Ole & Steen

Ole & Steen

Founded in Denmark in 2008, but with its roots stretching back over 20 years, 2016 finally saw Ole & Steen open up shop in London. From their first store in the new St James’s Market, they now have four more locations, including Canary Warf and the Nova development in Victoria, with plans for a further…

Sparrow

Sparrow

Having worked at St John’s, Bao and Pollen Street Social, husband and wife team Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar have opened Sparrow. Opened for about a year now, it has taken the traditionally good food starved Lewisham by storm and gained plaudits from diners across London. Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, and Saturdays and…

Simpson's Tavern

Simpson's Tavern

Simpson’s Tavern is certainly not a new restaurant; it’s an old style Victorian chophouse. It was founded in 1757 by Thomas Simpson on its current site in the City of London. So while I refer to it as a Victorian Chophouse, as that is very much what it is, Simpson’s really has its roots in…

The Cocktail Book

The Cocktail Book

Originally published in 1900, The Cocktail Book, is said to be the first book ever published that was solely dedicated to cocktails. Not as famous as the likes of The Savoy Cocktail Book, it is nonetheless a little gem, so it’s unsurprising the British Library has republished this American guide and interspersed it with illustrations…

Blacklock

Blacklock

Since opening a few years back in Soho (and last year in The City) Blacklock has been almost permanently packed; hardly a surprise when their Instagram feed (the modern route of marketing for restaurants) leaves you drooling. The concept is simple: meat, predominantly chops, from the grill and cocktails. It’s easy to miss the entrance…