A pretty rooftop bar and restaurant, Madison is still one of London’s Instagram rooftop brags of choice. There’s an incredible view of St Pauls that just gets better when the cathedral lights up at night, and there’s a plush bar that also doubles as a noisy scene full of finance types, out-of-towners on a night out, and the odd cougar or two. Not that we’d know.
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Located in the epic lobby of the new Ned hotel in the City, Cecconi’s is a posh Italian restaurant that has the business lunch crowd locked down.
Sweetings is a classic spot in the City serving seafood lunch and dollops of nostalgia to suited business types.
Brigadiers is a very good and very fun Indian restaurant near Bank in the City, specialising in barbecued meats.
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The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
Peg is a walk-in wine and skewers spot in Hackney from the people behind P. Franco and Bright. It’s a place you want to be.
Portobello Star is a very popular local hangout that also happens to make great drinks. Especially ones with gin.
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