Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia

Berners Tavern London Edition Hotel
Berners Tavern London Edition Hotel
This restaurant that is part of the Edition Hotel is situated in an impressively beautiful large space with gold framed paintings covering all of the super high walls. It’s very overwhelming and glamorous, but it doesn’t feel stiff – although we did feel a little underdressed. We arrived early for our dinner reservation to have a drink at the bar first which was also an experience. We were taken to a bar in a massive hall next to the restaurant where extremely nice waiters helped us choose cocktails (and charge our phones). For dinner we were sat in one of the corner booths with a great view of the rest of the restaurant. We chose burgers and a lobster salad from the British menu and weren’t blown away but maybe we were expecting too much because of the surroundings?! They also do brunch which I would love to check out. 10 Berners Street | Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Rd | Tel: +44(0)20-7908 7979 | Website | £££Bobo Social
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I really enjoyed this new burger place. It’s on the lovely Charlotte Street so perfect for after work dinner, and there are loads of good places to go for drinks before and after. You might think, oh another fancy burger place…. but the difference between most burger places and Bobo Social I think is that it felt like a cosy restaurant instead of something overly trendy where you end up queuing for longer than you end up sitting down for dinner. For starters, you CAN book, secondly the place feels a little like a home – cosy and with friendly waiters, and they serve good drinks (cocktails and wines) and even starters. I absolutely loved the Mushroom and Truffle burger with guacamole and red pepper salsa. They also do a Peanut Butter burger – haven’t tried this one yet so please do let me know if you have. I might have to come back for it. 95 Charlotte Street | Tube: Goodge Street | Tel: +44207 636 9310 | Website | ££

Bubbledogs

Ok so I’m not as excited about this place as I usually am when I write about any restaurant on our site, but I believe it’s mainly due to the fact I queued up for this restaurant and had to wait for 2 (!) hours to eat a hotdog. It tasted good yes – by the time we finally got our table I was really hungry! – and you can choose between many different exciting toppings but I don’t think they were actually that amazing. But then again, how tasty can a hotdog be, they’re Frankfurters at the end of the day… Both the tots and sweet potatoes were really good as sides. Anyway, the reason why I am writing about this place is because I think that when there is no such thing as a massive queue, it would be a really fun place to go. I love the concept of Champagne and hotdogs! The restaurant area is also really small so no room for drinks at the bar while you wait which is a shame. Apparently they have a secret back room where they host fine-dining tasting menus from an open kitchen. You can book for this one and don’t have to wait in queue at all, why did nobody tell me?! 70 Charlotte Street | 0207 637 7770 | ££ | Tube: Goodge Street | Website |Map

Comptoir – Libanais

Fun place to go for lunch when you’re out and about (shopping) in the Oxford Circus area. The space is bright and colourful. Nothing fancy, very simple. Me and my friend shared the Baba Ganoush (freshly made with pommegranate on top) with some mezze and a Falafel wrap which tasted great. We also enjoyed their healthy carrot-apple-and-ginger juices. While it’s not a place to go for a 2 hour lunch, it’s perfect when you are looking for a quick and tasty Lebanese lunch. 65 Wigmore Street W1U 1PZ | Tube: Bond Street | +44 0207 935 1110 | ££ | Website

Chiltern FirehouseChiltern Firehouse London
The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant and Hotel is owned by the people who are behind the famous LA Chateau Marmont Hotel so I guess celebs were always going to show up. From Lindsey Lohan, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacy to David Beckham and the Delevigne sisters.. It’s made it almost impossible to get a table – thanks very much. Anyway, a few weeks ago I was finally able to check it out. I loved the vibe of the old Marylebone Firehouse Station. Both the courtyard area (lovely place for Sunday brunch in summer!) and the restaurant look so nice and felt really busy and buzzing. Great place for people watching. The chef is Nuno Mendes who worked at elBulli and lots of other prestige restaurants so I was expecting really great food. I got the Ceasar Salad which was nice but not amazing, next time I want to try the Crab Doughnuts – they looked so tasty. We had a little peek around the hotel and bar area and absolutely love their living/reading/party room, with a massive dj-set ready to go. I think I’m going to have to book a night at the hotel and pretend I live there one day. 1 Chiltern Street | Tube: Baker Street | Tel: +44(0)20 7073 7676 | Website | ££££

Dabbous
Dabbous Restaurant London
My expectations had become (slightly unrealistically) high when it took me over a year to get a reservation but when I finally managed to get a reservation this week it didn’t disappoint. The chef Ollie Dabbous has worked at the Fat Cat and trained at Michelin star restaurants so the food was supposed to be incredible and it was… Not only was the it beautifully presented, the taste was amazing. Very refreshing and not too complicated. Starting with homemade bread that was way too good to resist, a Pea & Mint starter that literally looked like a summer garden, followed by a beautiful light fish, perfect tasting lamb and burrata mozzarella with wild strawberries… The staff warmed up as the evening progressed but I didn’t find them as friendly as I hoped. The restaurant looks stripped back and industrially cool, and the bar downstairs is a great spot for cocktails (and dates). As expected a night at Dabbous doesn’t come cheap. It’s £48 for set dinner, a £58 tasting menu or lunch for £28. 39 Whitfield Street | Tube: Goodge Street | +44(0)207 323 1544 | Website | ££££

