The Best Romantic Restaurants in London

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Looking for somewhere special to take your loved one? Want to make a good impression on a first date, or maybe you’re looking for the perfect spot to pop the question? Here’s a list of the best- romantic restaurants in London to choose from, and trust us they’re good!

 

L’Escargot

L’Escargot – Soho – French

Soho’s most romantic and luxurious eatery and London’s oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot is located on Greek St and has satisfied some very famous palates in its time. From Coco Chanel to Elton John,  its a firm favourite with the glitterati and serves delectable Parisian cuisine 7 days a week. Whether you’re partial to a creamy Lobster Bisque or prefer Coq au Vin,  they have exactly what you’re looking for with an extra sprinkling of magic on top.

L’Escargot oozes a seriously romantic ambiance and is the perfect place to enjoy a loved-up night in style.

For reservations please call 020 7439 7474 or email info@lescargotrestaurant.co.uk

48 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4EF

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Sartoria

Sartoria – Mayfair – Italian

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian cuisine and want to ‘push the boat out’ for your special half then Sartoria is the place to be. This restaurant offers fresh, delicious and creative dishes which will be sure to ‘wow’ your taste buds from the moment you tuck in. Being the only restaurant on Savile Row, Sartoria offers newly refurbished décor to emulate 20th Century Italian glamour and it looks divine.

Tuck into a mouth-watering selection of Antipasti such as Beef Carppacio or barbequed Mackerel or enjoy a main consisting of pan-fried Squid with Tuscan Cannellini Beans.  Bellissimo!

For bookings please call 020 7534 700 or email sartoriareservations@danddlondon.com

20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3PR

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Noura

Noura -Mayfair – Lebanese

Noura will turn 20 next year and they’re renowned for offering some of the finest Lebanese food in London! With two restaurants, a deli and a catering company under their belt,  the family business really do know their stuff!  With stunning food from their homeland and exceptional customer service, it’s pretty obvious to see why Noura made the list.  It’s the perfect spot for showing your affection for your dining partner,  and for the good food!

Why not order yourself their fresh Mixed Grill or traditional Loubieh with Lamb? Or maybe you’re meat-free and fancy Moujadarra (Rice & Lentils) instead? They have a great choice of dishes, something to keep you both happy.

For bookings please call 0207 235 9444 or visit their website

16 Curzon St, Mayfair, London W1J 5HP, UK

Rules

Rules – Covent Garden – British

If you’re both partial to a bit of traditional British fare then London’s oldest restaurant, ‘Rules Restaurant’ is the one for you.

Its fascinating historical restaurant-premises spanning over 200 years has welcomed some extremely famous faces to dine at its tables, from Charlie Chaplin to Charles Dickens! It became ‘Rules’ in 1984 when it was taken over by its current owner (that’s only the third owner in over two centuries).

You can tell that they definitely take pride in what they do and this shows in their food. They specialise in classic Game cookery, Oysters, Pies and Puddings.

A truly British date night.

For bookings please call 0207 836 5314 or visit their website

35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LB

Royal China Group

Royal China Group – Baker Street

Chinese food with your better half doesn’t always have to be from the nearest takeaway shop whilst you’re watching the box on a Friday night. If you’re a fan of Oriental cuisine and want to make it extra special then head down to the Royal China Group on Baker Street for a candlelit dinner that will blow you away

From Wagyu Beef in a Teriyaki sauce to Icelandic King Crab, there’s a great choice to cater for everyone. They also have a varied selection of tasty vegetarian dishes too.

If you’re looking for an evening that’s a little more intimate then you can request for one of their partitions to be put up,  or why not go the whole hog and hire your own private dining area?

To book your table please call 0207 486 3898

40 – 42 Baker Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7AJ

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So there you have it, and what a great selection! Which one are you going to go for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sol House – Ibiza

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If you’re an Insta fan and follow all things ‘Ibiza’ related then you’ll have probably heard of Sol House already.

 

Renovated in 2016, the fresh and modern venue is part of the Meliá Hotel Group,  boasts two swimming pools and some of the best views over San Antonio.

Located in Cala de Bou (The Bay Of San An), the airy rooms and suites offer chilled-out breaks for adults in search of fun, sun and good music.

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Relaxing rooms

Their famous Rooftop Nine pool bar provides the backdrop to some of the islands most idyllic sunsets, along with DJ’s playing day and night throughout the summer months.

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Great music and outstanding views

As you enter their reception area you’re greeted by a large white Rhino sculpture amongst various other artists contributions, which really make the hotel stand out from others in the area. It’s fun, light and very, very welcoming.

