.  Yet there is a […]

World’s End Market – King’s Road

Worlds End Market Restaurant

The World’s End Market Restaurant and a Walk Down Memory Lane: I was not the sort of teenager who would sneak out of my dorm to go and see the Sex Pistols at the Haymarket in Leicester.  Far too shy, I idolised those girls in my year who did just that and never seemed to […]

Ceru – a Taste of the Levant in Fitzrovia


Bringing Sunshine to a Chilly February Evening – Ceru, Fitzrovia: According to Wikipedia the Levant  is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in Southwest Asia bounded by the Taurus Mountains of Anatolia in the North, the Mediterranean Sea in the west, and the north Arabian Desert and Mesopotamia in the east. […]

The Year of the Sheep – Chinese Cricket Club Dinner

Chinese Cricket Club - dumplings

Chinese Cricket Club New Year Dinner: About this time last year I visited the Chinese Cricket Club for a celebratory New Year lunch.  We had a great meal although dining with just one other person it was a quiet affair.  This year I was invited back in the evening for a press dinner in anticipation […]

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