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…

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…

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…

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…