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Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch

Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch

Located near Covent Garden in the heart of London’s West End, Eneko at One Aldwych is one of this writer’s favourite eateries. It is a delightfully stylish restaurant and wine bar from the acclaimed Basque Chef Eneko Atxa. This basement space takes advantage of a 2-storey ceiling at one end which offers diners in that…

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Hawkers Bar and Brasserie – finer dining in Kingston

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie – finer dining in Kingston

I live only a short bus ride, or an even shorter train ride, from Kingston. I am there very often for retail therapy at the Bentalls Centre, and a frequent visitor to the large Chinese, Japanese and Korean supermarket. I enjoy the historic daily fruit and vegetable market. But I have never thought of Kingston…

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, London – Kingston Upon Thames

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, London – Kingston Upon Thames

There is a new stylish hotel in Kingston and it’s a Hilton. But why Kingston Upon Thames? Well, it’s a good location for a decent hotel for business or pleasure, in an area which seems to have something of a lack of such accommodation. But why would you want to go to Kingston, anyway? Kingston…

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Montcalm Hotel, Finsbury Square

Montcalm Hotel, Finsbury Square

London attracts tourists and it has done for generations. The city is still an international financial hub; London has a vibrant creative arts scene and an energetic restaurant industry. But where can one stay to be within easy reach of both work and play in this cosmopolitan and magnetic corner of Europe? Finsbury Square is…

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Eneko at One Aldwych for dinner

Eneko at One Aldwych for dinner

One Aldwych is a smart and celebrated hotel and, as its name suggests, occupies the front near-side corner of that sweeping crescent called Aldwych. Eneko is its latest restaurant, taking the basement place of Axis, which I had always enjoyed. Eneko opened in London last year. It’s a sibling of one of the Basque region’s…

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Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

The name ‘lobby bar’ might give the impression that this is something of an after-thought. Perhaps a venue through which to pass. A prequel to the main event. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It now has a trolley! One Aldwych and its Lobby Bar occupy one of the most important Edwardian buildings in…

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Saturday Brunch at OXBO

Saturday Brunch at OXBO

This isn’t my first visit to OXBO and it won’t be my last. Yes, dear reader, it’s a restaurant in a hotel but it has very individual and quirky charm, and food to appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. Its weekend Brunches and Roasts are becoming celebrated and visitors to London couldn’t find a…

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Gillray’s at County Hall review

Gillray’s at County Hall review

As with any building, and as any estate agent worth his clip-board will tell you, it’s all about location. Gillray’s must have one of the best, and it also sits in an iconic London landmark. This imposing white Portland stone building looks across the River Thames to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. The chimes…

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The Strand Apple Apartments

The Strand Apple Apartments

We love to travel, and a stay at a good hotel is always a treat but it’s hard to find that home-from-home feeling. We long for the flexibility of our own kitchen and a sense that we have our own front door. There is a solution for this dilemma, in the UK at least. You…

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The Rib Room – for more than ribs

The Rib Room – for more than ribs

The food scene in London has changed so much over the past couple of decades. We have moved away from that shocking reality of poor quality, few interesting options and culinary apathy. We have some of the world’s best restaurants, the most vibrant international dishes and a huge panorama of choices including beef rib! A…

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Warren House – Kingston

Warren House – Kingston

We might be in London for a short holiday. We see the sights, monuments, museums. We shop till we drop and we are swept along by throngs of others looking for the same delights of retail therapy. But there is another vision of England. It’s that ‘green and pleasant land’ of manicured gardens, country houses…

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Alexander McQueen at The Kensington Hotel

Alexander McQueen at The Kensington Hotel

Well, perhaps not the man himself, but The Kensington Hotel is presenting a delightful afternoon tea that is inspired by the fashion designer who is the focus of an exhibition in London called Savage Beauty. Alexander McQueen was born in London and was known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy between 1996 and…

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Grand Imperial London for dinner

Grand Imperial London for dinner

This recently-opened Chinese restaurant, Grand Imperial, occupies part of a striking building and has undergone a £2m refurbishment. It’s part of the Grosvenor Hotel right next to Victoria Station. The Grosvenor is one of London’s great Victorian railway hotels, which still retains many period features reflecting its heritage. The hotel, formerly known as Thistle Victoria, is…

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Chinese Cricket Club

Chinese Cricket Club

Located on the corner of New Bridge Street in Blackfriars, Chinese Cricket Club couldn’t be more convenient for those using the newly refurbished Underground station opposite. Don’t look for wickets, practice-nets and pavilion: this Club is located inside The Crowne Plaza Hotel. Established in 2009, the restaurant is named in honour of the original Chinese…

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Cheval Harrington Court – Apartment Hotel

Cheval Harrington Court – Apartment Hotel

It’s summer in London! Sure, the weather might be unpredictable but there will be the guarantee of a throng of visitors who are looking for a diverse menu of accommodation options. From 4th June 2014 there is a well-appointed addition to those choices. Cheval Harrington Court is a residential hotel or an aparthotel or a…

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Cheval Three Quays review

Cheval Three Quays review

We travel and we spend time in hotels. Yes, but how often have we had extended time away from home and wished that we had a place to rest our heads that was a bit more like, well, home? A few more amenities would do the trick. Cheval have the answer! Cheval Three Quays is…

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Campfire Cuisine – Grosvenor House Hotel

Campfire Cuisine – Grosvenor House Hotel

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 – St James’s Hotel and Club

Afternoon Tea – St James’s Hotel and Club

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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Restaurant Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel

Restaurant Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel

Think about Old London and what scene comes to mind? Fog, intertwined alleys and hidden courtyards, probably. Iron railings, warm brick, brass plaques. And hotels: yes, every Edwardian writer seemed to talk about hotels. They were the acceptable places in which to meet friends and to dine, when restaurants were less numerous than they are…

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Mercer Street Hotel – Dial Restaurant

Mercer Street Hotel – Dial Restaurant

The neighbourhood belongs to the Worshipful Company of Mercers. A mercer was a dealer in textiles and The Mercers’ Company is one of the 108 Livery Companies of the City of London, established around 700 years ago. These days the organisation is known for its charities and schools but Mercer Street still bears the name…

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