Pike & Pine, Brighton

Kemptown in Brighton is traditionally known as the slightly more bohemian, less upmarket end of town – though always charming, all the same! But if Matt Gillan’s smart new venture Pike & Pine is anything to go by, it seems little old Kemptown may be well on its way to sharpening up its image.  The…

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…

Dean Street Townhouse, London

The row of green umbrellas and white circular tables that line the front of this imposing, unmarked building are well known amongst those who often walk Soho’s streets. But what exactly is beyond the intriguing frontage that makes Dean Street Townhouse so iconic? A traditionally designed, old school place given a sense of grandeur from…

Bar Termini, London

Blink and you might miss Termini. This tiny little bar sits behind a stylish deep blue frontage and a small wooden bench at the lesser traversed end of Old Compton Street. With only around 5 or 6 tables and a couples of bar stools, you have to be lucky to get a seat – and…

Caravan, London

Exmouth Market is a hive of activity, and the food stalls that line this pretty little street really help to define its place as a beacon for foodies. Stalls aside, Exmouth Market has plenty of independent shops and eateries dotted along either side, and these should by no means be neglected either. At one end,…

Frenchie, London

French food needn’t be all onion soup and coq au vin. I mean, let’s be honest, British food isn’t all roast beef and fish & chips, so why would the assumption be the same anywhere else? Try Frenchie in Covent Garden, and your opinion on our closet continental comrades’ dishes may well be changed. From…

Bloc, Holmfirth

For a small town with a plethora of modern bars and restaurants at its heart, you’d have expected a coffee spot that can serve a mean flat white to have sprung up before now. Welcome onto the Holmfirth food & drink scene, Bloc. Taking the onus from its surroundings (a previously atypical looking glass, well,…

Aria Hotel, Budapest

A rather well known playwright once said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” And since music is the theme behind one of Budapest’s newest 5-star accommodations, the Aria Hotel, I say play on and on and on. Each one of the Aria Hotel‘s 44 rooms is inspired by a different musical artist, from four clearly…