Once again we ask Julia Wilkinson, Portfolio & Group Restaurant Strategy Executive for Shaftesbury PLC her hot tips for eats & drinks in the West End
Fabrique, 8 Earlham Street
When only carbs will do, I visit this super-cool stone oven bakery from Stockholm which does fabulous hand-rolled cinnamon buns and great coffee. Even the fit-out will put you in Instagram-heaven.
Mr. Foggs Tavern, 58 St Martins Lane
Previously known as the Angel & Crown, this gorgeous Victorian pub has to be seen to be believed. Inspired by Phileas Fogg’s fictional London drinking-hole, the ground floor tavern could be transported straight out of 1870s London, with a pie and grog offer to match. However, my personal favourite is the first floor gin parlour stocked with over 130 varieties, which I’m gradually working my way through!
On The Bab, 36 Wellington Street
A Korean street-food café that’s found its way from Shoreditch to Covent Garden. Try their traditional Bibimbap or the house speciality buns, with great cocktails that really complement the food!
Le Bab, 2nd floor Kingly Court
These are gourmet kebabs like no other, including dishes based around roe-deer, paneer and beetroot.
Roots Juicery, 1 Charlotte Place
A fab cold-pressed juice bar and organic café, perfect if you’re on a detox and their blended vegetable and fruit juices taste great! They also do the best sourdough avo-toast that I’ve ever tasted…
The Ninth, 22 Charlotte Street
A beautifully fitted out French-Mediterranean restaurant, launched by Marco-Pierre White and Roux Brothers trained “celebrity” chef Jun Tanaka at the end of 2015. My favourite spot to eat there is the first floor window table, where you can watch the world passing by below on Charlotte Street.
The Newman Arms, 23 Rathbone Place
At first glance this is a traditional Fitzrovia boozer, but if you make your way up the winding staircase at the back to the first floor dining room you can enjoy a short but incredible menu lovingly sourced and prepared by The Cornwall Project, a passion project which aims to bring the best produce from Cornwall to a wider audience. The setting is absolutely charming and you can easily lose a very enjoyable afternoon here!