Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Live; Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Live; Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today

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Breakfast notes


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Toddlers yell. Flustered parents who work in the media ignore them. The noise! It is not the best place for a hangover. Everything is bright.

So bright! Why do you have to queue to order?

Your correspondent is tempted to leave.

And yet - is that elegant memoirist Lady Liza Campbell in the corner, deep in conversation with up-and-coming novelist Philip Womack? Is that gremlin-like journocum-playwright Toby Young besieged by small creatures that appear to be his children? Is that actress Tamsin Gregg looking bohemian and graceful in the corner? Have I stumbled into the Groucho of Kensal Rise?

What could it be that these people find here?

I await an age for my food - but what a pleasure it is when it arrives!

Eggs are runny of yolk and crispy of edge; the toast is little slivers of buttered perfection; the bacon, clumped with a glueyness of baked beans, is like a remnant from some medieval feast - primal and hearty. The almond croissant is fluffy and sprightly, like a young boulevardier taking his first walk on a spring morning in Paris, arm-in-arm with a flighty young filly who won't go further than a kiss.

One can forgive the wait.

And the toddlers. The food's worth it. I'll bide my time.

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Take me out tonight


Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, W12. 6.30pm to 11pm. 0870 771 2000 or visit Most of the NME Awards Shows have been an instant sell-out this year and tickets are like gold dust, but there are still a few left for The Young Knives' gig tonight at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch's finest will be joined on stage by The Rumble Strips, Datarock and Foals.


When London Underground makes it possible to use your phone on the Tube, can we have a quiet carriage please?

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