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Somewhere you should go… Christabel’s Edible Playground

This whimsical night in East London is everything you want from a pop-up – gorgeous dishes, fabulous surroundings and a unique hook that’ll charm the cool hunters. The clue is in the name: the “edible playground” is Christabel’s eclectic flat, where she serves four fun courses inspired by childhood nostalgia and…

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What we’ve been up to… Made in Brasil Boteco

A balmy Friday night in Brazil would probably lead you to the nearest “boteco” –  a bar where good drinks and snacks are ready and waiting for your custom. On these shores, it’s not too hard find that sort of thing in Camden, but this London tribute – which is the sister to the nearby Made in Brasil  – does an…

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What we’ve been up to… Tombo

Japanese cuisine can do no wrong in my world – and a recent visit to Tombo in South Kensington was a lovely reminder.  The USP at this neat  and modern cafe/restaurant is “clean eating”, and whether you choose a bento box, rice bowl, sushi or tapas-style starters, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling inspired to re-think the…

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What we’ve been up to… The Pedler

Peckham in 2015 is a far cry from the ends I reluctantly called home during my uni days in the late 90s.  It’s younger, hipper and more culturally diverse than ever, attracting entrepreneurs who are setting up restaurants and hotspots perfectly aimed at the district’s influx of creative and city types.  At least…

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What we’ve been up to… Benares

It’s been 12 years since Atul Kochhar opened Benares and his philosophy hasn’t shifted: serve  modern Indian food with a British flair and the people will come. By lunch time on Wednesday, the main dining room has got a respectable number of diners (and I’m told by operations manager Arnaud that the 150-cover venue will…