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Who's your favourite Scrooge?

December 14, 2017
Who's your favourite Scrooge?


There is one question whilst doing my Christmas Carol Tour which I always get asked: who is your favourite Ebenezer Scrooge?

Hmmm….who do I think plays ‘a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping….old sinner’ the best? 

It’s fair to say there is plenty of choice:

  • 1910 Marc McDermott - A Christmas Carol (silent film)
  • 1938 Reginald Owen - A Christmas Carol
  • 1951 Alastair Sim - Scrooge (UK) & A Christmas Carol (USA)
  • 1962 Mister Magoo - Mister Magoo’s Christmas
  • 1970 Albert Finney - Scrooge
  • 1983 Scrooge McDuck - Mickey’s Christmas Carol 
  • 1984 George G. Scott - A Christmas Carol
  • 1985 Cosmo Spacely -A Jetson Christmas Carol
  • 1988 Bill Murray - Scrooged 
  • 1988 Rowan Atkinson - Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
  • 1992 Michael Caine - The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 2000 Vanessa L. Williams - A Diva’s Christmas Carol
  • 2009 Jim Carrey - Disney’s A Christmas Carol 

When I conjure up an image of Ebenezer Scrooge ‘where the cold had ‘nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheeks, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue’ I tend to see Jim Carrey’s Disney’s 2009 version. Perhaps this is unfair as being the most contemporary of the Christmas Carol films it has been seen more recently. Also this is a digital animated adaption where the actor’s facial features are imposed onto a character’s physical features. For those of you who are no fan of animated films be not alarmed. It s directed by Robert Zemeckis, director of Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and The Polar Express. The level of detail in this production is staggering and being animated means the world in which Scrooge lives and visits can be more imaginative. But close you eyes and you will hear a Scrooge of Christmas Past. Clearly Carrey has mimicked who is for me the epitome of Scrooge: Alastair Sim. 

In the same year Elstree Studios were busy filming African Queen, MGM was churning out musicals Show Boat and An American in Paris and Disney had released Alice in Wonderland, George Minter Productions were filming both at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames and on location (St James’, Hyde Park and Southwark). Alistair Sim is the embodiment of Scrooge - a walking corpse. He is the Scrooge for ‘no children asked him what it was o’clock’ and ‘even the blind men’s dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts’.

Notable credit, however, goes to Michael Caine who put on a jolly good show as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). It’s a hard pill to swallow being upstaged by a pig with ringlets and a frog with ping pong ball eyes. Remove the furry stars and you’re left with Caine’s deeply felt take on the tragedy of Scrooge’s life — a life to that day wasted in the idle pursuit of monetary gains, years he can never regain. Why is Michael Caine not my favourite Scrooge? He simply cannot sing. Many an actor has gotten away with sing-talking in their career and Michael Caine is one of those. Even though the notes are rarely hit, it kind of suits an old man on the route of redemption and being in tune isn’t half as important as singing from the heart.

Who is your favourite Scrooge and why?


Come with us on our Christmas Carol walking tour in the City of London. Explore the icy alleyways and dark court-yards haunted by Scrooge as he went on his business, wringing money out of his customers, and treating with disdain the poor and those who would try to help them. Get your Christmas Carol Walk tickets now

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Why did Charles Dickens Choose the name Ebenezer Scrooge?

 

Howard's End London Filming Locations

November 21, 2017
Howard's End London Filming Locations
The BBC's latest version of Howard's End has now hit the UK's TV screens. For those who have joined me on my Georgian London walking tour will see a familiar sight, Myddelton Square, Clerkenwell.


Myddelton Square, Clerkenwell 2015


Myddelton Square 2017

You'll notice the chapel has moved closer up the street and a large Victorian red brick building has replaced the small Georgian workers homes of Arlington Way.

Even though this majestic flagship square exudes Georgian elegance, a touch of movie magic (or in this case mini-series magic) was needed in order to transport us back to just after the turn of the twentieth century, when Howard's End was set.

