Posts By: Emma Starkie

Bokan, Canary Wharf: So much more than a view

As the concept of a hidden gem becomes ever rarer, there’s a burst of excitement that comes when you find one that isn’t already taking up column inches in the capital. For, as I’ve written before, nothing is more wearisome than a trip out for dinner with the prospect of a 2-hour queue, a table for 60 minutes, for what often turns out to be an underwhelming plate, or plates, of food. Read more…

The lion who came to tea: a theatre-themed afternoon at OXO Tower Brasserie

Theatre Not Afternoon Tea
There are few experiences so synonymous with British indulgence as afternoon tea: think clotted cream and jam (whichever order you slather it), ruler-precision finger sandwiches, maybe a mini quiche nestled on the 3-tier stand if you’re lucky. All well and good, but let’s be honest: seen one thinly sliced cucumber sarnie, seen ‘em all. Read more…

Top 10 pasta restaurants in London

From the satisfying slurp of spaghetti to the comfort-blanket loveliness of a homemade lasagne, we’ve rolled our way across London to find the best of what’s got to be the nation’s favourite carb: pasta. We’ve got you covered from London’s finest cheap eats, to orzo fancy fine dining spots: browse our 10 favourites below.
1. Read more…

If the choux fits… Valentine’s Day afternoon tea at The Langham, London

Valentine’s Day dining: a prospect that can fill even the most seasoned restaurant-selector with dread. And in this vein, rather than the traditional tasting menu of oysters/chilli/insert-well-known-aphrodisiac-here, all served atop the token candle-lit table, Palm Court at The Langham are bucking the usual trend with their for-one-day-only, exclusive Valentine’s afternoon tea. Read more…

Redefining eggs: party brunching at COYA Mayfair

Let’s play a game of word association. If I say ‘brunch’, chances are you’ll probably say… eggs? Brunch became a London restaurant staple faster than you can say hollandaise, but if it had one drawback…? They’re all getting a bit similar. Runny eggs on toasted muffins with ham? Salmon? Spinach? Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but seen one brunch, seen ’em all. Read more…

Aqua Shard brunch: A room with a view

‘Shall we do brunch?’ ‘We must get brunch.’ This culinary buzz-word has become almost as much of a ‘thing’ as dinner on London’s restaurant scene in years of late. Late weekend risers flock to the city’s restaurants for their fix of runny Burford Browns and avo, sourdough and flat whites, artisan full Englishes, and the rest. Read more…

Top 10 Best BYOB Restaurants in London

Want to go a bit off piste drinks wise? Navigating a restaurant’s wine list fill you with dread, or simply got a nice bottle gathering dust (that you’d rather not enjoy with a TV dinner and Netflix)? Check out restaurants where you can take your own bottle along, as well as some top London restaurants that offer bargainous reduced-price-corkage nights. Read more…