La Muse Bistro, Holloway Road

Cuisine: French
Price: £££
Overall: 5/5

Reviewed by guest writer @AYankInBlighty

Exterior
Swank Factor: 3/5

It’s funny how people who live in London like to stick to certain areas. My husband always jokes about needing his passport if we go South of the river. And, to be honest, I stick to North West or Central London and don’t spend a lot of time North London.

Kona, St. James’ Court Hotel

Location: St James’s Park
Cuisine: Modern European
Price: £££
Overall:  2/5 (for vegetarians)

Reviewed by Guest Writer @VeggieEatsLnd

Swank Factor: 3/5

Winding through the corridors and buildings of St James’s Court Hotel, I wondered if we would ever discover the elusive Kona. Eventually, after walking through the pretty outdoor courtyard, we entered a small understated restaurant that gave off an air of elegance.

The décor is neutral in tone and not too exciting but then I am not sure what I was to expect from a hotel restaurant as they never seem to want to make a statement.

Lima, Fitzrovia

Cuisine: Peruvian
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Reviewed by guest writer @SyeshiaSweeney
Braised octopus
Swank Factor: 3/5

LIMA, brings Peru straight into a small restaurant in Fitzrovia, complete with unique organic and wild produce from small growers based in Peru through to the beautiful striking presentations.

The interior is not obviously glamorous but it is instead designed to be fun and comforting. In true South American style there are splashes of bright colour across the interior with contemporary seating and artwork on the walls.

Coffee and Cocoa with Chocolate Ecstasy Tours

Did you know that filter coffee has more caffeine than espresso? Or that cocoa naturally contains more vitamins and minerals that any other food? Guest Writer @AYankInBlighty picked up an array of facts as well as treats on her Coffee and Chocolate Tour with Chocolate Ecstasy Tours.


Spring has definitely made it’s way to London the past few weeks and that is good news for food tours. I recently spent an absolutely gorgeous Saturday wandering around Notting Hill with Jennifer from Chocolate Ecstasy Tours. I was on their new Coffee and Chocolate Tour and I not only enjoyed myself but also learned the two facts above and more!

Novikov, Mayfair

Cuisine: Asian (there is also an Italian side)
Price: £££
Overall: 3/5

Reviewed by Guest Writer @SyeshiaSweeney


Swank Factor: 5/5

Located in the heart of Mayfair, Novikov is prolific restaurateur Arkady Novikov's first foray into the London restaurant scene.
This spacious venue houses a lounge, an Italian restaurant and an Asian restaurant set in different rooms and both offering different menus. The interiors are designed to ultimate perfection and the high quality and presentation of the decor reflect the high end status that Novikov have.

Afternoon Tea at Pont Street

Location: Belgravia
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Price: £££
Overall: 5/5

Afternoon Tea
Swank Factor: 5/5

Afternoon Tea at Pont Street is one of the most luxurious things I have done in a while!
This Spring Pont Street have launched a brand new afternoon tea, inspired by the opulence of Marie Antoinette’s court.

The menu includes a savoury selection, sweet treats and even comes with champagne and indulgent tea. This opulent Afternoon Tea is perfectly suited to the elegant décor of the restaurant located in the heart of Belgravia.

Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch

Cuisine: Modern European
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Reviewed by Guest Writer @SyeshiaSweeney


Swank Factor: 4/5

Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch is rather unassuming  with an all-black exterior, meaning that we completely walked past the restaurant on our first visit. There is a small statue with a plaque on the outside but it's very easily missed. However once we were inside this all changed and we were greeted by an opulent décor and were seated in fine surroundings.

Pecking Order, Stanmore

Location: Stanmore
Cuisine: American
Price: £££
Overall: 4.5/5

Reviewed by Guest Writer @AYankInBlighty
Restaurant interior
Swank Factor: 3/5

My favourite alcoholic drink ever is an Amaretto Sour. It is the perfect blend of sweet and sour and so dangerous because you don’t even realise they are alcoholic the liquor is so sweet! Imagine my dismay in trying to order an Amaretto Sour in the UK and found they put egg white in it. This is not how we do it in the States.

So imagine my elation when I walked into the launch for Pecking Order and was handing an Amaretto Sour with no egg white in sight. It had the cherry and the orange slice just like life intended. I knew from that first sip that I was going to like this place.

Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers

Location: Kensington
Cuisine: American
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Reviewed by Guest Writer @AYankInBlighty

Restaurant interior
Swank Factor: 3/5

Considering the location in Kensington I expected Sticky Fingers to be fairly posh and the name to be more tongue in cheek. However, walking up to the place I could tell right away it was a little more Hard Rock Cafe then I was expecting with guitar-shaped door handles and as it turns out the name is well deserved.

The Moveable Feast, Southbank

The Moveable Feast brings together high quality vegetarian food companies under one roof. Our vegetarian Guest Writer @VeggieEatsLnd visited this delightful food emporium and sampled a few of their treats.

Not Dogs
An exciting new pop up has opened under The Shard offering veggie food with a difference. Hoping to prove that vegetarian food doesn't have to be boring, The Moveable Feast will be showcasing vegetarian food vendors on a rotating basis. Despite being next to the food emporium that is Borough Market, The Moveable Feast is actually inside an attractive cafe space just around the corner from London Bridge station.