When it comes to wine, China doesn’t have the greatest of reputations.


Pack a bag for your next gin sesh in Notting Hill. The Distillery is launching next month on Portobello Road with a whole four floors dedicated to gin and three boutique guest bedrooms taking bookings.


Holborn Dining Room is a sophisticated spot, boasting some of the most old-school decor in town.


I’m sipping a glass of raisiny red at St John in Spitalfields, chatting to the duty manager about box wine. ‘I remember my mum always got a box in for Christmas,’ he laughs. ‘My friend and I once downed a whole one between us.’


Newly reopened for its fourth summer in a row, Frank’s Café continues to deliver the kind of food that any open-air venue in such a competitive, cosmopolitan city as London should aspire to.

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