If you’re ever at Highbury & Islington tube or at the top of Upper Street head round to the quiet side of Highbury Corner and grab a coffee and cake from this fantastic place. I had the nicest flat white I’ve had in a long time from here this morning.
Link: Maison d’etre
Boundary is a hotel with a cafe, a rooftop bar and a restaurant in the basement near Shoreditch High Street. All of the elements within it are great, the rooftop is good for brunch and the restaurant, while fairly traditionally French, certainly gives you well crafted food and a level of service that’s hard to find nearby.
Every Picturehouse cinema I’ve been to is great and this one is no exception. I saw Blue Jasmine, the new Woody Allen film, a few days ago and it was pretty much the perfect venue to see it in.
Cate Blanchett is spectacular in a sea of great performances but the film itself is quite tough to watch. The scene where she answers her phone to arrange a first date since her husband’s death is played so perfectly that I found I’d held my breath throughout it.
Link: Ritzy Picturehouse
Great Eritrean restaurant in Brixton that’s cheap, very friendly and does great shared meals including a good vegetarian option. Everything is served on large injera pancakes that you use as cutlery – the staff are happy to explain if you haven’t eaten Eritrean or Ethiopian before. They also serve incredibly delicious spiced coffee with some lightly salted popcorn to end your meal.
Tekkonkinkreet is a fantastic manga series made into a film in 2006. Plaid wrote the soundtrack and there is a live performance of the score with a projection of the film at the Barbican tomorrow night.
Link: Tekkonkinkreet at the Barbican
Sometime you come across a website that is exactly what you always wanted. Gig listings for London, day by day, updated weekly.
Link: London Ears
David Hoyle is back at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this Thursday for another run of hectic performances. He’s going to be singing a lot which is great news if his Soho Theatre show with Richard Thomas, or his incredible version of Hallelujah with Dusty Limits, is anything to go by. He’s never quite topped 2007’s Magazine but he still rules London for a crazy, fun night out with a hint of danger.
Link: David Hoyle – Heavenly Voices