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The Lifecycle of Friendship

Having friends is one of life’s great joys and it’s something that many young people take for granted, but recent research by Loose Ends, an app designed to return the ‘social’ to social media, has revealed how friendships change as we age, and provides a clue as to why loneliness is a consistently growing problem….

Quilombero, E1: Italian, Argentinian cuisine

The area around East India Docks is a bit of a no man’s land, but bringing it some much-needed light, colour and flavour is Quilombero. The menu is short and snappy, and we start with a hefty plate of charcuterie, including speck and mortadella [£12.50], accompanied by an intense Guinness mayo. We also try one…

Squirrel, SW3: Healthy eating trend

At first glance, the bright, green and white entrance, counter brimming with glossy-looking ingredients and chiller cabinet full of detox drinks place Squirrel firmly in the same category as similar healthy lunch spots Tossed, Crussh, or Leon. ‘Mains’ – a range of salads devised by nutritionists, portions are incredibly generous, ingredients are high quality, and…

Bukowski, W1: Smoking, char-grilling, tantalizing

Sitting boldly on D’Arblay Street, just a few doors down from Soho BBQ institution Bodeans, Bukowski. I can’t not have the fried mac n cheese [£5.25], five delicious cubes of oozy goodness, served in a creamy, moreish cheese sauce with chopped gherkins. Half the mains are burgers, so I order the Smokey Beast [£10.95]: everything…

The Baglioni Hotel SW7: Devine rich and superior

The Brunello restaurant is decorated like a jewellery box, all graceful, black Murano glass and pale gold silk and brocade.  I loved it immediately. The effusive Italian staff are very welcoming and before we knew it we had two glasses of Prosecco in front of us. The first course, was, of course, a pasta course….

Sosharu EC1: Izakaya-style restaurant

‘Drink Sake, Stay Soba’, proclaims the neon sign in the cocktail bar in the basement of Sosharu, superchef Jason Atherton’s latest venture. And so my friend and I do, starting off one of the most delicious meals I’ve had recently with a small glass of Jozen Mizunogoteshi [£11]. Standouts include the sea bream sashimi [£11.50],…

Hawksmoor EC2: Delicious meaty breakfast

Ah, the simple joy of the ‘breakfast meeting’! If conducted with a contact who is also actually a friend, as in this case, it becomes mainly a greedfest interspersed with about five minutes of discussing actual work, before moving on to talking about holidays, other foods we have enjoyed, and suchlike. And so it was…

Café Rouge SE1: Fine French food

I was lucky enough to be invited to try some of their new menu. On a friend’s recommendation, we shared a couple of starters: a dish of oven-baked potted snails with Roquefort butter, smoked lardons and lemon paprika crumble, and a Bouillabaisse. The snails were delicious; we got three, each baked in a small individual terracotta…

Padella, SE: Glorious handmade pastas

Londoners lucky enough to have visited Trullo in Highbury & Islington will already know about its glorious, handmade pastas. Now its owners have brought Padella, a pasta-only restaurant to Borough. All pasta is made on the premises, and prices are, for London, frankly ludicrous, starting at only £5.50 for a basic tagliarini with slow-cooked tomato…

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