“Good afternoon,” said the voice, as I picked up the phone on Friday. “I’m just calling to confirm your reservation tonight.” “Yes, we’re still on for nine. Two of us.” “Very good. The password is ‘coconut’.” And so began our adventure into London’s weirdest and most wonderful watering hole.
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This time last week I was on my way to a blogger dinner at The Little Yellow Door, a new Notting Hill pop-up that promised a house party vibe without – presumably – the possibility of Blink 182 coming on, or the constant threat of your parents coming home from the pub and force-feeding everyone […]
Happy belated New Year! I hope your transition into 2015 was nice and smooth, or, at the very least, you didn’t throw up on anything expensive. James 1 and I had a last-minute get-together at our flat where I accidentally paused the Jools Holland live stream without noticing, subsequently missing the countdown and only realising […]
Emily Gibson / Dates, Diary, Do, Drink, Eat, Impulse Friendly, Indoors, Mates, ££ / casino, dining, eating out, Leicester Square, London, restaurant review, Soho, steak, steakhouse, things to do, unusual, west end / 3 Comments
I have always been deeply, deeply suspicious of the London Hippodrome. Nestled in London’s murky bumhole, Leicester Square, I’d always considered it a big, glitzy block of No-Fucking-Way until my flatmate James 2 returned from a third date with his now-boyfriend, raving about the wonderful time he had had. After that it was on my list for […]
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There’s something slightly depressing about the phrase ‘English tapas’. For me, the idea of ‘tapas’ conjures up visions of glorious Mediterranean sunsets, al fresco dining and big jugs of ruby red sangria. (Yes, yes, I have the imagination of a lobotomised tomato. So sue me.) Anything associated with our own little isle, on the other hand, […]
Emily Gibson / Dates, Drink, Eat, Impulse Friendly, Indoors, Mates, ££ / east london, eating out, independent, London, quirky, shoreditch, steak, steakhouse, sustainable, The Ginger Pig, unusual / 2 Comments
Every ‘urban family’ occasionally gets together and fantasises about going into business, usually over a crate bottle of wine between discussions of dead-end jobs. Through our booze-tinted glasses we imagine opening our own pubs and pizzerias, cupcake bakeries and quirky event franchises. (In the case of my friend Maxine and I, we’ve been talking about […]
Alternative Thanksgiving at Smoke & Salt, discovered via Grub Club’s revolutionary new platform for pop-ups
There’s a rather lovely new idea spilling into the London food scene at the moment. Its name is Grub Club, and it’s a platform from which both professional chefs and enthusiastic amateurs can set up fleeting, blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em pop-ups, often just for the fun of it. The objective is to connect Londoners with the city’s untapped […]
The Young British Foodie awards recognise new and pioneering names in the UK’s food industry, championing chefs, food writers and suppliers. They’ve only been going a couple of years, but for every set of winners the Tate Modern hosts a guest menu to showcase Britain’s best recipes and ingredients.
I’ve always loved Mexican food. Or, at least, what I always thought of as Mexican food: fajitas, tacos, burritos; little bundles of vaguey spiced meat, drowning in sauce and enough saturated fat to make your arteries go clang from just looking at it. I visited San Diego last year and loved the food we found […]
Emily Gibson / Dates, Eat, Impulse Friendly, Indoors, Mates, ££ / barbecue, burgers, cheap eats, dining, dinner, eating out, lunch, Marylebone, restaurant reviews, restaurants, west London / 1 Comment
The trend for upmarket American BBQ is showing no sign of stopping, which suits me just fine. It’s delicious, meaty and generally inexpensive, although certainly not the choice for anyone even remotely health-conscious. Unfortunately, it can be hard to pick out the decent restaurants from London’s ever-sprawling meatscape, where lots of places concentrate more on […]