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Brooklyn in London

I generally resent paying for a cup of coffee--I'm a coffee fiend but I'd much rather make a brew at home with whatever bean I'm currently favouring (coffee of the moment is El Carmen from Pact if you're interested). I find it amusing that people baulk at the cost of a pack of freshly roasted coffee (around £6.90 for 250g) yet will happily pay approximately £2.50 a day for a potentially sub-standard coffee mainly so they can walk around with a drink-thru ... Continue

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Salted Caramel Saves the Day. Again.

Continuing on my gelato riff I decided to head south of the river to Black Vanilla. I'd heard good things about it and was anxious to taste "the finest gelato outside of Italy." Let's get something straight: I judge a gelateria by its pistachio ice-cream. The pistachio ice-cream here is green. Sure, it tasted good but the colour was distracting especially when I was told the pistachio bronte was 50p extra because it was a "premium" flavour. The best pistachio ice-cream I've ever tasted was a dis ... Continue

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Hungry for Hungarian

Street food is now ubiquitous in London which is great as you can eat treats from all corners of the world without leaving our fair city. As much as I love burritos and banh mi, burgers and bao, it's always exciting to stumble across something I haven't seen or tasted before. On a Friday trip to Greenwich I noticed a pizza-looking item and knew immediately that that's what I wanted despite the array of deliciousness before me. A sample taster of the traditional Langos--topped with sour cream and ... Continue

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Blimey O'Riley

Is it nearly the weekend again? What's that? Another week has past? Sorry dear Reader, it's just that in the UK we're experiencing a, how do you say? Summer. So, as the saying goes, one should make hay whilst the sun is shining--or eat ice-cream. Yes, I just can't stay away from the frozen stuff and my nearest gelateria is Riley's in Crouch End. From the regular queues here, I'm not sure they need much promotion but I have to say the ice-cream is particularly creamy and good. Stand out flavour i ... Continue

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You Scream, I Scream

It's been too hot to write this week. I've mainly been eating ice cream. And having heard talk of Ruby Violet, it was the perfect excuse for a jaunt to Tufnell Park. I looked at the website beforehand, and was eager to try the peach and rosewater flavour; alas, this being a homemade ice-cream parlour, one has to choose from what is available on the day. No bother, as the apricot and sour cream combo sounded equally delectable. A scoop of that plus a scoop of lime sorbet was just the ticket. The ... Continue

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A Shady Lane

"Green Lanes? What's so green about them?" I hear you say. Well, I have found a spot which may go a small way in justifying the name. Behind the magical gates opposite Green Lanes train station is a little oasis of calm. It used to be a railway goods depot before it was reclaimed and although not a huge space, when you walk to the end you feel positively miles away from the city--it's so quiet. When I was there, there was a woman walking her dog and someone meditating on a bench. Unfortunately i ... Continue

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Stuck in the Myddle With You

I've got a feeling about Edwardian shopping street, Myddleton Road. Previously most famous for the oldest underpants on display in London, I've got a feeling it's going to be rejuvenated in the not too distant future. They already have a quarterly street market and they also have The Step. The Step is your regular unassuming neighbourhood bar/café/restaurant but it has a real community feel. When I was there ... Continue

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Design for Living

Back in the early noughties, a designer called Tord Boontje created a lampshade called Garland. It wasn't really a lampshade in the conventional sense more of a lamp "embellishment" as the laser cut sheet metal simply draped itself around the rather sad looking lone light bulb hanging from your ceiling. Back then, the item was sold as a limited edition at Habitat. Not only do I remember the price being a little prohibitive but more annoyingly, the damn things kept selling out. To be honest, the ... Continue

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Salad Club

There's nothing like being in on a city secret; it makes you feel like you're one step ahead of the crowd.  Thousands of people eat out in London daily but few visit a secret destination run by food enthusiasts, complete with mystery menu. Secret supper clubs are London?s latest craze.


Feeling encumbered by free time? Join Jen Wight as she leads you on the most minuscule daytrip around! Loiter by the waterways, cycle to the beat of  mum-and-daughter horse riders, look at sheep and excessively binge-drink while making fun of foreigners. You may never take a real vacation again.

Jeremy Paxman Is Wrong

Don't let John Parton's swaggering discursiveness fool you. He may not leave his house til nightfall, nor form an explicitly user-friendly sentence, but he sure knows his way around the city he loves. Read on for the poetical journey of one man's jaunt among famous gravestones, "Georgian money shots," the siren calls of sari-hawkers and adulatory attention of miscreants.

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Kings of Jerky

NFT makes a visit to New Beef King in Chinatown NYC to pick up the ultimate afternoon snack—beef and pork jerky.

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The Village

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NFT Co-Founder Jane Pirone On Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio


NFT co-founder Jane Pirone offered travel expert Peter Greenberg a few NYC secrets on a Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio podcast. ...

Co-Owner of NFT Featured in The Grey Lady


Not only is NFT co-founder Rob Tallia one of the masterminds behind one of the best selling guidebooks in New York, he also likes to take photos late at night, write for a popular blog in Fort Greene, ...

Now Out on Amazon Kindle: NFT Collected Essays: 2005-2010


Follow NFT's intrepid editors as they poke, prod, and explore the cities they work, play, and (gasp) entertain their out-of-town friends in the brand new ebook Not For Tourists: Collected Essays 2005- ...

People will talk

"The Five and Nine is totally mind blowing - I can't recommend this place enough. I've been to a fair few decent venues in my time, but nothing comp ... more

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The Ultimate Web Index

Hundreds of cool London Websites for you..
and well, for them too.

Here are a few samples.


Dog Owners Club

Your London

Chelsea FC

Royal Parks

The Tate Modern