Archive for March, 2009

I had lunch here the other day and really liked the cafe but – sadly – the soup wasn’t up to scratch.

My minestrone was salty, tinny and too small. The vegetables looked like they were from a tin and there was only one or two pieces of pasta. Pontis Cafe Deli

On the upside though it is a really relaxing place to work and I always love the whole Italian diner feel.

I will go back again but maybe stick to a coffee next time.

14 Marylebone High Street (0207 486 7810)

(Also I took this photo of the stair well that leads to the kitchen downstairs – there is a real New York feel to it, especially on a grey day)



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Are these prints on display in the window of the Fine Art Shop on Devonshire Place porn or art?

Spanking with hair brush




























And the outside of the shop…

The Fine Art Shop

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A fantastic place to work and watch the world go by. It also does the most delicious scones and yogurt/granola pots topped with fresh fruit.

On the weekend the place becomes heaving. The best thing about the cafe is that it opens at 8am on Saturday and Sunday – so the first stop for a morning coffee and the papers.

Here is the cafe at 8.20am:











And here it is from exactly the same view from my table at the back at 10.30am…











And there was a queue going right out the door (as there always is on the weekend). My advice? Get there early.

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“Marylebone is the most mis-spelt London place name #geomob”
– Gary Gale (@vicchi)

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When the sun shines I spend most of my time chasing it down cafes on the Marylebone High Street.

One of the best places to catch mid-morning rays is Marco Polo’s cafe (35A Marylebone High Street). It also has some of the best juices and milkshakes around.

The guava milkshake is the most tasty and refreshing – ice cream, ice cold milk and that wonderful soapy texture of freshly pulped guava mixed together.

The tabouleh salad is also delicious, drenched in flavour and very fresh.



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The Wrexham & Shropshire railway is offering readers of The Tamworth Herald a chance to hop on a train to London for £1 from Tame Bridge Parkway. See this link for more details.


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The closed  fire station in Chiltern Street is going to be transformed into a hotel by the ex-boyfriend of Uma Thurman, according to the Evening Standard.

The dashing Andre Balazs has launched a planning application to convert the old red brick, five-storey fire station into a boutique 33-bedroom hotel. Apparently its just one of a number of hotel building booms that will occur in time for the Olympics.

I hope that he keeps the fire station theme – fireman poles in the bedroom, 999 room service, and men in uniforms…. It could just be a red hot success.

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