Like it or loathe it - and most food writers fall into the latter camp - London is full of chain restaurants.
Kew Gardens - or to give its full title The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (not that any Londoner ever uses that) - is one of the capital great days out.
The recipes in the book by Emma Spitzer (Fress is published at £25 by Mitchell Beazley) are beautifully photographed and is often about as far from traditional Jewish cooking as is possible to get.
Iberica, a group of Spanish tapas places in central London (and some other UK cities), is what the British refer to as a "Marmite" choice. You either love it or loathe it.
When someone suggested celebrating a special family birthday at L Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden, I was truly sceptical.