Best of the Week: It's a London Thing
Helmed by Brunswick House’s Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke, St.Leonard’s Restaurant is a favourite within London’s creative scene. The restaurant’s pared back aesthetic is reflected in the menu’s wonderfully simple cuisine, where fresh ingredients reign supreme. Designed by Fabled Studio; the space is “monastic, arboreal, and chic” — and is basically just a breath of fresh air in the heart of buzzy Leonard Street.
Following a successful summer program with Giant Steps Hackney, the guys at Brilliant Corners are getting ready for a truly stellar winter season with a supporting cast of good food, good music, and strong local talent. This Dalston favourite serves up delectable Japanese cuisine in a moody izakaya inspired setting; and is the perfect spot for a seamless transition from dinner to dance floor. It’s so easy to spend an entire night at Brilliant Corners, especially with live music serenading you in the early evenings and deep rolling bass lines inviting you to stay a while longer.
Since we’re celebrating a little bit of history this weekend, why not explore one of London’s most underrated heritage houses? Located in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Sir John Soane's Museum gives us a wonderfully strange peek into the life of one of England’s most eclectic architects. You’ll easily get lost in the house’s maze-like space, and you’ll even find a room/Pharaonic tomb, filled with tiny architectural models and an Egyptian sarcophagus. The museum is a kind of Victorian-era version of ‘Hoarders’; but instead of cheap angel-faced ceramics — we find a curious selection of rarefied architectural and archeological artefacts — including a custom-built bath that John Soane turned into a Canopic time-capsule.