Sunday Beef Club at Rotunda, King’s Cross

Sunday Beef Club at Rotunda, King’s Cross

The success of King’s Cross’s dalliance with gentrification has seen so many high-end restaurant’s spring up in the crenulated shadow of St Pancras that it’s easy to forget that it was not ever thus. Rotunda, a gloriously airy bar and restaurant with a wheel-like shape to match its name, saw...

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Polpo Chelsea

Polpo Chelsea

Polpo Chelsea is one of a small network of Polpos that have exploded out across London. Russell Norman’s original successful attempt at creating a Venetian bàcaro in the heart of Soho has found an appreciative audience amongst London’s fickle gastronauts. Polpo has had enough success that it’s evolved into the...

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Crabanatomy

Crabanatomy

Crabanatomy 5A Berners Street, Fitzrovia London W1T 3LF To book a table please click here  London does not want for concept-restaurants or pop-ups, so it was with some hard-earned scepticism that I first scuttled across the threshold of Crabanatomy. This pop up, rather literally named with nearly all dishes featuring...

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The Baptist Grill at L’Oscar

The Baptist Grill at L’Oscar

For the uninitiated, a group which I belonged to until very recently, L’Oscar is a boutique hotel overlooking Holborn’s Southampton Row like a stately castle. Its facade exudes that mannered form of sophisticated luxury both seductive and somewhat intimidating for the more budget conscious. If you let yourself be enticed...

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Oslo Hackney

Oslo Hackney

Hackney still has that edgy feel. Its less all-out trendy than Shoreditch, and a big Victorian explorers beard is very much optional here. It’s diverse, hip, and still clinging on to a bit of its myriad roots. Landmarks like the Hackney Empire attract big name comedians anxious to cement their...

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Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

I have quite a belief in the wellbeing provided by being served good food in an inspirational environment, but this time I really took some liberties. After a 20 hour day before, I’d crawled in at 2am, showered, got a second wind then finally said hello to my bed at...

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Zheng, Sydney Street

Zheng, Sydney Street

Saunter up the steps to Zheng and sitting proudly, and perhaps ever-so-slightly in your face is a very complimentary review by Giles Coren pasted on to a board. Confident, or perhaps tempting fate? Either way, you can`t ignore the fact that “The Times” restaurant critic for the past 25 years...

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Ashburn S.W.7 at the Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum Hotel, Cromwell Road

Ashburn S.W.7 at the Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum Hotel, Cromwell Road

Situated just 3 or 4 minutes walk from Gloucester Rd tube station, the Holiday Inn, London Kensington Forum Hotel, Cromwell Road is a convenient spot to meet that makes a pleasant change from the usual Kensington and Chelsea haunts. The brand new Ashburn S.W.7 restaurant is a light and airy...

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A pilgrimage to the Burger’s birthplace at The Hard Rock Cafe Park Lane

A pilgrimage to the Burger’s birthplace at The Hard Rock Cafe Park Lane

London’s gastronomic obsessions are constantly in flux as London’s hungry intelligentsia is indefatigable in their search for novelty. However no matter what trends rise and fall, the burger never falls too far from the throne. This has been the case for so long that it’s hard to imagine a pre-burger...

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Artisan, 222 Portobello Rd W11

Artisan, 222 Portobello Rd W11

‘Artisan’ is situated near the top end of Portobello, and it’s not the posh part. It’s dimly lit inside, so the frontage puts you in mind of one of those member’s clubs that requires a couple of discreet knocks on the door to gain entry. Happily, looks are deceptive in...

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