The third installment of Russian London will be a tour of Russian restaurants... research for this feature has been great fun! 17th September - The bar crawl started in new and slightly bland Sobranie (='meeting' in Russian) behind Victoria station. The owners were delightful and the food was great... We went on into darkest Knightsbridge to check out 'The Merchants' Yard', which has all kinds of familiar brands... and the nearby Bortsch and Tears, where the owners had gone to San Tropez! But when they do reopen, the garden sounds appealing... We stopped by the Russian Orthodox church... And then crossed the parks to find Abracadabra on Jermyn Street...hilariously sleazy; delightful waiter (Mark 'I don't do surnames') showed off his Russian and enthused about Russian culture ... great fun.
21st - 24th August - Beautiful rambles through the Oxfordshire countryside...through the gardens at Rousham, along the Oxford Canal... popping into several rural pubs...and through the cornfields... more next week!