If you’re a surviving member of the British Establishment, hold on to your monocle lest it plop into your champagne flute. Rich Russians are not just taking over Mayfair, they’re taking over from ‘Made in Chelsea’, too. It’s only two episodes in, but this highly tongue-in-cheek documentary following the lives of London’s oligarch byproducts really packs in the inadvertent laughs. If you find Caggie et al grating and self-obsessed, this superbly tacky and over-the-top collection of subjects is a stiff and refreshing tonic.
Naturally, outrageous displays of extravagance are to be expected – one couple (she’s an aspiring pop star, he’s a billionaire) take a private jet to Birmingham just to eat at their favourite curry house. But what’s unexpected – and brilliant – about ‘Meet the Russians’ are the surreal heights it reaches. One anecdote ends with the words ‘And then I had to bury the squirrel and trash the doll’. No scripted-reality show could ever come up with gold like that, surely?
A Portuguese restaurant in Stockwell, Campino is from a family that's been running London restaurants since '95. Expect traditional Portuguese breakfasts followed by Mediterranean dishes at lunch and dinner, many with a Portuguese bent. That means a menu ranging from grilled sardines, tricolore salad and bruschetta to T-bone steaks, grilled spare ribs, diced pork with sauteed potatoes and baby clams and espetada Madeirense – a traditional Madeiran skewer of meat here served with chips and salad. Salted grilled cod, octopus, tuna steak and whole grilled sea bass also feature.
Venue says: “Open for coffee and pastries in the morning and classic Portuguese dishes for lunch and dinner. Just minutes from Stockwell station.”