Author: Lucy Ann Watson

Rosa’s Thai Cafe – Victoria

  What The much loved Rosa’s Thai Cafe has now arrived in Victoria. Where 25 Gillingham Street London SW1V 1HN Experience If, like me, you are a long-term fan of husband and wife owned chain Rosa’s Thai Cafe then you will be excited about their new opening in Victoria. Before the grand opening, I was invited down to sample the menu. I met my pal Gethin at Victoria station and took the stroll down the beautifully affluent West London streets to a quiet corner building. We were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and a seat in the corner of a very relaxed, but bustling, cafe. The kitchen ovens had not yet been installed but the party menu did not disappoint. We ate Fresh Soft Rolls, soft rice paper rolls of fragrant herbs and vegetables joined by salty peanut sauce and a spicy sweet chilli dipping sauce. Shortly followed by Spicy Beef Salad – Yum nuer yang Char-grilled sirloin on spicy leaves with mint & chilli dressing. Every mouthful was fragrant, spicy, light and definitely …

Swan Restaurant – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea

What To coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and Emma Rice’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre, Swan has launched A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed afternoon tea worthy of the fairy queen herself. Where Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT Experience I strolled easterly along the Southbank to Swan restaurant on a sunny Wednesday afternoon to experience a magical Midsummer Night’s Dream themed afternoon tea. I arrived early and was shown to a private room overlooking both the glistening Thames and inside Globe Theatre grounds which has been transformed into a fairyland forest. I knew to expect something very special indeed. The white clothed tables were decorated with playful crockery designed by illustrator Annika Wester who mimics themes in the play. When other guests had finally arrived we were all served a Love Potion cocktail. The separate potion contained Earl Grey infused gin, honey from the London Honey Co and blackberry puree. I was encouraged to add my potion to a half glass of prosecco …

London House – Battersea

What Battersea neighbourhood favourite London House showcases its new look, new bar and new menu. Where London House 7-9 Battersea Square Battersea Village London SW11 3RA Experience I had the opportunity to visit modern British cuisine restaurant London House, part of the Gordon Ramsay Group. As soon as I entered I was greeted with relaxed decor and a friendly waiters smile. I sipped a glass of sweet Clementine Daiquiri in the bar while admiring the fireplace and slow slung tables where locals sat with glasses of red, picking at light bites from the kitchen. My friend arrived to meet me so we took a wander outside to enjoy the new sun soaked – ready for summer – terrace for a while. None other than Gordon Ramsey himself was perched at the bar when we took our seat at the table. He seemed at home chatting to the locals before disappearing out of my vision. The reigns in the London House kitchen have been handed over to new head chef George Lyons who has ingeniously created …

Salad Days Lunch Delivery

What Salad Days office-delivered lunches make you feel nourished and ready to take on the afternoon. Providing tasty balanced food to London work places 7 days a week, from team meetings to office events, they have you covered. Where Order from Salad Days Website Experience At the start of the working week I have the best intentions to prepare fancy, healthy lunches to take to work, but it hardly ever materialises. Instead, I pop out to the same places, all within a 100 metre radius from the office. When I saw the Salad Days menu online, I scoured the photographs with sheer excitement. Of course Salad Days sell salads, but also wraps, fruit boxes, dips, platters, breakfast and (my favourite) pudding. Hand delivered to my office door was a box of Salad Days’ finest Marinaded Grilled Halloumi. I opened the box to find it filled with grilled slices of succulent halloumi, roasted butternut squash, rainbow slaw, rocket, sumac and bulgar wheat. I squeezed the accompanying lemon wedge, drizzled the house vinaigrette over everything and tucked …

Number 90 Bar & Kitchen Birthday Weekender

What Number 90 Bar & Kitchen, the stunning canal-side venue in Hackney Wick, is throwing a huge four-day long party from 17th-20th March, to celebrate turning the ripe old age of two. The weekend will feature DJs, bands, performers, live art installations, food stalls and innovative cocktails. Where Number 90 Bar & Kitchen 90 Main Yard Wallis Road HACKNEY WICK E9 5LN Experience I spent two fun-filled years in Hackney Wick so Number 90 Bar & Kitchen features in some great memories sipping beer on the patio, watching boats float down the canal. Number 90 is now two years old – how time flies – so I went down on Thursday to help kick off the birthday celebrations. I was a little early so I popped in to have a look around before my friend arrived. I was very excited to take a sneak peek of the newly refurbished terrace. It has been extended along the canal with wood decking and now houses sun loungers, a DJ booth and its very own outdoor bar. Roll …