Sally Clarke’s Restaurant, Notting Hill

Restaurants in London come and go. People move on; tastes change; leases run out and new ones become prohibitive. Good sites are snapped up by hamburger and pizza chains and coffee shops now proliferate. But some places stand the test of time and one such, about to celebrate its 30th year, is Sally Clarke’s on…
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Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell

A recent London jaunt brought me to the eccentric but beguiling Zetter Townhouse. Ideally sited, being well away from the more ‘touristy’ parts of London, yet literally just a few minutes walk from the nearest tube and only a leisurely 20-minute stroll from Blackfriars Bridge and the Embankment, Zetter brings a bit of Christmas cheer and log-fired…
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Sake and Spice at Moti Mahal, Covent Garden

Ruby Murray, the Northern Irish popular singer who gave her name to rhyming slang’s favourite cuisine, was herself a big drinker. But probably not this classy. ‘A journey along the Grand Trunk Road is a bewildering mix of the past and present, tripping back and forth between the mundane and the momentous,’ writes Tim Smith…
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South Place Hotel Art Prize

London’s contemporary art scene is consistently exciting. But in a city that’s literally bursting with fresh talent, pinpointing the masters of tomorrow can become time-consuming. Don’t worry though, because London’s South Place Hotel is connecting emerging artists with the rest of the world by holding its annual art prize tomorrow night. Head there for the…
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X Squared: The Square Restaurant, London

The visceral thrill of a not-so-brief encounter is made more piquant by Bill Borrows’ refusal to dine down market. Despite the fact that Queen Elizabeth II was born just up the road at number 17, The Square does not suggest any degree of elitist indifference. Oh no. The Square style is ‘correct’, and that is an…
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Donald Twain: Putting the Con in Concept

Have you been here before? OK, can I explain the concept for you?’ How I haven’t suddenly and irreversibly turned into Heath Ledger’s Joker after hearing those words remains inexplicable. It is the tip of a deeply cynical iceberg – one of the principal problems with eating out in London. Give yourself a moment to…
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You Dirty Ratatouille: The Betrayer’s Banquet, London

If you think revenge is a dish best served cold, then you haven’t tasted some of the entrées at this latest gastronomic exercise in immorality. Two members of a criminal gang have just been arrested and put into prison, in solitary confinement. The police have got the men bang to rights on one charge, but want to…
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