Stockwell Continental

Stockwell Continental (“SC”) has the kind of local, neighbourhood vibe that I love to find in restaurants in pockets across South London.  Whilst I say local, the food here is authentically Italian – Roman to be precise.  Although Neapolitan pizzerias have turned up in every corner of the capital – and don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading Stockwell Continental

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

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

Story

To road-test – or in this case St. John’s Hill test – a little independent roastery in my soon-to-be neighbourhood, my companion and I – who had been chatting about this place for some time – finally made it to Story for some Saturday morning caffeine. Saturdays are for story-telling after all, ideally over a … Continue reading Story

Made of Dough

A pizza soft launch coinciding with various June birthdays – ideal ingredients for some Italianate indulgence at bargain prices.  Although I say Italian, Made of Dough is South London’s answer to excellent food in the leafy and highly gentrified (on which, see Jay Rayner’s eloquent piece on Tooting here) Bellenden Road. Branching out from the … Continue reading Made of Dough

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

Peckham Bazaar

Although originally a pop-up, Peckham Bazaar has - luckily for us - become a permanent fixture. Now they're back and more of my friends are moving to south London, I’m eager to explore neighbourhood restaurants and up-and-coming foodie hotspots; Artusi, Pop Brixton, Ali Baba's Juice, Tooting's Mud, and Streatham's Hood/Brooks & Gao are also on … Continue reading Peckham Bazaar

Gail’s

Gail’s, probably my favourite café, is an artisan bakery scattered throughout London and closest for me, in charming Dulwich Village. Walking past the piles of cakes and pastries at the coffee-shop entrance to the restaurant requires heroic amounts of self-control. Although it’s usually my go-to coffee jaunt as they serve absolutely top-notch Bonsoy lattes made … Continue reading Gail’s

Brew

For a catch-up with a friend in Wimbledon I chose coffee hot-spot, Brew, in the heart of Wimbledon Village. The Evening Standard rates Brew as one of London’s best independent coffee shops (http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/london-coffee-festival-londons-best-independent-coffee-shops-10218570.html), noting that promise of a glossy (Allpress) flat white should be enough to get you here. And this is coffee which you … Continue reading Brew

Burro e Salvia

In the mood for a bowl of pasta, my companions and I headed to Burro e Salvia on Lordship Lane for a start of the week treat. Named after a classic accompaniment to stuffed pasta – butter and sage – this café is the East Dulwich branch of its original Shoreditch home. Serving almost nothing … Continue reading Burro e Salvia