Posts Tagged “London”

Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

Kenza is the Arabic word for treasure and this truly is a subterranean gem. It’s a cool and calm oasis on these sizzling summer days in the city. One can feel the weight of hot and oppressive air lift as one descends the spiral stairs to the exotic idyll below. This Lebanese restaurant is actually…

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Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

I was already an unashamed admirer of this classic steakhouse. Smith & Wollensky ticks all the gastronomic boxes for me, and with decor to bring joy to the very soul of this reviewer of ‘a certain age’. Yes, I appreciate quality, but it must be unintimidating. Yes, I want classic service, but it must be…

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Carl Goes London Islands

Carl Goes London Islands

Carl Goes London Islands is one of a series of alternative travel guide books, and a collection with which I am rather taken. These books cover a selection of destinations and have plain soft binding with just the title on a simple coloured field. They would stand out on the bookshop travel shelves, although I…

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Le Caprice and RA250 Summer Exhibition

Le Caprice and RA250 Summer Exhibition

This is an exceptional summer in London. We are, at the moment, enjoying a heatwave and it’s the Royal Academy’s celebrated Summer Exhibition. It’s rather special this year as it’s the 250th year of this wonderful and sometimes controversial event. And one can make a day of it by having a delightful lunch at Le…

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Ametsa for Dinner

Ametsa for Dinner

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is a unique collaboration between Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012, her father Juan Mari Arzak, and Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez. This superb one-Michelin-star Basque restaurant is found at COMO The Halkin Hotel in London’s Belgravia, and it’s a convenient and worthy…

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Salaam Namaste – Indian restaurant review

Salaam Namaste – Indian restaurant review

Indian food has long been a favourite in the UK. Chicken Tikka Masala is said to be our national dish! But these days Indian restaurants fall into one of several categories. There are the high-end tapas-style of restaurants; we have Indian fine-dining; and we have those restaurants that offer a combination of both traditional and…

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Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

Battersea Power Station has a profile instantly recognisable, to Londoners at least. It was a coal-fired power station, and it was originally two separate buildings, one built in the 1930s and the other in the 1950s. The two stations had similar design and the combination created the iconic four-chimney façade. The station closed in 1983,…

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El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

Mayfair is one of the swankier neighbourhoods in London. It has everything the well-heeled might need: classy boutiques, jewellery, galleries and some great restaurants …expensive great restaurants. And then there is the gem that is known as El Pirata. There isn’t much in Mayfair that could possibly be described as cheap – not even good…

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Pied à Terre for Dinner – Restaurant review

Pied à Terre for Dinner – Restaurant review

This is, at least for me, a box-ticking restaurant.  I guess we all have our own individual preference boxes, but there can’t be too many of those that wouldn’t be garnished with a big golden tick after a visit to Pied à Terre. This Michelin-star restaurant was established in 1991, with the support of the…

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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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JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

Yes, Park Lane is swanky and fringed with outstanding hotels, and all of them are celebrated and worthy. One of the most popular is Grosvenor House with its impressive function rooms and public spaces that are worth another look after a recent refurbishment. But it also has a host of dining options, including JW Steakhouse…

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Opera Tavern for Paella Sundays – restaurant review

Opera Tavern for Paella Sundays – restaurant review

Opera Tavern is a beautiful two-storey bar and restaurant in the heart of central London’s theatreland. Located on Catherine Street opposite the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and seconds from the eponymous Opera House, it’s a stone’s throw from The Strand. Read my dinner review here. Catherine Street has been a thoroughfare since the 1600s. Its…

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Black Roe Mayfair for dinner – review

Black Roe Mayfair for dinner – review

Black Roe Poke Bar and Grill launched in the heart of Mayfair in March 2016 and it’s one of my favourite spots. The dark grey, portrait-hung walls create a cocoon of calm in Mayfair. It isn’t glitzy, you don’t have to be an A-lister to be allowed in, but it is smart-casual, with delicious embellishments….

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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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Smith and Wollensky London – review

Smith and Wollensky London – review

Anyone who has had a trip to the States might recognise the name of this restaurant – or more accurately, recognise the ‘names’ of this restaurant. They don’t allude to mythical partners who might have opened the restaurant, but rather to a couple of names picked at random from a Manhattan phone directory! Smith and…

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Pinocchio Afternoon Tea at The National Theatre – review

Pinocchio Afternoon Tea at The National Theatre – review

It’s snowy in London and it does rather give the impression of a Christmas landscape. At that time of year one’s fancy might turn to a theatre trip with the kids – nothing taxing like King Lear, but perhaps a children’s classic like Pinocchio might fit the bill? The National Theatre has the ideal production,…

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Duck and Waffle for Breakfast – review

Duck and Waffle for Breakfast – review

As Chef Director of Duck and Waffle since 2012, Dan Doherty has received many accolades including acceptance into The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, as the youngest member to date, in 2014. This is a prestigious statement of respect from his gastronomic peers. Sadly, I suspect that very few of the guests at Duck and…

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Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

So, what does one do when a long-loved favourite restaurant closes? Sit in a darkened room in a state of sad dismay? Or, perhaps one visits the newcomer with expectations of disappointment? I did both, but the former, it turns out, was totally over-dramatic and a waste of time, and the latter was unnecessary as…

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Dame Sue Carter – interview

Dame Sue Carter – interview

Indispensable rock of Les Dames d’Escoffier London Dame Sue Carter is the indispensable rock of Les Dames d’Escoffier London Chapter and is the hard-working and dedicated Secretary. She is also the founder, the inspiration for our group, and without her we can truly say we wouldn’t exist at all. In 2009 Sue Carter returned from…

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The British Museum and Google Arts and Culture bring ancient Maya heritage to life

The British Museum and Google Arts and Culture bring ancient Maya heritage to life

Today sees the launch of the British Museum’s collaboration with Google Arts and Culture to digitise and share the ancient Maya collection of Alfred Maudslay, a 19th century explorer who brought the stories of the Maya to the world. This important collection is made up of photographs, casts and other scientific documents created during archaeological…

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