Archive For April 2013

JW Steakhouse at the Grosvenor House Hotel – review

JW Steakhouse at the Grosvenor House Hotel – review

The restaurant is as big as the portions for which it is famed. JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane is characterful. Those visiting for lunch will appreciate views over sunny (if one is lucky) Hyde Park. Night brings a city ambiance of passing headlights and restaurant low-lights. It’s difficult to make a…

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Afternoon Tea at St James’s Hotel and Club – restaurant review

Afternoon Tea at St James’s Hotel and Club – restaurant review

St James’s Hotel is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful hotels in London, a city that has some of the most beautiful hotels in the world. It’s a boutique hotel set in a Victorian townhouse but its red brick and ornate stonework make this a jewel in an already glittering city crown. St…

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Peranakan Food and Culture, and The Blue Ginger Restaurant – review

Peranakan Food and Culture, and The Blue Ginger Restaurant – review

In the 15th century some city-states on the Malay Peninsula paid taxes to China and Siam, now Thailand. There is a legend that the Emperor of China sent a princess, Hang Li Po, to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of appreciation for his tribute. The 500 nobles and their servants who accompanied the…

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Clockjack Oven, Soho, for Chicken – restaurant review

Clockjack Oven, Soho, for Chicken – restaurant review

A roasting jack was a machine popular in Tudor times. It was a mechanism for rotating meat on a skewer or spit. Often it was a kitchen menial who had the sweaty job of slowly turning the meat in front of a roaring fire, and sometimes it was even a dog on a treadmill that…

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Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason – restaurant review

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason – restaurant review

London! What do we think of? Historic continuity, elegance, refinement – and tea. So much of what visitors seek in this capital city includes one or several of these qualities, and there are a few places that will enable tourist and local alike to enjoy all of them. Fortnum & Mason is just such an…

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Naga Pan-Asian restaurant, Kensington – review

Naga Pan-Asian restaurant, Kensington – review

[This venue is now closed] One could easily miss Naga and that would be a shame. It’s tucked down a side road off Kensington High Street and its entrance doesn’t give much of a clue to the style of restaurant within; but it’s a bijou revelation. The bar is at the front and at street…

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Park Regis Hotel, Singapore – travel review

Park Regis Hotel, Singapore – travel review

Singapore is blessed with hotels of every comfort hue. There are a few cheap and cheerful (if you are lucky) small hotels and a wealth of high-end spots to lay one’s travel-weary head. But as with property of any kind, it’s location, location, location that adds the word ‘memorable’ to ‘comfort’. Park Regis Singapore is…

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House of Roxy, Putney – restaurant review

House of Roxy, Putney – restaurant review

Putney has been a bit of a culinary wasteland, with a couple of exceptions – Ma Goa for Indian, for instance. But now it has a restaurant and speakeasy for late-night revellers, as well as those looking for lunch outside the office or for a break from shopping. Here we find the House of Roxy!…

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