With nearly 150,000 followers on Instagram, London’s Clerkenwell Boy, simply called “Tim” to the few in the know, has somehow managed to keep a low profile.
However, he certainly knows better than most what the city has to offer when it comes to food and drink.
Calling his Instagram feed – which was named the “Best Instagram Feed for Food Lovers” at the Observer Food Monthly Awards in London yesterday – “a diary of where I’ve been and what I’d recommend,” the trusted food and travel addict explores restaurants, pop-ups, markets and bars across all cuisines and budgets to help provide recommendations in the city.
Originally from Australia, he told Business Insider that he tries to explore cuisines that aren’t as prominent where he’s from, such as Indian, Turkish and Spanish.
He also tries to use his influence to shine a light on places that otherwise might not get much press exposure.
“I like to help discover small businesses without massive PR budgets that wouldn’t necessarily get reviewed by a big critic,” he told Business Insider.
From brunch to booze, we asked Clerkenwell Boy for some of his favourite under-the-radar places to eat and drink in London.
Ranked according to the number of current traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, from those with the most reviews to those with the least, see his list below to discover a hidden gem next time you’re looking for a bite or a beverage in the capital.
13. "A non-profit restaurant for nearly fifteen years, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant serves honest British food with a modern twist. They're also super supportive of various charity programmes, young talent, and sustainability initiatives."
12. "Oozy Portuguese custard tarts from Taberno do Mercado – definitely worth pre-ordering."
11. "Head upstairs to the tranquil dining room and pre-reserve a few slices of *THAT* brown butter and honey tart at The Marksman Public House."
10. "Drop into this beautiful townhouse for some serious food and wine. Noble Rot is perfect for a date night or impressing your wine connoisseurs."
9. "I often dream of THIS babka from The Good Egg. Look out for weekly specials including chocolate and hazelnut, fig and pistachio, and occasionally a few savoury surprises."
8. "What this tiny eatery lacks in space it certainly makes up in flavour. Venetian classics are refined and plated up beautifully at Oldroyd."
7. "My favourite local bar is at Zetter Townhouse. The whisky sours and vintage vibes will transport you to another era."
6. "My favourite place for an al fresco weekday lunch. Rochelle Canteen is housed within an old converted school's bike shed and dishes up honest British and Mediterranean inspired classics with a modern touch. Make sure you BYO wine as they don't have an alcohol licence."
5. "Forget about cinnamon buns, it's all about these cardamom buns washed down with a strong coffee at Fabrique Bakery. Find them under a railway arch in East London."
4. "Head to Andrew Edmunds for timeless classics and one of Soho's best wine lists."
3. "Winner of multiple industry awards, White Lyan's innovative approach to cocktails is one for those who like to break the rules."
2. "My favourite cafe for an alfresco breakfast. Watch joggers, families and cyclists whiz past the Towpath Cafe. Order a coffee and fried eggs on toast with fresh juices and the local paper."
1. "The best honey glazed ham is at 40 Maltby Street. Head there for lunch on a Saturday and order everything on the specials board. Fantastic wines too!"