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Urban Meadow Review – What We Thought

I thought Urban Meadow, the cafe and bar in Bayswater, looked like the perfect Saturday pit stop, so when I was invited down to try it out what better time than lunchtime on a day of *intense* Christmas shopping. When we visited it was looking very festive, even though I had expected, (name to blame), for it to be more of a summery venue. It had actually been transformed into a ‘winter meadow’ with fairy lights and white twigs aplenty. The ceiling is adorned with big copper leaves and a big terrace along the front of the restaurant was made […]

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Shoreditch Grind Review – What We Thought

I lived in Melbourne for a while and it’s no secret that they know their coffee. They also know their brunch so every time I stumble across an Aussie-esque brunch in London I am delighted. Whilst I’d happily grab a takeaway flat white from Shoreditch Grind if I was in the area, I was new to learn of their brunch offerings so one Sunday in December headed east, relying on the Grind to build me back up after the silly season had ground me down. I needn’t have doubted them. Whilst I had never actually stepped inside I was familiar with […]

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Shoreditch Grind Review – What We Thought

I lived in Melbourne for a while and it’s no secret that they know their coffee. They also know their brunch so every time I stumble across an Aussie-esque brunch in London I am delighted. Whilst I’d happily grab a takeaway flat white from Shoreditch Grind if I was in the area, I was new to learn of their brunch offerings so one Sunday in December headed east, relying on the Grind to build me back up after the silly season had ground me down. I needn’t have doubted them. Whilst I had never actually stepped inside I was familiar with […]

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Viet Eat Review – What We Thought

2015 has been the year of healthy eating: we all know someone who has now become a ‘certified’ nutritionists (reality – they read a few blogs), you ordered a NutriBullet, made chia seed porridge and wore your gym kit most of the weekend, even if you were just going for coffee. 2015 has also been the year for Vietnamese food in London, which coincidentally is a lighter, healthier alternative to other Asian cuisines and has seen openings such FOLD, Pho & Bun and House of Ho. So when we found ourselves in Holborn we decided to ignore the 263 Prets* […]

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Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room Review – What We Thought

Next to Threadneedles Hotel in Bank sits Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room. Seeing as ‘oyster’ is in the name, we were fully prepped and ready to swallow an oyster or two but surprisingly there was not a single one on the festive menu. The absence of oysters forgiven (I don’t love them anyway!), we settled in to the burgundy banquettes and began our feast. Much more restrained than I’d imagined from Marco Pierre White, this is the serious side of his personality and you are reminded of this throughout the meal with huge black and white portraits […]

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The Ivy Café Review – What We Thought

When you think of the word café you probably most likely think of something cheap and cheerful, where you can get enough food to feed a small army for less than a fiver (you might need to leave London for that to be a reality, but you get my drift).  If not those you might think of the grand cafés of Europe with their high ceilings, antique lighting and smart service, it is, naturally that The Ivy Café falls into this latter category. Having opened at the start of last month in Marylebone, the café offers all -day dining and […]

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The Ivy Café Review – What We Thought

When you think of the word café you probably most likely think of something cheap and cheerful, where you can get enough food to feed a small army for less than a fiver (you might need to leave London for that to be a reality, but you get my drift).  If not those you might think of the grand cafés of Europe with their high ceilings, antique lighting and smart service, it is, naturally that The Ivy Café falls into this latter category. Having opened at the start of last month in Marylebone, the café offers all -day dining and […]

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The Vault at Milroy’s of Soho – What We Thought

With so many bars, pubs and speakeasies around London I often question how on earth there is space for them all. The answer, as I found out when I went to visit The Vaults at Milroy, is that some are hidden inside others and tucked underground behind hidden bookshelves (obviously!). I entered Milroy’s whisky shop and was met by blank faces when I introduced myself and asked where I should be heading. I then found out I was actually in the wrong place, and was ushered through the store and behind a bookshelf at the back. From here we descended […]

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The Vault at Milroy’s of Soho – What We Thought

With so many bars, pubs and speakeasies around London I often question how on earth there is space for them all. The answer, as I found out when I went to visit The Vaults at Milroy, is that some are hidden inside others and tucked underground behind hidden bookshelves (obviously!). I entered Milroy’s whisky shop and was met by blank faces when I introduced myself and asked where I should be heading. I then found out I was actually in the wrong place, and was ushered through the store and behind a bookshelf at the back. From here we descended […]

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Jingle Bells Brunch at 34 Review – What We Thought

Remember when we told you about the Jingle Bell Brunch at 34? If you don’t give it a read…Well, on finding ourselves stuck in the midst of the army of Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street, a force to be reckoned with, we weaved our way out of the crowds, feeling positively Scrooge like until we reached South Audley Street and headed to 34 for said Jingle Bells Brunch. They’ve teamed up with Georg Jensen who has just opened their flagship store on the neighbouring Mount Street. Standing proudly by the doorman were two white reindeer with bright pink collars and […]

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Blueprint Café Review – What We Thought

Due to Blueprint Café’s position in the Design Museum we hoped to have a quick culture hit before dinner but the museum was closed by the time we got there. The riverside location is enviable but I think the association with the museum conflicts slightly with what the restaurant is. Located where it is, you may expect a lifeless museum café (as the name also suggests) but that couldn’t be further from the truth – except for maybe the bistro chairs. Floor to ceiling windows, civilised groups of businessmen and extremely professional yet friendly service means Blueprint Café holds its […]

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Blueprint Café Review – What We Thought

Due to Blueprint Café’s position in the Design Museum we hoped to have a quick culture hit before dinner but the museum was closed by the time we got there. The riverside location is enviable but I think the association with the museum conflicts slightly with what the restaurant is. Located where it is, you may expect a lifeless museum café (as the name also suggests) but that couldn’t be further from the truth – except for maybe the bistro chairs. Floor to ceiling windows, civilised groups of businessmen and extremely professional yet friendly service means Blueprint Café holds its […]

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