The hotel is situated along the beach-front where you’ll find a range of fun water sports, boats to other parts of the island and the water taxi which takes you over to San Antonio in around 5 minutes.

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Located on the beach

The rooftop pool is perfect for catching those Balearic rays over a few cocktails! The somewhat iconic infinity pool has been the staple of many Instagrammers photo posts over the last two years too. With a Cocktail in hand, the perfect bikini and the views towards the mountains,  it’s hard not to bag yourself a new profile picture to make everyone at home green with envy.

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Infinity pool

If you’re into your fitness then Sol House also has a gym to keep your well earned holiday-bod up to date.

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Hotel gym

If you’re skipping the workouts and going straight for holiday mode then you’ll be spoilt for choice in one of their three spacious dining areas. You can enjoy lunch around the ground floor pool area with friends at ‘Play Bar’, Taco’s and Tequila at their ‘Canalla’ bar in the lobby or their ‘Food Factory’ buffet restaurant. They also have BBQ’s days on the rooftop! Make sure you stay tuned to their social media for updates in the summer regarding the BBQ days.

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Mexican Restaurant ‘Canalla’

Tuck in and enjoy!

Sol House has absolutely everything you’re looking for from a fun-filled holiday to The White Isle,  and 2019 is set to be even better!

 

To book your summer 2019 holiday click here

Instagram – @solhouseibiza

Twitter – @SolHouseIbiza

Facebook – @SolHouseIbi

Five Of The Best Halloween Parties – Ibiza 2018

 

The party is still alive and kicking here on Ibiza!

It will be taking a slightly more sinister turn however on Wednesday 31st October,  as the Ghosts and Ghouls of the White Isle will be summoned to enjoy an evening of food and dance under the Balearic stars and everyone’s invited!

 

We’ve picked our top 5 events, now it’s just down to you to decide which one you’ll be creeping up on first…

 

Pikes

The Brothers Grim present ‘VOODOO RAVE’ at the legendary Pikes Hotel on Wednesday 31st October, and it’s going to be a good one!

The duo will be spinning some Spooktacular sounds along with a pretty impressive line-up to keep you entertained right through until 4am.

Expect Cocktails, Carnage and a right old Carry On as the locals and  Autumn tourists come together to toast All Hallows Eve, Ibiza style!

For tickets (15€) visit https://pikesibiza.com/blog/halloween-at-pikes/

Pikes Ibiza, Camí Sa Vorera, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain, 07820

reservations@pikesibiza.com

Tel +34 971 342 222

Instagram – @pikesibiza

Facebook – @pikeshotel

Atzaro

This beautiful Boutique Hotel in St Euliala is the perfect setting for what will be one of the best Halloween parties on the island.

Mischief take over for their ‘Misbehave from The Grave’ event and will also be serving deliciously devilish food to die for!

Clive Henry will be playing b2b with Alex Arnout amongst others to take you into the night! Make sure you’re dressed to impress in your most terrifying outfit!

15€ entry (pay on the door or from reception) includes one free drink and free entry into their best dressed competition (fancy dress of course) –  The prize? A luxurious Atzaro Spa Day for two,  plus lunch!

Atzaro Agroturismo, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840

Ibizaagroturismo@atzaro.com

Tel: +34 971 338 838

Instagram – @atzaro_hotel

Facebook @AgroturismoATZAROibiza

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Pacha

Bambuddha’s famous Halloween dinner party will be hosted at Pacha this year where you can enjoy their extraordinary set menu from 9pm.

From 1am Pacha will then transform into a hellraising celebration for grown ups who are young at heart,  as San Proper + more take over the decks for a night to remember!

Avenida 8 de Agosto, 07800 Eivissa

Table reservations: +34 971 310 959
Vip Table Bookings: +34 971 313 600

Instagram – @pachaofficial

Facebook – @Pacha

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Underground 

With free entry until 1am (when signing up via their Facebook page) the San Antonio club will be raising the dead from 11pm til 6am and it’s set to be an eerily exciting night!

Costumes are a must for this event so make sure you choose the best outfit and scare to impress!

Entry 20€ if you pay on the door.

Diseminado Cas Arabins, 96, Sant Antoni de Portmany

Tel: +34 971 19 80 15

Instagram- ibiza_underground

Facebook – @IbizaUndergroundclub

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Hostal Salinas

The after party of all after parties will of course be held at Salinas again this year.

Halloween 18 presents ‘Freak Show, A Balearic Horror Story’ and anyone who really knows Ibiza out of season knows about this event.

