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Ben Marks and Matthew Emerson tell us about their London

In Conversation

Ahead of Stokey fave Perilla’s refurb (they’ll be back open on 5th March with a new bar, a new menu and a new vibe), we spoke to founders Ben Marks and Matthew Emerson about their London.

What’s your favourite restaurant in London?
Ben: It has to be The Ledbury, I’ve never eaten food that good anywhere else.
Matt: Portland in Fitzrovia – delicious food, a great wine list, a beautiful space and with fantastic, laid back service.

Where do you go to celebrate?
Matt: The Laughing Heart in Hackney because it’s just great, they have a fantastic wine list and it’s open after hours (perfect when you work in hospitality).

Which chef should we be watching right now?
Ben: I’d say Daniel Fletcher from Fenchurch Restaurant at the top of the Sky Garden and Aaron Potter of Trinity, watch this space!

Where do you go for a retail fix?
Matt: Definitely Oliver Spencer.

What’s your favourite dancing spot?
Matt: Rowans in Finsbury Park – partly because it’s the only place around here that’s open late (when we finish work), but it’s also an amazing place, part bowling alley, part karaoke, and with a dance floor!

Originally published on
27th February 2018


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