We discover where to find London’s finest afternoon tea “Your country’s one indisputable contribution to Western Civilization: afternoon tea,” observes the character Drax, in that thoroughly reprehensible Bond film, Moonraker. But misgivings about acting, plot and special effects aside, Michael Lonsdale’s droll observation was arguably spot on: although the UK hasContinue Reading

One Canada Square is a perfect example of under-promising and over-delivering Once derided as a culinary graveyard, Canary Wharf has cleared up its act in recent years, with a smattering of decent restaurants that merit a detour from the West End. For a start, there is Ibérica La Terraza –the mostContinue Reading

Bombay Brasserie is a leading contender for London’s finest Indian restaurant There are many contestants for London’s best Indian restaurant prize, but I can assure you that Bombay Brasserie is ten leaps ahead of the rest. Which, in a city full of good Indian restaurants, is an astounding achievement, andContinue Reading

For a touch of the exotic then look no further than this dining experience Nestled on an unassuming street in London’s Fitzrovia district is an exotic enclave of the weird and wonderful, mixing gastronomic excitement with gustative satisfaction. Walking in is like entering a Moroccan riad, decorated with the spoils ofContinue Reading

Barrafina really stands out from its Soho cohorts Soho is not what it used to be. As you stroll down the grimy streets, no longer are they littered with hookers, dingy bars and endless imaginatively named sex shops. Alas, nowadays, the streets are relatively clean, the hookers are all hidden awayContinue Reading

Combining seasonal British fare with a buzzing, classy atmosphere, Hix Soho comfortably lives up to its reputation There can be few people in the restaurant business who have not at least heard of Mark Hix, the former stalwart of Caprice Holdings, who now boasts an empire of his own, including outletsContinue Reading

A stay at Bel and the Dragon offers delicious comfort food in idyllic surroundings Bel and the Dragon may sound like the name of an English fairytale passed down from generation to generation, and walking through the picturesque village of Cookham, just north of Windsor, it is not hard for yourContinue Reading

With Valentine’s Day approaching you will need to get that special someone a bottle of wine worthy of their love. James Lawrence picks out some of his favourites In light of that upcoming sham of a commercial holiday known as Valentine’s Day – sorry, I am single and bitter –Continue Reading