Tag Archives: south west london

look for Wombles in Wimbledon Common

12 Feb

Well, you probably won’t find one but you will find dogs, welly-wearing couples pushing buggies, and a jogger or two, even in the snow. But it’s with good reason that gooey-eyed new parents and Fenton-like pooches are the Common’s main inhabitants. Just a few minutes from the high street, you feel as if you’ve stepped in the country as Wimbledon Common stretches to Putney Heath and then to Richmond Park. The North may have its bars and restaurants, the East its cool markets and clubs but the South West has its green spaces and it’s great.

Drink London beer

31 Jan

I grew up with the metric system, so food is measured in grams, distance in metres and liquid millilitres, especially beer. But here it’s a pint.

There are many breweries in London, small, independent ones, pub-housed ones and big-name brands. One of these is Fuller’s – a brewery I pass in a traffic-driven rush whenever I  head out to Heathrow airport – and one of the beers they make is London Pride (not linked to the march, which comes up first on Google!). A distinctive ale that’s quite mellow, it’s rather enjoyable for a lager-drinking lass like me. A pint of which is obviously an experience that’s pure London.

PS I’ve just clicked on to Fuller’s website and see their outdoor campaign for London Pride is ‘When In London’. Pure coincidence, I promise you!

Brunch at Ben’s Canteen

30 Jan

It’s taken a while for London to wake up (ahem) to the brunch idea. Breakfast isn’t a foreign concept to the UK (a Full English, anyone?) but somehow it never really has been excuse to catch up with friends late morning, drink good coffee (or a cocktail) and choose from a menu offering more than fried eggs, toast, beans and bacon.

But like the Flat White, brunch has now arrived to the Big Smoke, and even better it’s ventured from Antipodean eateries (who know all about good brunch and good coffee) in the East, through Central to South West London where I live.

St John’s Hill in Clapham Junction has undergone a quiet revival with pubs being refurbished, delis and coffee houses opening and more than one restaurant to choose from.

My friend Janca and I chose to ‘do brunch’ at Ben’s Canteen – which when I’d driven past on my bus always seemed popular.

As we caught up, we drank good coffee and picked from the menu of eggs to order. Iopted for the Veggie Ben with wilted spinach,  black mushrooms, beans (not totally off the menu), tomatoes and a poached egg. Janca opted for the Eggs Benedict.

Our brunch

Ben’s is cosy with wooden floors and furniture, the staff friendly, the food good and reasonably priced. Welcome to the brunch club.

PS Janca and I regularly meet up for breakfast and recommend The Pantry in Wandsworth and Nopi in Soho (just get there before noon as that’s when they change the menu to lunch) for a morning meal. And according to Janca, the best Eggs Benedict she’s had in London is at Konnigans.