Nearly. Almost. But not quite. 
On 11 January 1941 the north side of the square was bombed. Nos 43 - 53 were rebuilt in 1947 - eight as flats behind a 'facsimile' facade. These post war flats are, however, included in the opening scene of Howard's End Series 1, Episode 1 


Post war flats in BBC's Howard's End Mini-series

Read more about filming in Myddelton Square, Clerkenwell: https://www.londonguidedwalks.co.uk/blog/bbc-filming-in-clerkenwell)

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The Writeidea Festival 2017

November 14, 2017
The Writeidea Festival 2017
The Writeidea festival 2017 is nearly here!

This free annual festival has a diverse programme of over 40 events over this coming weekend (17-19 November) at the Idea Store, Whitechapel

The Writeidea festival, backed by the Arts Council, will include a breadth of authors such as Stella Duffy, Alan Dein, The Gentle Author and Irenosen Okojie who will be talking and reading from their own work combining well-known names with emerging writers, all bringing their own local, national and international perspective on fiction and non-fiction writing. FREE tickets are now available for all the events.

My Top Events:



The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular, Artists who Painted London's East End Streets in the 20th Century
Friday 17 Nov, 7pm
The Gentle Author presents a magnificent selection of pictures - many never published before - revealing the evolution of painting in the East End and tracing the changing character of the streets through the twentieth century. 

Helen Babbs: Adrift: A Secret Life of London's Waterways
Saturday 18 Nov, 1pm
'Adrift' explores the people, politics, history and wildlife of London’s canals and rivers, journeying by boat from east to west over the course of a year and taking in the River Lea, Lee Navigation, Limehouse Cut, Regent’s Canal and Grand Union. Blending nature writing, social observation and memoir, it is an intimate and unusual portrait of London, and of life.

Julian Woodford: The Boss of Bethnal Green
Saturday 18 November, 1pm
Julian Woodford uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764–1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Regency London. 

Clive Coward: Nigel Henderson’s Streets: Photographs of London’s East End 1949-1953
Sat 18 Nov, 2.30pm
Clive Coward will bring to life Henderson’s journey from Bloomsbury to Bethnal Green, showcasing hundreds of images of East End street life after the second World War, while establishing Henderson as an important artist within the British art scene of the 1950s.

Jerry White: Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison
Sat 18 Nov, 4pm
Jerry White introduces us to the Marshalsea’s unfortunate
prisoners—rich and poor, men and women, spongers, fraudsters and innocents. Told through these extraordinary lives, Mansions of Misery gives us a fascinating cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s. 

Sheila Rowbotham: The Dilemmas of Socialist new Women in the 1880s and 90s
Sat 18 Nov, 4pm
Sheila Rowbotham describes how three young women, Helena Born, Miriam Daniell and Gertrude Dix, who feature in her latest book, ‘Rebel Crossings’, combined a search for personal sexual freedom with attempts to create an alternative to capitalism. Their stories span liberalism, socialism, anarchism, alternative forms of spirituality and the London Fabian Society.

Christine Wagg: Peabody in the East End
Saturday 18 Nov, 5.30pm
In 1862 George Peabody, an American merchant banker and philanthropist, founded the Peabody Trust to "ameliorate the conditions of the poor and needy” of London. He gave his trustees a total of £500,000 to build affordable housing, and “Peabody Buildings” remain a feature of London to this day. 

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Woodstock Terrace, Poplar

November 14, 2017
Woodstock Terrace, Poplar
There are so many interesting details to see in Poplar. One of the bigger details is the beautiful Woodstock Street facing west onto Poplar Recreation Ground.

The street was built in the mid 1850s during the Victorian perood. Like many tenancies of the day, the covenants prohibited the lessees and their tenants from practising specified noxious trades, including the boiling of horseflesh (to create cat meat), tallow melting and soapmaking, and from using forges, anvils or steam engines on the premises. Tailoring the requirements to fit those who wouldn't need to work from home; the ever-increasing middle class.

Woodstock Terrace was thought to be one of the most respectable streets in Poplar. In 1881 the occupants included two clergymen, two schoolmistresses, a schoolmaster, a wine merchant, three clerks and two master mariners. 

