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…

Common, Brighton

I can’t think of many UK towns or cities outside of London, where you can find little pockets of cute independent restaurants and cafes, except for Brighton. It’s isn’t called London-by-the-sea for nothing. And if it wasn’t for the squarking gulls overhead and the breathable seaside air, I’d think I was right back in south…

Borkonyha, Budapest

Michelin starred dining doesn’t always have to cost a small fortune. Well, that is, not in Hungary anyway. One of the few establishments in the country’s capital to receive the accolade, Borkonyha is also possibly the most laid-back of them all. Fine dining is all too often seen to be white tablecloths, polished silverware and stuffy…

Asia de Cuba, London

Discreetly nestled away behind the semi-opaque glass fronting of St Martin’s Lane Hotel, Asia de Cuba is perhaps one of the lesser known brunch spots located smack bang in the centre of town. With boozy brunch at £35 a head, their well-priced bottomless menu is actually very fair for the quality, service and volume (of food and drink) received….

Aamanns, Copenhagen

Smørrebrød is that classic Danish cuisine that no one can say (I’ve since found out it’s ‘SMUHR–bruth’) but everyone wants to try. And where better to sample this classic Danish dish, than in classically Danish-designed Aamanns. Awash with simple white hues and light wooden furnishings, this scandi sanctuary is both simple and clean, yet reassuringly homely. The true…

Plot, London

Broadway market in Tooting hasn’t really had much to shout about until now. Enter Plot, and suddenly one of the largest covered markets in London is well on the way to changing its image forever. Whilst its slightly smaller neighbour Tooting Market (not the same place, as is a common misconception) has seen a gradual…