Cicchetti in Venice

Cicchetti in Venice

A great way to eat, drink and explore Venice and it’s quieter less touristy parts, is to pick some cicchetti bars to go between. It’s a cost effective way to see the city and take part in something that’s still part of the daily life of the locals but most tourists ignore or know nothing…

Shepherd Market Wine House

Shepherd Market Wine House

Opening a new wine bar in London is not easy. Between the established greats like Gordon’s and rival new ventures, competition is an unrelenting reality in a bustling city of social drinkers. So when I joined Joss, London Lamppost’s founder, at a small wine tasting at the Shepherd Market Wine House, I was keen to…

Buying Wine for Christmas

Buying Wine for Christmas

So, at last, the “holiday season” is upon us. Every year after the 1st of January the western consciousness begins its inexorable march towards the next Christmas period. One waits with bated breath and slowly building excitement as one holiday passes the other and indulgence and consumption come back into fashion. With the Christmas holidays…

London's Best Wine Bars

London's Best Wine Bars

Depending on one’s definition, there are anywhere between 3500 to 4000 pubs and bars within the Greater London area. Over the last few years most of discussion has been focused on how many have shut or been bought out in the last decade and what a great tragedy it is that London’s pub-scene is disappearing.…

67 Pall Mall

67 Pall Mall

There’s a plethora of private for profit members clubs these days, often with very little other than decor to separate them. But 67 Pall Mall stands out. Set in a stylishly renovated old bank on Pall Mall, 67 is all about wine and the chance to drink some of the best wines out their at…