La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et La Vie may not be one of the most well known restaurants in Paris, at least as far as tourists from London are concerned, but it is one with pedigree. After ten years of running Spring (sadly just closed – it was superb) American chef Daniel Rose has opened up La Bourse…

Set Lunching at Tredwell's

Set Lunching at Tredwell's

The venue for lunch was to be Tredwell’s, one of Marcus Wareing’s fine restaurants. Tredwell’s offers “relaxed fine dining” and was the winner of the AA Restaurant of the Year Award 2015. It’s now under chef-patron Chantelle Nicholson, who has been working with Marcus Wareing since 2006. By the way, Chantelle recently released a fantastic…

GBR London

GBR London

Dukes, of course, is world famous for its bar. Run by Alessandro Palazzi and his team, it’s recognised by almost every martini aficionado as serving the best martini in London if not the world, so much so that Alessandro and the martinis are both spoken about in hushed tones of reverence. When it comes to…

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…

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…