Cinnamon Kitchen, Nine Elms

As a south Londoner, I welcome with enthusiasm news of my favourite restaurants opening south of the Thames. That was the case with Cinnamon Kitchen by Vivek Singh, which has now taken root in the (still very much) developing Nine Elms.  Although the site offers, in my opinion, a view of one of the best … Continue reading Cinnamon Kitchen, Nine Elms

Farmer’s Mistress

Farmer's Mistress describes itself as "naturally naughty".  Sitting on Battersea High Street, this new eatery encapsulates the clean-eating stereotype.  Every dish is refined sugar-free and unsurprisingly they cater to any millennial-afflicted gluten-free, dairy-free, whatever-free diet.  Its founder Joanna Gascoigne, a "qualified health coach", wanted to create something indulgent but healthy, or in her words, "to … Continue reading Farmer’s Mistress

Donna Margherita

With its unassuming awning and ramshackle roadside seating, you might not give Donna Margherita a second glance.  Set on my very local Lavender Hill, although open since 2003, Donna Margherita seems to have retained its local ethos, attracting a crowd of mainly nearby SW11 residents and very promisingly, Italian expats who know a bona fide … Continue reading Donna Margherita


A pizzeria soft launch on a bank holiday Monday on my nearby Northcote Road: the recipe for a new opening that I couldn't resist!  So dragging my local but reluctant companion, who was definitely more keen on enjoying the tried and tested Radio Alice or Franco Manca, to Manifesto we went...Cards on the (dining) table, … Continue reading Manifesto

Pear Tree Café

Battersea Park is undoubtedly my favourite green space in London: it's a hidden maze of landscaped gardens, lakes, playgrounds, and best of all a Buddhist Peace Pagoda.  Battersea's relative difficulty to get to, however, has also made its Park long feel like South London's secret;  a garden reserved for locals – whether those from South … Continue reading Pear Tree Café


As part of my long and rather staggered relocation to Battersea (a choice which is, admittedly, my own!), I decided to finally test out a local brunch/lunch spot on Battersea Rise. It’s also diagonal to Soif, a natural wine bar, which is also on My List, but more on that one that another time. In … Continue reading BabaBoom