Archive For The “London” Category

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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Restaurant Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel – review

Restaurant Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel – review

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 and Dial Restaurant – review

Mercer Street Hotel and Dial Restaurant – review

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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Andaz London for Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Andaz London for Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Originally designed by Charles Barry and his son, Charles Edward Barry, the hotel opened in 1884, after ten years in construction.  It was extended in 1901 by Colonel Robert Edis. It’s this date that gives its name to the restaurant and wine bar. The Great Eastern Hotel, for that was its original name, had its…

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The Dorchester for Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

The Dorchester for Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

I am an unashamed supporter of The Dorchester. It’s iconic and has endured – it’s been around for decades, since the start of the 1930s, and its façade still reflects those striking and chiselled architectural features of the Art Deco era. The Dorchester is a vision of pale grey but its colourful and ever-changing front…

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The Grill at Flemings Hotel in Mayfair – restaurant review

The Grill at Flemings Hotel in Mayfair – restaurant review

Even the address of Flemings Hotel gives a clue to the style and quality of this boutique establishment: Half Moon Street, Mayfair. It’s one of the smartest areas in London, although the eponymous and long-gone pub had a considerable and iffy reputation. Mayfair takes its name from the popular annual gathering which, several hundred years…

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Afternoon Tea at Dukes – restaurant review

Afternoon Tea at Dukes – restaurant review

Dukes boutique hotel is tucked away in a quiet courtyard in London’s stylish St James’s.  It was the winner of “England’s Leading Boutique Hotel” at the World Travel Awards 2011 and it’s no surprise. Whilst its salubrious location is part of the charm it still stands apart from much of the local competition. It has…

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Grafton Hotel, Tottenham Court Road – review

Grafton Hotel, Tottenham Court Road – review

It’s the location of Grafton Hotel that is part of its appeal. Many hotels boast “good transport links” but The Grafton could hardly have a better position. Some guests at the hotel might be fortunate enough to have a suite with a view over an iconic London Underground station. Warren Street tube is right next…

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Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen – Terminal 5 Hilton – restaurant review

Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen – Terminal 5 Hilton – restaurant review

There are many Mr. Todiwalas strewn around the world but there is also “THE” Mr. Todiwala. It’s a familiar name to those who know anything about Indian food in the UK. His iconic restaurant Café Spice Namaste at Tower Hill, and his numerous TV appearances, have assured his high profile; but it’s not his celebrity…

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Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 – hotel review

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 – hotel review

The new and striking Terminal 5 at Heathrow has some of the best shops around as well some as some good restaurants. They range from the casual and humble sandwich bars to the refined dining venues such as Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant which offers a classic dining experience as well as take-away meals for in-flight enjoyment….

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Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar – Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – review

Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar – Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – review

There are lots of sushi bars in London but you will find surprisingly few reviewed here. Well, to be honest I have visited quite a few but the majority have been disappointing. Poor quality ingredients or, even worse, good quality ingredients ruined. Meagre portions carelessly presented have been the rule rather than the exception. I…

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China Tang at The Dorchester – restaurant review

China Tang at The Dorchester – restaurant review

I am indeed an unashamed supporter of The Dorchester. Not that they exactly need my patronage but I want to nail my colours to their mast. It’s quality writ large and it never disappoints. If you are looking for classic service and charm then you will appreciate its every plush cushion and impressive vase. There…

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Mercer Street Hotel review

Mercer Street Hotel review

The neighbourhood around Mercer Street Hotel 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…

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – hotel and restaurant review

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – hotel and restaurant review

London is my home so I admit that I probably have a bias. I think it is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It’s historic, cultural and cosmopolitan, and the celebrated attractions cover a reasonably small area. A well-placed hotel, such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, will have you at the heart…

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