Welcome to Josh’s portfolio. Here you can see a selection of his writing from across the years, and in a variety of genres. Please be gentle.

Book Reviews

Book Review | What Are The Blind Men Dreaming?
There and Back Again: An American’s Tale
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Memory is a funny thing. Memory is something that’s irrecoverably passed, but at the same time, it’s something that we inhabit, and something that shapes us…
Sana Krasikov’s new novel weaves a tangled web of personality and power on the borderlands of America and Russia 
YourWelcome

YourWelcome | Area Guides

Bloomsbury
Richmond
Shoreditch
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Behind Bloomsbury’s calm facade is a hubbub of activity. Nestled between Holborn and King’s Cross, Bloomsbury’s quiet garden squares and handsome Georgian terraces are home to the capital’s intellectual and cultural centre…
Home to London’s largest Royal Park, sprawling botanical gardens, and a leafy riverfront dotted with pubs and cafes, Richmond feels more like a country retreat than a district in London…
The poster child for the new East End, Shoreditch’s rise from down-at-heel to downright cool has been meteoric. The weird and the wonderful have flocked to this part of town, and set up shop in Shoreditch’s old warehouses and tumbledown bars selling whacky cocktails…

YourWelcome | Blogs

Insurance for Airbnb Hosts: Make Sure You’re Covered
How to Improve Occupancy in Your Airbnb
The Bright Side to Brexit
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Ever left an excitable puppy at home? Or a teenager? Or a teenager with an excitable puppy? Imagine what might happen—smashed windows, red wine everywhere, water pouring down through the bathroom floor. At least you know your teenager…
If you could change anything about your Airbnb business, you’d probably go for more guests, right? More guests means more work, yes, but it also means a more successful business and a stronger bottom line…
So, the big day came, and then went, and 51.9% of Britain voted to leave the EU. Since then, rather a lot has happened. Oh, and the pound has plummeted against everything. It doesn’t seem like this cloud has a silver lining, but if you’re in the tourism sector, it certainly does…
Food and Drink

Time Out London

London’s Best Full English Breakfasts
London's Best Full English Breakfasts
There’s no better way to indulge than a lengthy brunch, but man cannot live on avo toast alone. Sometimes you just need a decent full English breakfast. From greasy spoon to city haunt, we give you our pick of London’s best fry-ups and traditional full English breakfasts…

Deliveroo | Marketing Copy

Italian in St. Albans
Sushi in Watford
Thai in St. Albans

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There’s nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of pasta on a chilly night…
Something’s fishy in Watford. And what great fish it is, too…
Thai food in St Albans isn’t just red and green curries any more…

The Metropolist | Food and Drink

Lobster Hot Pot at Shuang Shuang
Honey Menu Gourmand at Plateau, Canary Wharf
Theo’s Simple Italian
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Restaurants all over are celebrating the seasonal change for their menus, and Chinatown newcomer Shuang Shuang is doing just this with their lobster hotpot — because nothing says ‘spring’ like a heavily-armoured crustacean…
You can’t turn on the telly without seeing some Masterchef contestant or another drizzling the sweet stuff everywhere. Honey is the new black (pudding)…
It’s a fine interpretation of Theo Randall’s Italian cooking — simple, well-chosen and tasteful…
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon hits The Savoy
Tonkotsu Heads to Notting Hill
Belgo: the Belgian hideaway gets a makeover
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A literary salon sounds rather grand, doesn’t it? Those of us who watched the recent BBC adaptation of War and Peace might well have marveled at the witty repartee and the luxurious surroundings of Russia’s finest, gathered at a salon to listen to a recital, to see a new work being performed, or just to take in the scintillating atmosphere…
We at The Metropolist can’t get enough of Tonkotsu. We’re addicted to their powerful but comforting broth, their bouncy, hand-made noodles, and boiled eggs the colour of a setting sun. Oh, and who could forget that chilli oil
Moules frites—who doesn’t love them? Plump mussels, sweet and salty and fresh from the sea, garlicky broth, and a mountain of crunchy chips. It’s a dish that inspires nostalgia, calling to mind trips to France as a child

Tasting Britain

Molé Taco Bar
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It would be churlish to go to somewhere called Molé and not try the molé, wouldn’t it now? The sauce comes drizzled on a chicken taco, and it also comes with a warning from the chap taking our order—apparently people don’t know what they’re getting in to when they order it. Challenge accepted…
Arts and Theatre

The Metropolist | Arts and Theatre

The Winter’s Tale at The Sam Wanamaker
Ophelias Zimmer at The Royal Court
The First Hamlet at The Cockpit
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The Winter’s Tale holds within it many tales. It is a tale of families and inheritances; a tale of damnation and redemption; a tale of great cruelty and great love. Skipping as it does between countries and time, it is also between comedy and high tragedy an extraordinarily hard tale to tell…
Artistic depictions of Ophelia tend to focus on her death—think about John Everett Millais’ painting of her corpse floating serenely among flowers. Her life is wilfully elided in favour of a pretty looking corpse…
Limm’s Hamlet judders from whiny teen to Matt Smith’s Doctor on amphetamines. We get the “antics” of Hamlet’s “antic disposition” without ever getting any sense of his disposition…

Oxford Theatre Review

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Beijing Cake
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Sir Gawain tells the tale of the eponymous knight at King Arthur’s court who accepts the challenge of a mysterious man, as green as he is gigantic, to strike him with his axe and, in return, to receive a blow in a year and a day. It is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when asked to consider adapting a Middle English poem…
It is always uncanny to watch someone your own age try to portray a child. Yet more so when said child is severely autistic, dying of cancer, and staring into the abyss unblinkingly, taking from it what scraps of hope she may. And it is still more so when she does it well…
‘Beijing Cake’ ought to be a lot more interesting than it actually is. A play about an American diplomat in China who doesn’t speak a word of Chinese, and her son, ‘Beijing Cake’ has the potential to be a rewarding meditation on different kinds of identity – national, personal and familial. But frankly, it doesn’t live up to this potential…