Pizza Union, Spitalfields

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Spitalfields

Swank Factor: 3/5

Overall: 4/5


Pizza Union is a restaurant with an industrial feel to it, but with added Shoreditch chic. The exposed breeze block walls, ceiling vents and long wooden plank tables with high stools work well with this restaurant's industrial theme.

Bumpkin, Notting Hill

Cuisine: British

Location: Notting Hill

Swank Factor: 4/5

Overall: 4/5


A venue for a relaxing brunch with a group of friends was required and I couldn’t think of anything better than Bumpkin. I’d heard a lot of hype about this restaurant and couldn’t wait for a chance to give it a try.

The Red Fort

Cuisine: Indian

Location: Soho

Swank Factor: 3/5

Overall: 3/5


Founded in 1983, The Red Fort is a restaurant on Dean Street that I’ve walked past for many years. Although well established, there are many more exciting restaurants in Soho that have tempted me away from here. However on this particular occasion I decided to take the plunge and try it out.

Inamo, St James

Cuisine: Pan Asian

Location: Piccadilly

Swank Factor: 5/5

Overall: 5/5



Inamo is easily the most fun restaurant I’ve ever visited. Their unique selling point of interactive tables can be mistaken as a bit of a gimmick but Inamo is much more of a complete restaurant and definitely worth the visit.

Luce e Limoni

Cuisine: Sicilian

Location: Gray’s Inn Road, Bloomsbury

Swank Factor: 4/5

Overall: 5/5


Luce e Limoni is a beautiful restaurant. It is a stunning creation filled with plush seating and several gorgeous giant crystal drop chandeliers hanging just out of reach. However rather than looking glamorous, the vintage touches like the old pictures of Sicilian lemons on the walls, and the rustic floor length wine rack add a dash of class and tradition to the restaurant.

The Victoria

Cuisine: British Tapas

Location: Mile End

Overall: 5/5



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When is a pub not a pub? When it’s a Yummy Pub Co. venture. The Victoria is their latest addition and having very recently been opened to the public, this newly renovated iconic building is already winning a strong following.

This venue is full of surprises and exploring the many floors of the Victoria is delightfully fascinating. If it hadn't been for Tim Foster who heads up The Yummy Pub Co. giving us a guided tour, we would have certainly got lost.

Granger & Co.

Cuisine: International

Location: Clerkenwell

Swank Levels: 5/5

Overall: 5/5



After a successful launch of the Westbourne Grove branch, Australian chef turned Londoner Bill Granger has expanded his  repertoire with a second branch of Granger & Co in Clerkenwell village.


Tapas Revolution

Cuisine:  Spanish Tapas

Location: Westfield, West London

Swank Levels: 3/5

Overall: 4/5 



Despite being located on the ‘Balcony’ of the Food Court in Westfield, Tapas Revolution is a must visit for high quality Tapas with a high quality chef. Omar Allibhoy, the energetic and enthusiastic owner has taken on the negativity which dwells around restaurants located in shopping centres and has risen well above it.

Caravan

Cuisine: ‘Well Travelled Food’

Location: Granary Square, Kings Cross

Swank Levels: 4/5


The majority of the hype about Caravan is generated due to the location.
Situated in front of a fun water feature shooting up from floor in the newly hip Granary Square, and located inside the cavernous Granary Building, this restaurant has a very large, industrial space to fill.

Aqua Shard

Cuisine: British

Location: The Shard, London Bridge

Swank Levels: 4/5


Despite being a restaurant located on the 31st floor of the tallest building in Europe, Aqua doesn't get full marks on swank. Sadly, aside from the views of the London Skyline, Aqua itself looks more like a hotel lobby littered with lounge chairs shaded in greys and purples than a swanky restaurant.