Looking for a quiet place to work and eat? Bored of Starbucks or cramming yourself into the tiny and trendy hangouts that notoriously offer infamous artisan coffee, yet never have anywhere to sit?

If you live in London and you are within reach of Farringdon, ‘Ask for Janice‘ could be your new little spot for some uninterrupted work and interesting food.

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The decor is definitely trendy and in-keeping with that of many cafes in the East, with exposed pipework an brick work, recycled furniture and edgy artwork. However, the service is far from arrogant.

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Friendly and happy staff were happy to greet me upon arrival and I was eating from the breakfast menu within fifteen minutes of arriving. Albeit the fast service, there wasn’t a “rushed” environment at all, I spent just under two hours with my laptop, free wifi, breakfast and various hot drinks before I decided to go.

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The earl grey tea was loose leaf and really delicious.

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The mushrooms on toast with a poached egg was the perfect little vegetarian brunch for me this morning! The poached egg had a perfectly cooked runny yolk, may I add.

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Just be careful if you sit by the door, on a colder day the “wind tunnel” action that occurs down Long Lane could make it a slightly less pleasant dining experience than you had expected, but on a warmer day like today it was welcomed.

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Customers moved in and out of the restaurant quickly, meaning that it never felt overcrowded. However, due to the restaurant being so close to the city and offering breakfasts from 7.30am, I can imagine it’s much busier before 9am, around lunchtime and after 5pm (for their famous gin list). So, if you have a free day, then go during the quieter periods like I did and you’ll have a spacious and uninterrupted work place.

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The closest tube stations are Barbican and Farringdon, so if you are looking for a new space to do a bit of blogging or work, then try out Ask For Janice.

Chelsea is an area of London which is abundant with independent restaurants, quaint cafes and friendly staff. The night before my graduation I headed to Gastrovino on Kings Road with my parents, an Italian which has been described by many as a “hidden gem”.

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The style of food is Italian tapas, but bigger main dishes are on the menu too. We started off with a sharing board, which always excites me as it takes me back to eating in Florence a year ago where the majority of the evening is dominated by foodie related conversation.

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The waiter was quick to recommend a red wine once we had said we fancied a syrah to go with the meal and he got it spot on. The arched walls and wine bottles littering the restaurant just screamed “wine bar”, which added a lovely feel to the evening.

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Generally, I’ve only eaten steak tartare in pricier restaurants, but Gastrovino offer a tapas plate to share for £7 which was such a bargain and so delicious.

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Aubergine Parmigiana

For three people we ordered one sharing board and six dishes to share, which was more than enough. The aubergine parmigiana was comfort food at its finest, a rich tomato sauce with a generous amount of melted parmesan.

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Sea bass carpaccio on the left and calamari and king prawns on the right

As a family, we are obsessed with seafood! I’ve never had sea bass carpaccio before, but it’s a really light and refreshing dish, especially with the mustard and watercress mayo. The sea bass was sliced very thinly and had a perfect texture. For any sashimi lovers out there, this is a different type of raw fish experience, so it’s worth trying out. I could have stayed here all evening and sampled all of the different but I was well and truly stuffed!

Gastrovino is one of those places that you know you’ll be coming back to very soon the moment you finish your meal. A meal for two with wine is around £80 and if my blog hasn’t fully convinced you yet, then the dazzling five-star reviews on Trip Advisor should put this on your London restaurant bucket list.

Take a peak at the website http://gastrovino.co.uk