The evolution of an Essex boy: Jamie Oliver

As Barbecoa Piccadilly opens its doors (with a host of our wines on its list), Sophie Thorpe sits down with Jamie Oliver – celebrity chef and national treasure – to talk about his new restaurant and our evolving attitudes to food and drink Sharply dressed in a tweed bomber and jeans, Jamie Oliver is strikingly […]

On the table: Aquavit

Scouring London’s restaurant scene for its very best offerings, we sent Sophie Thorpe to Aquavit, a transatlantic import that confirms our fixation with all things Nordic It all began with IKEA. Wheedling its way into our hearts and homes, we were wooed by clean-cut, (deceptively simple) flat-pack designs; by the dream of affordable interior design. […]

On the table: The Clove Club

On our quest to explore London’s finest dining rooms, Sophie Thorpe makes a trip to The Clove Club in Shoreditch, an eastern mecca for the city’s foodies which offers an experience like no other Shoreditch, it turns out, isn’t just home to middle-ageing hipsters. Within its Town Hall lurks a new and special breed, a […]

Sour Grapes: a vintage con

As Rudy Kurniawan serves out his sentence, Sophie Thorpe reports on the new film documenting his story, Sour Grapes – the spellbinding tale of a connoisseur turned conman. Wine isn’t particularly sexy. Aside from the delicious way it makes you feel, it’s a nerd’s hobby – it’s basically geology, biology and chemistry. And a little […]