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Folly – which has just opened in St John’s Wood – is an absolute beaut of a building. The grand Victorian pub closed in 2004 and was derelict for 10 years before being renovated and reopened last week. It’s a huge space for a pub with three separate areas and restored original features such as marble columns and glass chandeliers, making this place a tad more glam than your average boozer.

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Heading up the new kitchen is Arek Bober, previously at Pollen Street Social, offering a menu of contemporary Lebanese dishes as well as seasonal specials. We recommend the meaty pork belly with butternut squash and Sichuan coleslaw, the sea bass with cauliflower puree and truffle and the dense chocolate tart…Oh and there’s some good cocktails on the list too.

If you’re going to check out Crocker’s Folly, take a tip from us and combine it with a walk along Regent’s Canal, it’s the perfect place to end up after a Sunday stroll.

23–24 Aberdeen Place, St Johns Wood, London NW8 8JR