Rumfest 2018: 8 New Rums to Try

Published on October 25th, 2018 | by Gavin

It’s been three years since I last attended UK Rumfest, but my adulation for the greatest rum show on earth has never faded. Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder, and I wasn’t disappointed with my ... Read More

Central London

Sakagura, Mayfair

Published on February 2nd, 2018 | by Ben Southwood

In London, Japanese food is still mostly limited to ramen—which it does increasingly well—and sushi—which is either concentrated at the extreme top end of the market (The Araki, Sushi Tetsu, Uni), or is cheap takeaway lunch ... Read More

Central London

45 Jermyn St., St James

Published on August 21st, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

I think a lot about what restaurants say about London. I’ve lived in and around London basically my whole life and while I don’t wear it on my sleeve and I’m not exactly a jingoistic chauvinist, ... Read More

Central London

Cigala, Bloomsbury

Published on July 26th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

Cigala opened in 2001, if I have my sources right, which is so far before my time that it barely even registers. I started eating in London restaurants in earnest in 2013, and most of the ... Read More


Cocktail Origins @ Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate

Published on July 18th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

Obviously the famous thing about the Duck & Waffle is the view. If you know a second thing, you know they serve a duck and waffle dish. If you know a third, it’s that they are ... Read More

Central London

Wing Wing, Bloomsbury

Published on June 26th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

The last time I had Korean Fried Chicken (which, confusingly, has the initials KFC) was in Hong Kong. No, Hong Kong isn’t Korea, but just as you get better French, Italian, and Spanish food in London ... Read More


Skylight, Wapping

Published on June 8th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

Wapping is one of those forgotten places in London that you’ve vaguely heard of, as the site of a Victorian slum. A hazy memory of past industrial greatness. But it’s somewhere you’ve never really had a ... Read More


Martinis & Meringues @ Quaglino’s, St. James

Published on June 8th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

Quaglino’s is a massive, beautiful underground bar and restaurant that has a 1920s Art Deco glitz and glamour. Perhaps because it’s that right amount of dark, or because it has a doorman, or because it’s very ... Read More

Central London

Gelateria @ Mercante, Mayfair

Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

So apparently savoury, or savoury-ish, ice cream is a thing! As well as some extremely good gelato—seriously, the best pistachio you ever had, insanely creamy and true-tasting despite actually being a sorbet—Mercante’s new Gelateria “pop up” for the ... Read More


Bone Daddies, Marylebone

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

Bone Daddies has grown enough now to become a chain, but it has by no means lost its obsessive ramen nerdery. I know this because I was lucky enough to chat to antipodean-born Londoner founder Ross ... Read More

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