• It’s still early on a Wednesday evening in January, but a bartender at a popular Shoreditch pub cuts a lone figure as he wipes a pristine counter yet again and listlessly fixes his two patrons another round of soda waters with fresh lime. Staff at...

  • IT’S the health food trend that has had us slurping smoothies with a spoon and assembling greens, grains and proteins according to photography’s Rule of Thirds. Pack away your plates and let go of the lunchbox; from acai to buddha, protein to power, the bowl...

  • THE City’s food scene has long held a reputation for being a bit all work and no play; all coffee carts and sandwich counters for lunch al desko or fine dining primed for the company credit card. Any foodie worth their Himalayan pink salt knew...

  • WHAT does Christmas taste like to you? Turkey with a sage stuffing? Cured salmon and capers with dill? A supermarket mince pie and a gingerbread-flavoured latte? Whatever your festive flavour, the Square Mile’s restaurants and eateries have risen to the occasion, delivering stand-out Christmas concoctions...

  • IN summer 2014, the UK lifted its 13-year import ban on Japanese wagyu steaks. Rich, tender and melt-in-your mouth thanks to its trademark high-fat marbling, the ‘caviar cut’ of meat was suddenly back on the menu at London’s fine dining scene. At the time British...

  • “GOD, two years ago there was nowhere to eat around here,” my companion commented as we met for dinner near the top of Petticoat Lane. She’s half right. Spitalfields, a mere block away, has been building its rep as a dining destination for the...

  • POP-UP restaurants, by their very nature, are supposed to be blink-and-you’ll-miss-them. A bright idea, a couple of frenzied weeks operating out of a makeshift kitchen to serve the (hopefully) growing queues as word gets out, and then they are gone again, leaving nothing but a...

  • Londoners throw out the most food of anybody in the UK, according to research into the country’s food wastage habits released last month – and we feel pretty rotten about it. Almost 30% of us bin at least one tenth of the fruit and vegetables...

  • IT has been well over a decade since wine traders Brett Woonton and Charlie Young first opened Vinoteca in Smithfield Market. It was a fresh, new ‘wine bar and shop’ concept boasting an ever-changing menu of 25 wines by the glass, a few hundred...

  • Little more than two miles separates St Paul’s from Soho’s Gerrard Street, otherwise known as London’s Chinatown, but to those seeking a bite to eat they might as well be on different planets. The former is known for its mix of slick upmarket chain restaurants and...