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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Number 90 Bar and Restaurant review

Number 90 Bar and Restaurant review

As we sat on the riverside terrace of this Hackney Wick bar, me and my friend though to ourselves this is about as quintessentially Hackney as one can imagine. Inside, the graffiti, plants, ‘female identifying toilets’ and mismatch of wooden tables brought the warehouse-type venue space to life. Whilst I...

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The Thai Terrace

The Thai Terrace

The Thai Terrace 14 Wrights Lane, Kensington, W8 6TF Open: 12 noon – 12 midnight www.kensingtonthaiterrace.co.uk High Street Kensington isn’t exactly renowned for intimate, affordable eateries that aren’t just links on a nationwide chain. However the Thai Terrace, tucked away on Wright’s Lane just behind the station like a duck...

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Top Egg for Easter!

Top Egg for Easter!

  The egg has long been a metaphor for wealth, abundance and fertility, so it’s no surprise that it has been so closely associated with Easter. Although the actual date of Easter changes from year to year, it marks the beginning of bolder spring colours, a hint of warmth and...

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