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Marissa Hermer’s Little Black Book

California-raised Marissa Hermer is one busy lady. As well as being a mother of two, a PR maven by day and a socialite by night, she also happens to be one half of London’s coolest power-couple (husband Matt is the founder of Boujis nightclub and British neighbourhood restaurant Bumpkin), is one of the stars of SL’s guilty TV pleasure, Ladies of London, and has even found time to co-found a new US-style hot dog joint, Top Dog.
 
We caught up with Marissa to get the scoop on her Little Black Book of London – from restaurants to bars, hidden shopping spots to London landmarks, these are the secret stylish addresses of a lady most definitely in the know.

Food

You’ve just launched Top Dog, a West Coast-style hotdog spot in the West End, but where else are your favourite places to eat in London? 

For me, it has to be Cafe Colbert for the Chop Chicken Salad, Scalini for a cosy meatball supper, Dinings for Japanese, River Café for lunch, and La Poule au Pot or Tendido Cero for a date night with my husband.

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Is there a restaurant you rate for its wow-worthy interiors?  

Is there a restaurant you rate for its wow-worthy interiors?  
Yes, I love The Ivy Chelsea’s outdoor garden in the summer and Dean Street Townhouse with its cosy middle room next to the fireplace. Martin Brudnizki, who designed them, is a dear friend of mine and he also designed our house - I’m clearly a superfan of all of his work!

Talk us through your day of dining, from lunch to dinner. Where would you start?

My husband and I love Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea and Daylesford Organic in Pimlico for brunch with the kids, or if it’s summer and the sun is shining, I’m often outside Scott’s on Mount Street with a girlfriend, the shellfish cocktail and a glass of rosé. Come evening, Chiltern Firehouse never disappoints. I’m always running into a famous face – “Oh hi!” and then I realise that I don’t actually know them, I just recognise them!

Is there an opening you’re dying to try?

I’ve got to get myself to Tom Seller’s Story - I’m late to the game but must get there, I’m a huge fan of his.

Where do you head in search of comfort food?
Cosy comfort food is what Bumpkin does the best. It is always a huge decision between the Fish & Chips or the Pie. Otherwise a take away from Top Dog; sometimes I have a craving even if I’ve already eaten a few dogs that week! Honest Burger, Patty & Bun, and Tommy’s too - I’m really a true-blood American so crave hot dogs and hamburgers at home.

What about family-friendly restaurants in London?

Well of course we do a great kids menu at Bumpkin (trust me, my kids are there all the time!). Poilane is great for lunch tartines and Cafe Colbert for eggs.

 
 
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