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Glasshouse, The
14 Station Parade, Kew TW9 3PZ
London
United Kingdom
GB

My boyfriend took me to Glasshouse for my birthday. Glasshouse is one of those restaurants that for years I have seen in the Hardens guide as one of the most mentioned restaurants, that always scored very well on the quality of food, but that I have never visited myself before, mainly because it is located in Kew, so not that easy to get to. Hence I was very happy when my boyfriend booked this and surprised me. The Glasshouse serves modern British food and is owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, who also owned two other restaurants in London Chez Bruce and La Trompette (MMm) and out of these two, I prefer Chez Bruce. The Glasshouse opened in 1999 and got its first Michelin star in 2002.

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3.50

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Hoi Polloi
100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

Hoi Polloi is a sort of British/ European, but very trendy, restaurant in the American Ace Hotel in Shoreditch (the hotel’s first venture outside of the US). Ace Hotel is located on Shoreditch High Street and the entrance to Hoi Polloi restaurant is through a flower shop, Hattie Fox's That Flower Shop, which is unusual, cool and matches the Shoreditch vibe. Hoi Polloi actually is an expression from Greek that means “the many” or “the majority”, and in English it means the working class, the masses or common people. Pablo Flack and David Waddington are the owners and they already have two other trendy restaurants Bistrotheque and Shrimpy's, and a few other pop-ups.
 

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3.00

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Elliot's Cafe
12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD
London
United Kingdom
GB

I have been reading about Elliot’s Café in blogs and articles for a while now, and everyone that goes there generally tends to like it a lot, so I decided to try it out for brunch with my friend Irina. I had booked a table for lunch for us on a Saturday at 12.15. Elliot’s Café is located in Borough Market, and is quite small and cosy and very welcoming as outside in front of the restaurant they have loafs of bread which they make themselves and which look very tempting. The menu that they give you states that they want you to begin your meal with the best bread possible, hence they make their own, by using organic, stone ground English flours, a 48h fermentation and a fiercely hot oven. I did try their bread, I had to after all this advertising, and it was indeed very good, but in comparison to good home made bread that restaurants serve it did not really stand out that much, nevertheless it was a delicious bread. 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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The Fat Duck
High St, Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ
Bray
United Kingdom
GB

Some say that the Fat Duck is UK’s best restaurant. It has 3 Michelin stars (last one awarded in 2004) and the Fat Duck has been awarded from 1 to 3 Michelin stars in the fastest of time out of any 3 Michelin star restaurant and was voted the world’s best restaurant in 2005 (this year the St Pellegrino awards ranked it as the 33rd best restaurant). The Fat Duck is located in Bray, Berkshire, England, and most people, like me, travel to Bray just for the Fat Duck (or the neighbouring 3 Michelin star restaurant The Waterside Inn).

 

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5.00

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Aqua Shard
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Aqua Shard is the third restaurant that has opened in the Shard, the tallest building in London and Europe, after Oblix and Hutong, and in my view is the worst one out of these three. Aqua Shard is the sister restaurant to Aqua Nueva and Aqua Kyoto, a Spanish and Japanese restaurants located on the top floor of a building by Oxford Circus and run by the Hong Kong group Aqua. In contrast to the other Aqua restaurants, Aqua Shard serves “innovative contemporary British cuisine”.

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3.00

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Little Social
5 Pollen Street, W1S 1NE
London
United Kingdom
GB

Little Social is a sister restaurant to the now very famous Pollen Street Social (MMMM – see my review) which is located across the street facing Little Social, and both are owned by the talented chef Jason Atherton. Little Social is a more casual, less pricey restaurant than Pollen Street Social (on average starters are £9 in Little Social and £14 in Pollen Street Social and main courses £20 in Little Social and £30/£35 in Pollen Street Social), and for me the food is almost as good, if not as good, and Little Social does great value for money as on their fixed menu, 2 courses cost you £21 and 3 courses £25. Little Social serves you British produce cooked in a modern British/ French way.
 

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4.50

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Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Unit 4, 12–16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
London
United Kingdom
GB

This was a wonderful discovery my boyfriend and I made totally by coincidence. I went to Pekcham for the first time in my life as my boyfriend’s university friend who had been in the Master chef final was doing a “pop up” of Thai barbecue and I was super keen to try it. We went to the bar in Peckam where this Thai barbecue was taking place only to find out that the place was totally overloaded by orders and just to take our order we had to wait an hour. As I was starving I decided not to wait for this and try to find alternative food, which initially for me seemed quite hard to do in Peckham. However, on our way to this Thai barbecue we had passed what looked like a nice, small and buzzing restaurant - Peckham Refreshment Rooms – and so we decided to go back there to try it out and have dinner there instead.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Perkin Reveller
The Wharf at The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
London
United Kingdom
GB

I was having drinks with my friends Santa and Lasma in St Katherine’s Docks, just by Tower Bridge, and it was approaching 8pm and we were feeling hungry so Santa suggested we go have dinner in the nearby restaurant Perkin Reveller. We called them 30 minutes before we wanted to have our dinner on a Saturday evening and managed to get a table there. Perkin Reveller is located on the south side of the Thames at Tower Bridge. The area around Tower Bridge is owned by Historic Royal Palaces (an independent charity that also looks after Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House) and they together with some partners have launched Perkin Reveller. The restaurant is named after one of the characters in The Canterbury Tales, the Cook’s Tale,  the apprentice chef Perkin the Reveller who was apparently very merry and loved to eat, sing and dance at any opportunity.

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2.50

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Ivy, The
1 West Street, WC2H 9NQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

The Ivy is one of those restaurants that used to have so much character and grandeur and with time this has faded. The Ivy serves European/ British food and since 1990 is owned by the Caprice Holdings Ltd, same group that owns Le Caprice, J Sheeky’s, Scott’s and other iconic London restaurants (but the Ivy is the oldest restaurant out of all these). All these restaurants are or have been the destinations for celebrities, and some of them still are and some less so. The Ivy dates back to 1917, when the owner Abel Glandellini and Maître d'Hôtel Mario Gallati opened it, but then it was a modest café. Ever since The Ivy has seen many redevelopments which slowly has created the dining room you can see now. The name of the restaurant comes from a phrase the actress Alice Delysia said "Don't worry, we will always come to see you, we will cling together like the ivy,", quoting a popular song of the day. The Ivy has a dress code and you can’t wear shorts or vests.

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The Clove Club
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC2A 3BE
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This week I have visited some of the best restaurants in London and in general had 3 unforgettable meals in Hedone, Corner Room and The Clove Club, and I found the food extremely good in all of these places, but out of all the restaurants The Clove Club scores a tiny bit below the other places because I found the portions quite small which left me hungry at the end of the meal and also because out of all the places it seemed like the most expensive for the meal we had, plus the service was not great, but still nevertheless very very good.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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