London last Saturday was a lovely place to be. The weather was perfectly sunny and it felt like summer had actually arrived. We had booked lunch at Julie’s in Holland Park to celebrate our friend Brandon’s birthday. Julie’s is a West London institution still going strong after 40 years. Part of it’s appeal lies in
The chalkboard outside Cafe Respiro promises “the best coffee in Notting Hill”. I was immediately intrigued to see if this claim was true. The bright blue painted cafe also moonlights as an Italian delicatessen and the walls are lined with packets of pasta and tins of tomatoes which gives a cosy feel to the place.
Almost two years had passed since my last visit to The Ledbury so it was time to save some pennies and splurge again at what I think is one of the best restaurants in London. This time I ate at the Ledbury with five other amazing ladies – all Aussie girls living in London and
The array of “pinxtos” or small plates lined up at the bar at Pix Pinxtos in Notting Hill can add up to death by a thousand fiscal cuts. That’s the problem with tapas, and particularly small tapas that aren’t really very filling, you end up eating so many of them that you could have gone
In my search for the holy grail of Thai restaurants, Garden and Grill has all the makings of being the one. It serves cheap and cheerful Thai food. It has a great outdoor terrace overlooking Portobello road in Notting Hill (with heaters for Winter). What’s more it does BYO – a real rarity in London.
When I first visited Bloody French in September 2008 I said that… Bloody French in Notting Hill prides itself on being French. So there is tap water, there is bread at no charge and best of all there is no “discretionary” service charge. I get so annoyed with the London discretionary 12.5% service charge. It
Grubby old boozer gets given the gastro pub makeover. It’s a common story in London and while I do feel sad that local character sometimes gets turfed out along with the worn furniture, it generally means that the food is vastly improved. This is certainly the case with The Elgin, in Ladbroke Grove. Once a
When I first visited E&O I said that… E&O is a restaurant that does not live up to the hype. It gets regular mentions as one of London’s top restaurants, with prices to match and a celebrity clientele (Gwyneth et al). Since then I have been back to E&O twice and it was only
MTV boyfriend’s birthday is usually an occasion that I use to justify taking him to a swanky restaurant. Of course MTV boyfriend is not really into swanky restaurants, he is a meat and two veg type of guy. This year, much to my disappointment he put his foot down. No restaurant of the moment,