 

Gold Christmas at the National Gallery

November 13, 2017
Gold Christmas at the National Gallery

Image Credit: NG1 Sebastiano del Piombo incorporating designs by Michelangelo about 1485 - 1547. The Raising of Lazarus 1517-19. Oil on canvas, transferred from wood 381 x 289.6 cm © The National Gallery, London

Celebrate the festive season at the National Gallery and take part in gold-themed activities and events.

17 November 2017 – 1 January 2018 


Gold shines brightest in the National Gallery during the festive season. This year, visitors are invited to celebrate the holidays by exploring the scintillating presence of gold throughout the collection. View early Renaissance pictures with backgrounds of real gold leaf. In the low-light conditions these backgrounds shimmer. Their surfaces could be further embellished with patterns, punches, and stamps. Gold leaf continues throughout the gallery used for eye-catching frames. How many can you find?

See how artists captured the magical effects of gold in oil paint in the depiction of golden objects: glittering jewellery, extravagant fabrics, and golden gifts all feature in the stories told by our paintings.

Special labels displayed from 1 December will adorn the walls of the National Gallery to highlight the GOLDEN facts about specific paintings, and a series of online films will provide a more in-depth exploration of the use of gold in art.

Get Social
From 17 November until 1 January 2018, visitors are invited to share their favourite gold artwork on social media using the hashtag #ArtGold. Don't forget to tag us on instagram (@walk_london) for a repost and twitter (@guided_walks) for a retweet.

Snapchat users have not been forgotten. When at the National Gallery they can give their selfies an 'OldMaster' sparkle with a National Gallery inspired gold-frame filter.

 

Special Seasonal Talks and Workshops at the National Gallery

Free lunchtime talks 

Gossaert's The Adoration of the Kings
Wednesday 6 December. Location: Room 14. Time: 1–1.30pm 

Crivelli’s The Annunciation with Saint Emidius
Wednesday 13 December. Location: Room 59. Time: 1–1.30pm 

Poussin's The Adoration of the Golden Calf
Wednesday 20 December. Location: Room 29. Time: 1–1.30pm 

Life drawing salon: Tutored life drawing classes exploring different themes. 

The Wilton Diptych and patterned gold
Friday 8 December. Location: Pigott Education Centre (Rooms 2&3). Time: 6.30–8.30pm
Tickets: £16/£15 conc./£14 Members
Experiment with gold leaf and gold-coloured drawing tools in a life drawing workshop inspired by The Wilton Diptych. 

Workshops 

Heavenly gold: The Wilton Diptych in intaglio
Saturday 16 December
Location: Pigott Education Centre (Rooms 2&3). Time: 10.30am-1pm
Tickets: £78/£68 conc./£62 Members
Discover the traditional intaglio printmaking technique of drypoint as you design and make your own shimmering, golden prints inspired by The Wilton Diptych. Combining close observation of the painting with your own creative ideas, you will translate motifs from the painting into print using etching needles, ink, liquid gold, and a printing press. No experience necessary. Limited to 12 places. 

Family holiday events over Christmas 

How’s my halo?
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 December. Location: Meet in Room 59. Time: 11am-1pm & 2-4pm (drop-in) Create your own magnificent halo inspired by Cione’s Adoring Saints altarpiece and other radiating crowns found in the Gallery’s Renaissance paintings. 

Adults 

Talk and draw
Friday 8 and 15 December.
Location: Room 52. Time: 1–2pm.
Jacopo di Cione and workshop, The Coronation of the Virgin: Central Main Tier Panel Spaces are limited to 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis. 


 

Old Flo Returns!

November 7, 2017
Old Flo Returns!

Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman has returned to the East End after taking a 20 year holiday at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Purchased in 1962 by the LCC under its ‘Patronage of the Arts Scheme’ where sculptures by leading artists were acquired for housing estates, schools and other public places for the benefit of local people. 

Draped Seated Woman was placed on LCC’s Stifford Estate in Stepney, where it gained the nickname ‘Old Flo’ by the residents and where she stayed for 35 years. 

The Stifford Estate was an LCC estate built 1958-1961 consisting of three 17 storey towers (Bradmore House, Ewhurst House and Wickham House) each containing 291flats.  In 1997 the three tower blocks of the Stifford Estate were due for demolition and ‘Old Flo’ packed her bags for Yorkshire. 

