Explore London with Food and Prop Stylist Frankie Unsworth

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“I’m endlessly inspired by how dynamic London is, there’s always something new to see, a new area to visit and people just putting themselves out there and doing cool stuff. The down side of course, is the guilt of sitting on the sofa on a Saturday afternoon and knowing you should be making the most of the city (I think the young people call it FOMO).” — Frankie Unsworth, author of The New Art of Cooking


London is one heck-of-a big city so narrowing down your must-see must-eat destinations is always a daunting task. Brixton-dwelling food writer, stylist and cookbook author Frankie Unsworth has come to the rescue with a list of her favourite food joints, rainy day hangouts, and pet-friendly pubs around England’s capital, so now all you need to do is jump on the nearest train, commute and enjoy:

Top three foodie spots

  • Spa Terminus Saturday market – a great place for discovering wines, buying brilliant produce from Natoora and having a meander through the railway arches, each housing interesting producers and makers.
  • Neal’s Yard Dairy – this is my cheese mecca. The staff are so knowledgeable and let you taste your way through a selection of the finest British cheeses.
  • 40 Maltby Street – this is my favourite wine bar and restaurant. It’s casual and quietly brilliant with a chalk board menu that changes daily and an exciting selection of natural wines.

Ideal eateries for your dog to tag along

There are a surprising number of places in London where dogs are welcome, particularly in pubs. My local, the Canton Arms, is a favourite. St. John welcomes pups with open arms, even offering them a marrow bone on arrival (chef/owner Fergus Henderson once stroked my whippet Isla which was a big moment for me). The Bull & Last next to Hampstead Heath is another fun palce for canine companions.

Most beautiful outdoor space

Walking along Regents Canal is a hobby of mine – there are loads of places to see and stop along the way, including the wild dog enclosure at London Zoo (in the Regents Park stretch through to Kings Cross) all the way to my old stomping ground, Victoria Park.

Best rainy day hangouts

Soho is always a great idea in my opinion. I go to catch a movie at the Curzon Cinemas, hang out in Soho House, snag a £10 mid-week lunch deal at Duck Soup, pick up crazy produce in Chinatown and buy cloth off-cuts from Berwick Street. It’s got such a buzz and I will never tire of it.

Best nook for daydreaming

The meadowy southern part of Brockwell Park. They let the grass grow long and all the dogs (and me) frolic there in the summer months.


Have you got some favourite haunts around London you’d like to share? Tell us about them in the comments below…

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