What's My Weekend: Jess Patman

Jess Patman is the W Insider at W London, providing exclusive insight into the best of London to hotel guests



After work on a Friday I tend to stay near W London in the Soho area. I love the buzz and the mix of people. First stop is for a pre-dinner cocktail at The Blind Pig (58 Poland Street, W1F 7NS, 0207 993 3251, socialeatinghouse.com). You have to try the ‘Cereal Killer’ cocktail (it’s got coco pops milk in it!).


Dinner would be at the recently-opened Chotto Matte, below (11–13 Frith Street, W1D 4RB, 0207 042 7171, chotto-matte.com). It’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion – I like to describe it as a casual Nobu - and I always order the tostaditas.

After dinner I would head to La Bodega Negra (9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JF, 0207 758 4100, labodeganegra.com) for cocktails and great music. I always go for the frozen margarita ‘Flavour of the day’.


I have a lazy morning, sleep in late and recover from the week. I then head to Brixton Village which has to have the most vibrant foodie scene in London. There are so many stalls, restaurants and cafes to choose from but I have to admit I often end up at Wishbone (Unit 12, Market Road, SW9, 0207 274 0939, wishbonebrixton.co.uk).

I then jump on the tube and head to Barry’s Bootcamp (16 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0AF, 0207 387 7001, barrysbootcamp.com) for a full body class with Lucy. It’s the toughest hour but I always come out feeling amazing.


My favourite restaurant changes quite often, but Coya, above (118 Piccadilly, W1J 7NW, 0207 042 7118, coyarestaurant.com) has been number one for a few months now. From the same owners as Zuma, this Peruvian restaurant and bar hasn’t once got it wrong. I always let the waiter order for me and leave Maria the sommelier to keep the drinks flowing.

If I want to continue the party, we jump in a cab to head up to The Arts Club in Notting Hill (21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ, 0207 598 5226, nottinghillartsclub.com) and make a beeline for the club downstairs. They usually have great live bands.


It may be my home for the rest of the week but on Sunday afternoon, there’s only one place you’ll find me and that’s at W Does Brunch at W London (10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF, 0207 758 1000, wlondon.co.uk). I literally kick back, put on the tartan slippers they give you and really indulge. My favourite dish has to be the truffle mac and cheese.

After spending most of my weekend eating (!), by this point I’m ready for a stroll to look around the shops. I can spend hours in Book Marc – it’s a small bookshop in the basement of Marc by Marc Jacobs (56 South Audley Street, W1K 2QJ, 0207 408 7050, marcjacobs.com).

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