Our regular feature offering a view of London from some of those who know it best.
This month, we get the low- down from the girl who keeps Covent Garden’s carnivores happy and puts the Sophie in to Steakhouse, Sophie Bathgate.
Home Is? Battersea
Best Coffee in Town? Near home – La Moka, Battersea High Street. En-route to work, it has to be Notes on St. Martins Lane.
Your favourite Street? Not sure if this counts as a street but I always walk through Victoria Embankment Gardens on my route to Covent Garden. Great for clearing the head & taking in the eclectic nature of London – there’s always a subtext to soak up and someone to play ping pong with if you have a spare 15 minutes.
The shop you most frequent (or would like to!) In another life I’d deal architectural salvage, so a morning wandering around Lassco’s in Vauxhall is my idea of heaven. We’ve just put some beautiful lights in our bar in Covent Garden that we bought there on a whim.
Favourite watering hole? If I’m ‘out’ out, I am partial to a drink at Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown.
Favourite place for everyday eats? I eat an inordinate amount of steak so locally I’d seek out some lovely fish at Barrafina. It never fails to deliver and now there’s a choice of two on my doorstep!
Best place to eat for a treat? A treat for me is checking out somewhere new, most recently really enjoyed Berber & Q. The trick is finding somewhere with a blend of fantastic atmosphere & food.
The view, building or piece of architecture that most inspires you? The view from Waterloo Bridge epitomises our magical city and never fails to make me smile.
If you could change or improve anything in London you would… 24 hour tube everyday please.
What do you miss most when out of town? The buzz and the insane mix of people.
The ultimate place in London to live would be? Having recently moved south of the river, I am loving Battersea and the proximity to the beautiful Battersea Park. It’s a really exciting place to be right now.
What’s a ‘must do’ for anyone new to London? Walk every- where (and of course, come to Sophie’s!)
Any top secret tips you’re willing to share? We still serve steak frites & a glass of wine for a tenner. No better lunch- time value in London town! sophiessteakhouse.co.uk