Feature: Wilderness 2016 Part 2 – Friday Night/Saturday Morning

Arrival ​Like all good festivals, there’s absolutely zero sign of Wilderness until suddenly it’s taking up your entire field of vision, and there’s no denying it looks glorious with leaves in bloom and sun blazing down on the hillside. Anticipating late arrival we stumped up for a pre-allocated plot with its own car park, but to begin…

Feature: Wilderness 2016 Part 1 – Confessions of a Sceptic

  It’s 12:05 on a sunny Friday afternoon in Stockwell and I’m on edge. I’m loading up a car that doesn’t belong to me with hastily packed bags from an upstairs flat in the gated mews I’ve gained access to, and it’s attracting the attention of staff working in the office below, which happens to be a…

Review: Little Pitt, 1 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RB

As the new venture and heir to the Pitt Cue moniker sees them stepping things up a gear in size and ambition (see my previous piece on that here), you’d think the last thing the group would want to do is go running back to the tiny, sweaty basement where it all began. At least, not so soon….

Review: Bao Fitzrovia, 31 Windmill Street, W1T 2JN

​Thursday, 12pm, Fitzrovia. Bao – yes, Bao – the Taiwanese place that even the lady from the paper who hates queues tells you to get in line for if you have to, is half-empty. Could it be true? No time to tarry, not even for a nanosecond. This is one of those moments in life you have to seize by…

Review: The Eating Week – On Cafe, Bo Drake, Ben’s Canteen

​It’s tough trying to be a food writer. In this day and age, where anyone with an iPad and working knowledge of a knife and fork has invariably already published their own variation on “the starter/main/dessert was delicious/inedible” about every restaurant that’s ever opened, there’s very little you can say that isn’t either repetitive or…

‘O ver, 44 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN

​“’O ver?”, you might say in Italian. “Is this true?”, in English. Healthy, delicious, genuine Neapolitan street food. So goes the ethos behind new opening ‘O ver on Southwark Street, just a stone’s throw away from Borough Market and ideally located for a pre-show pizza if you’re heading to the Menier Chocolate Factory. So what,…

Hoppers – 49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG

I used to go to Soho all the time. When my wife worked on Lexington Street and we were young and carefree with nothing better to do with our money I would meet her outside her office at 6 on the dot and we would while away the evening hopping from bar to bar until we found…