‘Old Flo’ is back in Tower Hamlets but now will be gracing Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square until 2022.

If a Henry Moore worth an estimated £20m isn’t enough to entice you to Canary Wharf, perhaps an Art Trail is. Canary Wharf now has one of the UK’s largest collections of Public Art. Download your free art map or request an art map to be posted to you

Another way of enjoying the wonderfully eclectic art whilst embracing the uniqueness of Canary Wharf is the annual Winter Lights Event.  (Blog post coming soon).

If you do manage to get to Canary Wharf and see some art then let us know!
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Wind in the Willows Musical at the Palladium

July 18, 2017
Wind in the Willows Musical at the Palladium

The Wind In The Willows has finally arrived at London's Palladium Theatre.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe come together to create a modern musical based on Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows.

Sitting in the front row of the royal circle we had a great view of the stage. The palladium theatre brings back memories of some first-rate shows: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge with Bermondsey boy Tommy Steele, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with 90's heartthrob Jason Donovan and A Chorus Line. I was excited to experience a childhood favourite come to life as a musical.

The staging was fantastic and very clever with rotating revealing interiors/exteriors seamlessly moving from one scene to another. 

It's a loud and energetic, attempting to cover up a very simple story line which is totally dependent on the amusing characters of the story. There seems to hardly be time for the characters to develop as the singing and dancing takes the place of dialogue. This wouldn't have been a problem had the songs been a little more heavyweight and had not lacked a certain sparkle. If a little more effort would have been spent on developing the characters and charm it could then have been a much more relaxing and fun show.

Simon Lipkin (Ratty) and Neil McDermott (Chief Weasel) were, for me, the stand out principle performers due to their fine singing abilities and McDermott's enviable energy. Who knew pinstripes could look so good?! James Gant (posh car owner and Mr Hedgehog), Natalie Woods (Horse + stoat) and Jenna Boyd (Mrs Hedgehog + washer woman) were the real stars of the show. Their combination of acting and vocal talents made it a worthwhile trip for me.  

All in all, I would recommend this to others, especially family groups as the younger audience members certainly were enjoying it. But for me it lacked the goosebumps I hope to experience from a major West-End show.


Closing

9 September 2017


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Afternoon Tea Awards 2017

July 18, 2017
Afternoon Tea Awards 2017

We were lucky enough to be invited to the 2017 Afternoon Tea Awards, celebrating the best Afternoon Teas to be enjoyed in the UK. The event was hosted in the sumptuous surroundings of 5 star Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair. 



Lanson Champagne accompanied a quirky afternoon tea beautifully presented, featuring cream scones in terracotta flower pots, burned caramel chocolates with popping candy and delicate hand-crafted pastries in bird cages. Tea was on hand thanks to Newby Teas. 


2017 Afternoon Tea Award Winners


Best Traditional Afternoon Tea - Hotel Cafe Royal  “Opulent Setting and excellent service"


Best Themed Afternoon Tea - Churchill Afternoon Tea, Wellesley  “Technicalities of the chefs gave an extra touch"


Best Children's Afternoon Tea - Millennium Mayfair   “A good balance of sweet and savoury, the children felt relaxed”


Best Tea Service - Fortnum & Masons  “Exceptionally knowledgeable staff”


Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea - Rosewood ”Staff incredible attentive. Beautifully presented and shows attention to detail.”


Highly Commended

  • Ormer at Flemings Mayfair
  • The Montague on the Gardens
  • Coworth Park
  • The Milestone Hotel
  • Palm Court at the Langham Hotel
  • Millennium Hotel Mayfair
  • Conrad London St James
  • Sheraton Grand London
  • The Lowry Hotel
  • The Savoy
  • Mandarin Oriental London Hyde Park
  • The Game Bird @ The Stafford
  • Lainston House
  • Swan @ The Globe theatre
  • Midland Hotel, Manchester
  • The English Tea Room at Browns
  • Corinthia Hotel
  • Claridge's


