Elena Bowes

New York-London design & culture writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

Hots Spots in King’s Cross, Marylebone and yes, sleepy Fulham

November 13th, 2015
London Neighborhoods

No sooner had I gotten a snap of me and Michelin starred chef Bruno Loubet (see above) at his yummy Grain Store in King’s Cross then I was practically face to face with Renee Zellwegger filming Bridget Jones III on Granary Square.


Could life get any better for someone whose teenage dream was to be People Magazine’s star reporter?

King’s Cross is London’s new foodie heaven, and if you don’t believe me, read this article in Indagare (written by, well, me). Here’s a starter from my lunch at Grain Store: Baked beetroot carpaccio, fermented beetroot dressing and spiced labneh. Don’t let mystery ingredient ‘labneh’ discourage you, the dish was delish.


How about some grilled octopus with green tomato, miso, chilli & lime?


Grain Store is just one of many terrific places to eat in King’s Cross. From Hanoi Kitchen street food  to Europe’s longest champagne bar to the ornate and very British Gilbert Scott restaurant, King’s Cross has your taste buds covered.

Next up is Marylebone (again more detail in Indagare) where I fell in love with the utterly chic, eccentric and affordable Zetter Townhouse. Below is an onyx lit bathroom.


Chinoiserie peacocks anyone?


Marylebone has some one-off boutiques worth visiting. Here’s Jose Urrutia, founder of leather goods shop La Portegna.


These men’s suede travelling slippers come in forest green, tan and navy. Pretty nifty.

Below is Urrutia’s grandmother with Ernest Hemingway on a  boat trip between Plymouth and Bombay in 1933. The two were great friends and keen travellers, an inspiration for this travel accessories shop.


From Marylebone we move west to village-y Fulham where the locals couldn’t be  friendlier.


Live like a local and get your heartbeat going at Ride Republic.


You’ve earned that Michelin starred meal at gastropub…



Bon Appétit!

November, 2015