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London Restaurant reviews: Get the London lowdown on some of my favourite restaurants, bars and cafes. Afternoon Tea in London may also make its sweet, savoury and bubbly appearance.

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Cake at the Museum: Strawberry Hill House Café in Twickenham

One of my favourite places to have some cake and tea is in the Great Cloister overlooking the gardens of Horace Walpole’s Gothic fantasy at Strawberry Hill House. It’s a charming museum café from which you can stare across the Walpolian gardens where Georgian London’s great and godly once partied. Or when the sun is…

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Restaurant Review: Brilliant in Southall

Last updated on October 28th, 2020 at 12:42 pmWhat’s in a name? I’m in Southall to review Brilliant restaurant, and my greedy fingers are crossed that it’s as brilliant as it says it is. Apparently, both Prince Charles and Boris are fans, and with “Curry Queen” Dipna Anand at the culinary helm of this Ealing…

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Sticky Mango – Restaurant Review

Last updated on October 22nd, 2020 at 04:00 pmI have a real loathing of places which refer to themselves as London’s “best-kept secret,” but Sticky Mango actually deserves the accolade. It’s not wedged into Southbank’s busy arteries which overflow with humdrum chain restaurants. Instead, this Waterloo outpost is quietly but conveniently located on Coin Street,…

POMONA’S Notting Hill | Review

If you’ve ever wondered what a rainbow might look like inside a restaurant, head over to Pomona’s. This Notting Hill restaurant is dishing out the happy pills with its vibrant colour pops of turquoise, coral, red and zesty lemon set amongst leafy greens. And it’s not just the sunny decor that lifts the spirits. The…

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Best Bookshop Cafes in London

Last updated on March 12th, 2021 at 05:34 pmIs there anything better than a good book and a slice of cake? I think not. London has some enchanting bookshops where you can practically curl up with your favourite tome and tuck into a delicious slice and a cuppa. Here are 12 of the best bookshop…

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My favourite London restaurants

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:21 pmWant to eat like a Londoner? Here are some of my favourite restaurants in London, the ones where you might see me hanging out. There’s everything from Michelin star restaurants to London historical haunts, tasty fish and chips joints and even an Indian cafe where you can…

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Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

Last updated on June 1st, 2018 at 05:40 pmThe Victorian Afternoon Tea at the Victoria and Albert Museum had me at seed cake. These two words always bring my childhood back in a whoosh of nostalgia wrapped in a cocoon of Englishness. If seed cake was good enough for Bilbo Baggins and his Unexpected Party,…

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Lunch at Harry’s Dolce Vita in Knightsbridge

Last updated on August 16th, 2020 at 07:28 amHarry’s Bar. Don’t you just love those two words? It instantly brings to my mind the bitter taste of a pomegranate-coloured Negroni, Harry’s style, in Venice. There really is nowhere else in the world where I would rather sip my favourite drink. So, imagine my excitement when…

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Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament

Last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 08:27 amThe Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament as it’s commonly referred to, is one of London’s ultimate tourist hot spots, even if Big Ben is hibernating for the next three years whilst he gets a makeover. When I first arrived in London in the late 1980s,…

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Afternoon Tea at the Magazine

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:26 pmZaha Hadid and I spent many weekends in each other’s company in the later 2000s. Or to be exact, I spent many evenings perched at the Zaha Hadid-designed bar in the private members’ club, Home House. In those days, House Bar became an extension to my Marylebone…

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