Archive For The “London” Category

COMO The Halkin for Afternoon Tea by Ametsa – restaurant review

COMO The Halkin for Afternoon Tea by Ametsa – restaurant review

Who doesn’t enjoy a good afternoon tea? It’s a delicious British institution and comforting. We know exactly what to expect – a 3-tier stand with sandwiches on the lowest deck, a few scones in the mid-section and an array of sweet treats on the top. It’s traditional, and marvellous when done well. But one might…

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Georgian House Hotel Upcycled Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Georgian House Hotel Upcycled Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Georgian House Hotel is Five-star in every regard (read my review here). It’s a cosy boutique bed-and-breakfast with the addition of a delicious and worthy afternoon tea in their Pimlico Pantry. Upcycled Afternoon Tea! The new Upcycled Afternoon Tea is prompted by the best of motives, but it also ticks all the boxes for those…

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Georgian House Hotel – Victoria and Pimlico – review

Georgian House Hotel – Victoria and Pimlico – review

London is blessed with a wealth of hotels and B&Bs. Yes, we have a great many but they are of variable quality, so it’s always wonderful to find a little hospitality gem. The Georgian House Hotel near Victoria is just that. Built in 1851, by the present owner’s great great grandfather William Chinnery Mitchell, the…

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Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch – restaurant review

Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie: finer dining in Kingston – restaurant review

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 – review

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, London – Kingston Upon Thames – review

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 – hotel review

Montcalm Hotel, Finsbury Square – hotel review

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 – restaurant review

Eneko at One Aldwych for dinner – restaurant review

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 – bar review

Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych – bar review

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, Bankside – restaurant review

Saturday Brunch at OXBO, Bankside – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Gillray’s at County Hall – restaurant 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 – hotel review

The Strand Apple Apartments – hotel review

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 – Knightsbridge – restaurant review

The Rib Room – for more than ribs – Knightsbridge – restaurant review

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 – hotel review

Warren House, Kingston – hotel review

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 – restaurant review

Alexander McQueen at The Kensington Hotel – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Grand Imperial London for dinner – restaurant review

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, Blackfriars – restaurant review

Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars – restaurant review

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, Kensington – Apartment Hotel – review

Cheval Harrington Court, Kensington – Apartment Hotel – review

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, Tower Hill – hotel review

Cheval Three Quays, Tower Hill – hotel 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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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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