Category Archives: Fancy Schmancy

The Hind’s Head – Bray

The Hind’s Head in Bray was an afternoon of seconds for me. The second time I’ve dined at a Blumenthal restaurant, the second time I’ve actually seen Heston in the flesh (the first being a sherry tasting at Shoreditch House … Continue reading

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Viajante (Second Visit) – Bethnal Green

I do tend to go on quite a bit about Viajante. I went once last year for the 3-course lunch, and it ranked no.2 in my best restaurants in London list behind Launceston Place. This time, I went back for … Continue reading

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Pearl – Holborn

I love posh girl dates. There is nothing better than throwing two sheets to the wind, spending some money and having a bit of gossip. The other thing I love is when TopTable deals don’t turn out to be absolute … Continue reading

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Dinner – Knightsbridge

Few restaurant openings have had the buzz that Dinner has had in the past year. Foodies have been collectively freaking out ever since it was announced that Heston, *the* Heston, would be opening up his first restaurant in 16 years … Continue reading

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Viajante – Bethnal Green

Restaurants like Viajante don’t come around everyday. Meaning ‘traveller’ in Portuguese (and pronounced Vee-ya-jahn-tay, not Vee-ya-han-tay as I originally thought), chef Nuno Mendes’ latest restaurant is an absolute dream. If you read any London food blogs, you’ve probably already heard … Continue reading

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Launceston Place – Gloucester Road

It’s embarrassing to have gone to a restaurant like Launceston Place and think you’ve lost your photographic evidence. I dined here in August with the boy as we said goodbye to one of my best friends who was moving to … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Babylon – Shoreditch

Beach Blanket Babylon looks like someone took a beach hut, decked it in black chandeliers and velvet, and decided that it somehow warranted charging £11 for a drink. It’s the sort of place that tries really hard to be good, … Continue reading

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l’Anima – Shoreditch

l’Anima had been on my list for a while.If not just because every time I say they name, I feel compelled to sign it along to the Animaniacs theme tune, which is just so so so wrong.  (If they had … Continue reading

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Soho House Restaurant – Soho

My boss is a member of the Soho House/Shoreditch House family, which means that if we’re at an awards ceremony, or entertaining a client, inevitably I’ll find myself there with a £11 martini in hand and one eye on the … Continue reading

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The Wolseley – Mayfair

Sometimes I love being in PR. In this job of pitching and schmoozing, you often find yourself having ‘casual’ lunches at places you’d never venture to on your own. Case in point: The Wolseley. I’d never been and hadn’t planned … Continue reading

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