In the year Napoleon opened his campaign in Egypt, Thomas Rule promised his despairing family that he would say goodbye to his wayward past and settle down. No sooner said than he opened an oyster bar in Convent Garden. To the surprise and disbelief of his family, his enterprise proved to be not only successful but lasting.
Contemporary writers were soon singing the praises of Rules porter, pies and oysters, and remarking on the rakes, dandies and superior intelligence who comprise its clientele.
Maggie Jones has been a favourite haunt among Kensington locals for over 40 years. Cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic, the restaurant is tucked away in a little cul-de-sac between Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street.
Maggies is warm, friendly and traditional, with a generous menu full of classic dishes, beautifully cooked.
Sexy Fish is an Asian restaurant and bar located on the corner of Berkeley Square, Mayfair serving Japanese-inspired sushi, sashimi, seafood, fish and meat cooked on a Robata grill.
Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and decorated with art by Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, the look and feel is mid-century glamour and opulence. The restaurant and bar are open seven days a week, with a resident DJ from Wednesday through Saturday. A private dining space, The Coral Reef Room, is located on the lower ground floor and houses two of the largest live coral reef tanks in the world.
The restaurant is located on the north bank of the Thames in Hammersmith, in the former Duckhams oil storage facility. The facility was modified to alternative use by architect Lord Rogers, who is the husband of Ruth Rogers (Lady Rogers). (The nearest railway station is Hammersmith tube station). The restaurant originally opened in 1987 as the employee cafe of the architectural partnership. The restaurant has a garden area with views of the River Thames.
For posh pizzas in Mayfair, you cant go past this little gem on Mount Street. Set in a grand Victorian building, Delfinos is a buzzy pizzeria that is ideal for pasta with a side order of people watching, and with its convenient proximity to Buckingham Palace and Green Park the place is always filled with an eclectic crowd of local office workers, tourists and mid-shopping-expedition yummy mummies. The kitchen at Delfinos offers a variety of pizza, pasta and meat dishes, and favourites include the Piemontese pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and bresaola; the Fregole Sardinian pasta with clams, radicchio, cherry tomatoes and chilli; and the grilled tuna steak served with dates, celery seeds, honey vinegar and fresh mint.