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  Dear Readers, apologies it’s been so long since I’ve posted here. I launched a new blog called Riding the Wave (hope and joy in changing times) some months ago and have been devoting much time to that: http://carlrodrigues.wordpress.com/ To make it up to you, here’s a gem of a curry suggestion for those who [...]

Curry Awards

Dear Readers, it’s been a while since I featured food here, so in the form of a very unofficial awards ceremony, here’s a hatrick of great value Indian food in London. Authentic Curry – Indian YMCA Run as a student hostel, the Indian YMCA, near Warren Street, hosts people from India and caters for their [...]

Counter Cafe

Described as London’s best kept secret, The Counter Cafe serves up delicious food and coffee in a unique location. Housed inside a spacious art gallery complete with lovely brickwork, a canal runs alongside the seating area. It offers the best view I’ve yet experienced of the Olympic Stadium, literally opposite, but no so close as [...]

Lady Blonde

LadyBlonde.com connects discerning busy Londoners with the “very best that London has to offer in the world of going out, entertaining, hospitality, parties and events.” Integrating a quirky search tool, a live table booking service and an invite-only membership facility, it helps Londoners source entertainment ideas without being overwhelmed. Members can obtain deals at, and access [...]


Launched in March, LoveThis helps people share, organise and remember recommendations from their friends, quickly and easily. It uses the internet and social media to make word-of-mouth more efficient. Expert advice is also made available. Products and services covered are varied including websites, apps, restaurants, bars, plumbers etc http://lovethis.com/

Hidden Tea Room

One of the most popular entries on Happy Scrapbook was for Secret Cinema, and the feature on Underground Supper Clubs also went down well. Next up is the Hidden Tea Room hosted at a secret location in London for Traditional Champagne Afternoon Teas. The entire room can be booked for events or it presents an opportunity [...]


Opened earlier this year, Koya specialises in Japanese Udon Noodle dishes, recommended by my Japanese friend who knows her noodles! This place will appeal to all you foodies out there who love to find something authentic, healthy and different. I lapped up my hot broth with 3 different types of seaweed, noodles and poached egg on [...]

Drink Shop Do

Drink Shop Do is a new design shop and café bar selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and home wares. An eclectic range of evening events include talks; (e.g. founder of Etsy talking on the 14th Sept) the opportunity to get creative yourself and no doubt connect with like-minded people over a cocktail, [...]


Readers from way back will remember Happy Scrapbook’s excitement on discovering multi-award-winning Mexican eaterie Wahaca, and whilst newly opened Lupita near Embankment cheekily claims to be London’s first authentic Mexican experience, this town’s big enough for the both of them. A similar menu offers fresh ingredients; my guacamole was lovingly prepared at my table; and [...]

Indali Lounge

When in India last year, I became very used to eating curries made with a finely balanced blend of spices. Indali Lounge is a rare find in London, offering the same attention to the delicate balance of spices and herbs according to Ayurvedic tradition; avoiding the usual calorie-laden blend of ghee and cream, whilst being [...]