The Bleeding Heart Restaurant in east London has attracted much critical acclaim. Described by Sir Terence Conran as ‘finest French cuisine in London’ and as the most ‘romantic restaurant in the city’ by The Times, this star on the London dining scene is tucked away in a hidden, historic yard in Farringdon. Bleeding Heart Yard is named after the bloody murder of Lady Hatton in 1626, whose body was left in the courtyard ‘torn limb from limb with her heart still pumping’ – a tale loved by Charles Dickens. Gruesome indeed, yet the fruits of the Bleeding Heart Restaurant more than make up for the presence Lady Hatton’s ghost. The décor itself is a treat – we love the beamed ceilings, walls covered with rare prints and handsome crowd. However the spotlight at the Bleeding Heart Restaurant is on the food. The polished, flawless French menu is complimented by an encyclopaedic wine list.