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The Princess of Wales, Clapton

Princess Of Wales

There was a time, not too long ago, when you didn’t go to East London pubs. Earthy, or ‘rough and ready’, is how they might euphemistically have been described. Outright violent is another way, especially the further out from London you got.

Romancing the Guy

Dim T London Bridge

When it comes to London, the choice of date destinations is unrivalled. Or for some, it’s daunting. In deciding where to go, do you opt for somewhere that screams romance, or do you keep it casual?

The Colbert, Sloane Square

The Colbert

All of London was waiting for the opening of the newest Corbin/King enterprise. After The Wolseley, Delaunay and a few others (and in the space of the beloved Oriel) there was much to be expected.

Old Bengal Bar, The City

Old Bengal Bar Courtyard

Quality cocktail bars continue to take the London by storm, but typically they’re located in Shoreditch, Hoxton or Soho, or atop of one of the new skyscrapers. There tends to be a diminishing return on quality the closer their proximity to the heart The City. The Old Bengal Bar bucks that trend and some.

The Factory House, The City

The Factory House

The City’s appetite for new bars shows few signs of slowing down. The latest to set up shop is the Factory House in Lime Street, just next to Leadenhall Market. Capitalising on the worker chic movement as made fashionable by Danny Boyle at the Olympic opening ceremony, the Factory House aims to celebrate the age of the modern industrialists.

Home House, Portman Square

House 19 Bar

In London’s super league of private members club, Home House sits alongside the Soho House group and the Groucho Club as a bona fide A lister. Of the three, Home House is arguably the most exclusive with a reputation built on luxury, service, and privacy.

Sweet Waitrose Tweets

Waitrose Stratford

Really, no business would be safe asking an open-ended question. So should Waitrose be surprised by the answers they received to the question, "I shop at Waitrose because_______________?" We think not.

Jack Daniel's and I

Candied Bacon Jack Daniels Cocktail

When I was 10, I took my first trip to the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. By the time I was 16, I'd rediscovered Mr Jack, and made my second trip.

La Bodega Negra, Soho

La Bodegra Negra

Mexican food is fashionable. There: I’ve said it. I never thought I would write those words, much less believe them, but Mexican dining is very cool right now.

Nordic Bar, Fitzrovia

Nordic Bar

The first time I visited Scandinavia (Stockholm, as it happens) I was struck by three things. First, how tall, blonde and attractive the people were. Second, how they liked to sunbathe at every opportunity, regardless of location (ring roads, office car parks, you name it). And third, how incredibly drunk they liked to get on Wednesdays.