L'AMOUR ENCORE (Location: 6 Bleinheim Street, Mayfair, London W1C 2CC) £ 


This is lovely little coffee shop tucked away behind Bond Street Tube - a great lunch time escape if you're ready for a sumptuous feast to break up your Selfridges retail therapy day!  The service is great, the owner is very friendly and there's something special in knowing that she will remember your special requests for the next time you visit! My favourite dish here is the winter vegetable risotto - definitely merits an order.  The fresh mint lemonade is also fabulous and there is a delectable array of home-made sweet treats including tarts, croissants and utterly devourable chocolate brownies to sample.  On a warm day, sit outside and people watch whilst completely escaping the shopping mayhem nearby.


Tel No. 020 7 409 0396


HUSH (Location: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London W1S 1EY) £££


Just off South Molten Street, Hush is a great bar/restaurant where you can dine al fresco in Hush's quaint courtyard. The area is buzzing and has a great location, that is just perfect for post-shopping drinks. But be advised to book in advance, as it does get busy.

For starters I tried the asparagus dish and the artichoke dish - personally preferred the asparagus as the artichoke was a bit bland. The vegetarian option is either risotto or a pasta dish, which unfortunately they had run out of when I was there. The risotto was a huge portion but cooked well - not too stodgy. But unfortunately the options are limited. I recommend going, not for the food but to enjoy the beautiful settings - perfect for a dinner date.