Review: Reynolds, Fitzrovia

I’m from up north where we do large portions, so I was a little wary of Reynolds, which describes itself as a small-portion cafe with a grazing menu. I like to graze and pick, but I’m also aware that many places use this to charge more for less. Which way would Reynolds go? With a…

Review: The Attendant, Fitzrovia

These days you have to do something pretty different to stand out in London’s crowded cafe market, so it’s no surprise to find coffee shops popping up in unusual locations. For example, The Attendant has been cunningly fitted into the shell of a Victorian gents’ toilet just off Great Titchfield Street. Using the old urinals…

Review: The Coffee Jar, Camden

Camden’s Parkway road is the link between the lush greenery and wealth of Regent’s Park and the grit and grime of Camden. At one end of the road is the high end York & Albany while at the other are the Italian restaurants that have been around for decades. Along its stretch is everything from…

Review: The Gate, Archway

Situated on what has been dubbed ‘Archway Island’ (slap bang in the middle of a fairly major road network), there are a number of small shops, cafes and pubs. The former Archway Tavern has held numerous names over the years, but none really open during the day. Next to these are a couple of cafes –…

Review: Store Street Espresso, Bloomsbury

Store Street, just off Tottenham Court Road, is one of those London streets that you wouldn’t know about unless someone took you there. Cleverly, they have made a strip of the shops unify their fronts and has its own website, giving the area, which could have been just another random side street, a real community…

Review: Workshop Coffee, Marylebone

Wedged between trendy Marylebone to the north and commercial Oxford Street to the south, Wigmore Street was often seen as a through road for people not wanting to deal with the crowds London’s main shopping drag. But in recent years, it has come into its own as a destination in itself with a number of…

Review: Bar Italia, Soho

While the modernisation, and some might say the sanitisation, of Soho continues there are some hold outs that we all hope will remain on the once grimy and seedy streets – Garlic and Shots, Trisha’s, Ronnie Scott’s and Bar Italia to name a few. Bar Italia, a small cafe on Frith Street, has been serving…