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Bocca di Lupo: London’s finest Italian tapas venue

Italian London dining venue Bocca di Lupo around the corner from Piccadilly Circus has a distinctly buzzy vibe that encourages enjoyment of the fantastic Italian dishes (much like the Spanish equivalent Barrafina) so it’s no wonder it’s one of London’s most enduringly popular restaurants. The broadly Italian themed decor is more polished than most city ...
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Polpetto: Subtle and flavoursome Italian tapas

Offshoot of establishment Polpo, Polpetto is a Berwick Street operation a stones throw away from their other venture Spuntino with a low lit, Italian themed decor, typical wooden tables and stripped back furnishings and small selection of Italian tapas plates. There are a lot of vegetarian options on the menu and a few pasta and ...
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Italian

Polpo: Some of London’s finest Italian tapas

Polpo is renowned as one of London’s finest Italian tapas restaurants and it’s acclaim is certainly deserved, boasting an array of visually enticing and flavourful typical Italian dishes and a bustling, lively atmosphere with hospitable and swift service. Polpo seems to have cracked the tapas code by producing a number of very good tapas restaurants ...
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French

City Social: Elegant Michelin dining in the sky

One of Michelin chef Jason Arterton’s ventures, City Social, alongside the prestigious Michelin starred Pollen and equally accomplished Social Eating House is another well turned out, elegant city restaurant, with a modern European menu, formal sensibility and attention to detail that frequently features in Jason’s dishes. The views are outstanding and the cuisine features a ...
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Italian

Four to Eight: Refined simplicity and delicious

The newest restaurant ventures in Convent Garden London seem to posses san air of authentic traditional cooking mixed with modern simplicity, clean lines and plenty of flavour. Four to Eight is a stand out restaurant among the most recent venue openings across the city. Head Chef Ian Loynes, formerly of the Square is accompanied by ...
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Zucca: Rustic but competent Italian cuisine

Sam Harris’s Zucca is lauded by London’s trend setters and foodies as one of the city’s best Italian restaurants and certainly produces some great dishes with plenty of flavour and a focus on ingredient quality. The atmosphere is a bit sterile and the fairly boxy bijoux space is rather too minimalist and grey, but excellent ...
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Italian

Tinello: Fabulous Pimlico Based Culinary Classics

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. I’m rarely wowed by Italian dining venues across London. Of course with have Bocca Di Lupo, Zucca and Locanda Locatelli gracing our streets with high calibre creations, but not really so many others. Tinello in London’s Pimlico distric is an exception to this rule, offering rather masterful ...
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Italian

Novikov Restaurant: Fantastic Italian Cuisine

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by Novikov restaurant because the Guardian’s Jay Rayner was profoundly unimpressed with this Berkeley Street restaurant, owned by Arkady Novikov who owns more than 50 restaurants in Moscow. I love good Italian food and it needs to have a distinctly Michelin ...
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Latium Restaurant: Charming and palate pleasing Italian cuisine

Fitzrovia based Latium Restaurant has a warm inviting atmosphere with mixed clientele and an extensive, appealing, regional Italian menu. Opposite The Sanderson this 55 seat minimalist restaurant is bustling with city workers at lunch-time, a refreshing change from many of the deserted venues I’ve frequented just past noon. I’m clearly not the only fan. Wooden ...
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Italian

Brunello Restaurant: Simple Italian food without fuss

In my experience five-star hotels offer some of the best culinary experiences to be had in London, so I am rather anticipating a decent meal in the plush Baglioni’s Brunello Restaurant, headed by Executive Chef Claudio Milani, protégé of L’Anima’s award winning Chef Francesco Mazzei. Bear in mind everyone else loves L’Anima apparently, apart from ...
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Trullo: Truly boring Italian food

I’ve always been a huge fan of Italian cuisine. It’s supposed to be passionate, enticing, rich, indulgent, vibrant and fun, or at least it very often is, but dining out in Trullo Restaurant, located near Highbury & Islington, it’s very clear that some dining establishments lack these elements. It’s not that I don’t appreciate simple ...
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Hotels

Apero: Modern Mediterranean food worth savouring

I’m concerned on my latest restaurant venture that I might yet again experience a dearth of decent food. I need to climb out of the Michelin boat but I rarely find a restaurant that makes it a worthy venture. I am pleased to say that Apero Restaurant at The Ampersand hotel has truly convinced me. ...
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Hotels

Cucina Asellina: Rustic Italian in a contemporary setting

I am ready to dislike Italian restaurant Cucina Asellina, occupying a space in London’s five-star ME London Hotel. The website promises genuine Italian food executed with New York flair. I’m concerned I might get Americanised Italian food that shirks tradition in favour of blandness. I’m worried I might suffer from severe food boredom. Designed by ...
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Italian

Quadrato: An Italian White Truffle Addiction

The modern intimate Quadrato restaurant, offering the rustic, vibrant cuisine of Northern Italy is located within the luxury five-star Four Seasons Canary Wharf, a refined, upmarket and ultra elegant hotel with an impressive riverfront location and professional but affable staff. Canary wharf is a corporate hub with exceptional views of London on a sunny afternoon, ...
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Italian

L’Anima: Italian Cuisine without soul

After reading positive reviews of L’Anima I expected something pretty sublime but was sorely disappointed by very bland food, without attention to detail or the fastidiousness I expect from an award-winning dining venue. The sheer elegance promised on the site cannot readily substitute the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located close to Liverpool ...
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Bacco Italian: Hidden gem of haute cuisine

I’ve dined at various Italian restaurants lately and been deeply disappointed by the inability to use simple ingredients well and create dishes that are both well-constructed and executed in terms of aesthetics and taste. Bacco Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in the heart of Holborn, is, I am pleased to say, not one of these. ...
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Italian

Cassis Bistro: High Street Honey?

Cassis Bistro located along London’s Brompton Road is a subtle, slick and stylishly designed restaurant inspired by Provencale cuisine. The focus is on ingredients sourced locally and from the Mediterranean. You immediately feel relaxed as you enter the restaurant, which has a very laid back vibe. There is nothing ostentatious or stuffy and this simplicity ...
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French

Axis Restaurant One Aldwych: Move over Michelin

Fine dining can be an exhilarating, average or exhausting experience depending on where you dine and what your expectations are. If you think Michelin magic is going to pervade your reality and it disappoints you’re left a little crest-fallen, if a luxury hotel has chipped floorboards you wonder why a star wasn’t dropped. The case ...
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Breakfast

42 ° Raw Review: Raw and Fabulous?

Raw food: The basis Gaining momentum the world over the raw food diet is touted as the healthy alternative to conventionally cooked meals. Raw food fans generally eschew foods heated above 40-49 °C in favour of largely organic and unprocessed raw fruits, vegetables, soaked nuts and seeds, sprouted grains, desserts, smoothies and on occasion meat ...
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French

Pollen Street Social: A pleasant re-evaluation

After feeling that Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen Street Social was somehow an unfinished venture, I decided to head back to this bustling, comfortable and contemporary venue. I really did like it but felt I’d missed something or perhaps been a tad harsh. With this in mind I sauntered in on a Saturday afternoon. It was much ...
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