Commended

  • The Wellesley
  • Wellington lounge at Intercontinental Park Lane
  • Hunter 486 The Arch
  • The Edgbaston
  • Rubens at The Palace
  • Ham Yard Hotel
  • Hush Mayfair
  • Dorchester hotel
  • Scoff and Banter
  • Hanbury Manor
  • Egerton House Hotel
  • R Chocolate
  • Fortnum & Mason
  • The Landmark London
  • Flemings Drawing Room
  • The Landmark Hotel
  • Chesterfield hotel
  • The Capital Hotel
  • Caledonian Hotel Edinburgh Peacock Alley
  • The Lanesborough Hotel
  • May Fair Kitchen
  • The Georgian Restaurant at Harrods
  • The Berwick Lodge
  • Grosvenor House Hotel
  • Gleneagles Hotel
  • K West
  • Castle Howard
 

BBC Filming in Clerkenwell

May 10, 2017
BBC Filming in Clerkenwell


Whilst out with a lovely group on my Georgian London tour in North Clerkenwell we were lucky enough to come across the BBC filming. When I asked the crew, and after being told they were filming Jeremy Kyle the movie I was informed they were filming a new miniseries of Howards End. 

Back in February 2017 the BBC announced an all-star cast for Kenneth Lonergan's adaption of Howards End for BBC One. This is to be Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and playwright Lonergan's first TV screen adaption. The miniseries will consist of four hour-long episodes directed by Hettie Macdonald (White Girl).

Howards End was written by E. M. Forster, an English novelist, short story writer and essayist most famously known for A Passage to India (1924). He was born in Victorian London, in what is now Dorset Square. Before his second birthday his father had died of tuberculosis and he and his mother moved up to Rooksnest, near Stevenage, Hertfordshire which later served as a model for Howards End, because he held fond childhood memories from there.

Between 1897 and 1901, whilst studying at King's College Cambridge, he became a member of a discussion society known as the Apostles, who met in secret, and discussed their work on and about philosophical and moral questions. Many of its members later became members of the Bloomsbury Group. Forster was no exception and was a peripheral member in the 1910s and 1920s. 

About Howards End
Howards End was written and first published in 1910 and offers an extraordinary insightful glimpse into the life of England in the years before World War  and attempts to answer the question "Who shall inherit England?" meaning, which class of English people would come to define the nation? by exploring the lives of three different groups of people, each representing a particular social class and aspect.

Howards End is considered by some to be Forster's masterpiece. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Howards End 38th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

The Schlegel sisters of Howards End, representing the intellectual aspect of the upper classes are based, to some degree, on Vanessa and Virginia Stephen.

About Myddelton Square
Myddelton Square is the largest and grandest in Clerkenwell. The square and gardens is within Islington's council's designated New River Conservation Area, an area of special architectural and historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

The New River Conservation Area is one of the largest in Islington and includes some of the finest terraces and squares in the Borough. 

Mentions:

Joanna Lumley shares her authentic London gem with the Evening Standard (2015)
Peter Ibbetson, George Du Maurier (1892)

Notable Residents:

Thomas Dibdin - actor, playwright and stage manager of Sadler's Wells Theatre

Golding Bird - medical doctor and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Fenner Brockway - Pacifist and Labour MP lived in a commune during Fabian times.

Matt Zimmerman - Tracy in Thunderbirds

Jabez Bunting - Wesleyan Methodist minister

Filming in Myddelton Square:

Suffragettes, 2015- Meryl Streep rallies a group of impassioned Suffragettes

Unforgotten 2, 12017 - the action was all filmed from inside a car driving around the square.

Howards End, 2017 - postman crossing the road

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Rossopomodoro - a taste of Naples in Covent Garden

March 30, 2017
Rossopomodoro - a taste of Naples in Covent Garden

One of the challenges of eating out in Covent Garden is to avoid the tourist traps and find somewhere authentic and affordable. Rossopomodoro’s Covent Garden restaurant is in olive-spitting distance from well-known chains Bella Italia and Spaghetti House. I was curious as to what culinary delights yet another Italian restaurant chain can offer the area.

The décor is simple and functional with ceiling lamps, and a golden mosaic tile wood oven creates a kitchen-like appearance.  

The menu is wide and varying. Napoli is famed for its pizzas. There were many ingredients and dish names we weren’t familiar with. Being in an adventurous mood we took the recommendations of the hospitable staff.

