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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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LCF X Liberty: Fashion Forward

SEEN is looking forward to seeing pieces from three London College of Fashion, UAL graduates that are on display in one of the UK’s most iconic department stores, Liberty London, following a collaborative project between the two for Spring Summer 2018 which saw the designers given exclusive access to the store’s new fabric range. Beautiful …

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Marni La Vereda x Salone del Mobile 2018

Last weekend saw Marni La Vereda at this year’s Salone del Mobile. SEEN was very taken by the fabulous hand-made chickens… Las Veredas are tiny urban settlements that develop around one or two streets or cluster of houses giving rise to small rural communities. Each person is a point of reference for the others, sharing …

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Tailor – What If

SEEN loves Electronica and has been enjoying Tailor’s atmospheric ‘What if’. Wistful lyrics overlay a complex and hypnotic musical accompaniment. You need to listen a few times to properly appreciate its sophistication. Raised in Birmingham and now London-based, Tailor promotes an honest and refreshing outlook on music. Fresh on the electronic scene and swiftly laying …

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Oscar Jerome sells out Headlining show at Ghost Notes

SEEN is looking forward very much to seeing the intriguing Oscar Jerome tonight at Ghost Notes. The South London i-D-tipped songwriter has now released the ‘Where Are Your Branches?’ EP. This new five-track collection follows the release of Oscar’s 2016 self-titled debut EP, which drew praise from the likes of Radio 1, Boiler Room, 1Xtra …

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Let the Sunshine In: Salt-Water Sandals

Yes, the sun is here with a capital ‘S’ so time to titivate the toes and get the unaccustomed warmth currently bathing the capital on your feet. If you want a good day-to-night option, SEEN recommends Salt-Water Sandals. Available in a range of fabulous colours, we particularly like these rose-gold-coloured ones. You can walk for …

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Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner launches at Camden Market

What a fabulous variety of choices for vegans at Camden Market: pie and mash, a deli and now a 100% Vegan Diner in the market’s North Yard. Keeping to an American fast-food menu with a unique vegan twist, Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner will serve you The Dirty Burger (served in vegan brioche), Mac‘n’cheeze, or a …