Q & Eats – A Lady In London At Lantana


You may recall that at the last FW Awards there was a new one created for best blog/site and the winner was A Lady In London. Who better then to appear on the latest Q & Eats.

We met at Lantana for a late brunch. Lantana is excellent, great food, lovely space and the tea was fantastic. I often feel that the mark of how good a place is going to be is in the way the small simple things are done. This is a good test as it shows how much attention to detail they pay to the service and food.


Service is warm and friendly, we were greeted with a smile and they didn’t mind us not being in a hurry even though as ever it was busy and lively. Also the service was very attentive, without being overbearing, and that is always a difficult balance.

The food is a mix of old classics and modern ideas all delivered in tasty style. It was recommended in so many guides and on sites, and I now know why, I’ve been back a couple of times since. I recommend you go.


Anyway on to the topic at hand, When you have an excellent travel writer who also runs social media master classes for the Guardian you have to talk about more than the excellent mushrooms on toast.

Fave Designer – Coco Chanel

Heels Or Flats – Flats

Dress To Impress Or Casual – Every day casual unless I’m inspired

Print Or Plain – Plain but I like to mix it up once in a while

Best Thing You Bought – Ralph Lauren coat, its herringbone and I found it in Vernon Market in Norfolk

Can A T-Shirt Save The World – No, but it can try

One Idea To Change The World – Access to high quality education for all

Saying You Live By – Love what you do, and if you don’t find something you do and do it

What Is The Best Way To Pack For Travel – Roll clothes, it saves room

Ever been to Benidorm – No

Best Souvenir – A pair of earrings for the souk in Marrakesh

Best Piece Of Travel Advice – Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track

Anywhere You Wouldn’t Go Back To – Canary Islands, Playa De La Americas

What Thing About California Would You Give To London – The Wine

What Thing About London Would You Give to California – The Pub Culture

49ers Or Chargers, Def Not Raiders? – 49ers all the way, and yes she did have a poster of Joe Montana on her bedroom wall

What Makes a Burrito “Mission” Style – I don’t know (nobody does, life’s great mystery)

Ketchup Or Mayo – Ketchup

Song That Gets You Dancing – The Locomotion

Best Breakfast – Huevos Rancheros

Fave Muppet – Kermit

Who Would Be Your Celeb Parents – Judi Dench & Jack Nicholson

Fave Poem – Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Day – Robert Frost (read it at the bottom)

Mayor For A Day What You Doing – A giant fireworks display

Book To Read – The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald

Piece Of Advice  – Don’t put off living the life you want

And you can find Julie at all the following

Web – aladyinlondon.com

Twitter – @aladyinlondon

Insta – aladyinlondon

Facebook – aladyinlondon

And you can find all the details on upcoming classes and there details here

And of course, the poem

Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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