Rail House Café

My latest stop off at Victoria’s Nova development – quite literally, given their travelling ethos – was the Rail House Café. A novelty to me, they were having an “honesty policy” during their soft launch, i.e. you pay for what you want. Struck by this liberal approach, I eagerly booked and boarded the train with … Continue reading Rail House Café


Well-renowned on the healthy hangout scene of West London, Farmacy is an oasis of plant-based, vegan food and artisanal cocktails in what they like to describe as "clean indulgence". Heavily critiqued by Marina O’Loughlin in her review of what she describes as a clean eating temple of worship, I chose Farmacy for a catch-up supper with … Continue reading Farmacy

Bon Vivant

In the mood for a pièce de Paris, my soft-launch partner-in-crime booked Bon Vivant for a Bloomsbury supper with un petit peu de France. Indeed, the French connection seems to be in vogue at the moment: Emmanuel Macron has brought his presidential campaign to London, whilst Oxford University is considering opening up a campus in … Continue reading Bon Vivant


My partner in crime when it comes to soft launches tracked down Lokhandwala’s opening.  This new Indian tapas restaurant in the heart of Fitzrovia has been set up by the same guys behind the food festival The Grub Fest. Although I’m usually reluctant to dine out Indian style – as I end up comparing my … Continue reading Lokhandwala