What to do on a Friday night in London? You can sashay into a West End theatre or contribute to East London’s gentrification. But trust me, nothing beats witnessing the union of American Rock’n’Roll with Japanese food (and porn) at Flesh and Buns in Covent Garden.
From Venezuelan arepa to Chinese pao, your gastronomic adventure begins in the Urban Food Fest at Shoreditch.
From seared foie gras, to seafood kedgeree, to black pepper ice-cream. These are what Galvin at Windows deliver… on top of a bird’s eye view of London.
What do you do on a Tuesday evening? You grab the sweetest and crunchiest of a delicious caramel popcorn, climb onto the rooftop and slip under the blanket, spending the rest of your night watching a romantic film and snuggling with Ryan Gosling.
This Russian restaurant, Mari Vanna, sits within a fancy-schmancy clutter of London – a few skips away from Harrods, along the street of Mandarin Oriental, next to the One Hyde Park and opposite of the Bulgari Hotel – but all of the lights of these glitzy spots dimmed when we stepped into the relatively unassuming Russian house.
I live close to Holland Park and actually have many slow lunches and early dinners there whenever the weather permits. Sometimes, it would just be takeaway and a cheap bottle from nearby shops; occasionally, like yesterday, there would be something more elaborate-ish. Sit down and have a fig.
One sunny Saturday, in the Borough of Brent, I marvelled at the sight of Neasden Temple – the largest Hindu temple outside India and so co-incidentally, situated here in our darling London.