The Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington, N16

Amazing how places can change. Once a late-drinker repository hidden in the outer reaches of Stamford Hill borders, the Jolly Butchers is now one of London’s premier beer purveyors. In much the same way as this Tubeless area of north London has undergone a not universally welcomed transformation in recent years, so has this humble … More The Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington, N16

The Golden Eagle, Marylebone, W1

Housed in a delightful corner plot, adorned with hanging baskets in bloom, sporting immaculate crimson velour banquettes and boasting quasi Art Deco stained glass windows, The Golden Eagle on Marylebone Lane in London’s affluent W1 seems quite the metropolitan idyll. Its bold red paintwork, Fleur-de-Lys patterned carpet and idiosyncratic decorative features provide just enough diversion … More The Golden Eagle, Marylebone, W1

The Queen Charlotte (formerly The Draft House Charlotte Street), Fitzrovia, W1

The only constant is change and change is not always for the better. Nowhere is this amalgam of clichés more apposite than the remonikered Queen Charlotte, a once fine if slightly brash boozer on the corner of Charlotte and Goodge Streets. In truth, not much has changed. But sometimes it doesn’t take much to go … More The Queen Charlotte (formerly The Draft House Charlotte Street), Fitzrovia, W1