I Love London Part 1

My Little Black Book of London

Today is the first of a two-part series on my wonderful home city of London.  The first post is all about my favourite places to eat and drink....some of which I'm sure you'll have heard of as they are classics.  Other recommendations are either little favourites of Londoners or venues that have been close to where I've lived and therefore loved.



For Coffee, Brunch and Lunch


Hemsley + Hemsley, 3rd Floor, Selfridges Oxford Street

For Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Dean Street Townhouse, 69 - 71 Dean St, Soho, W1D 3SE

My Choice for Sunday Roasts and Lazy Brunches

Monmouth Coffee, Seven Dials, 27 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EU

For Delicious Caffine fixes and a Quick Time Out 

Poppies, 55-59 Old Compton St, Soho W1D 6HW

For the Best Fish & Chips In Town

Crosstown Doughnut's and Coffee Bar, 4 Broadwick St, Soho W1F 0DA

For a Little Treat When You Just Need One!

Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, W1B 4DY

For an Indulgent Afternoon with the Girls

202, 202 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH

For Hungover Brunches

Daylesford Organic, 208-212 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH

Food Shopping and a Snack




Il Girasole, 189 Garratt Lane, SW18 4DR

My Favourite Local Italian

Holy Smoke, 21 Leopold Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 7BB

An Amazing Hidden Gem

La Bodegra Negra, 16 Moor St, Soho W1D 5NH

For Mexican with a Twist

L'Escargot, 48 Greek St, Soho, W1D 4EF

The Best French Food in London (Well, I Think So Anyway!)

Pizza East, 310 Portobello Rd, W10 5TA

So Much More Than Just Pizza

Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, W1F 7ED

Not What You Were Expecting...In a Great Way

Balthazar, 4-6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ

For Great Food and Great People Watching

Sale e Pepe, 9-15 Pavilion Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0HD

A Seriously Good Italian and a Seriously Fun Night


For Drinks and Dancing


The Prince Bonaparte, 80 Chepstow Road, Westbourne Park, W2 5BE

A Great West London Pub

The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, W1D 3DH

A Secluded Hangout

Merchant's Tavern, 36 Charlotte Rd EC2A 3PG

For a Fun girls' Night

Shoreditch House, 1 Ebor St E1 6AW

To Be Seen

Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT

The Prettiest Venue

Boundary Rooftop, Boundary Hotel, 2-4 Boundary St, E2 7DD

A Great Rooftop Hangout

The American Bar, The Savoy Hotel, 100 Strand, WC2R 0EZ

When It's Time to Get "Sozzled at the Savoy"!