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Food and Nation: Mood-altering Meals at Roast

All those who think that British cuisine is rubbish (you know who you are) go AT ONCE to Roast in Borough Market. This is an establishment that proves the old adage: good British food = simple ingredients cooked well. The service is friendly and courteous and the restaurant itself is very spacious, spread across a wide mezzanine that puts diners on a level with the railway tracks. Where we sat we saw St Paul’s Cathedral across the river, local restaurants below, and of course, our fellow diners. The market itself was largely shut but there was still an atmosphere of tradition and commerce in one of the oldest parts of this great city.

Full Breakfast

My guest had the roast beef Monday Special and SEEN partook of the mood-altering January Special: a poussin with sweet roasted red onions, carrots and beetroot, with gravy. We shared a dish of winter greens and roast potatoes. My guest pronounced the beef tender AND tasty (very often it’s one or the other but rarely both). Her Yorkshire pudding was so light it was practically floating off the plate. My poussin was tender and flavoursome, falling off the bone and the delicate skin was just right. A perfect foil to the deliciously sweet roast vegetables. Cheering indeed, as were the warmed plates that kept our food hot as we ate!

Beef Wellington

To drink, we had a glass each of rosé (English of course), which, though fruity, had dry notes; very nice to go with the meat. I was stuffed by this point, so decided not to have a dessert. My guest indulged, ordering an almond cake. When it came it was more like a steamed pudding, something else that the Brits do exceedingly well. SEEN had a spoonful (strictly for research purposes you understand). It was lovely, with a citrus flavour that lifted it out of stodginess. It was very British in the best sense of the word. We had chilled water in the most beautiful glasses, constantly refilled by the lovely waiters. SEEN will definitely be back with people who, hitherto, have scoffed at the notion of British cuisine. We’ll convert them yet.

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Prep release new single and play Islington Assembly Hall this Sunday

Well, if this isn’t the sound of the summer, SEEN doesn’t know what is – PREP have aired the new video for ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, the first single to arrive from their forthcoming EP ‘Cold Fire’, due out in April 2018. Directed by Tuixen Benet (also behind the choreography for Tame Impala’s ‘The Less …

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Enjoy the Feast of St. Patrick with with a Midleton Very Rare Champagne Cocktail at Corrigan’s of Mayfair

Londoners will know how enthusiastically the city enjoys St. Patrick’s Day. For a different and very luxurious experience of this auspicious day, you might want to try a trip to one of (Irishman born and bred), Richard Corrigan’s restaurants, particularly Corrigan’s Mayfair who will be hosting a full-day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish …

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Art on a Postcard Presents their Secret Auction at The Other Art Fair

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we just love the charitable initiatives set up by Art on a Postcard. They bring art lovers (and it must be said, auction-lovers) together for the support of the Hepatitis C Trust, which is dedicated to raising awareness, ending discrimination and being a hub for information and representation …

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Unflinching: Jenny Wilson releases Lo’ Hi’

SEEN is fascinated by the discomfiting yet necessary vision of Jenny Wilson who has released a new single LO’ HI’, the latest track to emerge from her forthcoming album 
‘EXORCISM’, due for UK release on April 20, 2018 via Gold Medal Recordings. Having previously collaborated with contemporaries including Robyn and The Knife (to whose Rabid …

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László Moholy-Nagy at The Isokon Gallery

The Isokon building in Hampstead has been home to many creative people: Agatha Christie, Nicholas Monsarrat, Adrian Stokes and, of course, leading lights in the Bauhaus movement, three of whom, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy are to be honoured with a Blue Plaque, courtesy of English heritage. There is no better time to …

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Asian Cuisine and South American Fire at Avenue

Never mind the snow, SEEN doesn’t let severe weather warnings come between her and the discovery of a new dining concept. Thus it was that I minced carefully down to the old-school London environs of St James, yet another of those areas in the capital that shows us another side of the city. St James …