Books for Cooks is a Mecca for cooks, chefs, foodies, gourmets and gluttons, being dedicated to cooking, cuisine and food. The shelves are crammed from floor to ceiling with over 8,000 tasty titles, while a comfy sofa is provided for browsers seeking inspiration. Once discovered, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without Books for Cooks.
The shop was founded by Heidi Lascelles in 1983, when a bookshop selling only cookery books must have seemed a decidedly risky venture in Britain’s culinary wasteland. Heidi quickly gained an enviable reputation and a large international clientele for her willingness to track down books from around the world and despatch them to international buyers in far flung corners.
The lovely shop also smells great, thanks to its ‘cooking the books’ – not literally – but the staff do put recipes to the test in their kitchen at the back of the shop and sell...
1. Relax in Rembrandt Gardens, a peaceful spot with splendid views over Little Venice. The gardens are quite formal, consisting of lawns, shrubs and bedding displays, with beech, rowan and silver birch trees, plus a raised terrace and pathways leading down to the towpath. There are also wildlife areas, and on summer evenings you may see bats flitting about.
Rembrandt Gardens, Warwick Ave, W2 1XB(020-7641 5271, westminster.gov.uk > parks and open spaces, Warwick Ave tube, free.
2. See the world’s longest-running, live comedy show at the Canal Café Theatre, perched on the edge of the canal in Little Venice (above the Bridge House pub). NewsRevue has been running since 1979 and is a mix of sketches and songs that propels you through world news and current events at breakneck speed. It’s performed Thu-Sat at 9.30pm and Sundays at 9pm.
Canal Café Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little...
1. Learn the art of mime at the Theatre de l’Ange Fou in Finsbury. Created in Paris in 1984 and relocated to London in 1995, the school is devoted to the development of the technique, growing repertoire and dramaturgy of corporeal mime, and offers a full range of professional training programmes.
Theatre de l'Ange Fou & International School of Corporeal Mime, Unit 207, Belgravia Workshops, 157-163 Marlborough Rd, N19 4NF (020-7263 9339, angefou.co.uk, Archway tube).
2. Try an unusual eating experience at Dans le Noir restaurant, where you eat entirely in the dark! You can choose between four menus – chef surprise (exotic and unusual), fish and seafood, meat or vegetarian – which are served in a ‘dark room’ by blind guides. The experience is designed to make you more aware of your other senses, such as taste and smell.
Dans le Noir, 30-31 Clerkenwell Green,...