Category: London

London, Lunch

Balans Soho Society, Westfield Stratford

Balans interior bar candle

We were lured to Balans by an enticingly brief mention in The Guardian from Grace Dent, an admired food writer and East End local. So off we set for a lunchtime treat. Balans Soho Society is a small chain of eight restaurants, all in London. At Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre they are located on The Street, …

London, Lunch

IG9 Brunch & Cafe, Buckhurst Hill

IG9 Salad

We had been meaning to pop in for quite some time, and finally made it. IG9 Brunch & Cafe has recently had a bit of facelift, and very fresh and invigorated it’s looking too. It now has a book exchange and comfy seats by the window. The layout is comfortable and not over-crowded, always a temptation …

Brunch, London

Soho Joe, London

As the other Instagramming clientele were ushered to their seats the troglodytes were shown downstairs (that will teach me to reserve a table for brunch, even if they say you can). Our low ceilinged cave had one long table easily able to seat the three of us and was lit by tealight candles, creating flickering …

Brunch, London, Out of London

Green Owl Canteen, Loughton

Sunday = Brunchday in our house and when we heard that one of our favourite cafes, The Green Owl in Buckhurst Hill, had opened a sister eatery in nearby Loughton, the temptation to try it out was too much to resist. The Green Owl Canteen may technically fall in Loughton, as advertised, but I’d say that …

Dinner, London

Sarastro, Covent Garden

The longer you have to wait for a treat, the sweeter the taste. Months ago we promised ourselves the reward of a slap-up dinner to celebrate the new job that I didn’t yet have. We’d even chosen the restaurant: Sarastro, a turkish restaurant with a difference, in London’s Covent Garden. If you’ve walked up Drury Lane …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

The Green Café, Greenwich

We made a return trip to Greenwich on the late May bank holiday weekend and timed it to coincide with our favourite meal of the day – brunch. A quick Google threw up plenty of options, not surprising for such a bustling town and tourist magnet, and we were drawn to The Green Café on …

Dinner, London

Buenos Aires Café, Greenwich

A hot summer’s day is a glorious excuse to enjoy the best that London has to offer, and so we set off for a day out in Greenwich and ended up at an Argentinian restaurant – the Buenos Aires Café. We started our afternoon with a meander around the National Maritime Museum’s Great British Seaside …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

Lighthaus Café, Walthamstow

Lighthaus Cafe

Sundays are brunch days more often than not, either at home or as the weather gets warmer we venture out and explore. Last Sunday we stayed local with a visit to Lighthaus Café in Walthamstow after seeing a brief mention in Grace Dent’s restaurant review pages in the Guardian’s Weekend mag. Industrial Revolution Lighthaus is set …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

Grind, Covent Garden

Half-way through the Easter bank holiday weekend we decided it was time to venture into London for a little culture and brunch. Life had been busy of late with very little time to enjoy the delights on our doorstep. So this was a good opportunity to make use of my Tate membership by seeing two …

Dinner, London

Langan’s Brasserie, Mayfair

A. was lucky enough to win an Open Table voucher at a Christmas raffle and it has taken quite a while to decide how to splurge in a style to which we would very much like to become accustomed. The timing was great as we used the win to celebrate moving in together and we …