LAndon Life

Food and lifestyle blog exploring the culinary delights within London and further afield.

Le Manoir, Oxford Weekend Away

This year for Lawrence’s birthday we booked a weekend away in Oxford. The main reason for choosing Oxford was to pay a visit to Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (try saying that after a few drinks). This has been on our list for awhile and we were finally going to sample Raymond Blanc’s tasting menu. Rather than spend the minimum £750 / night room price (pick yourself up off the floor), we decided to book just for lunch. We drove up from London, left the car overnight and got a taxi into Oxford city centre – more on that later. Continue reading “Le Manoir, Oxford Weekend Away”


Palatino, Clerkenwell

Well aren’t you all long overdue a post from me. I do apologise, can’t believe how quickly the months are flying by! So let’s give you a good’un to get things rolling again. My dedicated supper club partner in crime, Lexi, and I went down to the soft launch of Palatino in Clerkenwell. Continue reading “Palatino, Clerkenwell”

Smokestak, Shoreditch

When the weather turns this cold there’s only one thing for it, really good, filling, meaty food to add some needed insulation. What are layers of winter clothes for than not to hide the extra Winter pounds. One such restaurant which is perfect for this is the fairly new Smokestak over by Shoreditch High Street. Continue reading “Smokestak, Shoreditch”

Luca, Clerkenwell

Some of you may have heard of The Clove Club which sits over in Shoreditch and has been on my list for so long but still yet to make it down. As soon as I’d heard that the team behind the Shoreditch restaurant were opening a new one called Luca with an Italian focus I jumped at booking a table. Continue reading “Luca, Clerkenwell”

Temple & Sons, Jason Atherton

As you may have seen from past posts, I’m a big fan of Jason Atherton’s restaurants and it’s just continuing to grow. His empire has now expanded with a new offering Temple & Sons in the City bizarrely opposite one of my absolute favourites of his, City Social. Continue reading “Temple & Sons, Jason Atherton”

Support Your Local, Black Axe Mangal

We’re lucky enough to live in North London where the restaurant offering is constantly growing with new and wonderful places to try all within walking distance. One such place which has actually been open for over a year now is Black Axe Mangal on Highbury Corner. Continue reading “Support Your Local, Black Axe Mangal”

Midsummer House, Cambridge

Time flies when you’re having fun, so it seems, as Lawrence and I have recently hit the seven year mark in our relationship. Seeing as a fairly big milestone and we’d had this restaurant recommended to us we made plans for a weekend away in Cambridge. Our restaurant of choice was the two michelin starred Midsummer House. Continue reading “Midsummer House, Cambridge”

Birthday Bonanza – Sea Containers & Hedda Gabler

After over 27 years of my lovely Mother treating me to many a London show it’s only fair that I can now return the favour. For this occasion we were celebrating my Mother’s Birthday and just generally being an amazing woman. For our evening we were doubling up on the treats starting with dinner at the Sea Containers restaurant in the Mondrian Hotel. Continue reading “Birthday Bonanza – Sea Containers & Hedda Gabler”

The Black Swan at Oldstead, Yorkshire

Having close friends across the country makes for a great excuse to escape London and get out into the countryside. For this trip we were heading up North, to Yorkshire. Our friends who live in York went to school with a very talented chef, Tommy Banks who is head chef at The Black Swan in Oldstead which is about 45mins outside of York. Continue reading “The Black Swan at Oldstead, Yorkshire”

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