We all have those go-to easy pleaser spots on our lists. You know the ones. The pizza express types, where you know food will be decent, and even if service isn’t top notch, you’re not paying too much so it doesn’t make you hate the place. Note: Pizza Express has actually surprised me recently. Busaba Eathai is one of those for me. A spot I can always rely on for a good catch up with the girls. Service isn’t always that great, but they have something tasty for most on the menu, and you know you’ll probably get a space – no queuing for an hour for this place. A number of large sharer tables and the odd small table for two make up the…

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Suns out, picnic blankets out. We all know that as soon as the nice weather arrives, the majority of Londoners will pack their rucksacks, grab a blanket or anything which could possibly work to sit on (I’ve seen old curtains, towels and cushions) and head to the nearest park – or the best looking green space. If you could take an aerial photo of London’s green space on a hot day, I’m sure there wouldn’t much unoccupied. We followed by example last week during the heatwave, with a picnic on Primrose Hill. It was my first trip (I know, I can’t believe it either), and the perfect spot for an afternoon soaking up the rays, having a laugh and enjoying some nibbles and a drink…

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Bottomless Brunch. The weekend plan which has become THE thing to do with a Saturday/Sunday, so much so that even restaurants you wouldn’t expect to offer a brunch menu, like Shackfuyu has jumped on the bandwagon. Due a brunch catch up with Sandy, we decided to try Asia de Cuba, the pan Asian restaurant located inside St. Martin’s Lane hotel, where I went recently to try the new spring menu (well what can I say, I was converted into a fan – read that review here).  Seated at our reserved little table for two in the corner (perfect spot for a good gossip and giggle), we got settled for our two hour slot of eating and drinking until we burst (that’s pretty much the point…

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When my brother came to visit a few weeks ago, I decided we needed Friday night cocktails to see in the weekend. And what better timing than during happy hour. Suitably named for a circus themed bar, Trapeze is just round the corner from my office, in the heart of cool and edgy Shoreditch. Set over two floors, the decor is fun, bright and colourful, with red and white striped columns, huge bright booths, quirky additions like cars and other structures on the side, and the ceiling looked like it was ready for a trapeze act to don the hoops and ladders and show off some skills. Our spot for one bevvie, before heading off to join my work colleagues as they got competitive over…

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Bored of the usual brunch menus, eggs benny, florentine or royal, pancakes with bacon and maple, eggs any way you want on sourdough or rye, and avo on toast? Brunch is so popular these days, after all that’s what weekends are for now, but it doesn’t mean every restaurant needs to serve the same boring menu. And I know what you’re thinking, there’s only so many ways you can shake up breakfast ingredients, but do you really believe that? I went to Caravan on Exmouth Market for a girls catch up over a boozy brunch and was pleasantly surprised by the menu. From jalapeno cornbread to a red quinoa and buckwheat grain bowl and avocado and poached eggs on toast, Caravan had a variety of…

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