Veneta, London

The Salt Yard group restaurants are firm favourites. The likes of Ember Yard and the Opera Tavern are well-known, hugely likeable restaurants with excellent tapas menus and their own distinct personalities. And with such a reputation to follow, we have high hopes for their latest addition, Veneta. A restaurant in a modern building in central…

Blacklock, London

Walking down into Blacklock on such a sunny day was a little disconcerting. The thought of missing out on all that sunlight whilst dining on heavy ‘winter’ food in a cellar wasn’t exactly the ideal. But the high ceilings and spacious feel of the restaurant interior make it feel as open and inviting as though…

Aster, London

Victoria is a bit of a mess at the minute. If the endless construction works that have plagued the area around the station for years aren’t enough, the food and drink scene is practically nonexistent. And with the high (very high) footfall in the area, I’ve often wondered why this is the case. But, rejoice,…

Disrepute, London

I have a slight obsession with ‘secret’ bars. I suppose there’s something in the exclusivity of it all – being in the know about that quiet little spot where you’re guaranteed to grab a table. Or maybe it’s just the smug feeling of having one up on your significant other (“You mean, you haven’t been…

Pharmacy 2, London

I highly doubt you would ever stumble across Pharmacy 2. Nestled away in the heart of Lambeth between Vauxhall and Waterloo is Newport Street Gallery, situated on a lesser traversed street beside the railway line. The gallery itself is beautiful, and well worth a visit, but we’re here for the food (and we certainly are)…

Swift, London

Swift is a game of two halves. If, like me, you like to guarantee yourself a seat in a cosy little spot for a cocktail, then the downstairs bar is for you, where reservations are a must. Opulently decorated in rich, dark shades, the downstairs bar is an ideal underground hangout to bed in for…

The Little Taperia, London

Good things come in small packages. So they say. Though this classic idiom is one that is all too often shrouded in insecurity and doubt. One place, however, that you should never have any doubts about is The Little Taperia. The Little Bar (slightly littler, just as great) was the first bijou venture by Madeline…

Industry Standard, Berlin

The walk up from Kreuzberg to find Industry Standard was definitely enough to work up an appetite. After a long stroll up Urbanstraße and then along (the slightly unnerving) Sonnenalle, I begin to wonder where on earth this in new restaurant might be. I’m told Neukölln is the up-and-coming part of town – “Like Shoreditch,…

Hallesches Haus, Berlin

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about walking through a shop to get to a cafe. Like when your mum used to march you through House of Fraser just to get a tepid machine-dripped cappuccino from Cafe Zest. But House of Fraser this certainly is not – this is a very different kind of Haus… Hallesches Haus…

Grand Hyatt, Berlin

I’ve got this issue with chains. Be that bars, restaurants or hotels, and will always choose an independent establishment over some giant corporation. There’s something about charming individuality that’s quite simply irresistible. However, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin isn’t exactly famed for its independently owned accommodation, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel seemed like the kind of…

Commonground, Berlin

“Berlin is great for so many things, just not the food.” This is what I was pretty much told previous to my most recent trip. Well, I’m pleased to say, they were wrong.  True, you do need to know where you’re going. It’s not one of those cities where you can casually stumble across that…

Barber & Parlour, London

As soon as I walk into Barber & Parlour, I realise it’s not your average cafe. It’s more. It’s actually a cafe-cum-shop-cum-cinema-cum-hairdresser’s-cum-nail salon(-cum-barber-cum-parlour… I mean, I should have known). I find myself smiling and thinking: Only in Shoreditch. The huge corner building, set over three floors, is not just home to a quirky laid back…