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Neil Simpson

London writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a writer based in London. In my current job as Associate & Digital Editor for Where London and London Planner magazines, I am always out and about across London in galleries, museums, theatres and restaurants, making contacts and seeing what's new.

I also write about pop music, gigs and London theatre for


Latitude 2017: Theatre Review

Loud, abrasive, truculent, exhausting: As we all know, the present-day Western world is volcanic - but never dull. True to form, the arts schedule at this weekend's Latitude Festival followed suit. At Latitude, the multi-disciplinary arts lineup plays as big a role as the music.

Squaremeal online
Kiln: The Verdict

Thai barbecue joint Smoking Goat was a huge success when it launched in 2014, so we're not surprised that founder Ben Chapman opened a second venture on Soho's Brewer Street last Friday. Inspired by Thailand's northern borderlands, drawing flavours from Myanmar and southwest China's Yunnan province, we had dinner at Kiln last night for a stomach-led geography lesson...


Where London magazine
A Royal Celebration

I edited this 44-page Where London magazine supplement to coincide with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

17 Street-Food Snacks You Have to Try in Vietnam

From the south's frenetic Ho Chi Minh City to the urban maze of Hanoi in the north, the streets of Vietnam are paved with snacks. Ordered from vendors across Vietnam, this street food odyssey reveals the breadth of the country's culinary ingenuity.

Time Out London
The best breakfasts in London

I contributed the reviews of Aprés Food Co and Coppa Club Tower Bridge to this London-wide roundup

Squaremeal online
Squaremeal’s guide to Shoreditch

If you've ever spent time in Shoreditch during the early hours (or, let's be honest, 8pm), then you'll probably agree that this is London's ditch. Scratch beneath its booze-sodden grime though and you'll find a tremendous array of restaurants and bars worth visiting.

Squaremeal Lifestyle magazine
Land of gold

Myanmar travel feature (NB: decision to refer to Myanmar as Burma made by magazine editor after copy submission)

The Book magazine
Music spring 2013

My work as editor and contributor to the music pages for quarterly magazine The Book in 2013

Video presenting

News reporting

Squaremeal online
Two minutes with legendary French chef Anne-Sophie Pic

Anne-Sophie Pic is the only female chef since 1933 to be awarded three Michelin stars, so expectations are high for La Dame de Pic, her UK debut restaurant at the new Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square hotel. Launching today, it builds on a portfolio which includes La Dame de Pic in Paris and the three-Michelin-starred Le Restaurant, Anne-Sophie's flagship in Valence.

Squaremeal online
Farang to open Highbury restaurant on 3 February 2017

With two popular Street Feast operations under his belt, Seb Holmes has announced the first restaurant site for Farang, which majors in authentic Thai cuisine. The restaurant will open at 72 Highbury Park on 3 February, initially for six months.

Squaremeal Lifestyle magazine
Restaurant news autumn 2016

All the latest happenings on London's restaurant scene and further afield in the UK

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