The Grain Store

Location: King's Cross

Cuisine: International with a vegetarian focus

Price: £££

Overall: 4/5

Swank Levels: 4/5

Bar counter

Located in one of the most exciting quarters in London, The Grain Store certainly is an exciting restaurant.

As diners walk through The Grain Store they are met with a vast dining space seems to go on for miles. This enormous space, once a warehouse, is now composed of white-painted wood, whitewashed brick walls quirky furnishings. This makes it brightly light and lightly coloured and despite it being a cavernous space, there is an artful and creative mood to it too.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Location: Leicester Square
Cuisine: American Seafood
Cost: £££
Overall: 3/5
Swank Factor:  2/5

Reviewed by guest writer @ayankinblighty

The exterior

When I was in third grade (about 8 or 9 years old for those of you not from the US) my family moved to a teeny tiny town in Virginia. We ended up only staying there for about a year so there are a handful of things that remind me of my time there: snow, Mariah Carey’s Fantasy, and Forrest Gump.

Vegetarian Dinner at Latium

Location: West End              

Cuisine: Italian

Price Range: £££                    

Overall: 4/5

Reviewed by Guest Writer @veggieeatslnd

Swank Factor: 4/5

Buried in a back-street a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, down a road of tall anonymous office-type buildings, Latium doesn’t look like much from the outside, but as you open the door, the staff pull back a curtain and welcome you into a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Kintan - Japanese BBQ

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: Holborn

Overall: 4/5

Swank Factor: 3/5

Review by Guest Writer @AYankinBlighty

Just around the corner from historic Gray’s Inn in Holborn tucked in between offices and shops is a little Japanese BBQ restaurant called Kintan.

Duck & Waffle at 4am

Cuisine: British

Location: Liverpool Street

Overall: 5/5

Swank Levels: 5/5

It seems that London is a city that doesn’t sleep, but instead flocks to Duck & Waffle in its masses at 4am in the morning.

The Holborn Dining Room at Christmas

Cuisine: British

Location: Holborn

Overall: 4/5

Swank Levels: 5/5

Diners cannot ask for a more festive location for a Christmas meal than the Holborn Dining Room. Located in the beautiful five-star Rosewood Hotel the entire exterior is lined with twinkling fairy lights and gleaming red decorations, along with a gorgeous large traditional Christmas tree placed in the central archway. Walking past the hotel the dining room looks cosy and elegant and I couldn’t wait to get inside!

Zumbura, Clapham

Reviewed by Guest Writer @Veggieeatslnd

Location: Clapham

Cuisine: Indian

Overall: 4/5

Swank Factor: 3 /5

Hidden amongst the cute boutiques and chic cafes in Clapham, lies Zumbura, an Indian restaurant with a difference. Founded by the makers of furniture retailer, Dwell, CEO Aamir Ahmad has created a restaurant that offers the food he enjoyed whilst growing up with his Indian-born parents in London. As a result you won't find a boring old tikka masala on the menu but instead a selection of food from the Purab region in North East India.

Festive Treats at The Pudding Bar

Location: Soho

Cuisine: Desserts and wine

Swank: 3/5

Overall: 4/5

The Pudding Bar is a small but inviting pop-up in the heart of Soho. Famously serving only desserts and wine to go with it, The Pudding Bar caused quite a stir when it opened. Sweet-toothed Londoners seemed to flock there in their masses and social media was full of mentions and immensely tempting photographs. As a result when I finally got a chance to go I couldn't wait to try it out!

Inito - Indian Street Food

Location: Spitalfields

Cuisine: Indian Street Food

Swank Levels: 3/5

Overall: 5/5

Inspired by original local delights from India’s roadside eateries, Inito is a new restaurant which aims to serve comforting authentically spiced street food.
My readers will know that Indian street food is my favourite food and so I couldn't wait to head to East London, just past the bustling Spitalfields Marketand try this new addition to the neighbourhood.

The Kensington Quarter

Location: Kensington

Cuisine: Mediterranean 

Overall: 3/5

Swank Factor: 4/5

The Kensington Quarter is the fifth and latest edition to the Quarter Group, located in Hotel Indigo in Earl's Court. 

The restaurant is a large modern space with of different spaces and seating tucked away around corners. There is a feel of 1950s diner/deli about the space and the combination of table seating, bar stool and even comfy sofas to relax on make The Kensington Quarter an ideal location for a variety of meals.