Category: London

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 …

London, Lunch

IKEA, Tottenham

As relationship milestones go, the first trip to IKEA has to be up there in the ‘make or break’ stakes. Tales of woe abound – frayed tempers, ambitious furniture too big for the car, flat pack rage. Our survival strategy was a promise of lunch at the end of the shop. Would it work? Scandi-light …

Brunch, London, Lunch

Ozone Coffee, Shoreditch

Brunch at Ozone Coffee Roasters is definitely more artisan than shabby chic, with real coffee roasting happening downstairs. It sits on the edge of the city near to Old Street, Hoxton and Shoreditch. Ozone has a stylish industrial interior providing a good selection of seating, accommodating solo coffee drinkers with their laptops at nice window seats …

Dinner, London

The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras

Much to our surprise we found ourselves approaching our six month anniversary. Where did that time go? Wanting to mark the occasion in style we were keeping an eye open for that extra special place and that handy restaurant lover’s helpmate Open Table came to our rescue with a fabulous offer of three courses and a …

London

Portrait, National Portrait Gallery

A whim took us off for afternoon tea at Portrait, the restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery. What better way to enjoy a sunny London afternoon than a classic tea? We’d had a light brunch at home as a strategic move to leave plenty of room for a 4pm sitting, but doing justice to this …

Dinner, London

Rivington Grill, Shoreditch

We’d had a brilliant evening at Old Street Records for a PPA Live event, listening to former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney interviewing current Now magazine editor-in-chief (and soon to be editor-in-chief of Radio Times) Mark Frith. PPA put on some great events for young journalists and journalism students and my own young journalist son …