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Escape to South Africa (With a Deal)

Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Hardly a week goes by without a magazine or newspaper listing ten things to see or do before you die. Or twenty. Or fifty. Here's a secret your travel agent won’t tell you: most of them are pretty uninspiring.

The Real Greek (Six Locations)

The Original Real Greek - Hoxton

While the most expensive restaurants in London are still packing them in, those in the middle rice range are finding it harder to lure their traditional customers through the door. So I'm on a mission: exceptional food in affordable restaurants.

Le Boudin Blanc (W1J)

Le Boudin Blanc (W1J)

As a genuine authentic French restaurant, Le Boudin Blanc has a USP that is highly unusual. It's friendly, it's laid-back and the waiters (nearly all French) are polite and smile at you. Sacrè Blue. Whatever next? A British restaurant serving decent coffee?

Barbados - Affordable Hedonism

Sandy Lane

By the accepted laws of travel and tourism economics, if you lower the price of your product by 40% the punters will flock to you. So why has the USA, which is now considerably cheaper than it was just a few years ago, suffered a year-on-year fall in tourists since 2000?

Sotheby's Café (W1A)

Sotheby's Cafe

There are five words that fill me with horror. No, not 'Bin Laden is next door' or 'the cat's been sick again'. Nothing comes close to the gloom that comes from these five words: 'I need to go shopping'. Meaning we need to go shopping. 

San Lorenzo (SW3)

Bowtie Pasta

It had been a couple of years since I had been to San Lorenzo and friends had said that standards had fallen and that it had lost a lot of its magic. Not true, as discovered on a recent trip.

The Belvedere (W8)

The Belvedere Dining Room

"The Belvedere is a very sophisticated place to eat and it's now my favourite restaurant" Not my words but straight out of the mouth of the Finnette, now fifteen (going on twenty).

Little Bay (Battersea)

Little Bay Interior 1

Peter Ilic is a restaurateur who knows exactly what his diners want. It's not terribly clever, it's hardly a revolution, but he's one of the very few to have pulled it off.

Maggie Jones's (W8)

There are some restaurants that are best to visit in the summer or warmer months, and others that are very definitely 'winter' restaurants. For me Maggie Jones's falls into the latter category.

Lanes Restaurant & Bar (E1)

Lanes Restaurant Food

It's not easy to persuade the Finn to move away from her natural habitat of SW1, SW3 or SW7. Sometimes I'm successful and we have been known to venture into W14. But E1? Never!

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Oslo Court Restaurant (NW8)

On the north side of Regents Park, hidden away amongst the rows of 'luxury' apartments that make up much of St John's Wood, is a landmark restaurant that has stood the test of time for thirty years. Welcome to the institution that is the time-warp world of the Oslo Court Restaurant.

Barbados - Affordable Hedonism

By the accepted laws of travel and tourism economics, if you lower the price of your product by 40% the punters will flock to you. So why has the USA, which is now considerably cheaper than it was just a few years ago, suffered a year-on-year fall in tourists since 2000?

Sotheby's Café (W1A)

There are five words that fill me with horror. No, not 'Bin Laden is next door' or 'the cat's been sick again'. Nothing comes close to the gloom that comes from these five words: 'I need to go shopping'. Meaning we need to go shopping. 

The Real Greek (Six Locations)

While the most expensive restaurants in London are still packing them in, those in the middle rice range are finding it harder to lure their traditional customers through the door. So I'm on a mission: exceptional food in affordable restaurants.

Lanes Restaurant & Bar (E1)

It's not easy to persuade the Finn to move away from her natural habitat of SW1, SW3 or SW7. Sometimes I'm successful and we have been known to venture into W14. But E1? Never!

Le Boudin Blanc (W1J)

As a genuine authentic French restaurant, Le Boudin Blanc has a USP that is highly unusual. It's friendly, it's laid-back and the waiters (nearly all French) are polite and smile at you. Sacrè Blue. Whatever next? A British restaurant serving decent coffee?

Escape to South Africa (With a Deal)

Hardly a week goes by without a magazine or newspaper listing ten things to see or do before you die. Or twenty. Or fifty. Here's a secret your travel agent won’t tell you: most of them are pretty uninspiring.

Little Bay (Battersea)

Peter Ilic is a restaurateur who knows exactly what his diners want. It's not terribly clever, it's hardly a revolution, but he's one of the very few to have pulled it off.

San Lorenzo (SW3)

It had been a couple of years since I had been to San Lorenzo and friends had said that standards had fallen and that it had lost a lot of its magic. Not true, as discovered on a recent trip.

Maggie Jones's (W8)

There are some restaurants that are best to visit in the summer or warmer months, and others that are very definitely 'winter' restaurants. For me Maggie Jones's falls into the latter category.

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