A notably ‘useful’ relaunch of this handily-located Art Deco dining room, offering good (and very straightforward) English food at prices which are surprisingly reasonable, considering. It’s an ill wind’ Snow clouds lowering over the capital allowed us to bag a last-minute table at one of the sell-out of the pre-Christmas season – the recently relaunched […]

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Inspired by Terroirs, a good-all-round bistro specialising in small plates; somewhat unfortunate theming notwithstanding, it is a mid-price Chelsea destination offering overall good value, rather in the same way as its predecessor Gilmours (RIP) did in the early days. The opening of Terroirs, near Charing Cross, a couple of years ago is beginning to look […]

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Perfect for Carnaby Street shoppers and oyster-lovers, the first offshoot of the mega-popular Borough fish and seafood bar. The only real problem with the Wright Brothers oyster bar at Borough Market has always been that it’s too cramped and busy. We suspect that its new offshoot, near Carnaby Street, will soon be very busy too, […]

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An elegantly-housed Roux family operation, opposite Broadcasting House, whose impressive all-round standards make it a rarity among London’s grand hotel dining rooms; the set lunch, in particular, offers spectacular value. The English like to think they’ve got the whole restaurant thing sussed nowadays. But we’re still waiting for the English chef who can demonstrate that […]

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A new meat-led restaurant, right by St Paul’s (of which some tables offer impressive views), which seems to owe its existence entirely to Jamie Oliver’s PR profile; the food on our visit was decent enough, but – especially given its simplicity – the delay is serving it was ridiculous. You’ve seen the faces, now taste […]

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A handy refuge in the bleak purlieus of the Museum of London, a welcoming former Slug & Lettuce that now offers a British menu of surprisingly high standard. What can you do with a former Slug & Lettuce? They’re often such vast sites that it’s very difficult to see how, without enormous expenditure, they can […]

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From the Club Gascon people, an oddly Provençal incursion into the heart of legal-land; staff are charming, and the bright interior is pleasant enough, but we’re not at all sure that the formula is right for such a businesslike part of town. Chancery Lane, the high street of the London legal world, was until very […]

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The Deco-ish dining room of the palace-hotel by the Thames offers a straightforward formula which was generally achieved to a good standard on our early-days visit; wine prices are very high though – the sort of ‘celebration’ meal to which such a room is ideally suited could end up very pricey indeed. The Savoy is […]

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Very like its Notting Hill namesake, a competent but quite pricey Chelsea chippy, whose point it is rather difficult to see. We hadn’t felt in any great rush to check out this new Chelsea spin-off of the Notting Hill chippy of the same name: we went to the original when it just opened, and remembered […]

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A smart and comfortable chain-prototype Indian, which makes a very useful addition to the West End. What do you want in a chain-style restaurant in the heart of the West End? Comfort? Space? Perhaps an interior with a bit of drama? Good food? Friendy and efficient service. Looked at a whole, this Covent Garden newcomer […]

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