Entry is 20€ and includes one drink. To be added to the strictly guestlisted event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1158896124265600/

Some of the islands best known resident DJ’s will be ensuring the music is everything you’d expect and more from this notoriously amazing event.

Crta Sa Canal de Ses Salines km5, 07817, Eivissa

Tel: +34 971 308 899

Facebook – @BoutiqueHostalSalinas

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So there you have it, you’re spolit for choice now!

 

 

Las Mimosas – A Taste of The Real Ibiza

Las Mimosas San Antonio Bay Ibiza

Las Mimosas is a hotel that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find in The Bay of San Antonio. Tucked away around a dust road next to a very ‘inconspicuously labelled’ direction sign, the luxurious yet understated boutique suites provide a relaxing break surrounded by nature for the discerning guest who doesn’t want to be disturbed!

The hotel only opened in June this year and offers stunning Ibicencan styled living space consisting of 17 suite rooms, all with their own bathroom. The junior suite includes a comfortable sofa bed for larger families or groups. Continue reading “Las Mimosas – A Taste of The Real Ibiza”

Wi-Ki-Woo – How about you?

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The Wi-Ki-Woo Hotel opened this summer and has quickly attracted a lot of positive attention, mostly from celebrities, fashion designers, brands, bloggers and influencers who want to capture their clothing, models, and themselves looking stunning, with a background to die for. Guests are loving it too!

I visited back in June to check it out and thought I would give the new addition to the island a chance to ‘settle’ in before I posted about it! Continue reading “Wi-Ki-Woo – How about you?”

Lockside Camden – Tex Mex Heaven

Lockside Camden

 

I love Camden. It’s trendy, funky and full of the weird and wonderful.

It has changed drastically over the last 15 years since I’ve been going out there. Pop up street food stalls and huts have become the staple of the Lock, with a range of cuisines available from all over the world.

I’m a big fan of TexMex food. I like the fusion between Mexico & America with all of their spices, sauces and flavours. It’s one of my favourites!

When I eat I like to sit down, relax and enjoy my food. Standing up squashed between hundreds of people is perfect for ‘food on the go’ but I’m more of a chilled out, take your time kind of foodie. Plus I need room to put the food in my mouth!

Lockside Camden is a well established eat-in restaurant and bar. Perfect for me to relax. Located on the upper walkway inside The Lock, it been open since 2005 and had a refurbishment in January of this year.

With a large outside area overlooking the Lock, it’s great during the warmer months. The perfect spot to enjoy food and a few drinks while you watch the world go by.

Most recently they’ve branched upon a fresh TexMex theme with their ‘Evil Twin’ brand delivering fresh, authentic food bursting with flavour from their creative kitchen.

The chefs are energetic, enthusiastic and bubbly. Just what you want from this type of area.

We sat down at the back of the restaurant after ordering our drinks from the bar. Nattering away about what a fantastic location it was and checking out the quirky artwork on the walls.

From framed cans of craft beer,  to an image of Grime artist D Double E dressed as the (Newham) General (If you know you know). It’s eclectic and unique. There’s even an image of a pair of Reebok Classics which were the fashion staple of street wear when I was growing up, those and Air Force 1’s were my favourites!

Within a very reasonable time our food arrived!
A wooden serving board packed with a fabulous array of foods arrived at our table and we tucked straight in!
5 Hour “Hell Yeah” Pork Belly Tacos with
Kimchi & Guac, corn tortilla
Hot Butter & Siracha Wings
Jalapeño Poppers, Chipotle Aioli, spring Onions
Nacho’s smothered in Queso

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The Pork belly was AMAZING! Cooked just right, the juicy flavours just melted in my mouth!

The wings? I love a wing and these were by far some of the best I’ve ever tasted!

Jalapeño Poppers are no doubt going to have a kick about them and these were kickin’ for all the right reasons! Very moreish.

And finally the cheesy Nachos…YES, just YES!

The food is tasty, fresh and bursting in flavours and the Kimchi & Guac tortilla was by far my favourite!

 

They also do some fantastic looking Burgers too!

The vibe is edgy yet chilled, the food is delicious and the drinks are cold. What more could you want from an afternoon in Camden Town?

