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


For a treat lunch, I stopped at Lundenwic where I’d been meaning to go to since they opened. Lundenwic are a compact food and specialty coffee shop in the heart of Aldwych from the founders of Scotchtails, Oliver Hiam and Dominic Hamdy. As the name might reveal, its opening was inspired by a trip to Copenhagen – … Continue reading Lundenwic


Cojean seems to be becoming the all-day café scene for City workers, located fairly close to my offices too. Cojean first opened its doors in Paris in November 2001 and has since expanded with 16 branches in its home capital. The Ludgate Circus branch is Cojean’s first London “restaurant”, bringing what seems to be very … Continue reading Cojean


Nutritious, eclectic and delicious food, SHOT is my kind of go-to lunch spot. What’s more, it’s not too far from work on the calm backstreets of Bride Lane. SHOT's Scandinavian-style interior is eye opening: with Dutch tiles surrounding the space like a cocoon, it has a cleansing but avant-garde mood. It feels like a disco … Continue reading Shot

Island Poké

It's all about Hawaiian Poké at the moment as another Poké bar has landed on the foodie haven of Kingly Street - Island Poké. It comes via the investment of Chris Miller, previously of Soho House, so it’s bound to be fashionable. Ubiquitous in Hawaii, poké is a colourful, flavourful version of sushi served in … Continue reading Island Poké

Beany Green and Timmy Green

Beany Green's 30-seater flagship cafe in Broadgate Circle promises a “distinctive blend of Aussie coffee, bold healthy food, and unique street art”. It’ll only take you a walk outside, and a look at the colourful, cheeky pop-art window decorations, to realise they’re not doing things by halves. As well as having branches at Paddington and … Continue reading Beany Green and Timmy Green