Category: London

Breakfast, Brunch, London, Out of London

Green Owl Café, Buckhurst Hill

Green Owl Café and Deli   is one of those local treasures that I know we should support more frequently – for brunch, lunch and more. They fearlessly compete with the likes of Costa (two branches within spitting distance) and Waitrose (opposite) giving away free hot drinks, and still thrive. Why? Because they are really, really good …

Dinner, London

Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

Grand Trunk Road came highly recommended by local friends, and we’d been looking forward to trying it out. As it was booked up most weekends, we decided to book ahead for a special date – December 30th, the first anniversary of our very first date. Perhaps it was the result of our eager anticipation, but …

Dinner, London

The Cuckfield, Wanstead

This is one of our favourite local haunts, not least because it’s where we had our first date almost a year ago (thanks Guardian Soulmates!). There’s plenty of space here, and in the summer a huge garden too. Dating back to the 1800s The Cuckfield was originally a coaching house, and you can still get …

Dinner, London

Bill’s Restaurant, Kingston upon Thames

It was a bright cold Saturday afternoon when we rolled up at the sparkling new DoubleTree by Hilton (yet another great deal), very happy with our decision to stay overnight. We were here for a Gin Party thrown by some local friends, marking yet another relationship milestone – hooray! Now, as with any Gin party …

Dinner, London

Masala Zone, Covent Garden

It was Sunday night A, her son and I walked along Floral Street, Covent Garden. It was 9pm and the city felt quieter than normal with the majority of weekenders having already headed home. We had been to see the new Blade Runner film at the Leicester Square Cineworld and were all in good spirits, although …

Dinner, London, Out of London

The Queen’s Rooms, Buckhurst Hill

This is a local treasure, and as it’s under a five minute walk from the tube station (Buckhurst Hill is on the east side of the Central line) it’s easily accessible, sitting right on the London/Essex border. Living nearby, we love Buckhurst Hill for it’s quiet village-like atmosphere. The Queen’s Rooms is a cafe by …

Brunch, London

L’ETO Caffe, Soho

Our truancy day dawned, a day of fun ahead, everyone else at work – happy Friday!  And how do you start such a day … yes of course – with brunch. Off into town we went, the Breakfast Club in Soho our goal; all previous attempts had failed as we’d baulked at the sight of …

Dinner, London

Cafe Monico, Soho

How much can you cram into one day out in London? Quite a lot, we discovered through a rather optimistic lack of planning. So after brunch (review to come!) a visit to the From Selfie to Self-Expression exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, a rather challenging film (Una) at the Mayfair Curzon, and a fair bit …

Dinner, London

Sea Containers, South Bank

  In need of a treat, we were delighted when an Open Table offer dropped into the inbox. These deals are a great way to try out some of the swankiest restaurants, without making too big a dent in our bank balance. Off to Sea Containers we went. Uncharted Waters Sea Containers House was originally …