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


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 (, 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

Pop Brixton

Although always a fan of Brixton Village Market, Pop Brixton appears to be South London's latest foodie hotspot. Describing itself as a "pioneering new space in the heart of Brixton", it's interior is certainly innovative. Like East London’s Boxpark, it's built from upcycled shipping containers. Furnishings are rough ply-wood and there's a mixture of indoor … Continue reading Pop Brixton

Bánh Bánh

Vietnamese street food; Peckham; and a soft launch: how could I resist?! Bánh Bánh – literally meaning “all things delicious” – were previously in residence at the Bussey Building and now have a permanent site in Peckham Rye. After extensive email correspondence with “Tien”, I managed to secure a booking during the soft launch weekend … Continue reading Bánh Bánh

Chit Chaat Chai

South London, Indian street food, a Cambridge alumnae founder: all promising ingredients for a Friday night summery-(ish) family supper (sub)urban style. Chit Chaat Chai’s founders, Tani and Dhruv – who incidentally my sister knew at Cambridge – weren’t able to find good Bhel Poori. (Clearly they haven’t tried Mummy Shah’s creations which I ended up … Continue reading Chit Chaat Chai

The Lido Café

Lunch at an outdoor swimming pool on a sunny July afternoon? Ideal. Unless you live in a certain patch of South London, you probably won’t be familiar with The Lido Café at Brockwell Lido. It’s a locals’ secret kind of place. As a totally committed South Londoner, with my thinking cap on for where to … Continue reading The Lido Café


Peckham Rye is a foodie hub that has seen a wave of pioneering restaurants opening from the Italian Artusi and the Thai flavours of The Begging Bowl, to the Peckham Refreshment Rooms and the Balkan influences of Peckham Bazaar. One of its main attractions is neatly painted blue Pedler, which I’d been meaning to try … Continue reading Pedler

Franco Manca

Having feasted on many pizzas at Franco Manca, a post-facto review of this iconic and immensely popular pizzeria is on the table. If you thought great pizza began and ended in Italy, think again. Indeed, my first pizza at Franco Manca was a sort of “pizza awakening” for me and inspired me to begin my … Continue reading Franco Manca


On a chilly December evening, my companion and I decided to brave a trip to Brixton Market, all in the search for Thai food. KaoSarn’s reputation speaks for itself and crowds arrive like pilgrims to pay homage to their tasty salads, curries and noodles. Prepared to queue and wrapped up warm, we arrived at the … Continue reading Yum-D