 

 

75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, London · NW1 8AF

Tel: 020 7284 0007

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 1am
Friday 12 noon – 3am
Saturday 10am – 3am
Sunday 10am – 1am

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Bru Coffee & Gelato – Walthamstow, London

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Brü Coffee & Gelato – Walthamstow

So on Friday I visited a brand new coffee & dessert restaurant in Walthamstow, East London called Brü.
Don’t be fooled by the name though. According to the manager and business partner Imran, the majority of his customers assume it’s a Scandinavian owned company simply because of the ‘ü’ in the Brü. It is in fact as simple as I thought, it means brew. Being a northern born company (Leicester), the word brew is widely used when referring to tea or coffee, and the two dots above the ‘u’? It’s simply a smiley face!
Imran has a lot of knowledge of the Brü brand, and rightly so. He has worked closely with the owner (his cousin) Hamza to build the company into not one, not two but three venues with it’s third being right here in my home town of Walthamstow.

 

Their first Brü opened in Leicester three years ago. Specialising in cakes, desserts, ice creams, coffee, tea, sorbets and treats that would even make Willy Wonka himself jealous. Their popularity grew which enabled them to open their second venue in Harrow, North West London a year ago.
Two months ago Brü descended upon Walthamstow in all it’s flavoursome glory and has been a popular favourite with newcomers and locals ever since. Many of whom return on a weekly, and sometimes daily basis which shows that the business is very focused on community relations. They have even been featured in some local publications including The Village E17 listing of the best places to visit in Walthamstow!

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From the second I entered I felt a very warm atmosphere. Happy staff, and even happier customers. I took a seat with my friend and after a short wait, Imran came along with a tray for us. On this tray were hot chocolate drinks, one white and one classic. I should have tried this straight away, but as usual I was too busy nattering so I only got to taste it once it had cooled down. It was still good! I love a hot chocolate.

Next up came the best bit, desserts!
As soon as I looked at the menu I knew I wanted to try the Strawbella Waffle. This mouthwatering dish was filled with Nutella chocolate, topped with Belgian Chocolate, fresh Strawberries and whipped cream. It was beyond amazing. Crispy waffles mixed with melting chocolate, and the cream? A perfect combination! Ideally it was meant to be shared between myself and my friend, but I think I had the majority of it. I’m sorry (I’m not really) but it was just too good in my opinion!


Onto the Cookie Butter Waffle dish. With a filling of Biscoff caramelised cookie spread, drizzled with sauce and topped with a Belgian Speculoos Biscuit, this dish along with the Strawbella are their two most popular options at Brü, and I can see why! Apart from it sticking to the inside of my mouth which was obviously to do with the fact that I shouldn’t have put that much into my mouth in the first place, it was faultless. A thick texture, which is soothed by the cream on the side! Simply scrumptious!

 

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You have to have a serious sweet tooth, or be in need of a major sugar rush to fully appreciate what I had, as the dishes are extremely rich but simply fantastic none the less.

Unlike a lot of dessert venues, Brü caters for those who suffer from allergies. With a range of tasty options available, suitable for everyone, including gluten free varieties, Oatmeal Milk, and eggless cakes. They’re also a Halal eatery. Even their Marshmallows are Halal, perfect for hot Chocolate drinkers this coming winter!

You’d be mistaken for thinking that Brü offers a basic Tea and Coffee selection. That in fact couldn’t be further from the truth. Imran explained to us that they keep all their loose leaf teas in jars on the main counter. The staff are always on hand to explain these wonderful ingredients to you, ensuring you get one that’s perfect for you. A varied option for every palate.

Now I’m not a big tea drinker. I’ve never actually had a cup of typical English tea in my life. The look and smell has always been enough to make me cringe. Brü however doesn’t offer a generic assortment. And this, is a great thing!
I was introduced to a number of choices including Cinnamon Spice, and Fresh Lemon & Ginger before settling on their home made ‘Vanilla Chai’ (decaf) tea.
Strong scents of Cinnamon, Ginger and of course Vanilla came through as soon as I poured it into the cup. I actually ended up having three cups as it was that good! I got a big, gorgeous waft of ‘Christmas’ and ‘winter’ and ‘cosy nights in’ from this drink. It really tasted beautiful!

The decor is what I would class as Retro. An uncluttered, natural design with lots of creative lighting ideas, bookcases and relaxed seating.

The main visible focus of the venue is of course their Ice Cream and Sorbet selection counter. Situated on the right as soon as you walk in, it’s filled with a range of bright colours, flavours and styles….a haven for Ice Cream lovers. I was offered to try some but I literally couldn’t eat any more which was a disappointment because I was eyeing up their Pistachio option as soon as I walked through the door. But I will be back!

Brü is a great place, I see it being very popular with families and kids due to their excellent choice of afters (or before’s if you can’t wait). Whats even better is that their prices are so affordable it’s actually tempting to buy extra just for the sake of it. I however cannot afford another inch on the hips so I won’t do that, but you catch my drift!

