Food and Drink

Brew café – Review

We came to Brew café for dinner on a very wet (we can’t blame them for the weather) Tuesday evening and it was nice to be greeted by the friendly staff as we stepped into the venue and out of the torrential rain. This eatery is based next to Wandsworth Town station and is part of a worldwide boutique chain (a new venue in Putney is set to open in Nov) set up by Jason Wells. This site was previously...

Champagne and Cheese – a beautiful alliance

By David de Winter – Sports Editor @davidjdewinter @TLE_Sport When you think of Champagne, you think of a glamorous drink to be enjoyed normally as an aperitif, or, if you’re really indulgent (and rich), with a meal. Cheese on the other hand is a traditionally a dessert or a post-dinner delight, commonly consumed with red wine or a digestif such as sherry or port. But Champagne and cheese together? Oh non! You can almost hear the French convulsing at the mere...

Where to eat/drink/celebrate all things Halloween in London

By Steve Taggart Halloween is nearly upon us and it really has cemented itself as one of the most exciting social occasions in the calendar. The London Economic doesn't like to miss out on a party either so we have put together a great selection of places to eat, drink and be spooky this October 31st. 1.Mortos Vivos at Las Iguanas Las Iguanas, experts in all things Latin American have devised two devilishly delicious cocktails for Halloween. MORTOS VIVOS, served...

London (and the world’s) best bar’s signature cocktails

By Steve Taggart Nightjar on City Road was again voted in the top three world’s 50 best bars. This cocktail bar’s menu is divided into pre-prohibition, prohibition and post-war drinks in a setting that is firmly in the prohibition era. You half expect to see Al-Capone in the corner drinking some “milk.” Alongside the décor the bar often has live music which often reflects the ambience of the era, with old school jazz from the 20’s and 30’s. To celebrate...

The World’s Top Five Restaurants

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  The internet has given birth to a new generation of consumer power. Whatever the product or service the web has become a platform upon which open letters of praise or grumble can be voiced, which means for better or for worse, there's no hiding from the wrath of public opinion. There was once a time when a recommendation or word of caution from a friend or family member would be enough to sway your evenings plans....

Top 20 Independent Coffee Shops in London

By Seb Dean from Find London Apartments. 1.     Foxcroft & Ginger 3 Berwick Street, W1F Foxcroft & Ginger serves wonderful coffee efficiently, which is surprising to say that they get rather busy. They also serve the light snacks that you’d expect of a coffee shop, including croissants which, we must say, provide a lovely breakfast! 2.     Speakeasy Espresso Bar 3 Lowndes Court, W1F Located just off Carnaby Street, the Speakeasy Espresso Bar is a perfect place for a mid-day coffee-stop...

The Book Club

Shoreditch is the renowned capital of London's uber-trendy East End. Residing in the London Borough of Hackney, recent gentrification has turned the town into one of the most happening places in the capital with bars, cafes and restaurants popping up left right and centre. For the TLE team it has become a regular meeting spot for our less formal meetings, and the Book Club is a particular favourite of ours. We descended on the Leonard Street joint on an early...

Top 10 Sam Smith’s Pubs in London

When tourists ask me to point them in the direction of a real British pub in London I send them to one of more than 20 Sam Smith’s pubs. They may not be tourist hotspots and are certainly not glamorous, but in the parlance of Jarvis Cocker, “you want to live like common people, you want to do whatever common people do”, go visit our Samuel. But equipping yourself with a bit of context beforehand is advised. Sam Smith's is...

La Porte des Indes – Review

Standing outside La Porte des Indes it's difficult to know what to expect. Neighbouring a Grade II-listed Edwardian Gothic Revival church and amongst the familiar stock bricked houses of the neighbourhood it was more reminiscent of an out-of-place Italian eatery than the Edwardian ballroom I'd read about, but once we walked through into the restaurant area, it was like walking back in time…in a good way. In fact the “gateway to India” name and the menu makes a nod to the food of Pondicherry, which was a...

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