Over at Brick Lane's Paradise Slice you can cop tasty New York-style pizza for as little as £3. Noura and Dan, the peeps with the plan, wanted to bring us a taste of the good stuff. They make big ol' pizza pies, 20'' to be exact. They've got the classics like pepperoni and margz, and rotating specials too. But whatever toppings you pick, we can promise it's got the holy trinity of NY 'za: crispy base, tangy sauce, and hella cheesey cheese. It's a pizza by the slice kinda deal so choose your poison (you might need two slices, we did), order a craft beer, grab a high stool, then pretend you're in a Noo Yoark movie.
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The Earl of Lonsdale
You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a Hobbit’s tavern here: the miniature doors and quirky booths in this local boozer make for a baffling entrance at first. This is all indicative of the pub’s character, where you’ll frequently find seasoned locals rubbing shoulders with West London’s young and beautiful. The beer garden out back is huge and well furnished, perfect for a spot of good conversation (with humans or dogs as it happens). The Earl of Lonsdale is a Samuel Smith pub, which is definite cause for celebration - it means pints in the £3-4 ballpark, a rare sight in LDN these days. Pub grub is available but nothing to write home about, though on Portobello a square meal is never difficult to come by.
Inspired by the city-street kiosks of Europe, Monocle magazine brings Paddington a very good excuse to drink great coffee and read glossy magazines all day long. Walk down Norfolk Place in the early morning and try resisting the sweet smell of cinnamon Swedish buns. We recommend doubling up one of these with a coffee by Allpress for a morning with serious va va voom. As for lunch, a range of Japanese-style sandwich boxes will be available on rotation too.
The King & Co
With their middle finger up at pub chains, The King & Co is an independent boozer that loves doing its own thing. The pub itself has a friendly, local vibe but the kitchen is where it’s really at. You see they host a constant stream of London’s most exciting chefs. Guest residencies usually last a couple of months and in the past have included the likes of tapas dons Donostia Social Club and BBQ bigwigs Miss P’s Barbecue. The turnaround for beers and ciders is just as speedy. Cask Ale Club on Mondays offers all cask ales at £3.20 and their Bottomless Boozy Brunch every Saturday is where the never-ending Bloody Marys are at.
Two New Yorkers and a master-pizza chef, Bruno DiFabio, wanted to bring a slice of NY-style pizza to this city, and we quite like pizza, so we're not about to complain. The format is simple: a secret dough recipe, a cold rise fermentation process, award winning mozzarella and Italian grown tomatoes. End result: decent and authentic slices coming in at around £4, with a huge pie at £25. Try one of their New York specialities, the Starry Hope: mashed meatballs, caramelized onion, whipped ricotta, mozzarella and house made pesto.