Their Tea’s range from £2-£3 and their Waffle dishes are only £3.95! You cannot get better than that on price, and the quality of ingredients can be tasted in every mouthful.
Whats even better is that all their Waffles, Sorbets, Ice Creams etc are made at their production centre in Leicester and delivered to Walthamstow every week!
Brü also sells Sandwiches, Panini’s, Cookies, Sundae’s, non- alcoholic Mojito’s and so much more!


I would thoroughly recommend Brü if you’re in the area. They open at 7am every day and close at 11pm so you really have no excuse not to pop in and try something delicious out!

Bru can be found at: 223 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9PP

Tel: 020 8521 0203

 

 

Pivaz Brentwood – A new level of luxury to Essex

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So after much anticipation, Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant Pivaz have finally opened their third venue in the famous town of Brentwood, Essex.
The Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell officially opened Pivaz last Friday with a traditional ‘cutting the the ribbon’ to welcome a beautiful new addition to the area.

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The family owned business have seriously upped their game in terms of decor and size, with Pivaz Brentwood being their biggest venture yet. If you think their Epping restaurant is amazing then you have to check this one out!

The incredible eatery boasts two spacious floors filled with glamorously plush furniture and lighting, excellent cocktails and mouthwatering, authentic cuisine straight from the motherland. A number of the restaurant’s chefs have even moved over from Turkey, especially to join the ever growing Pivaz team!

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Photography – Firat Ayas

It’s been open less than a week and it’s doors have already welcomed a few homegrown favourites from the cast of The Only Way is Essex!
Gemma Collins attended the opening night with friends, along with Ex On The Beach star Jordan Wright who enjoyed an evening of drinks, food and live music from Flamenco guitarist Leo Alma.

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Essex boy and Model Zak Smith also dined at the affluent eatery on Friday night as well as a number of popular influencers and bloggers!

Since the opening, the lovely Gemma Collins has returned, this time with Megan McKenna, Pete Wicks & Amber Turner from The Only Way is Essex in tow to enjoy everything that the tasty new venue has to offer!

 

TOWIE Cast – Pete Wicks, Amber Turner & Gemma Collins

It seems that Pivaz Brentwood has already made it onto the map and it’s rightly deserved. The amount of time spent on somewhere that was originally meant to open in December has paid off in such an fantastic way.

Pivaz is great for romantic nights out, dining with friends & family and is the perfect spot for hosting spectacular parties!

Why not try for yourself?

 

For reservations call 01277204379 today!

92 Brentwood High St, Essex, CM14 4AP

 

 

Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant – London

 

Walthamstow Village is like a world of it’s own, located just a few minutes walk from the main overground and underground stations, Orford Saloon is within easy reach from all over London if you’re a fan of authentic Spanish food.

 

The restaurant is located on Orford Road,  and boasts it’s own deli next door.

Spanish food has always been a firm favourite so it’s always nice to have a genuine place to eat when we’re away from Ibiza.

 

Rich in its flavours from The Med, this is the number one go-to spot for your Tapas and Paella fix!

 

Food:

  • Pollo Canario (Skewered Chicken breast in a spicy Canarian sauce)
  • Calamares rebozados (Squid rings)
  • Langostinos a la parrilla (Grilled king Prawns)
  • Champinones con Chorizo (Sautéed Mushrooms with Chorizo)
  • Chuletas de cordero a la parrilla (Flame grilled Lamb cutlets)
  • Bread & Alioli

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Bread and Alioli is a very bad but very good combination. Bad because it’s so addictive but good because well, it tastes amazing. That kept us going while the dishes were prepared.

The squid sizes were very generous indeed! 6 Portions and cooked exactly how they should be.

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The Grilled King Prawns tasted amazing. Bubbling away in their juices and the heat from cooking, they tasted fresh and again, a pretty generous serving!

The Lamb cutlets came away from the bone with ease and tasted divine. Beautifully tender and cooked medium-rare.

Chorizo & Mushroom’s go perfectly together and this was no exception and the skewered Chicken breast topped the whole experience off wonderfully.

 

We would thoroughly recommend Orford Saloon if you’re in need of genuine Spanish food and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Orford Saloon is situated on 32 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ – 0208 503 6542

Their opening times are a little sporadic so ‘popping in’ can end in disappointment if you don’t know their hours.

 

It opens from 6pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-3pm Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm and then 6pm-10.30pm, Sunday they open from 10am-3pm and then 6pm-9.30pm