The Standard Grill, New York

A Meatpacking staple dining destination just off the iconic High Line
by Harry Wills

A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to the High Line. Originally built in the 1930s, it took dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district and raised them 30 feet into the air. From 1934 to 1980 it carried meat, goods and post to the meatpacking district and factories of the industrial West Side. This came to an end in the 1980s and the high line came into disuse. Threatened with demolition in 1999, the City of New York and The Friends of the High line fought to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

What a success it has been! Now a free public park for locals and tourists to enjoy outside space to soak up the sunshine and an eclectic group of pop up vendors and restaurants. These include Blue Bottle Coffee, Brooklyn Soda Works, Delaney Barbecue’s SmokeLine, La Newyorkina, L’Arte del Gelato, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, The Taco Truck, and Terroir at The Porch, an open-air, full-service café with wine, beer, and small plates.

After a gentle beer and ice-cream filled stroll down the 1.45-mile-long show garden from West 30th Street we exited for the Standard Grill at 848 Washington Street. If it is good enough for a world famous rapper to receive a slapping from his sister in law then it is good enough for me, and clearly from the drunken antics it had to serve good cocktails!

We were not disappointed; a huge brunch of Huevos Rancheros washed down with delicious Bloody Mary’s in the penny floored Grill. We had to be rolled into a taxi and despite having the stagger off to  a late night party we left before epic Top Floor at the Standard Bar was opened… next time…

Hudson Yards, New York

Hudson Yards opens in phases from 2017 and includes 14 acres of public realm

by Nigel Gillingham

KaDeWe, Berlin

The largest department store in continental Europe

by Tracey Pollard

The Kaufhaus des Westerns, abbreviated to KaDeWe, is the largest department store in continental Europe. With over 60,000 square metres, trading over 8 floors, it attracts 40 – 50,000 people a day. Whilst full of the typical cosmetics, fashion and homewares you would associate within a world class department store,…

The Rum Kitchen, London

A great example of a restaurant working well on a first floor inward facing scheme

by Victoria Broadhead

Having been to The Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill, I was excited to try out their newest restaurant. Located on the first floor of Kingly Court in Carnaby Village, The Rum Kitchen is situated in a corner without very much else up there. Despite this, booking a table, especially in…

Springer Spaniel, Launceston

Traditional Cornish pub from a former Mastechef winner

by Woody Bruce

On the Launceston to Plymouth road is a new venture by Anton Piotrowski, the 2012 winner of Masterchef and his head chef Ali who have been working together for the past 10 years. Eight of us went for a  family lunch on bank holiday Saturday. From the outside it feels…

Baileys, Herefordshire

Destination homeware store in the Herefordshire countryside
by Nigel Gillingham

Set in a rural location in Herefordshire, Baileys sells a wide range of homewares from kitchen equipment, lighting, 1930’s Bathrooms, sofas and vintage milk bottles.

Located in a series of farm buildings called the Threshing Barn, Stable tack room and Loft, the retail offer has developed to include a café offering tea, cakes and sandwiches along side its vast collection of furniture and homewares.  Alongside the retail offer  is a workshop which uses reclaimed wood to create unique fixtures, furniture and lighting, for private commissions, hotels or shops.

Baileys Home has obviously benefited from the retro and vintage fashions within the homeware and fashion sectors.  However, it’s the simplicity throughout which appeals to me and according to trend spotters there are a growing number of people looking for a more simple experience.  With its ever evolving product line up, you never know what you will find. In fact, you often leave with something you never knew you wanted or needed.‎

Bounce, London

A hip table tennis club and social entertainment experience

by Victoria Broadhead

Zorlu Center, Istanbul

Superb public realm and an enviable tenant mix in this Turkish shopping centre.

by Nigel Gillingham

Mud Dock, Bristol

Cycle shop meets restaurant - a Bristol institution

by Victoria Broadhead

Long before it was fashionable to serve a latte in a bike shop, Mud Dock combined great food and drinks with a high quality cycle shop. Over the last 10 years, the concept has evolved and now includes a deli selling jam and chutney, a bike shed allowing you to…

Omotesando Hills, Tokyo

A mecca for shopping in Tokyo

by Tracey Pollard

The area around Omotesando Hills is a mecca for shopping, specifically the surrounding side streets adjacent to the main retail street, where international architects have designed world class buildings for the world’s top fashion brands. Omotesando has more buildings designed by world class architects than any other neighbourhood in the…

Marunouchi, Tokyo

First class public realm creates a calm, relaxed, atmosphere so contrasted to the rest of Tokyo

by Tracey Pollard

Mitsubishi have over 120 years’ ownership in Tokyo’s central business district and now own over 30 mixed use buildings within the 120 hectares that make up Marunouchi. Mitsubishi have proactively engaged in maximising the retail and restaurants elements of their development which include internal malls, so common with the rest…

Otto Restaurant, Sydney

A Sydneysider's perspective
by Jane Horton

In celebrity interviews, they often ask what would be your last meal ever. Well, for me it would have to be at Otto Ristorante in Sydney, New South Wales. Not for the waterfront views or the sunshine that warms your face as you sit on the terrace with your first glass of wine of the evening, but for some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten. Perched on the redeveloped Fingers Wharf, just east of the City centre, Otto’s Ristorante sits in Woolloomooloo, a once unloved poor residential area.

Gentrification and 30 years later it’s now one of Sydney’s prime addresses. The Wharf is home to the Blue Hotel, which maximises the historic nature of the building with high ceilings, exposed beams and woodwork offering a boutique environment (well worth a stay). This mixed-use site, also houses 300 private apartments and a number of great bars and restaurants. However, my favourite and the one to host the “last meal” would be Otto’s Ristorante.

I would start with the Ravioli of pickled Beetroot, Goats Curd and Pistachio Horseradish which is clean and crisp but with great strong flavours and would follow with the Macceroneini, which is a braised rabbit within saffron tubes of Pasta, I had no idea rabbit could taste so good. I would then skip desert and go over to the Tilbury Hotel, a pub come restaurant, where we would drink the bar dry into the early hours– as it’s my last meal, who cares about the hangover! and 

Bristol Lido

The oldest surviving Lido in the UK

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Mamma Agata cookery school, Ravello

An authentic cookery school overlooking the lemon groves

by Rupert Bentley-Smith

Cookery schools both at home and abroad have become hugely prevalent alongside an explosion in popularity of all things food. These can range from a 45 minute course that’s possible to take in during a lunch hour, to detailed high-end corporate evenings preparing five course Michelin Star food. In the…