Turnips with Tomas Lidakevicius
“Destination dining beneath the arches and amid the buzz of Borough Market.” - AA Inspector
LONDON SE1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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Okay, it maybe set smack in the heart of Borough Market and behind Turnips, the long-established fruit and vegetable wholesaler’s stalls, but chef-patron Tomas Lidakevicius’s debut restaurant (previously executive chef of Jason Atherton’s City Social) is a unique affair, with a high-energy backing track from the sprawling market and trains running above. It’s unpretentious and pared-back in the modern industrial vogue, with concrete floors, dangling lamps, heavy planked walls and metal chairs with cosseting fur throws. Tomas’s open kitchen delivers creative, light, prettily plated dishes characterised by brushstrokes of flavour; think Jerusalem artichoke with scallop and shellfish velouté followed by lamb, black cabbage and chervil root.
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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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