The Grind

The Grind – along with Gail’s (but in a different cognitive therapy kind-of-way) – is probably my favourite coffee spot in London. Not only are their beans perfectly roasted, giving their coffee a naturally sweet flavour, but they serve bonsoy(a) milk in well-proportioned white paper cups and their coffee is made on La Marzocco. Need … Continue reading The Grind

Theo’s Pizzeria

Located in the heart of Camberwell, just a short walk from Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye, I’d come across Theo’s Pizzeria through the wonderful world of Instagram and deliciously tempting snaps of Neapolitan sourdough pizzas in one of my favourite spots in South London. I was also very keen on entering their Instagram competition to … Continue reading Theo’s Pizzeria


Amid a marathon week of soft-launches in the last week of January, I headed to Bel-Air on New Fetter Lane for a lunchtime stop nearby my office. When I heard that Bel-Air was launching in the heart of legal London, I took a sharp intake of breath. Describing itself as “Born in LA, Raised in … Continue reading Bel-Air

Bala Baya

Israeli food, a 25% discount, and a hidden spot underneath Southwark’s railway arches: yes, please. Bala Baya is a new restaurant from ex-Ottolenghi chef Eran Tibi and popper-upper Sammy Shonn. Heart-warmingly, Bala Baya is an incarnation of what they describe as their very own “poem to Tel Aviv”. This is a tale of an honest … Continue reading Bala Baya


Always on the look-out for a soft launch/bargain supper, a friend had informed me about Veneta’s very generous 50% discount for an austere January. Opened last October, Veneta is the latest (brain)child of the Salt Yard Group and has set up shop in a hotly contested neighbourhood featuring the likes of Fumo, Kiln and Margot. … Continue reading Veneta

Tabun Kitchen

A Friday night mezze of authentic Palestinian cooking. In theory, this sounded like the perfect setting for a catch-up supper with my tapas friends on a wintery night, post-London’s first shower of seasonal snow. The offer of 50% off for mains was also in keeping with the January theme. The influence of the Middle East … Continue reading Tabun Kitchen

Fee & Brown

Fee and Brown serve Climpson & Sons coffee. Yes, artisan beans close to home. Need I say more?! They also use Bonsoy milk and have a La Marzocco machine. They clearly take coffee very seriously. A stop off at Fee & Brown after my weekly shop at Beckehnham’s Waitrose is now a must. The décor of Fee & Brown … Continue reading Fee & Brown

Coffee hot spots

Chancery Lane, Fleet Street and Clerkenwell  Alchemy Artigiano Ask for Janice Association Bea's of Bloomsbury Black Sheep Coffee Caravan Catalyst Café & Coffee Roasters - Grays Inn Road Fernandez & Wells - Somerset House Fleet River Bakery Java Java Coffee Knockbox Coffee Press - St. Paul's Press Coffee - Fleet Street, St Bride Street, Chancery … Continue reading Coffee hot spots


January seems to be a great time to bag a bargain, both on the retail front and on the foodie scene. And on this theme, I chose Paesan, which was offering 50% off food for the month, for a catch-up supper with some school friends. Sitting on the corner of Exmouth Market, Paesan is a … Continue reading Paesan

Taylor St Baristas

Taylor St Baristas has been around for years and now has six branches. Lucky for me, there’s one just opposite my offices and a tiny output by St. Paul’s station ideal for take-aways. The beans come from well-regarded London roaster, Union Handroasted. It's a popular spot for City workers on their weekday lunch breaks and the oh-so-important … Continue reading Taylor St Baristas