Much like the month before, I spent most of August out of London, so this should be a pretty easy round-up. First there was a two week trip around the USA with Cultural Vistas, the US Embassy, and eight clever creators; and then it was straight on to Edinburgh for my annual trip to the Fringe festival. Cue my usual idealistic promise that I’ll cover that all another time. I really will, probably. Once I was back, with thousands of photos to edit, I didn’t stray far from my flat. My favourite workspace of late is Battersea Market, previously La Moka, which is an oasis of calm, coffee and plants – definitely worth a look if you find yourself in SW11.
Also in Battersea, I dropped by Manifesto on Northcote Road. It’s a new seasonal pizzeria from Vittorio Maschio (ex-Natoora) showcasing superior produce on affordable pizzas that are all under £10 (starting at £5.90). I’m interested to see how they fare with Franco Manca a few doors down! For flatmate Kana’s birthday, we checked out The Prince near West Brompton station, a colourful venue with semi-permanent food vendors attached – Coqfighter and Begging Bowl came up trumps. Elsewhere in South West London, Fernandez & Wells in South Ken is a great spot for wine, meat and cheese – an oldie but a goodie. Last but not least, I did stretch my legs and venture east once for classy cocktails and delicious yakitori at Tony Corigliano’s Untitled in Dalston, followed by a few more drinks and a catch-up with Max Venning at Three Sheets. Keep an eye out for Little Mercies, a new bar from Max, brother Noel, and Alan Sherwood that’s opening soon in Crouch End. Tune in next month for more Eats, Sips & Snaps!