Tag: London

Ultimate vegan rumble showcases knockout street food: Kerb, London N1

    Eight of London’s best vegan dishes faced off in a street food showdown – and a Venezuelan chip butty knocked out opponents to claim top prize. The Living on the Veg munch-off, organised by street food impresario Kerb, took place under West Handyside Canopy in King’s Cross. For under 30 quid, ticket holders […]

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Borough back-street pubs: South London’s finest

Borough market attracts stampedes of tourists, and plenty of great pubs cater for them. Avoid the fudge-eating, double-buggy pushing, half-a-lager-ordering hordes at these classic Borough boozers off the beaten track The Rake Size doesn’t matter, I’m reliably informed. It certainly doesn’t harm one of the tiniest pubs in London, which sits in one of its greatest locations – […]

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Sips of the best: Six fascinating pubs and bars near Bermondsey tube station

Welcome to the booziest, beeriest borough in South London – Beermondsey. I mean, Bermondsey. The Maltby Street market pumps out Little Bird gin and hot toddies to the Borough Market overspill and beer hounds drink the breweries and bottle shops of the Bermondsey Beer Mile dry. Here are six pubs worth checking out away from the […]

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The daytime drinker’s guide to… the Walworth Road

Because beer tastes better when you should be at work Pubs in the daytime often have a desolate air, even at lunchtimes, as workers reject a one o’clock pint for a meal al desko. It’s this sense of being forgotten, of letting the world go busily by outside as the clock noisily ticks in a quiet pub that […]

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Review: Cockneys of Croydon

Pie and mash is my hangover food of choice. It’s cheap, with no sharp edges, and it’s usually dished up in a compact, bright white tiled space, so it’s just like staying safely put in your own bathroom. But with food. How comforting is that? Okay, so you often have to share a table with […]

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Review: Sunday lunch at Sylvan Post, Forest Hill SE23

Stylishly converted from a post office into a boozer, does Sylvan Post, in laidback Forest Hill, deliver?

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Review: Sunday Lunch at The Camberwell Arms, Camberwell SE5

It’s all swell in Camberwell, not least around our belt buckles, after a gut-busting, button-popping blow-out of a Sunday lunch at gastropub The Camberwell Arms. If Sunday lunches are designed to do anything it’s to put you flat on your back until well after the Antiques Roadshow. Fiona Bruce was already looking like a long […]

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Review: The London Particular, New Cross SE14

Herman Melville, visiting London in 1850, described his walk through a choking and poisonous “London particular”. It was an “old-fashioned pea soup London fog – of a gamboge colour.” Gamboge is a mustard-coloured pigment used to dye Buddhist monks’ robes and varnish violins. And it’s roughly the same colour as the murky split pea soup […]

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Twenty hilariously awful TripAdvisor London restaurant reviews

Judging by the glossy metropolitan food supplements and awe-struck newspaper reviews, you might think London is a dining-out nirvana where every earthly cuisine is served up at its finest. Luckily for the schadenfreude-seeking, TripAdvisor and its diners’ reviews teach us that there are still pockets of resistance, where hygiene is unheard of, customer service is […]

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A swill time at the Croydon Craft Beer Festival

Thirsty Londoners lapped up a banquet of pale ales, wheat beers and milk stouts at the first Croydon Craft Beer Festival this weekend. And it seemed another indicator of outer London’s growing cultural chops. In the old reference library of Braithwaite Hall in central Croydon, beneath a hammer-beamed roof and stained glass windows extolling the […]

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