Archive For The “International” Category

TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

TWG Tea has arrived in Knightsbridge, perhaps the classiest neighbourhood in London. I could not be happier, as I am a tea drinker and I love Singapore. Yes, those two topics are indeed very much associated. This luxury tea brand was established in 2008 in Singapore, in celebration of the island’s great history as a…

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The Drift – Bishopsgate – restaurant review

The Drift – Bishopsgate – restaurant review

The Drift has an enviable location in a contemporary and noteworthy building but in the heart of the historic City of London. Its address is Bishopsgate but one finds the front door on Houndsditch. Yes, dear reader, I was thinking the same thing – that perhaps the owners, Drake and Morgan, didn’t like the shabby…

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The Test Kitchen – restaurant review

The Test Kitchen – restaurant review

I don’t often cover pop-ups. It’s not that I regard them as any less worthy than an established restaurant but it’s just that they are around for only a limited time. The Test Kitchen, although a pop-up, will be around for a while and it’s the prequel to a hopefully enduring restaurant in 2018. The…

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Bōkan for Bottomless Prosecco Sunday Brunch – review

Bōkan for Bottomless Prosecco Sunday Brunch – review

I am impressed with the skill and imagination of Chef Aurelie Altemaire at Bōkan. It’s in London’s vibrant Docklands – or more accurately high above that sought-after neighbourhood. It’s up a depth at a considerable 37 floors! Bōkan is an elevated restaurant in every sense of the word. Bōkan is part of the new Novotel…

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CERU, South Kensington – A Taste of The Levant – restaurant review

CERU, South Kensington – A Taste of The Levant – restaurant review

I knew where CERU was – it’s just around the corner from South Kensington Underground Station; but where was The Levant? It’s actually an historic geographic term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean. It entered the English language from the French in the late 15th century and encompasses countries such as Cyprus,…

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The Happenstance on Paternoster Square – restaurant review

The Happenstance on Paternoster Square – restaurant review

Paternoster Square is a striking corner of the City and owned by the Mitsubishi Estate Company. It is, however, quintessentially English with its location on the left-hand side of the mighty St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome has dominated the skyline for…

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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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The Garden House – a stay with friends – hotel review

The Garden House – a stay with friends – hotel review

The Beaverbrook Estate is vast. The main house (to be completed as a hotel of distinction later in 2017) is baronial. But there is another hotel which is part of this well-appointed complex and it’s unique. The Garden House is on a more human scale than the main house which was once the home of…

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Bunny Chow, Soho – restaurant review

Bunny Chow, Soho – restaurant review

The name might not entice the uninitiated across the threshold, that’s true. One might suspect that it’s only salad on offer: well, that’s chow for rabbits, isn’t it? But on the other hand it could be a menu of dishes made out of bunnies with perhaps an associated gift shop selling rabbitty memorabilia such as…

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Balans Soho Society, Seven Dials – restaurant review

Balans Soho Society, Seven Dials – restaurant review

I have had many a vibrant Brunch at Balans and I am drawn there for the Eggs in Hell – 2 eggs poached in a tomato chilli sauce with a sprinkle of parmesan, and Balans potatoes. It should be a signature dish. Yes, lots of visits to other branches but this was the first time…

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CAU Kingston – restaurant review

CAU Kingston – restaurant review

People say it’s all about location. That’s probably true, as there is no finer spot than CAU in Kingston on a hot summer evening. Sitting outside with just a footpath between the diner and the Thames, one can bask in warm contentment, lifting a glass and the silverware being the only exertions. The team behind…

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The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush – restaurant review

The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush – restaurant review

I live in West London and I can say with a degree of authority that a decade ago Shepherds Bush was, on a good day, seedy. But since it opened in 2008, Westfield shopping centre has transformed the area and the improvements continue, revitalising a whole neighbourhood. The Meat Co has a home here! The…

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Brunch Counter, Vauxhall Arches – restaurant review

Brunch Counter, Vauxhall Arches – restaurant review

One could easily miss it! Counter truly is under the arches at Vauxhall station. Its entrance is understated but don’t pass by. This is worth a visit at any time of day. It has great character and is something of a Tardis. Its narrow frontage opens onto London’s longest restaurant, its 175 covers in a…

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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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Brunch at Balans Soho Society Kensington High Street – restaurant review

Brunch at Balans Soho Society Kensington High Street – restaurant review

I am not naturally an early-morning person. I am not naturally a morning person of any time classification, but I do love breakfast – as long as I am not cooking it. If you are going to go to the trouble of sitting down to a meal at that time of the day then it…

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The Strand Dining Rooms, Trafalgar Square – restaurant review

The Strand Dining Rooms, Trafalgar Square – restaurant review

Located on Trafalgar Square in the centre of London, The Strand Dining Rooms offer all-day dining in smart and inviting fashion.  The dining rooms are open for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre dinner and dinner. They have a focus on British cuisine with a nod to Europe and even, periodically, the days of…

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Adam Handling – Asian Accents – restaurant review

Adam Handling – Asian Accents – restaurant review

(This chef has now moved from this restaurant) Adam Handling has been crowned 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year. That’s no surprise. He is a young man who has already chalked up accolades and praise, and now he has his own name over a restaurant door – Adam Handling at Caxton. St Ermins…

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Caxton Grill – St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s Park – restaurant review

Caxton Grill – St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s Park – restaurant review

St Ermin’s has long been a favourite hotel although I have, in truth, never actually stayed there. One is impressed by its charm before one even reaches the front door. The red brick, stonework and planting all contrive to create a vision from a more elegant era. The hotel foyer is stunning with a sweeping…

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Dukes Hotel Bar for Martini – review

Dukes Hotel Bar for Martini – review

“The hotel bar which some say concocts one of the world’s best Martinis” – New York Times talks about Dukes! There are many great hotels in London. There is a host of memorable boutique hotels in London. There are several with stylish bars in London. There is only one Dukes Bar in the whole world….

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Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier, Singapore – review

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier, Singapore – review

For years it was referred to as Mei Ren Wu (Mei Ren Wo) or “den of beauties” in Chinese, as many rich men housed their mistresses in this rather stylish 1930’s estate. This is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. It was the first project undertaken by the Singapore Improvement Trust and is…

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