“Elegant Californian dining in downtown Soho” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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Victor Garvey brings an authentic slice of California and touch of class to Dean Street at the intimate SOLA, where pale slatted-wood walls, greenery lined windows and warm pendant lighting evoke memories of The Golden State. The contemporary cooking of America’s Pacific West Coast is served from an open kitchen via tasting-menu format complete with a dash of theatre. Top-notch ingredients, precision and bold flavours characterise dressed-to-thrill dishes – a trio of wild Pacific salmon (roulade, terrine and ballotine), or the silkiest foie gras, innovatively teamed by stoned fruit, yuzu and smoked duck, while a finale Millot 74% (dark chocolate) is paired with passionfruit, peanut and caramel. Superb Californian-focused wines.
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- Closed: Sunday, Monday
- Cuisine style: Californian
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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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