London’s Soho has been a red-light district for hundreds of years. You don’t need to consult the history books to learn about its seedier side: Neon signs for strip shows, sex toys and “models” are openly on display.
Florence Knight, one of London’s most feted young chefs, plans to open a restaurant in the city’s Soho nightlife area as restaurateurs Russell Norman and Richard Beatty expand their group of New York-style venues.
Noma received 100,000 e-mail booking inquiries the day after being named the world’s best restaurant on April 26 and now has suspended online booking, according to one of the directors, Peter Kreiner. Not that it matters. Noma, which seats 42, is full until its July 18-Aug. 10 summer break.
Jason Atherton , the British chef who created the Maze restaurant chain for Gordon Ramsay before quitting last month, has opened a restaurant in Shanghai serving modern European dishes in tapas-sized portions.
It’s easier to get an indecent proposal than a decent meal in Rupert Street. There’s a couple of peep shows and a Prowler sex shop, and I’m sure those guys in hoods on the corner all evening aren’t selling dreams.