Best bangers & mash

3467_largeHuddle up in one of the wooden booths in the dining room or hang out in the bistro-style wine bar of this quaint, original Victorian eating house. Yes, they have chops but the bangers & mash are the best on earth.


Dining Room
Monday – Saturday
12–3pm, 6–10.30pm

Wine Bar & Shop
Monday – Saturday
(reduced menu 3-6pm)


The Quality Chop House, 92-94 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3EA





Seafood pop-up

tl-horizontal_mainAlthough at a slightly passe venue, this punk-style lobster bar is  rather cool.  Try the Rock Lobsta roll and Snow Crab Sling cocktail to get you started.

Rock Lobsta at Mahiki, 1 Dover Street, London W1S 4LD.

Hot night out

Casa_Negra_2013_-_VK5M8062_3@gallerymainCheck out this laidback Mexican bar and restaurant the next time you’re out in Shoreditch.  Choose from cheese and chorizo quesadillas, braised beef ribs with pineapple and zingy mackerel ceviche while working through the list of moreish tequila cocktails.  Upstairs gives no hint of the glitzy underground club where you can get down to the cool party soundtracks well into the night.  Tequila.  It makes me happy!

Casa Negra, 54-56 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3QR

Flesh & Buns

Flesh_Buns_Hirata_Bun@gallerymainA cool new venture in Covent Garden from the people behind Soho ramen joint Bone Daddies, Flesh & Buns specialises in Japanese hirata (filled steam buns).  Projected scenes from Japanese foodie movies greet you at the door before you head down to the funky basement dining room. recycled furniture, rock music, eclectic graphics and artwork.   Choose your bun ‘flesh’ fillings on the menu from slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with Korean flavours, whole baby chicken with yuzu koshu, and robata-grilled sea bass with coriander miso.

Flesh & Buns, 41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5-10.30pm (Wed-Fri -11.30pm) Sat-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)


Electric donuts

donCheck out Notting Hill’s new Electric Donuts.

Each morning, fresh batches of donuts are made in four different delish flavours like Maple Bourbon, Bergamot Orange, Ginger Chew, Mexican Chocolate and Berry Trifle alongside the traditional Chocolate and Vanilla. Each donut costs £1.50.


Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed – Friday: Open from 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: Open from 10am

Electric Donuts, Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED.


Wild Honey

wild honeyFrom the people who brought us Arbutus, recently refurbished Wild Honey mixes grandeur with easy comfort Downton Abbey style.  Go for the crab with avocado and Italian leaves, Cornish cod with peas and English pear clafoutis with vanilla ice-cream.

Wild Honey, 2 St George Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2FB.

London Underground Afternoon Tea

tea and cakesThe tube turns 150 this week.  To celebrate, The Park Lane Hotel is serving a very special London Underground Afternoon Tea of tube-themed treats including a Metropolitan 1863 gin cocktail, a Gloucester Road Tart and Royal Oak smoked salmon bagels.  £41 per person.

9th January – 10th February 2013

3pm-6pm on weekdays and 2pm-6pm at weekends.

The Palm Court, Park Lane Hotel,  Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX.