+ My Recent London Discoveries

One of the best (and worst) things about London is that there’s so much out there just waiting to be discovered. However many places you visit in the evenings and at the weekends, it just isn’t possible to fit in everything I would into a week’s 168 hours! I’m trying to visit new places every week, so here’s a round-up of what I’ve found recently:

Open Air Shakespeare at Victoria Embankment Gardens <-- The acoustics are pretty poor here so make sure you sit near the front to keep up with all the action, but it's a breath of fresh air hidden away in Central London • The Troudadour, Earl’s Court <-- This is where Bob Dylan played in the 1960s, but is now worth a visit for its timeless interior, beautiful garden and their gorgeous potato wedges (picture below) • Le Tea Cosy, Primrose Hill <-- This place does the best lemon chiffon cake I've ever tasted! My friend Mandy has a two-month free trial with Taste Card, and it's given us the chance to try out some places around London we wouldn't normally have known about. The other week we tried out Tod's Grill in Islington, where to start I had calamari followed by a delicious lamb shank. At first we were a bit sceptical because we were the only customers in there, but then pockets of people started to enter the restaurant (eclectically decorated with posters for local events from over the years), thankfully displacing our fears that we had been lured in to an unpopular price just because of a half-price offer!

Calamari at Todd's Grill, Islington Lamb shank at Tod's Grill,Upper Street, London
Potato wedges at the Trouabdour, Earl's Court The garden at The Troubadour, Earl's Court

Things I Still Need to Do in London

• Ronnie Scott’s, Soho.
• Watch some live music at The Slaghtered Lamb.
• Have a night out at Lost Society, Clapham.
• Watch a play, any play.
Spark London – Britain’s first true-storytelling club night.
• Visit the British Library
• Visit the Nightjar bar in Shoreditch
• Watch a free lecture at Gresham College