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Breakfast

KIN Cafe: Fresh, honest food and great coffee

Fitzrovia newbie KIN Cafe has only been open three months and is already garnering a loyal following due to is great coffee blends, which are regularly rotated and currently feature Roundhill Roastery, a lovely, mellow coffee blend, which they create a beautifully creamy flat white and cappuccino with, and they’re good selection of healthy, fresh ...
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Granger and Co: A thoroughly scrumptious Sunday Brunch

A sprawling, modern, airy and light space, The New branch of Granger and Co Clerkenwell is somewhat a social hub on a Sunday at lunchtime and absolutely scrumptious looking brunch and lunch plates line the tables. I’m so bowled over by a fellow diner’s scrambled egg, avocado and St John’s Bakery sourdough toast, I order ...
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Breakfast

Ozone Coffee: Ice cool ambience but fantastic coffee spot

Old Street coffee roaster Ozone was established in 1995 by Jamie and Karen Hodson who along with their passion for artisan coffee and philanthropy in general were dedicated to helping street kids in agencies across South America. This passion lead them to remote villages where the primary source of income working in coffee plantations. This ...
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Breakfast

Workshop Coffee Farringdon: Effortlessly cool coffee spot with excellent cuisine

Whether you’re a fan of good coffee or laid back dining with a cool, easy edge but competently drummed up every time, Workshop Coffee in Farringdon is the place to go, standing out among London’s other top coffee venues and similar Antipodean style restaurant menus. It’s a happy restaurant/cafe hybrid that incorporates a more formal ...
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Cafes

Speakeasy: Young, funky and excellent coffee

If you’re looking for one of London’s best coffee options I heartily endorse The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs shops, which incorporate the Carnaby Street based Speakeasy, a trendy, ultra modern cafe spot with plenty of space to chill out, work or have a lunch business rendezvous and enjoy some fantastic View of the ...
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Cafes

St Clements Cafe: Parson’s Green quaint coffee gem

Quaint Parson’s Green cafe St Clements is an ideal sarnie, salad or coffee stop in the region, offering decent Ozone coffee and a range of breakfast, lunch and cake items for reasonably prices. It has a tea-room vibe with pale blue walls, bare wooden furniture and a tasteful, old-fashioned sensibility to the decor. The Marzocco ...
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Cafes

Black Lab Coffee: Modish mellow coffee and super cakes

Antipodean cafe venues are aplenty in London’s streets and Black Lab Coffee is another Clapham triumph, alongside Brickwood Coffee and outstanding eateries such as The Dairy. Smooth mellow Climpson and Sons coffee run through a Marzocco coffee machine comes at a near perfect temperature, the milk and coffee are not scalded and the latter art ...
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TBC: Spacious cafe concept with homely classic food

Hip Shoreditch plays host to an array of modish cafe venues and The Book Club is no exception, occupying quite an expansive space in a lunch-time and late night drinking venue that occupies a former Victorian Warehouse on Leonard Street. The interiors feature the common exposed brick walls, simple but sleek wooden furniture and floorboards ...
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Breakfast

Honky Tonk Clapham: Bountiful, delicious brunch

A typical diner style venue Honky Tonk Clapham boasts an array of burgers and a typical weekend brunch menu that can be seen in many trendy dining outlets across London, particularly the Clapham area. Exposed brick walls and dim lights are typical of such haunts and it’s a welcome addition to the dining scene in ...
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French

Chez Bruce: Effortlessly Palatable Classical Cuisine

I am starting to get bored of foams and gharish colours adorning my plate lately. I’m slightly disturbed by the rise of fusion Asian cuisine that blends discordant flavours and Michelin level joints seem to be plying my desserts with too many components that clearly belong in a starter or main and never anywhere near ...
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French

The Greenhouse: Intelligently designed food

The beautifully calm zen garden area sets the theme for lunch at the decidedly serene Greenhouse Restaurant located in Hays Mews. It’s elegant, understated and minimalist, much like the food. Another critic decried an antiseptic ambience, but this was not present on my visit, on the contrary it was a rather liveable space for a ...
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Cafes

Gail’s Kitchen: Fabulous Michelin Level Cuisine

Fed exceptionally well with simple food that lacks pretension but tastes fantastic, I might just be in love with Gail’s Kitchen. In fact, it might be the best place to dine in London bar none on the starter and main front. Everything seems to border on the exquisite. I wonder why none of the Michelin’s ...
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Bars and pubs

The Portman: Better than your average gastropub

I’m a professed gastropub loather on most accounts. They linger haplessly in between a pub, restaurant concept, offering fine dining menus that rarely meet the criteria of proficient culinary art and cuisine at any level. It’s a recipe for disappointment to be offered soused mackerel with horseradish cream or chocolate cremoso only to find that ...
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British

Caxton Grill: Masterchef runner up offers quality British cuisine

Located within the marble clad and stylishly decorated four-star St Ermin’s Hotel in St. James Park, Caxton Grill features baroque prints, soothing caramel tones and polished wooden floorboards with fine quality, largely uncomplicated British food and friendly service. Head Chef Adam Handling recently featured on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals where he wowed both Michele Roux ...
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French

Club Gascon: A mixed barrel and shocking dessert

A souped up pond on a plate was not what I expected for dessert in a Michelin establishment, but is sadly what I got at the highly respected French restaurant Club Gascon, located close to Smithfield Market and Barbican, and lauded for it’s French gastronomy. Top chef Pascal Aussignac has maintained the culinary Michelin accolade ...
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British

Kitchen W8: Standout Michelin dining

Sometimes I venture into a Michelin restaurant and worry that the food will be nothing more than mildly agreeable and I start to wonder if other dining establishments without a star are unnecessarily falling below the radar. Then I invariably dine at a venue without a prestigious award of some kind and I’m reminded that ...
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Breakfast

Maison Trois Garcons: Unique and quirky lunch spot

An extravagantly decorated space in Shoreditch plays host to Maison Trois Garçons, a retail shop/cafe outpost of the popular French restaurant Les Trois Garçons and Loungelover. There is sense of spaciousness and plenty of quirky furniture displays and decorative antique, vintage and contemporary artefacts lining the small venue. It’s a work of interesting art that ...
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Greek

Warda Restaurant: Deliciously authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese cuisine with a modern twist is promised by Warda, a Southgate based restaurant with a friendly, convivial atmosphere, typically contemporary and understated interior and range of mezze style dishes such as hoummous, tabbouleh and slow cooked meats. Opened in November 2012 following the critical acclaim Fakhreldine Restaurant in Mayfair, the kitchen is headed by ...
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Restaurants

Zoilo: Gratifying and upmarket Argentinian cuisine

Zoilo is an Argentinian restaurant run by restaurateurs Diego Jacquet and Alberto Abbate and tucked away in Duke Street close to Selfridges. It’s a distinctly charming, venue with dim lighting, exposed brickwork, red leather seating and an intimate and not unhomely feel. Downstairs there is an open kitchen and small private dining room. It’s received ...
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