london

this one’s for the lovely cybele, who’s been helping me get settled in the sydney office and is heading to london on holiday. here are just a few of my favourite bars and restaurants in london:

angel / upper street

the albion 
perfect for warm summer evening, this gastro pub has a beautiful garden to dine in
www.the-albion.co.uk
10 thornhill road, N1 1HW

the angelic
gorgeous gastro pub for brunch or just a pint
www.theangelic.co.uk
57 liverpool rd n1
+44 20 7278 8433

breakfast club
some of the best brunch in town, but get there early or late because there’s usually a wait
www.thebreakfastclubsoho.com
31 camden passage, N1 8EA

elk in the woods
my absolute favourite spot for brunch and pre-upper street shopping
www.the-elk-in-the-woods.co.uk
39 camden passage, Islington, N1 8EA

isarn
low key but sophisticated thai restaurant with lovely intimate courtyard in the back
119 upper street, N1 1QP

le mercury
romantic candlelit french bistro with cheap as chips gourmet dishes worth three times the price
www.lemercury.co.uk
140A upper street, N1 1QY

s+m
s+m = sausage and mash. plain and simple comfort food that’s like a warm blanket for the day after the night before…
4-6 essex road, N1 8LN
www.sandmcafe.co.uk
 
borough

feng sushi
this is a sushi chain but the best location is the borough restaurant by far. go on a saturday as the front of the restaurant is open and you can watch the bustle of the borough market…good people watching, good sushi
www.fengsushi.co.uk
13 stoney street SE1 9AD

fish
if you like fish, this is your plaice (har)
http://www.fishdiner.co.uk
cathedral street, borough market SE1 9AL

roast
gorgeous restaurant over the borough market—does what it says on the tin
http://www.roast-restaurant.com
the floral hall, stoney street, SE1 1TL

camden

edinboro castle
my cousin used to run this lively place—best on a sunny day for a pimm’s in the beer garden
www.edinborocastlepub.co.uk
57 mornington terrace, NW1 7RU

jamon jamon
chilled out spot for tapas before a night out; also good for brunch if you like a good tortilla and café con leche
38 parkway, NW1 7AH

teachi
dim sum restaurant that’s perfect for lots of little tasters of absolutely delicious chinese foods
www.teachi.co.uk
29-31 parkway, NW1 7PN

 embankment

gordon’s wine bar
one of my favourite spots in london, especially on a warm summer evening—it’s the oldest wine bar in london. have a glass of wine in the romantic, dark catacombs downstairs or grab a plate of cheese and bread and share it outside on the grass or at the tables in the alley
7 Villiers St, WC2N 6NE
www.gordonswinebar.com

notting hill

aphrodite taverna
by no means a scene, this is a family restaurant with delicious greek food and warm hospitality—the owner will most likely come over and have a chat
15 hereford road, W2 4AB
www.aphroditerestaurant.co.uk

beach blanket babylon
this spot, on the other hand, IS a scene…but fun for the alice in wonderland type vibe and great cocktails (be sure to check out the one in shoreditch too)
www.beachblanket.co.uk

primrose hill

the hill
slightly pretentious but fun gastropub with good wine
94 haverstock hill, NW3 2BD

 shoreditch

beach blanket babylon
good way to start a night out in shoreditch…good food but even better scene
19-23 bethnal green rd, E1 6LA

big chill
a shoreditch old faithful, this is a great spot for a drink after a day at spitalfields and pre-brick lane curry
www.bigchill.net
the truman brewery, dray walk, off brick lane, E1 6QL

vibe bar
one of my favourite bars, either sit outside on the picnic tables or lounge inside in the dirty gritty den
www.vibe-bar.co.uk/
the old truman brewery, brick lane E1

soho

barrafina
my favourite tapas restaurant in london—sophisticated and reminiscent of a catalan tapas bar. go early in the evening, because there are no reservations and there’s usually a line (worth it)
http://www.barrafina.co.uk/
54 frith street W1D 4SL

busaba
absolutely delicious and very noisy—you share tables with others—another one you have to line up for (but worth it)
http://www.busaba.com/
106-110 wardour street, W1F 0TR

crown and two chairmen
my cousin manages this place—the best pub in london! go in and say hello to craig 🙂
31 dean street, W1D 3RZ

red fort
i haven’t been yet but I hear this is some of the best indian in town
www.redfort.co.uk

 south bank

oxo tower
head here for an elegant drink or dinner and one of the best views of london
http://www.harveynichols.com/output/Page128.asp
OXO tower wharf, barge house street, SE1 9PH

and last but not least…

st johns
my absolute favourite place for a date and truly wonderful meal–not the prettiest area but worth it for the atmostphere of this beloved gastropub (call for reservations)
91 junction road, archway, N19 5QU
020 7272 1587

enjoy! x

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