The Lucky Pig Cocktail Bar

I discovered this absolute Gem in London last weekend when I ended up here by accident. I had the most amazing time. The place is a perfect mix of club and cocktail bar hidden in the basement of a backstreet in Fitzrovia. The bar looks utterly charming and stylish, inspired by New York  in the glamourous 1920’s. It has a dance floor and various spots to sit. I LOVED the ‘cave niches’ a la David Lynch with red velvet curtains where you can easily sit with about 8 people. Open until late! Bolsover House,  5-6 Clipstone Street, London | Tube; Great Portland Street | +44207436 0035 | Website | £££

Meat Liquor

This new place in Marylebone has an exeptionally own character and I love it because of that. It has a ‘Grungy’ atmosphere; dark with red neon lights, street art on the walls and music too loud to be able to have a non-screaming conversation. We queued for about 30 minutes outside before we had a table. The menu is a joy with crazy titles like dead hippy and ever better descriptions (apparently the dead hippie is a really tasty burger that I didn’t try yet). The food is served on plastic trays and there is a kitchen roll on the table to wipe your messy fingers after eating their delicious burgers and chicken wings with Roquefort sauce.Don’t take your parents here but take your friends and  have a really fun night out. 74 Welbeck Street, Marylebone | Tube: Bond Street | +442072244239 | Website | £

Pied-a-Terre

2 Michelin star restaurant. Don’t go here if you like candlelight dinner or a tasteful interior. Do go here if you want to have a mind-blowing tasting menu. 34 Charlotte Street |+4420 76361178 | Tube; Goodge Street | ££££ | Website

The Riding House Cafe

I really like this brasserie style restaurant north of Oxford Circus (a 5 mins walk up north from the Topshop flagship store). It’s perfect for a break from shopping madness and open all day. Go here for fresh smoothies, yum breakfast, all day coffees, delicious cocktails, snacks and dinner. They take bookings but also have a dining table for drop-ins. Love the cool, NY style interior and vibe. Be careful not to book too late on a Friday night, with the hope of staying for a few drinks after dinner, as the restaurant unfortunately closes at 11pm. 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London | Tube: Oxford Circus | +4420 7927 0840 | Website | ££

Roka
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In my opinion a better and more exciting Asian restaurant than Hakkasan. I know it’s a bold thing to say, but I absolutely LOVED this place! A good Italian friend of mine took me here because it’s his favourite place, and you know how picky Italians are about their food 😉 We didn’t book and got a table at the bar which was great (if it’s only 2 of you). I loved the spicy edamame to start with and all the dishes after that! You can really taste everything is extremely fresh. And it’s fun seeing the team at work prepping all the dishes.

Shochu Bar is downstairs where you can get drinks distilled especially and exclusively. Madonna has hers sitting there.. It’s pretty strong so I’d suggest sampling some of the shoshu liquors and getting a proper cocktail from the menu. They’re very good! And the staff is friendly as well. Great to have drinks before or after dinner upstairs. 37 Charlotte St | Tube: Goodge Street | Tel: 020 7580 6464 (try to get a reservation if you’re with more than 2) | Website | £££

Shochu Bar
Shochu
Go here for a pre dinner or after dinner drink. They have Japanese influenced cocktails (as well as traditional cocktails) and the decor and atmosphere is very trendy. The music gets really loud so you probably should not go here if you are looking for deep late night conversations (better to go to Vagabond wines then I think) Anyway, their great cocktail menu makes it definitely worth to make a stop. 37 Charlotte St | +442075809666 | Tube; Goodge Street | Website | £££

Vagabond Wines
vagabond wines
What a place and what a concept this place is. So clever and simple. Basically, Vagabond is a wine bar in one of my favourite streets in London; Charlotte Street. Always buzzing and full of really nice places to have drinks or dinner. Only Vagabond is not a regular wine bar. The place has 100 wines on tap and you can choose to have a sample of wine  (25 ml), a glass (125ml) or a bottle (or box) to have there or take with you… It is a self serving bar so you basically get the samples out of dispensing machines on the wall.

I love this concept because it makes you able to try a variety of really good wines while sitting in a buzzing bar in a great neighbourhood. While sipping, tasting and enjoying your glass you can also order some nibbles or a cheese platter. Clever thinking, no? 25 Charlotte Street, London | Mon-Thu 11:00-23:00 Fri-Sat 11:00 – 24:00 Sun 11:00-20:00 | +4420 3302 4044 | ££ | Website
Vagabond Wines

2 thoughts on “Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia

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  2. We went to Bobo for lunch the other weekend, and loved the atmosphere. My husband had the peanut butter burger…he said it was the best burger he’s ever had! A huge glob of peanut butter placed on top! I had a watermelon feta salad, which was great as well. Thanks for the advice.

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