THE MURDER EXPRESS: There was a touch of Murder on the Orient Express  about the Murder Express. Is it theatre, is it a pop-up restaurant, is it a train? There was fine dining but few restaurants before have ‘popped up’ with the lavish attention to detail and period grandeur of this immersive dining experience presented by award-winning creative collective Funicular. Check out my review.


COQ D’ARGENT (FRENCH): This elegant French restaurant close to Bank station is on every meaningful list of London’s best #rooftoprestaurants and after one visit you’ll see why.

M RESTAURANT: I was dining at the M Restaurant on Threadneedle Street earlier this afternoon. It’s run by Gordon Ramsay protege Michael Reid and described on Bookatable as a James Bond-style restaurant. Accurate description?. Check out my review of a four course meal with prosecco in What’s Hot London? magazine.

AREPA (VENEZUELAN): It may not seem the weather for it but canalside dining is the perfect antidote for a British winter. Add Venezuelan cuisine into the mix and that’s sunshine South America by way of Haggerston, East London. recently dining at a Marco Pierre White restaurant in Liverpool Street. Read my review to discover why all his eateries have a Michelin-starred gourmet touch.

PING PONG (CHINESE): It The ninth London Restaurant Festival presents the best of the capital’s cuisine, and reflecting the tastes and population of the city much of it has an international flavour. Ping Pong Restaurant, Southbank is a must-visit for lovers of Chinese food.

CASITA (PERUVIAN): Peruvian culture has a bright and colourful element most obviously seen in their traditional costume but even their intricately decorated national dishes.

WATERSIDE CAFE: Little Venice is a pretty suitable description for this tranquil canal area which is in everyone’s list of the capital’s most romantic and picturesque places to visit.

BOISDALE (SCOTTISH): It’s the Boisdale connection with jazz music which has proved such an irresistible pull for admirers of the cool bluesy vibe as you tuck into their traditional British meals or kick back against the Whisky Bar or Cigar Terrace.

ONTHEBAB (KOREAN): The On The Bab Korean Street Food restaurant has bigger queues than a lot of clubs on the weekend and here’s why.

GORDON RAMSAY’S SAVOY GRILL: This Michelin-starred grill restaurant benefits from both the Ramsay and Savoy names and expectations are always high with its five-star history linking it with celebrities and royalty alike.

DAR MARRAKECH (MOROCCAN)  High Street banks, cafes and municipal buildings are the normal architectural fare on the average London High Street so a Moroccan-style shop front with grand-looking doors and stand out North African and Middle Eastern design elements is always going to get more than its fair share of double takes in Stratford

BELGO (BELGIAN): I was dining at the Belgo Central restaurant earlier today, and had the most delicious dessert ever!! That’s 5-star dee-lish for the dessert alone. Also I had a starter of Lobster Bisque, which is lobster, champagne and brandy soup – Belgian cuisine at its best. They also had this cool looking stain-glass window decor. Check out my review to find out how many stars I gave the whole service.

MARCO PIERRE WHITE STEAKHOUSE: I was recently dining at a Marco Pierre White restaurant in Liverpool Street. Read my review to discover why all his eateries have a Michelin-starred gourmet touch.

YACHT LONDON: With spring here I savoured the luxury dining experience of a 1927 deco steamship yacht on the Thames. Five-star service with The Yacht London in the midday sun. Read my review here

PHO (VIETNAMESE): Pho To Go? You could make light about their catchy slogan but there’s nothing lightweight about the food served up in this Vietnamese restaurant.

TENSAI (JAPANESE): If you’ve been left disappointed by the increasing selection of restaurants that promise much and deliver little and are looking for an eatery that packs a quiet punch, then wedged conveniently in that niche between cosy snack joint and full-on restaurant lies a modest little Japanese restaurant called Tenshi.

BUSABA (THAI): The Busaba Eathai restaurants are 12-strong across London giving the capital’s hustled and bustled a much needed pinch of Buddhist philosophy in their dining environments.

LA PATAGONIA (ARGENTINE): Patagonia is a region in South America so sparsely populated that its beautifully barren landscape is largely untouched and the mountains, rivers and wildlife thrive far from man’s hand. It is from this geographical heritage that La Patagonia, an Argentine restaurant on Camden High Street sources much of its gourmet touches.