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.
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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…