Maggie Jones’s first opened in 1964 as Nan’s Kitchen, and was reportedly Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s favourite restaurant at the time. Restaurant owners say that they would slip in at around 9.30pm, sit in a discreet booth at the back on the ground floor and order their favourite dish – the chicken pie. In the early seventies the restaurant changed its name in honour of its most famous client, who used to book under the alias ‘Maggie Jones’. Over the years, it has actually welcomed most of the Royal family.
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Australia for the first time! It’d been on my list of places to visit for so long, so I felt so lucky to have the opportunity to be taken there for an event! Since I was competing I didn’t have much free time and having just started a new job I couldn’t justify extending my time there to fly to Melbourne and Sydney (where my list of brunch spots is growing at almost as rapid a rate as my London list!!) but during the couple of days I still managed to discover some amazing places!
Following the huge success of the Choose Love Store in Soho, Help Refugees has teamed up with the incredible Imad Alarnab to save Hope Hospital. Imad was a successful restaurateur in Damascus with two restaurants but during the war, his restaurants were destroyed and he was forced to flee the country in search of safety for his family. When he arrived in the UK, Imad found work as a car salesman and was able to bring his family to join him in England. Over time, he began to dream of running his own restaurant again. He opened a series of pop-up restaurants in London that sold out every single night. This time round, instead of doing it for himself, he wanted to raise money for the people who really need it, through teaming up with Help Refugees.
Lists. Where would every sane person be without them!? Ironically I have more lists than I can keep track of, but I’d be totally lost without them – with the longest undoubtedly being my ‘places to eat’ list. In fact, that list got so long that I split it into separate lists for different meals, but then the brunch list got so long that I needed to split that again, with different lists having different priority levels! Surely every food-lover does the same..
It feels like everyone the food-loving world is talking about the newly unveiled ruby cocoa bean (and if you haven’t heard of it, where have you been hiding!?). But if there’s one place to try it, it surely has to be at the chocolate heaven that is Artisan du Chocolat. Famed for their beautiful chocolates, innovative flavours and stunning packaging, rather than going crazy with marketing and advertising, they let the quality of their products do the talking. Last Friday I was lucky enough to go down and try their two newest launches – chocolate ice cream and their ruby chocolate bars. I was welcomed by Camila, the store manager – an absolutely lovely Brazilian woman who was almost as excited as me about the launch!
Who doesn’t love burgers!? Tender, juicy meat sandwiched in a soft bun served with mountains of crispy fries – what’s not to love!? And whether you’re all about the patty itself or more concerned about the additions and sides London most definitely has you covered!