Eating & Drinking

Vintage Soho – No Sleaze, Please

With a day off and Mrs MidCentury’s birthday to celebrate, we decided to treat ourselves to a treasure trail of vintage venues in Soho – with a few stops for classic eating and drinking along the way. It’s one of those areas we’ve both known on and off for years – passed through, gone […]

Of all the Gin Joints in all the World

Just a quick post, this time, but inspired by a visit at Mrs Midcentury’s suggestion to a distinctive little pub in Leman Street, now reborn as the Gin House.  Formerly the Oliver Conquest, and once surrounded by the warehouses of the East End (and I’m left wondering if my maternal grandfather, who worked as […]

Cake, Coffee and Cool Stuff at Smokey Joe’s Cafe

I can pinpoint exactly the moment I realised that Smokey Joe’s cafe in Cheltenham was something special. I’d had an inkling from when we found it, tucked up a sidestreet off the Lower High Street; that’s usually where you find the independents, and we were determined to enjoy a coffee and a snack without […]

An Art Nouveau Treasure – and a Decent Pint

Even after the ravages of the Blitz, the property developers and trendy interior decorators, there are still innumerable decent pubs within and just outside the City, but for the Art Nouveau enthusiast, it’s hard to beat the Black Friar, just at the bottom of Queen Victoria Street, and right opposite (you’ve guessed it) Blackfriars […]