(Including Pimlico, Belgravia and Victoria)

The 10 Cases

I am back on the road (have been little busy)! This is the perfect little bistro in covent garden. It’s very simple and cute. They have a few apperetifs to choose from (the sardines in a tin are delicious!), 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 deserts.  Super friendly staff and very good wine list. Every 10th of the month you get a discount of 10% (which is nice because The 10 cases is not super cheap). 16 Endell Street | +442078366801 | Tube: Covent Garden | £££ | Website

Gordons Wine Bar

In the summer they have lots of wine barrels outside that everyone uses as standing tables to have drinks. In the winter you can go inside the cellar which is really cosy. You can get a bottle of wine at the bar and try and find a seat somewhere. You can’t make reservations here. It’s a self seating bar. They also have delicious cheese platters… With French guys standing behind the counter to give advise. 47 Villiers Street | Tube: Charing Cross |+442079301408 | ££ | Website

Jamie’s Italian Covent Garden

This ‘chain’ restaurant of Jamie is located in Covent Garden and is primarily a walk-in restaurant. It is very spacious with two floors and a rustic/industrial ambience. I had a really nice time, delicious food and was thinking that it’s the perfect place to grab a bite if you were shopping in this area. He does quite a few really nice sharing platters (meaty or non meaty). Because the place is so spacious and the staff is so nice it didn’t really bother me that it is quite a ‘touristy’ place. I just liked it!
St. Martin’s Courtyard, Upper St. Martin’s Lane | +442033266390 | Tube: Covent Garden | ££ | Website


Mishkins – London

Mishkin is from the same owners as Polpo, Spuntino, Da Polpo and Polpetto (OLBB’s favorites) and I am in love, yet again. This restaurant is simple, easy and cozy, the kind that I think London does best although this place reminded me a lot of New York too.
The name of the restaurant originates from Ezra Mishkin who was the founder of a restaurant E.Mishkin in 1931. This new restaurant however opened in 2011 and they brand themselves as a “kind of Jewish deli with cocktails.”
It is terribly romantic. Cozy lighting, exposed brickwork, black and white chequerboard flooring, American diner booths and a U-shaped bar that is buzzing with people sitting, chatting and eating . We sat in a niche and needed my iphone flashlight to be able to read the menu. I love dark and candles. If you don’t, don’t go here.
The food was great… We shared some dishes and loved the chicken liver with schmaltzed radish, Meatloaf and slow roast lamb. I think I will be going back here a lot!
25 Catherine Street, London | +4420724 2078 | ££ | |Tube; Leicester Square or Temple | Website | Map


2 thoughts on “Westminster

  1. Dear Guusje & Elsje,
    I love your site and all the great tips on it!
    Next week I will be in Londen with my mother and we would love to have some nice addresses for Breakfast, lunch and diner? Our hotel is near Southwark station but maybe something near Notting hill or soho? It doesn’t have to be very hip but maybe more cosy and relaxed? Of course we will do some shopping also but if you have any other good tips for a museum perhaps?
    Thanks so much!!!
    (I have written in English to be sure but I am Dutch so any reply in Dutch or English is great)

    • hi marjolein, I am just replying in English so our other readers can read the tips too!! Breakfast in Notting Hill: Tom’s, Granger and Co or Daylesford (they are currently closed for refurbishment but will reopen in September so who knows) For lunch in Notting Hill I would go to: 202, Lisa’s or Pizza East (on Portobello Road – there is also one in East London) For Dinner in Notting Hill I would go to: The Electric Diner, The Oak or Pizza East Portobello… The Electric is a little bit louder. The other two also cozy and relaxed.
      In Soho for lunch I would go to Bill’s, Flat Iron and dinner favorites in Soho: Andrew Edmunds, Duck Soup, Ceviche, Flat Iron. A little bit more formal is Dean Street Townhouse but very cozy at the same time.
      I know I am giving you loads of options but they are all very good choices… London has A LOT!!
      For shopping you should go to Notting Hill Westbourne Grove (side of Portobello Road and on Portobello Road itself), otherwise East London (Shoreditch) has great shopping and great atmosphere on Sundays. you probably want to avoid Oxford Street in weekends.. It is good commercial shopping but EXTREMELY busy and touristy… think Kalverstraat Amsterdam…Museum tips:National Gallery, Tate Modern, White Cube Gallery and Saatchi Gallery for more contemporary art… Have fun and let me know if you need more tips… (also check out the page we greated for tailored tips in London…)

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