Russian dolls

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Mari Vanna is in Knightsbridge, near those pale loitering houses that would be ripped up if only their owners could…

Sexy time

16 June 2012 6:00 am

Nick Clegg and sex. What doesn’t the dude know about it — he told Piers Morgan he had slept with…

Away with the pixies

2 June 2012 12:00 am

Dabbous is the place where stoned pixies would dine if they were into food. I have a fever and think…

Carry on screaming

19 May 2012 1:00 pm

The Bread Street Kitchen is a big restaurant near the Mansion House, brought to you by Gordon Ramsay’s big rage;…

Food: Jubilee tea

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

Fortnum & Mason is a major attraction at the UK heritage theme park, the equivalent of the gorilla at London…

Food: Full Marx

21 April 2012 2:15 pm

Quo Vadis is the restaurant in the house where Marx wrote Das Kapital, and today it is full of tulips.…

Food: Flesh and blood

7 April 2012 1:00 pm

Poor Hawksmoor. So obviously the genius of English Baroque, and yet he always comes last in the histories, behind flashy…

Food: Luxury comedy

24 March 2012 1:00 pm

Sometimes I think luxury is a joke played on the rich by the not-so rich. In my mind, people on…

Food: Dinner drama

10 March 2012 1:00 pm

Novikov is an immense two-storey restaurant in deepest Mayfair. It serves Asian on the ground floor and Italian in the…

Food: Conference call

25 February 2012 12:00 pm

The Grand Hotel, Brighton, is the most beautiful hotel in England. It is bright and shiny like Simon Cowell’s teeth,…

Food: Movie dinners

11 February 2012 1:00 pm

The Odeon cinema in Whiteleys, Bayswater, has refurbished; it now has eight ‘Lounges’ where you can watch a film and…

Food: Smart casual

28 January 2012 12:00 pm

Reviewing the Delaunay is like reviewing Nelson Mandela. You cannot be rude. This restaurant, a new sister for the ­Wolseley,…

Food: Eating like a Miliband

14 January 2012 12:45 pm

I came to the Gay Hussar for gags about the Labour party; to find some wreckage of its glory days.…

Food: I have been here before

31 December 2011 11:00 am

34 is the new restaurant from Richard Caring, the ‘Lex Luthor of Mayfair’, who owns The Ivy, Le Caprice and…

Food: Raiding the fridge

10 December 2011 1:00 pm

The new hotel W looms like a giant fridge over Leicester Square. They demolished the poor old Swiss Centre to…

Food: Occupy dinner

26 November 2011 1:00 pm

What to say about Occupy London? I support it, because I always judge a movement by the quality of its…

Food: The End of Cows

12 November 2011 2:00 pm

Wolfgang Puck, who is a globally famous chef, has opened Cut on Park Lane. Beef is Cut’s thing and who…

Food: Drowning in mustard

29 October 2011 2:00 pm

The St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, by Marriott, is 14 syllables long, which is too many. The best hotels have…

Tanya Gold on food

15 October 2011 5:00 pm

Psycho griller


1 October 2011 12:00 am

Bad sex, worse food

Food: Mothers’ pride

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Oslo Court is the Jewish mother birthday party venue, or lunch if the Jewish mother must be home in time…

Food: Bistro battleground

3 September 2011 12:00 am

The Hotel du Vin is a mini chain of tasteful hotels, usually found in ‘heritage’ cities — Henley, Cambridge, wretched Tunbridge Wells.

Food: Frankie Vaughan deserves better

20 August 2011 12:00 am

The Savoy Grill is a famous restaurant in a famous hotel and it knows it.

Food: Rick’s place

6 August 2011 12:00 am

Rick’s place

Food: Hampstead grief

23 July 2011 12:00 am

It is an old London fairytale that there are no good restaurants in Hampstead.