Restaurants – London

Chop Shop Haymarket: Sunday rib chop review

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I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up back in South Africa, Sunday lunch was A Big Deal in our house. It seemed that all my friends’s families had some sort of tradition around Sunday lunch:  this one’s family always braaied (barbecued); this one’s family always went out to lunch at the […]

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Churchill’s Port House review

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It’s a fickle old thing, fashion.  One minute you can’t leave the house unless you are wearing ripped jeans and leather armbands; or dungarees and a bandana; or a bubble skirt; or neon; or Doc Martens; or shoulder pads.  The next minute, you wouldn’t be caught dead in any of these.  Unless, of course, you […]

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Namaaste Kitchen review

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Anybody who has visited London for any length of time will be aware  of the city’s (and indeed the country’s) love affair with Indian cuisine.  You can travel to the teensiest, least ethnically diverse hamlet in the remotest part of the UK… and I will bet money on the fact that you will find a […]

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Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College with WineTrust 100

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Years ago, I remember when the Cape Town Hotel School restaurant first opened on the Granger Bay campus, literally a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront.  ”Hmph”, said my father, ever the pessimist, “why on earth would you pay good money to go and eat at a place where the chefs don’t know what they […]

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An Italian wine dinner at Hawksmoor, Guildhall

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If you had mentioned the name Hawksmoor to me five years ago, the only association I would have made was with London architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, protegé of Sir Christopher Wren and architect of at least six beautiful London Churches.  Anybody who has walked around Spitalfields market or traveled on the DLR from the City to […]

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – and win free flights for AirFrance’s 80th anniversary!

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One of the things I love best about London is the abundance of choice. I might go and see a musical; you might prefer classical ballet; or even an experimental dance company from Montenegro.  I might choose to go and see Billy Bragg playing his singular brand of political folk music while  friend might prefer […]

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Brigade Bar & Bistro review

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How many of us have not at some point expressed a desire to make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves?  But more often than not, when conversation turns to what form this making of a difference might take, the plans and schemes always involve travel to exotic climes, rescuing […]

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