Author: Sharky

The Clifton – St John’s Wood

The Clifton has been a fixture of the local community for centuries (established in 1889 in fact) and in last month, local brothers Ben and Ed Robson reopened this beloved pub, bringing a new look and a refreshed attitude to pub drinking and dining to St John’s Wood. I don’t too often get this far north west – with so much happening in the South East of London there has to be something that really tickles my fancy to make the trek. I’d been given the heads up by a local teacher that he had dropped in last week when there was...

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Go Viet – South Kensington

It takes a lot to stand out in South Kensington. It’s a strange neighbourhood with a large mix of tourists, Imperial College foreign students living off a measly stipend, and mega wealthy locals tucked away in their perfect wisteria-adorned homes. As a restaurant, who do you cater? The volumes of tourist, hungry after powerwalking through all three museums looking for a cheap and cheerful meal, or the locals who are able to spend a pretty penny on outstanding freshly cooked food? According to the press release, Go Viet just opened its doors in earlier this month, though during our...

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Walking the Salzkammergut (Brine Pipeline) – Austria

The best way to reach Austria’s picture-perfect lakeside town of Hallstatt? On foot, of course. A few years ago, I spent days trudging to Machu Picchu – sleeping in a freezing tent and fearing every night I was drawing my last breath as the altitude sickness crashed over me in waves. The hardships, however, where all worth it when I finally arrived at the Lost City having earned the right to sneer at people who had caught the train. They might not have been strung out on Skittles and Tramadol, and it’s unlikely they missed sunrise because they fell asleep amid the llamas, but I think we can all agree on who had the more rewarding experience. Of course, the hardships we faced on the two-day, 20km trail that we followed from Bad Ischl were significantly less, but the traveller’s badge of honour was very much pinned to my backpack as we made our descent into Hallstatt and the sparkling Lake Traunsee. The other option involves arriving by coach and having your eyes poked out by selfie sticks, which is far less romantic. Therefore, if only for the bragging rights, we urge you to lace up your hiking boats and hit the trail. Here’s everything you need to know about walking the Salzkammergut Brine Pipeline. The route: Excitement levels were high when we realised our path from Bad Ischl...

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