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Looking for something different to do on a night out in London? Fun going-out places where you can play ping pong, bowling, sing karaoke or go roller skating seem to be all the rage in London these days. And this winter there’s another fun option for you fun people out there; crazy golf!
Located in a 7,000 sq ft warehouse, Swingers London opened this month in the heart of Shoreditch and it contains a 9-hole crazy golf course plus two cocktail drenched Clubhouse bars, and a diner serving street-food from some of London’s most exciting vendors.
Me and a friend decided to check out this funky new hang out in London last week for a game of crazy golf, a few drinks and hopefully plenty of laughs. Swingers is hidden away in a little street between Liverpool St and Shoreditch station and after trying to navigate our way there on a wet and windy evening we were glad to step inside the warehouse finding a warm, cozy and buzzling mini golf course!
First up – drinks at the bar! At Swingers they have a DJ playing tunes every night until 12.30am to get you pumped plus a constantly rotating roster of street vendors to fuel your tummy before or after a game of crazy golf. We got some wines from the bar, and after a quick catch up headed to the start of the course to collect our score card and golf clubs.
The course itself – a sporting paradise of wood and plants will take around 45 minutes to complete and includes water features; extreme dog legs; tunnels; a bridge; a loop-the-loop; plus marshalls on hand to deliver you drinks (and give you handy tips) on the course. GAME ON!
We had such a laugh making our way around the course, some holes going better than others. Overall we were both pretty happy with our scores; Me 29 – Chrissy 32. But really it wasn’t a competition (I won, I won!!) Sorry the competitiveness in me sneaked out for a second there haha ;) After the crazy golf ‘work-out’ we felt pretty hungry so we decided to check out the street vendors on offer that night; When Mac Met Cheese and Pizza Pilgrims.
Pizza Pilgrims won and we ordered the Portobello+Truffle and Nduja pizzas, made fresh from their small street van complete with pizza oven! Can we have some extra truffle oil with that please, ooooommmmggggg…
Best pizzas I’ve tasted in a little while! Aside from their street vans, which can often be found at food markets and festivals, Pizza Pilgrims also have two restaurants near Soho. I’ve been to the one on Dean Street and can definitely recommend a visit!
We had a great night at Swingers and I also think it would be a perfect place to go on a date; have a few drinks, enjoy some delicious food and play crazy golf to break any possible date awkwardness (plus it gives the guy, or you for that matter, a chance to show off his sporting abilities haha).
There are two ways to buy tickets for Swingers:
1. Advance golf tickets – which you can buy online £10 // These tickets allow you to buy your entry (£3) and golf (£8) in advance and get a £1 early-bird discount!
2. Ground passes – which can buy in advance online, or on the night £3 // Swingers isn’t just for people who want to play crazy-golf. You can come to soak up the fun atmospthere, for good times and yummy food, plus if you change your mind or get tempted by the course, they do hold back golf tickets every night for walk-ups.
For more detailed booking information click HERE.
Swingers will be around for just three months (until the 20th December) and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm until 12.30am. So book now to ensure you don’t miss out!
Burgers are quite the it concept in the restaurant and foodie industry at the moment. Diners, burger joints and street stalls have pretty much popped up all over London in the last few years. However one burger place that’s had a cult following for years is the Lucky 7 Diner in Notting Hill.
Lucky 7 Diner part of Tom Conran’s restaurant empire, with the others being Crazy Homies (one of my favourite mexican places), gastropub The Cow and Tom’s Deli – all of which are located in Notting Hill. Lucky 7 is a great little diner that’s actually very authentic to how they are in the USA. It’s pretty tiny and only has 6 booths, each seats around 4-6 so that means you will need to share if you are 2 or 3 people. They are known for their great American- style breakfasts (by that I mean delicious pancakes and huevos rancheros) plus their kick-ass 100% Aberdeen Angus Burgers!
Here some pictures from a recent (late night) visit to Lucky 7 after a few too many drinks at the Westbourne! We’d had a friends leaving drinks at the pub and decided we really needed food and by that I mean of the greasy kind ;) I got the Kalifornian Burger which comes with bacon, cheese, roasted tomato and sour cream. Plus lots of sweet potato fries of course. And ohmigosh it definitely hit the spot….
