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


Bars

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


Bars

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


Bars

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


Restaurants

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


Central London

Crab Tavern, Broadgate Circle

Published on May 17th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

Every city is going to have restaurants that while not in any way bad are also not in any way good. Not everywhere can be good. Even in Japan and the Basque country there are probably bad restaurants, ... Read More


Central London

The National Café, Covent Garden

Published on May 5th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood

I have to say I really didn’t expect a restaurant in a famous tourist location to be good. Especially not really good. I mean, why try? People are still going to go to the National Gallery, ... Read More


Restaurants

London’s Best Chicken Wings

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Gavin

There can be little doubt that fried chicken is one of the most popular food trends in London right now.  And as a bonafide fried chicken fiend, there’s nothing more satisfying than wreaking havoc on a ... Read More


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