Starters:

Aperol Spritz (Prosecco, Aperol and soda water)

Prosecco

Green & juicy black olives and salted yellow Lupin beans with chilli and pepper

Burrata - Fresh and creamy Burrata on a whole-wheat focaccia with slices tomatoes and grilled vegetables (aubergine, courgette and roasted red pepper). Burrata is a combination of mozzarella (providing the outer shell) and cream (providing a gooey centre). When visiting Napoli we over indulge on mozzarella as it has been such a disappointment anywhere else. Here they fly in their DOP Buffalo Mozzarella so we knew we were onto a good thing. The opening of the burrata is an event itself with olive oil and pepper adding the final touches. Each mouthful differentiated itself from the previous one by the varying topping. 



Calamari e Zeppole 
The fried Calamari batter was crisp and light and fried seaweed zeppole were chewy and tasty and added a nice contrast of textures. The lemon dressing was zesty and really made the dish pop. 


Mains:

Gialla, Provola e Nduja Pizza

Liking spicy food I chose this sweet yellow plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy spianata salami and basil pizza drizzled with chilli oil. The pizza dough has a raised soft crust with slight charring and a soft, juicy heart in the centre. The unfamiliar ingredient was the spicy spianata which is a flattened salami sausage smoked over maple wood which has a deliciously rich and spicy and subtly smoky flavour. Unlike other salamis, including pepperoni, the spianata melts, creating juicy meaty pools of happiness.

Cestello di Pasta Mista Cozze e Fagioli 

Mixed Pasta with mussels, cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes, garlic and chilli served in homemade basket of bread. This made for an interesting and subtle mix of flavours. Contained within a pizza-base bowl which remains crisp on the edge and absorbs the juices at the bottom. It is unusual to see Pasta Mista Cozze e Fagioli in London but in Naples it is wheeled out at the end of wedding feasts, at the point where guests think the meal has ended and are so stuffed they can’t eat any more but are always tempted by la sorpresa dello chef, a firm local favourite.


Wine:

We chose Greco di Tufo DOCG, one we are familiar with from our holidays in Napoli. With flavours of wild fennel, sage and white flowers it was robust enough to hold its own against the Gialla, Provola e Nduja Pizza.

Dessert:

Babà a Crema 
It’s stylishly served with a vanilla sauce drizzle and cherries. The sweet sponge cake is so soaked with rum that is oozes out when teased with the fork. This Italian version of the French Rum baba, briskly brushes away the ghostly memories of 1980s wedding breakfasts. 

Delizia 
Prettily presented with consistent textured sweet lemon sponge cake and tangy lemon cream.


Digestif

Nurchetto, apple liqueur.

Much like the cox apple in England, the annurca apple is the queen of Italian apples. It’s crisp, tart and juicy. It lends itself well to the culinary preparations from cakes, sorbets, decoctions vinegar, jams, juices 


The Verdict:

This is no normal Italian restaurant chain - Their unique approach to ingredients they source from in and around the Naples area. Naples is the region’s capital and is famous the world over for their pizzas (think Julia Roberts in 2010 film Eat, Love Pray rather than Mystic Pizza). Their pizza dough has a 24-hour long proofing process and is made with Caputo red quality flour and mineral water they import. They even have a clock on the wall showing how long their dough has been proofed.

Their key to success? Local Napolitan, high-quality ingredients, traditional Neapolitan recipes and professional and passionate staff is a winning combination.

Rossopomodoro Covent Garden address:

50 - 52 Monmouth Street, WC2 H9EP

Book a table online

Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday: 12.00 – 23.00

Friday – Saturday: 12.00 – 23.30

Sunday: 12.00 – 22.00

Heading to Covent Garden at Lunchtime?

Rossopomodoro offers a lunchtime deal: Two courses for £9.95 2 with a coffee and a coppetta dessert for  £2.95. Offer available Mon-Fri 12pm to 5pm, except public holidays.

T&Cs: 12.5% optional service charge. Not valid with any other offer. Subject to availability. Not available on Bank Holidays and special events dates.

Rossopomodoro has other branches in Camden, Chelsea, Hoxton, Oxford Street (John Lewis), Swiss Cottage, Wandsworth, Kingston and Newcastle.


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