Oh and while you’re there, definitely do check out their milkshakes, which can also be ordered “super thick’ and with extras such as peanut butter and oreo cookies blitzed in!! Ahhh dreaming of a peanut butter milkshake now, damn ;)
Lucky 7 Diner is a proper American looking and tasting diner in the heart of Notting Hill and I recommend a visit for either breakfast and/or dinner! Plus it is conveniently situated right next to Crazy Homies. So after you finish your burger, you can stop by next door for some super strong margaritas?
Lucky 7 Diner
127 Westbourne Park Road
London, W2 5QL
Phone: 020 7727 6771
I recently discovered a great new brunch spot in London – Daisy Green in Marble Arch! This quirky little cafe was recommended to me by a friend of mine. And it turns out that quite a few of my friends actually know the Aussie born owner Prue Freeman. Prue gave up her legal career to follow her foodie dreams to set up Daisy Green. I truly admire that kind of courage, because really it’s secretly my dream too – to one day open my own cafe….
She actually started Daisy Green originally in a 1975 Ford Transit called “Pinky”, selling frozen yogurt on the streets of London & at festivals and events. But now she’s got a great cafe in Portman Village / Marble Arch, plus also a smaller versions called ‘Beany Green‘ serving artisan coffee and treats from funky ‘hole in the wall’ locations based in Paddington/Little Venice and Southbank. In her cafes Prue’s aim is to bring quality, health, personality and love to the streets of London.
This weekend after our Saturday morning Running Club session we all made our way to Daisy Green for a post-exercise brunch. I love the quirky design and features of the cafe – it definitely looks like a happy place don’t you think?
We started with coffee and juices while we all tried to decide what to order from the Aussie Brunch menu – I mean it all sounded so damn delicious. And while we waited for our food to arrive, some of us just couldn’t resist entertaining joking around with the wwabbit head in the cafe! ;)
OK enough silliness…..Let’s eat brunch shall we?
Some of the dishes that we ordered: AVOCADO w labne & lime on dark rye + with an added poached egg (that was me, an easy guess right?) // Broccoli and corn fritters with avocado and a poached egg // The summer salad with quinoa, samphire, cucumber, sun blushed tomatoes, avocado and seeds + with added bacon and a poached egg // two organic free range eggs (poached in this cafe) with tomato on sourdough + side of avocado and bacon.
Other dishes on the menu I will have to try next time at Daisy Green are the Shakshouka baked eggs (PS: check out my two of my personal winning baked egg recipes HERE and HERE) and the homemade Maple granola w thick yogurt, seasonal fruits & coconut flakes – yummy!
Daisy Green is also known for it’s own homemade Banana Bread so we couldn’t resist also ordering ‘Marco’s Famous Banana Bread Sandwich’ to share. Think delicious freshly baked banana bread with honey, whipped cream and fresh berries! Oeh la la it was gooooooood.
We had a great time at Daisy Green and loved the food, vibe and super friendly service. I will definitely be back :) Will you go and check it out?
The Palomar is one of the hippest new restaurants in Soho and has been high on my to-go-to list ever since it opened in June this year. It is run by two Israeli-born nightclub entrepreneurs and serves the food of modern day Jerusalem. They say their menu is influenced by the cultures of Spain, North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean.
The Palomar is a pretty small bar-restaurant with a hip but intimate vibe. As soon as you walk in you are confronted one, by the very welcoming wait staff and two, you can’t miss the long 16 seat bar/kitchen that overlooks the chefs preparing the food. The dining room at the back of the room can seat up to 40 people and the Palomar takes bookings, which is always a huge winner in my books!
So I went to The Palomar recently with a friend before going to the theatre (yes, they take a 5.30pm pre-theatre booking at the bar, whoop!) The menu is based on small dishes made for sharing which suited us perfectly.
We started off with some spiced olives (£3) and their ‘Yemeni-style’ Kubaneh bread (£5), which is a yeast baked bread in a tin. It’s tipped out in front of you while still piping hot, so you can then tear it into bite sized pieces to drunk into the rich tahini and tomato dips. A bit brioche-like in texture, absolutely delicious!
Next up we chose two items from the Raw Bar – confusingly, the dishes aren’t all raw, but are served cold; the Salmon Tartare (£8.5) with aubergine 2 ways. yoghurt, pine nuts & parsley and the Fattoush salad (£8) with tomato, cucumber, za’atar, sumac, pita croutons & homemade labneh. The Salmon Tartare was incredible and looked so pretty! I love raw salmon and the soft smokey aubergine puree went with it perfectly. The Fattoush salad was simple but tasty.
