Thomasina Miers on her favourite restaurants and bars in London

London lover: Thomasina Miers at Wahaca in Upper Street: Matt Writtle

Thomasina Miers may not be hands on in the kitchen as much as she was, but with more than 20 branches of Wahaca across the UK, plus numerous other projects on the go, she still spends a lot of her time in restaurants.

When she’s not in one of her own sites, she enjoys hoppers, whisky sours and thin crust pizzas. Plus a bit of Mexican.

Where do you like to grab a quick bite?
I spend my time dashing around between my restaurants so when not eating there I usually pick up something from a street food stand I happen to be passing, or I am rather partial to a sausage roll from Ginger Pig.

And which would be your ultimate London restaurant for a special occasion?
At the moment (it does change) I am nuts about Spring and the Portland — both serving very beautiful looking, seasonal, spoiling food using wonderful ingredients. Pidgin is also a fantastic, crazily creative and wonderful little spot in Hackney. And always The Clove Club too.

Top pick: The Clove Club

You often get out of work late. Where do you head to eat and drink?
It will usually be Quo Vadis, Barrafina, Hoppers or Hix bar.

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What’s your favourite local gem?
I really love Hereford Road and Dock Kitchen, both close to me and the pizzas at The Oak on Westbourne Grove are delicious with a very thin crust and great toppings.

Where do you go to cure a persistent hangover?
Anywhere Mexican – tacos are the cure for all hangovers…

Late spot: Barrafina

What’s your favourite cocktail, and where do you drink it?
A whisky sour, at either Quo Vadis, The Groucho Club or Hix.

Where do you rate for food shopping?
My local market in Queen’s Park is brilliant. La Fromagerie and Neal’s Yard for cheese. Fortnum’s, Amathus and Salusbury Wine Store for liquor.

Your favourite pub?
Having just had my third child it is scary to admit how long it has been since I was in an old-fashioned boozer – I do love my ales, so much more delicious than so many micro-brewed bottled beers that are being made.

What’s the most indulgent experience you have ever had in London?
Tom Bartlett, a genius architect and great friend, hired The Clove Club to come and cook a private dinner in one of his new projects — it was the most delectable experience ever.

Imagine you had a surprise day off tomorrow. You can’t leave London. What would you do?
Aaagh, the pleasure! The luxury! The joy! I would visit as many galleries as I could in a day eating my way around London as I went… London really is the greatest city on earth.

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