Aurora In Soho

Aurora Restaurant, Soho

When does a place officially become a favourite? The restaurant you always fall back on when you’re in the area or are making a recommendation. The pub where the bar staff recognise your face. The nightclub where the bouncers greet you with a nod and a smile.

The Century Club

The Century Club, Soho

Wow. The Rushmore Group has proved me wrong. I was beginning to think that the team that brought us Milk and Honey (still going strong after ten years) followed by the influential mid-century modern bar The East Rooms (tragically lost in a fire) seemed to be stuttering.

Shakerbar PWF 0386, Bartender Shaking

Shaker and Company, Warren Street

London’s appetite for quality cocktail bars shows no sign of waning, and Shaker and Company (brought to you by the Bar School and Events team of the same name) is the latest to jump on this well-stocked bandwagon.

The Chef's Table

The Chef's Table, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

For those of you who watch A Place in the Country (and the chances are that if you’re reading this, you probably do) will know that the Cotswolds rates highly as a destination for City types in search of a rural home. Commutable and chocolate box picturesque, this part of the country seems to encapsulate everything good about England, albeit in a very Richard Curtis way.

The Parlour Interior

The Parlour, Canary Wharf

This is a golden anniversary year. Not only does our Queen Elizabeth celebrate her 50th year on the throne, but I have reached a similar landmark. No, I haven’t turned 50 just yet, but two years after the lifestyle editor for this magazine decided to take a chance on me, I’ve chalked up my 50th review for HITC Life.