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Drink but Don't Eat at Abbey Bar

Wine Glasses - Jonathon Monk

I used to work with a certain client based near Tower Hill, and to get there I had to walk down The Minories, on the edge of the City. Not having travelled on the road for the last year, I was confronted with two new bars...

Roast (SE1 1TL)

Borough Market

Located in the portico salvaged from the original Royal Opera House, Roast looks straight down the Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels street and into Bridget Jones' bedroom window, delivering an impressive setting. Too bad the experience doesn't deliver.

Haz (E1 7DJ)

Kebab - Yucel Tellici

Haz haz become my regular Liverpool Street Station lunch date spot. In & out in an hour for £15, with reliable Turkish fare that's perfect right about right mid-day.

Miyako (EC2M 7QN)

Sushi - Nanette Nicholson

Miyako is the kind of restaurant you walk by a thousand times and never notice, until someone suggests you meet there. Corner of Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate. Are you able to place it?

Rocket for Summertime Drinks

You may well have crossed paths with HITCitizen Mr King-Edwards in one of the City's best drinking spots. In this instalment, he visits the newest branch of Rocket (and likes it). And next week, he goes to the opening of The Abbey Bar. Of course he does.

Being Alcohol Aware

Beer Frost - Jag Arts

We're in the middle of Alcohol Awareness Week (7-14 April). Wait, don't click away! There might be something here you want to (or let's face it, should) read.

Responsible Drinkers, Your Country Needs You

David Cameron (from The Publican)

As I walked to the station the other night I was heartened to spot the Evening Standard placards splashing licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe's apparent criticism of alcohol tax rises in Alistair Darling's budget.

Ristorante Semplice (W1S 1LJ)

Ristorante Semplice

Dinner with seven friends on a Friday night at a window table, drinking highly quaffable Sicilian wine, eating (almost entirely) excellent Italian food. Is there a better way to end the week?

Eton For the Masses

Bananas - Benis Arapovic

So good was our Eton Mess at The Hind's Head, that at our last dinner party, we decided to give it a go. To make the situation even more serendipitous, we found the exact recipe from Heston Blumenthal on The Times Online.



The White Hart

The White Hart, Barnes

Rivers have been getting a bad press recently. The start of the year saw Britain virtually submerged by rain as flooding and power outages, and 'river plains' become 2014’s water cooler topic. (No weak pun intended.)

The Cadogan Arms

The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea

Isn’t the King’s Road flashy? Let’s face it – Chelsea FC, Sloane Rangers, even Malcolm McLaren and his punk movement was a little bit on the pretentious side.