Nik Speller

  • South Place Hotel - 3 Spice Place

    Sunday July 26th, 2015

    3 Spice Place is a neat little idea from a neat, and not so little, hotel. You're getting quality for your pound here, before you even eat. The restaurant is a cool, chic, modernist slab of black tiles, highly polished floors and sparklingly clean glasses.

  • IDDU - South Kensington

    Monday July 13th, 2015

    Down in South Kensington, Nik finds that restaurants still have the edge on any virtual reality headset - transporting you from the streets of West London to the alleyways of Palermo in a single bite.

  • The Plantation, Poole

    Wednesday July 1st, 2015

    The South Coast beckons for Nik and he heads to that part of the English Riveria that is Poole in Dorset, to sample the delights on offer at The Plantation.

  • Jones Family Project, Summer Picnic

    Friday June 19th, 2015

    Jones Family Project are hosting a picnic in their ever excellent upstairs bar, complete with fake grass rolled across the floor. Fortunately, you get to sit on proper chairs, not cross-legged on rugs waiting for your legs to go dead at the knees (how old am I?). To this, they bring a hamper, filled to the brim with small boxed goodie and a few bottles of elderflower infused gin and perry mix.

  • Top Dog - Soho

    Sunday June 14th, 2015

    Nik heads to Top Dog and finds that Soho has a ready-made hotspot should burgers be knocked from their fashionable post - and has a ready-made hotspot, should they not!

  • Caorunn Gin - Foraging in Epping

    Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

    Nik dons some boots and heads out to the wilds of Zone 6 to forage in the woods with Caorunn Gin. Strap yourselves in for a PR excursion like no other!

  • The Richmond, Hackney

    Tuesday May 26th, 2015

    Nik heads to the the trendiest place that ever did trend - Hackney - and samples East London's first and only raw seafood bar.

  • Spaghetti House - Goodge Street

    Sunday May 3rd, 2015

    Nik ventures where the pretentious food bloggers dare not - a chain restaurant! Here at Spaghetti House, hidden away beneath the mountain of dishes on offer, he finds a tasty crab special, big enough to fill a man for lunch and for the rest of the day.

  • Ockenden Manor - Cuckfield, Sussex

    Sunday April 26th, 2015

    Nik leaves London (again), this time travelling south to sample the Michelin-starred delights and opulent spa of Ockenden Manor, just outside Haywards Heath. 

  • The Gallivant - Camber, East Sussex

    Thursday April 16th, 2015

    On a warm Friday in April, Nik flees London for the fresh air of the South Coast, fresh sand between his toes and the fresh food of The Gallivant at Rye.

  • Doble & Bignall - Venezuelan chocolate, from bean to bar

    Sunday April 12th, 2015

    For once, Nik stays at home with only a bar of artisan chocolate for his dinner. What does he think? Read on and ye shall see!

  • #FryHard this Easter at Boxpark

    Wednesday April 1st, 2015

    Flying in the face of current trends, the team behind #FryHard (chef Jim Thomlinson and Emma Thomas) are pushing to show that deep fat fried foods can form part of a healthy diet. After all, anything can be fried, so your five a day is even easier to get in, all swallowed down with a layer of batter, crisped up in boiling hot oil.

  • The Barbican Lounge - Barbican

    Monday March 30th, 2015

    The Barbican maybe a forgotten part of London, but it's one that should be firmly on the map. Tiny entrances and swirling dust cloud from CrossRail might put you off, but push through, give the Barbican Lounge a try and experience modern cuisine served up in the future of yesterday. 

  • Alo Drink - Alo

    Friday March 20th, 2015

    Alo Drink - a box of which was delivered to the office last week - is an aloe vera based fruit drink, with no artificial anythings in it, that can be found muscling its way on to newsagent shelves across the land.

  • Special Offer! Pact - The Best Coffee You’ve Ever Made

    Friday March 20th, 2015

    It’s special offer time! We’re working with the good folks at Pact to bring you not just a bag of coffee, but the means to brew it - all for a low low price.

  • The King & Co + Bah Bah Persian Kitchen

    Thursday March 12th, 2015

    The King & Co seems to be one of those pubs that tries something different, something new and something interesting to bring in the customers. And what a winner that proves to be. Packed tables on a Monday and a kitchen rolling out food you are unlikely to find in any other boozer in London - or perhaps the country. Go, try and see if you can disagree.

  • The Hilton London Metropole Whisky Lounge

    Thursday February 26th, 2015

    The monster that is the Hilton London Metropole towers high above these dull streets and that fast road. So large and imposing, you won't see it, especially not with it's blink and you'll miss it entrance.

    Over 1,000 rooms in a single hotel on Edgware Road. I'm shocked and surprised that so many people want to stay in this part of town, but then again, with its busy road and multiple tube entrances, it's easy to escape from and no doubt far cheaper than anywhere closer to the river.

  • Drinks Galore - a lesson in the delights of tequila

    Saturday February 21st, 2015

    Hosted in the always trendy Hoxton Hotel, Drinks Galore laid on a cocktail (Tommy's Margarita) followed by six different tequilas and a few nibbles.

  • East London Liquor Company - Discovering Drinks in the East

    Thursday January 29th, 2015

    The East London Liquor Company. What a place to visit! A two still distillery, encased in glass as the centrepiece of an incredibly cool bar.Yes it's East, yes it's next to a canal, yes its industrial chic, the barman has a beard and the head distiller wears trendy spectacles. Blah blah blah, insert hipster joke here. Still, for all hipsters and non-hipsters alike, it's worth the 'journey' east.

  • Sconnoisseur - The finest scones, delivered!

    Sunday January 25th, 2015

    Sconnoisseur are a company who will send you, by post, a box of scones in an ornate box. It’s not exactly the hoverboards and self-lacing trainers of the future Michael J. Fox promised, but it’s certainly a step in that direction. Right?