Bread Ahead Custard Doughnut

10 favourite things to eat in London 

Custard Doughnuts, Bread Ahead, Borough Market (pictured above)

Butajiru Atsu-Atsu, Koya, Frith Street, Soho

Finca Tamana coffee, Flat Cap/Notes, Borough Market

Malaga Raisin Ice Cream, Moro, Exmouth Market

Blood Orange Granita, Gelupo, Archer Street, Soho

Toasted Cheese Sandwhich, Kappacasein, Borough Market

Reuben Special and Chopped Liver, Monty’s Deli, Maltby Street Market

Slow Cooked Goat with Mediterranean Wheat Salad and Tzatziki, Gourmet Goat, Borough Market

Rhubarb and Cardamom Jam, London Borough of Jam, Hackney

Anything and everything, The Anchor and Hope, Waterloo


10 of the best things to eat in Madrid 

Tortilla, Juana La Loca

Sherry and Tapas, La Venencia

Deep Fried Artichokes with Honey and Soy and Callos a la Madrileña, Estado Puro

Calamares, El Brilliante

Zapatilla, Melo’s

Torrija (at easter)

Cochinillo Asado, Botín

Gambas al Ajillo and Pimientos de Padron, La Casa del Abuelo

Pan con Tomate

Churros con Chocolate


Essential Reading


But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer

Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje


Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermour

Previous Convictions by AA Gill

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin


Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson

Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries

Bocca Cookbook by Jacob Kennedy

Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet

Fuschia Dunlop’s Sichuan Cookery


Will Self’s Umbrella

Hillary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


Desert Island Discs

White Blues by Chet Baker

Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

‘Doctone’ from Branford Marsalis album Requiem

Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue

‘Good By Pork Pie Hat’, Charles Mingus

D’Angelo’s Voodoo

Stravinsky’s The Firebird

Tavener’s ‘The Lamb’

The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis

Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil

Kenny Wheeler, Music For Large & Small Ensembles 


Useful Links

For budding travel writers: Peter Carty’s travel writing workshops

For budding jazz journos: The Write Stuff 

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