M (Victoria Street)

M (Victoria Street)

Since the second branch of M opened on Victoria Street it has overshadowed its elder sister in The City. Wine Bar, Raw Bar, Bar, and Grill restaurant, the site is deceptively large; like an iceberg most of it’s submerged (underground not water, thankfully!). In no way is it a cheap place, the wines are all…

Il Vicolo

Il Vicolo

Tucked away down Crown Passage, a narrow hickledy pickledy ally running off Pall Mall parallel to St James’s Street, among the pubs, Davy’s Wine Bar, tailor and sandwich shops, is an Italian restaurant named Il Vicolo. Family run for some 20 years now, and listed in the Michelin Guide many times, it’s an unsung and…

Rochelle Canteen at the ICA

Rochelle Canteen at the ICA

On The Mall and tucked under Carlton Terrace butting up against the Duke of York steps, you’ll find the Institute of Contemporary Art. Not a gallery that will interest all, its exhibits are exceptionally modern. Among the works they have shown are performance art, films, and an old cathode ray TV showing static in a…

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

No matter which Dirty Martini you go to, it tends to be packed with hen doo’s, birthday parties and girls on a night out. And who can blame them when the happy hour offer is about as good as it gets. They offer up two for one martinis, £20 bottles of prosecco, £12.50 bottles of…

Balans Soho Society

Balans Soho Society

There may be seven Balans Soho Society venues, including two cafes, but the Soho location, just down from one of the cafes, is, for my money, the best. Open from 7.30am to 5 or 6am (depending on the day) on the following day, it is the perfect place to get a great meal any time…