Restaurants – London

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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Plateau – a Scotch Beef dinner

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Ask most Londoners to think of Canary Wharf and they will come up with words like “soulless”, “too clean”, “chain store/restaurant hell” and other equally unlovely epithets. I’ve never really subscribed to the soulless description and I wasn’t aware that it was possible for a place to be too clean – it certainly isn’t a […]

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LQ Foodings – a Chateau Marmot pop-up restaurant in London

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Shadwell is a bit of London that seldom makes it into the news for good things.  You’re more likely to read about muggings in Cable Street than excellent meals –  and yet there is no logical reason why this should be so.  Shadwell is a stone’s throw from both the financial powerhouse of the City […]

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Buddha-Bar, London

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It’s a brave man that opens a bar named after a major world religious figure – but that is exactly what the late Raymon Visan did in 1996 when he opened the first Buddha-Bar. It was not Visan’s first foray into the world of wining and dining – he had previously opened Barfly in Paris […]

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The Botanist review

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I am an east-Londoner and I have been since I set foot on these fair shores 13 years ago. Every property I have ever lived in (only three, to be fair) has had a post-code starting with the letter E, as have two of the three companies I have worked for.  I love the sens […]

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