The Original Maids of Honour

Once upon a time, about twenty-odd years ago, I used to pick my children up from school and for an occasional treat we would drive to Kew and have tea in The Original Maids of Honour tea rooms. Since I began the blog – nearly 7 years ago – we have been saying that ‘we […]

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Gelateria Review: Amorino, Covent Garden

My Italian teacher Fabio comes fortnightly and for an hour we discuss what’s been going on in our (mainly my) world for the past two weeks. We talk food a lot. He’s been a loyal follower of my blog for as long as I’ve known him and like all my Italian friends knows a lot […]

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Restaurant Review: Masaniello Surbiton

The Italians know how to throw a party. Masaniello was opening its new branch in Surbiton this evening and an invitation to regulars and locals went out to join the party. I arrived soon after 6pm when it was due to begin and it was fairly quiet, but a warm welcome from owner/head chef Livio […]

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Venchi, Richmond upon Thames

You might say we didn’t need another Italian gelateria in Richmond because after all we have the wonderful Gelateria Danieli, widely acclaimed as one of the best in London, and then we have Rome’s most famous tiramisu available to us at Pompi. But then as someone who can’t spend a day in Italy without having […]

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Arte Chef, Barnes, SW London

It was my first time back at Arte Chef since September 2014. I thought it was great when I went, but with its parent restaurant Masaniello just a 15-minute walk from home, it’s seemed so much easier to go there than taking a 20-minute drive to Barnes. But chef Livio Te’s Twickenham restaurant has become […]

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Restaurant Review: Canela, Covent Garden

A couple of weeks ago, while wandering round a bitterly cold Covent Garden before meeting a friend for an early evening meal, I came across Canela. It’s rare to see a Portuguse cafe-restaurant in London and because I’d recently made some Pasteis de Nata for the first time, I was particularly intrigued to try Canela […]

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Cafe W, Waterstones, Piccadilly

Waterstones in London’s Piccadilly is one of my favourite bookshops. It is also the largest bookshop in Europe spread over six enormous floors in an Art Deco building dating from the 1930s. The building is Grade 1 listed due to its innovative design and from 1936-1999 was the home of Simpson’s store, the largest menswear […]

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Bridge Theatre & St John Bakery

The journey to Bridge Theatre last night was a bit of a mission, travelling from the furtherest south west corner of London, where I live, to Tower Bridge. I thought taking the Underground from Richmond to Tower Hill and walking across the bridge to the theatre, visible on the other side, was a good plan. […]

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The Black Penny, Covent Garden & A Day of Caravaggio

It’s been quite an arty week: Modigliani on Tuesday, a second visit to Cezanne at the National Portrait Gallery with my friend Annette on Friday, and today a whole day’s course on the exciting and fabulous late 16th-early 17th century artist, Michelangelo Merisi, otherwise known as Caravaggio. I think I may have become a fan […]

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Supper at Capricci & Modigliani at Tate Modern

I do love it when I can combine two of my greatest passions: food and art. There are a number of posts on this blog where I’ve gone to an art gallery and followed it up with a great meal. This evening’s venture along London’s Southbank to Tate Modern didn’t offer a promising prospect for […]

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