Katie Gatens

Katie is digital editor for Atlas magazine. Happiest when in transit around the world or finding a new old man pub in East London @katie_gatens

City Casual Meets Industrial Cool At The Factory House

City Casual Meets Industrial Cool At The Factory House

Leadenhall Market is an area of London that often gets overlooked. Not quite slick enough to be considered the City (though clearly in the territory of suited office workers) and stuck on the uncooler side of Shoreditch, it's a bit of a blind spot when it comes to London’s dining scene. The covered…

Passport to Beirut: We Took A Trip Down To Kenza

Passport to Beirut: We Took A Trip Down To Kenza

There aren’t a lot of places in central London you can get a bellydance every night of the week but Kenza is one of them. No sooner had I stepped into this cavernous restaurant under Devonshire Square and started sipping on a delicious Amira cocktail (gin and chambered muddled with raspberries andstrawberries…

Worth Missing The Train? Lockhouse Paddington Review

Worth Missing The Train? Lockhouse Paddington Review

If you go down to the basin today you’re in for a big surprise. Once a cultural backwater, Paddington basin is fresh from a £775 million facelift which has seen thousands of office spaces, new flats and a bunch of restaurants around Merchant’s Square. Once the tired train station that gave its name…

We tried Peckham's newest vegetarian spot, Wildflower

We tried Peckham's newest vegetarian spot, Wildflower

Gone are the days when going to a vegetarian or vegan restaurant in London meant being choked with incense while sitting on bean bags and involuntarily eavesdropping on a conversation next to you about how someone “totally found themselves in the foothills of Kathmandu”. It’s fair to say that today…

The Lampery - London Restaurant Bar Review

The Lampery - London Restaurant Bar Review

'A good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody'. It’s the opening statement on new Tower Hill restaurant The Lampery’s website and the wise words of everyone’s favourite Fire of London diarist, Samuel Pepys. It turns out that his digs were on Seething Lane, just west of Tower Hill and the same…

Chinese Cricket Club – London Restaurant Review

Chinese Cricket Club – London Restaurant Review

Think of a country that's mad about cricket. Obvious answers consist of the three big hitters – the rivalry between England and Australia puts them front and centre on the world stage, and the quasi-religious status of the sport in India makes the Asian subcontinent a no-brainer. But China? At Crowne…

We tried the Gin Experience at The Cavalry Bar

We tried the Gin Experience at The Cavalry Bar

Hotel bars in London are ten a penny, but for a hotel to have no less than three puts it alongside the likes of The Savoy and The Connaught, and even fewer have the next-door neighbours that The Cavalry Bar does. Located in The Rubens at the Palace hotel, on 39 Buckingham Palace Road, the hotel hasjust…

VQ Aldgate - London Restaurant Review

VQ Aldgate - London Restaurant Review

True ‘24-hour city’ status is only bestowed on a few places around the world. New York – the ‘city that never sleeps’, and increasingly, cities like Seoul and Amsterdam are vying for the title. But London took a step closer last year with the advent of the night tube (its first birthday is…

Kitty Hawk - London Restaurant Review

Kitty Hawk - London Restaurant Review

There's an awkward 'no-man's land' gap between Shoreditch and the City. It's not really a destination in its own right, and often the dividing line between cool east London hipsters and the rather formal bankers and City workers, rushing to and from Liverpool Street station. So when The Kitty Hawk landed…