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Ellen Burney
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Fashionable freelancer. Find my work in British Vogue,...

London for Londoners: the best old and new spots

Featured Guide
 Regardless of time of night or where the sun hits the dial, you can be sure that when you sit in a seat that follows, there will be nowhere else like it in the city. These establishments know who they are and who they want in their rooms. But furthermore they are artisans of accommodating and hostesses in hospitality. Read on for London’s most celebrated and unexpected nuggets of naughtiness and nutrition, discovered through my years writing for Vogue and glossies galore. 
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    New Evaristo it may be, but to the veterans it will always be ‘Trisha’s,’ so-called after the inimitable landlady that governs this underworld of characters that slip down the... more
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    Round the corner is Maison Bertaux for something sweet, a whisky and a coffee. Find yourself a rickety seat in London’s oldest patisserie then don’t move for an hour. It’s the Café... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    Often revered as ‘the best steak restaurant in London,’ The Hawksmoor in East London’s Spitalfields – with its dark woods and heavy reds – hits the spot for an extraordinary piece... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    Cup of tea? You won’t know where to start. What tea shall I have? Well how do you feel? And watch in awe as they blend a pot to suit you. This apothecary-style café in the ‘Diamond... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    Keep things refined with the best Old Fashioned you can find, on the terrace at The Charlotte Street Hotel.
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    For a rich tumbler of lilac-colored cocktail or egg-nog in ornate carved-crystal glass, get thyself to the bar at The Zetter Townhouse Hotel in Clerkenwell. On the cusp of Leather... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    Have an al-fresco cheerful cocktail served with a little calypso at this old-school night club / restaurant. Something of a speakeasy, take in live jazz (the late Amy Winehouse... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    Stoke Newington’s Cobbled Yard vintage store is a 1200 sq-ft treasure chest of old Parisian 1920’s dressing tables, pink velvet settees and 1960’s school chairs. Explore rooms... more
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    For furniture, furnishings, scarves – dip-dyed fine bone china - and dresses in palm-pattered prints and gothic hues, sweep into central London’s (there’s a Hackney store too)... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    Perfect for a late afternoon drink. The French House is an extraordinarily-famous Vaudevillian theatrical masterpiece of a place to drink – mind, they only serve halves as don’t... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    The Gay Hussar (which roughly translates as a good-spirited Hungarian soldier) is an old Hungarian old restaurant perfect for wild cherry soup and smoked chicken pancakes.... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    You can’t book it but “we’re not trying to be cool.” Truth is, there are only 30 seats, and it’s great on a budget. It’s a blend of North American and European, with dark-crusted beef... more
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    Ellen Burney's rating: 5
    For flair and authenticity, visit South London’s enticing new maze of eateries, Brixton Village Market [formerly Granville Arcade] for an ad-hoc gathering of bistros, bars and... more