Dukes' White Truffle Martini

Dukes' White Truffle Martini

Let the choirs of archangels, angels, seraphim and cherubim (and all the others) cry forth “Hallelujah!”, for it is once again white truffle season, that time of year when we spend vast fortunes on an underground fungus that looks like a mummified testicle but, when thinly shaved, releases a transcendent and heavenly smell that takes…

The Watches of Fears

The Watches of Fears

When it comes to the British luxury market, there are fewer more respected. It speaks to craftsmanship, quality and heritage. These three principals are at the core of Fears, the family watch company founded in 1846 by Edwin Fear and re-founded by his great-great-great-grandson Nicholas Bowman-Scargill in 2016. After years working for Rolex, Nicholas took…

Characters – The European Posho

Characters – The European Posho

Nicknamed the ‘posho Euro’, he sat opposite me in a rooftop bar, chainsmoking. The cigarettes mustied the pashmina around his throat. The waitress came over. “Hello, yuz?” A Polish inflection. “I’ll have a whisky and soda, please.” He looked at me. “Oh, whithky and thoda? I love you awready,” a smile, a frank expression. He…

A Soho to Guide

A Soho to Guide

(This covers east of Wardour Street and south of Brewer Street.) Once synonymous with the sex industry (both gay and straight) and London’s nightlife, Soho has been smartening up over the years. This has seen the area clean up its act, but in the process concerns have been raised that it’s losing it’s character. As…

Characters – Ghost Sailor

Characters – Ghost Sailor

Thirdly came the sailor. A chap. Youngish, lithe but grisly with brown hair, reddish about his face, falling down moplike about his ears. He was handsome and sat around the other side of the reservoir, near a slipway outside a tatty boathouse. Wearing dark overalls and latex gloves, he was hunched over an upturned topper,…