Category: London

Best gig of the year, and it was only February!

I’m often asked when to open a bottle of wine that’s been gathering dust in somebody’s rack – “will it still be any good?” My advice?   “Open it without expectations, and hope to be pleasantly surprised”. Sometimes I take a similar approach when the programme from Ronnie Scott’s appears in my inbox. Pick a […]

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Indonesia comes to London Book Fair

17,000 Islands of Imagination at London Book Fair Indonesia will be London Book Fair’s Market Focus for 2019, introducing the country’s “17,000 Islands of Imagination” to the international public, “symbolising the intellectual and artistic richness of this incredibly diverse and multi-religious nation”. London Book Fair, 12 – 14 March 2019, at Olympia. https://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Whats-On/Market-Focus—main-page/Indonesia/   General de Gaulle […]

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“You either see it or you don’t”. The Dennis Severs House

Where do you go as a treat for a nephew whose 11th birthday is a week before Christmas? We took him to the 18th century.   On Sunday 23rd December we travelled by London Overground to Shoreditch High Street. As we walked towards our destination, we passed the strangely rather wonderful shop window of Gardner’s, […]

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My round-up of 2018

2018 has been a year that required urgent distractions from the shambles that passed for political debate in Westminster. Fortunately it’s been a good year for adventures: exhibitions, travel, theatre, food & drink. Here are just a few of my personal highlights:   Theatre – behind the scenes at The Bridge In February I wrote […]

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What has your food been eating?

The Ethical Butcher has been a wholesale supplier of ethically raised meat since 2014. This month they are launching a crowdfunding campaign to expand the business into e-commerce, working with farmers to supply their meat direct to household consumers and to restaurants. Speaking at a presentation to potential investors, founder and CEO Farshad Kazemian said […]

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There’s more to Argentinian wine than Malbec

    If you’re looking for a white wine to start your meal at Chimichurris, there are Sauvignons and Chardonnays on the list, but I would go for Torrontés, which is indigenous to Argentina. It’s a juicy, aromatic wine that always makes me think of a white grapefruit. This one from Finca Las Nubes is […]

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Chimichurris – a quick visit to Buenos Aires

One of the pleasures of living in London is that you can experience the food of other countries without the expense of the airfare. I haven’t visited Buenos Aires (yet) but I have acquired a taste for its food, by going no further than ten minutes’ walk from The Old Vic at Waterloo.     […]

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Portena: an Argentinian member of the Borough Market family

Federico Fugazza arrived in London from Argentina in 2002. His brother Franco was studying for a Master’s at the LSE; he quickly introduced Federico to Borough Market, his favourite place in London, for its food, its multicultural mix of people, and its socialising.       It was unique in London at that time, and Federico […]

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A long walk from Agincourt to Richmond

“And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here ….”   On a sunny Sunday in August 2014 I walked round the perimeter of the battlefield of Agincourt. It is now farmland, ploughed earth and pasture. And trees. Even allowing for the intervening 599 years, it was easy to imagine […]

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Asian Soul Food from a Japanese Chef’s Table

SAKAGURA Steak Kitchen & Sake Bar An interpretation of the social tradition of Izakaya bars, Sakagura is tucked away behind the west side of Regent Street. Opened in 2016, it’s owned by the Japan Centre. The Chef’s Table at Sakagura takes you on a culinary journey to Japan, with 11 small courses tasted with 4 […]

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