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Gluten Free Pizza at GB Pizza, Exmouth Market

The London branch of Margate pizza restaurant GB Pizza makes gluten-free pizza bases – and they’re a damn lot better than the usual carboard catastrophes. The Telegraph’s Zoe Williams called them “outrageously edible”. Hurrah! Made off-site by gluten-free chef Annie, they handle cross-contamination with care, but do warn that they are a “wheaty” environment. Toppings feature top-notch ingredients in simple combinations: charcuterie from Brixton’s Cannon & Cannon, British mozzarella and Kentish vegetables. It all rounds off with flavour-packed gelato from Soho’s Gelupo. We all scream for ice cream, as they say.   GB Pizza, 50 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE greatbritishpizza.com

Skylon, Southbank

Skylon is one of the more upmarket eateries on London’s Southbank, situated above Royal Festival Hall, but importantly not in the sky. It’s part of the D&D London chain, who run thirty restaurants across the capital. Despite not being in the sky Skylon does offer some pretty impressive views across the Southbank making it just about perfect for a people-watching lunch. The menu is very varied presumably to cater for the Southbank clientele (tourists). There are fine dining dishes amongst the ‘Skylon burger’ and charcuterie plates to start. It’s a mash up… Although it doesn’t appear to know exactly what it is, the food we tried at Skylon was all fantastic. We began with the charcuterie plate to share, which was absolutely huge with a broad range of cured meats, pate, a celeriac remoulade and cornichons all served with toasted foccaccia. I have no shame in admitting I devoured the whole lot (with help). For mains I chose the salmon which came with a hat of pesto and teeny tiny vegetables for borrowers. My companions …

Scallop carpaccio, baby artichokes, lemon

The Avenue, Mayfair

There are a few occasions throughout the year which I feel warrant a little celebration, presents and a posh meal, and Valentine’s Day is definitely one of them. I know, I know, it’s commercial rubbish designed to empty your pockets and fill your home with red sparkly heart shaped merchandise that neither of you ever needed or wanted, but I quite like to cast all that aside for the day because I have found that if you do you may find that actually, it’s just a little bit nice… This year therefore the boy and I decided to push the boat out a little and try out swanky Avenue restaurant on St James’s Street for dinner. The kitchen is led by Finnish chef Kimmo Makkonen, and specialises in Modern European food. He had created a five course Valentine’s Menu for the evening, priced at £45.00 per person. The glass fronted restaurant has a minimalist feel to it, yet avoids feeling clinical with colourful seating and artwork. It’s an elegant looking place, and was perhaps more so …