London life

Things to see and do: May 2015

1. PHOTO LONDON 21ST-24TH MAY

Better Days - copyright Bill Bernstein

Big news for photography buffs and collectors; Somerset House is hosting London’s first international photography fair, Photo London. It’s like Frieze for photography, or so I’m reliably informed, and will include up to 70 of the world’s biggest photography galleries, as well as exhibitions and an impressive programme of talks (speakers confirmed include Steve McCurry, Stephen Shore and Mitch Epstein). (more…)

GUEST POST: Old Soho meets new Soho at Old Tom & English

Old Tom And English restaurant and cocktail bar in Soho, London

DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP visits Old Tom & English,  the new-old Soho eating establishment that’s perfect for sipping and snacking

They had me at ‘personal cocktail cabinet’. There’s something about the current trend for home-style retail that puts you instantly at ease, so I was interested to see how the idea could be applied to dining.

Soho’s latest ‘underground’ restaurant, Old Tom & English, is inspired by visiting a friend’s apartment for a dinner party where intimate nooks and crannies invite hushed tones for gossiping and lingering. (more…)

London life: West Thirty Six

West Thirty Six Golborne Road

This is the time of year when I get asked about my favourite London hangouts for all those guide-to-LFW type features. In truth, I’m a creature of habit. West London is my stomping ground and I’m loathe to venture East if I can help it. So here’s a new West London eaterie to add to the list – West Thirty Six.

WHERE: Situated in Golborne Road, a stone’s throw from Portobello, this characterful street is one of London’s unspoilt (for now) hidden treasures. (more…)

Paul Smith – the Instagram tour

Last Monday I was invited to a special breakfast at Paul Smith’s Covent Garden HQ at the painful hour of 7am. I might have attempted it but I had to be at the WIRED Retail conference on the other side of town that morning. *WEEPS AND WAILS* But here’s why it was special. Following breakfast and a meet-n-greet, the invited attendees were led by Sir Paul himself on an #Instameet tour of Covent Garden, ending at the Paul Smith store in Floral Street. (more…)