Lana and I went for brunch today at a place she's been raving about for years. Hidden in a former clothing factory in Hackney, the entrance is totally unmarked. Parking directly outside the front door we headed in, past what is now a private dining room, which apparently used to be a drag performance space. Sad that's gone.
There are few pleasures as universal as dining out with family and friends. Grabbing a pint in the pub with an old friend or going to dinner with loved ones are some of our favourite ways to spend quality time social time with our nearest and dearest. Far from being merely a place to eat and drink, restaurants, cafes and bars are social spaces - social spaces that across the UK we elect to spend our time, and our money.
With all the doom, gloom, drama and chaos that is sweeping the country following Brexit, there couldn't be a better time to remind ourselves of what makes Britain, and in particular London, so great. One of the best indications of London's spectacular diversity and ability to draw on such a wide range of cultures is the incredible range of restaurants in the city. Here are the top five I would high recommend checking out when in town.
When was the last time you took time to meet someone for lunch outside the office? According to research in the UK, it probably wasn't recently. It is a real shame that the business lunch has been dying out because I am a firm believer in taking the time to get to know someone out of the office environment. If you want to seal a deal, or make a business partnership, I believe it is best to do so over lunch.
New Orleans has something for everyone, if you want to party head to Bourbon Street and get wild after drinking a hurricane or two. Walking through the French Quarter is like sticking your iPod on shuffle, with music and culture oozing out of every building and on every street corner; this city has Jazz in it's soul.
I took her to Carousel, which is in Marylebone, and run by four impossibly beautiful young cousins. 'We could do something,' I pointed out to my sister. 'Some kind of family business.' 'Oh, I'm already doing something,' she replied cavalierly. 'With the cousins.' She paused, to look at me. 'Sorry, we would have included you but we didn't think you had anything to offer.'