Following this we had two picks from the Stove part of the menu; the Seared scallops (£12.5) with cured lemon beurre blanc, swiss chard easy over, Jerusalem artichoke & hazelnut tuille and the Pork belly Tajine (£14) with Ras el Hanout, dried apricots & Israeli couscous.
Both huge hits in our books. The scallops were soft and that hazelnut tuille, yum! The pork belly tajine was rich, sweet, sticky and spicy all at once and was a pretty decent sized dish as it came with lots of flavourful fluffy couscous.
Because we were seated at the bar we saw the chefs preparing a lot of the food (while chatting to us in the meantime) and some of the other dishes on the menu, like the Shakshukit (deconstructed kebab with minced meat, yoghurt & tahini) and the Labenah tortellini with butternut squash cream, tomatoes, confit garlic & mange tout looked delicious too. Oh well, for us (or you) to try next time!
We were actually quite happily full at this point but decided we couldn’t resist dessert. After a bit of a discussion with the chef’s on recommendations we decided on the Malabi Rose-scented milk pudding (£7) raspberry coulis, coconut meringue pistachio crunch, fresh raspberries & kataifi and the Chocolate Cremeux (£7) Puffed rice crunch, pomegranate coulis, cocoa tuile & almond streusel.
And WOW, both of these were absolutely insane. I have to admit that the rose-scented milk pudding wasn’t sounding like a winner to me initially but with the crunchy topping and the fresh berries it was soft and refreshing and not to overpowering on the rose flavour. The chocolate dessert however sounded like a true champion from the start and didn’t fail to impress! It was a true melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pudding and one of the best desserts I’ve enjoyed in a little while.
All together we had a great evening at The Palomar. The staff was all very friendly, helpful and fun and seem to have a real passion for what they do. The food was delicious, of a very high standard and culinarily exciting. Plus I think it was good value for money because the sharing plates were of a decent size and after enjoying all these dishes we were actually super-duper full, but happy I must add. Think this is one new restaurant in London you will just have to try. NOPI (by Ottolenghi) has always been a huge favourite in my books for Soho, but would have to say the Palomar is now topping very high in that list too.
34 Rupert Street,
W1D 6DN, London
Phone: 020 7439 8777
A little while back I had a great evening with friends at Hereford Road in Bayswater. This restaurant is a real local gem because it serves simple yet innovative British comfort food, has friendly and efficient service and reasonable prices. Tom Pemberton, former head chef at St Johns has cooked at Hereford Road since its opening in 2007. Don’t expect anything hip and trendy here – it’s a lovely low-key local, perfect for a dinner with friends or family in a nice environment with quality flavourful food. The menu at Hereford changes daily and dishes are reasonably priced from £6-£8 for starters and £10-£15.5 for mains. Also, there is a great value set lunch for £13.50 for 2 and £15.5 for 3 courses.
Chef and co-founder Tom Pemberton remarks, “It seems to me the area lacks a strong neighbourhood restaurant. Our main priority is to provide genuinely high quality, interesting and affordable British food in a relaxed environment.”
Here some photos of our evening at Hereford Road in Notting Hill…
As soon as you enter Hereford Road you stumble across the open kitchen and some casual small tables that are perfect for a casual drink and dinner for two. And then down a small flight of stairs is the main dining room, that is light due to a large skylight. It was a very relaxed vibe and seating wise has large red leather banquettes or 2 – 4 person sized tables.
We started off with some wine, freshly baked bread (nom nom) and some starters; the Globe artichoke with vinaigrette and the Crab with English Tomatoes and Pea Shoots.
For mains we went for a nice selection of different meats! Little fact; before Hereford Road was a restaurant there was actually a butchers in this location. We had the Braised Rabbit with Fennel and Bacon // The Guinea Fowl with Lentils and peas // The Roast Leg of Lamb with Chard and Anchovy // and the Blythburg Pork Belly with Runner Beans and roast Red Onion.
They were all delicious. I had the lamb which it was perfectly cooked and the salty anchovies flavour accompanied the meat very well. But think I did have slight food envy for the pork belly – that definitively looked and tasted amazing.
Then some of us couldn’t resist a cheeky dessert, yes…I was one of those people! I had the chocolate pot with cherries and creme fraiche, oh so yummy – and my friend had the Eton Mess which is simple but sometimes you can’t beat fruit, cream and meringue goodness.
Overall a great night at a lovely bistro in Notting Hill / Baywater!
3 Hereford Road,
Notting Hill, London
Tel: +44(0)207 727 1144