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A famous poet once said: ‘Tired of London, tired of life’. There’s no place in the world with such a creative buzz as the UK capital. That makes London the ideal place for hotspotting. Where to eat, where to sleep, where to shop? Londonista An Bogaerts leads the way.

Island Poké


What? One of the most popular lunch hotspots in town, where Londoners don’t mind queuing for. Main ingredients rice and raw fish may remind you of sushi, but Poké is actually totally different. It is an Hawaïan dish, invented by local fishermen who loved eating their fresh fish immediately after catching it. James Gould-Porter, born in California and a fan of Hawaïan food since he was nine, brought this healthy food concept to London about one year ago. You eat your Poké in a bowl after choosing your favourite ingredients from the buffet: starting with rice (sushi rice, brown rice,..), adding raw fish, herbs, sauces and toppings as there are fresh mango, pineapple, wakamé of dried onions.

Looks? Founder James Gould-Porter wanted to create something different from the typical Hawaï kitsch including bright coloured flower strings and straw skirts. He wanted to show the real Hawaï: the blue colour of the ocean, the scaffolding wood referring to the fishermen and a simple layout to emphasize the colourful food. There are only a few seating places, so for Londoners working in the area, Island Poké is mainly a take-away-hotspot. In summer there is a small terrace outside.

What else? When you head over to Island Poké at lunchtime, you immediatley recognize the place by the long queue. But do not let that queue scare you away. Service is a well-oiled machine, and this healthy bowl at 8,85 pounds is worth the wait. After paying your order, do not forget to pass by the different sauces!

INFO Mon to Fri from 8am to 8pm, Sat from noon to 8pm, Sun from noon to 7pm

8 Kingly Street
W1B 5PQ Soho

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info@islandpoke.co.uk website

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