Archive For The “London” Category

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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Big Ben, London Bus and Afternoon Tea at The Howard – restaurant review

Big Ben, London Bus and Afternoon Tea at The Howard – restaurant review

(This hotel has now closed) Londoners love London. Tourists love London. It’s a city that is vibrant but with nooks of tranquillity, historic with a veneer of contemporary, a city for the young and young at heart. A magnet for families and couples. A dream destination for the discerning. And now London offers one more…

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The Dorchester – for breakfast – restaurant review

The Dorchester – for breakfast – restaurant review

It’s one of London’s most iconic hotels. Ask any local or tourist to name a couple of the most famous hotels in London and the Dorchester is liable to be one of those mentioned. It’s been around for a while, since 1931, so it deserves the accolade of Classic with all the positive connotations that…

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Atlantico at The Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel – review

Atlantico at The Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel – review

The Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel is a 4-star hotel in one of London’s most iconic of locations. It’s conveniently placed just a few yards from the River Thames with views over Battersea Park. This is an up-and-coming neighbourhood with stylish apartment blocks giving an air of affluent big-city life. The hotel offers easy access to…

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Perrier-Jouët Champagne Lounge at Dukes Hotel – review

Perrier-Jouët Champagne Lounge at Dukes Hotel – review

Dukes Hotel is found unobtrusively tucked away in one of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. The stunning building graces a quiet corner of St. James’s and is a stone’s throw away from Clarence House. In fact the site can trace its history back to 1532, and around the 1660s the courtyard in front of today’s Dukes…

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Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill – hotel review

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill – hotel review

London is indeed one of the world’s great cities. It’s a magnet for tourists from every corner of the globe. They come to visit famed monuments, museums stuffed with priceless antiquities, galleries hung with portraits of the famed and fabled, and a nice bit of shopping. It’s a big town and London prides itself on…

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Men’s Afternoon Tea at De Ville restaurant – review

Men’s Afternoon Tea at De Ville restaurant – review

The Mandeville Hotel is located in the trendy Marylebone Village, within a few minutes’ walk of some of London’s most exciting shops, art galleries and Mayfair hotspots. The hotel is on Mandeville Place which must be one of the most elegant yet overlooked corners of this neighbourhood – known by locals but passed by tourists….

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Langtry’s Restaurant, Sloane Street – review

Langtry’s Restaurant, Sloane Street – review

[ Langtry’s Restaurant is now closed. ] The Cadogan Hotel in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, was built in 1887. The name commemorates the Earls Cadogan, who, through their company Cadogan Estates have owned Sloane Street and the surrounding area for generations. This marvellously appointed Victorian luxury hotel was, soon after its opening, to play host to…

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Nipa Thai Restaurant, London – review

Nipa Thai Restaurant, London – review

A couple of decades ago a Thai restaurant was rare. It’s the advent of cheaper long-haul flights and more adventurous eating habits that has allowed this exciting and vibrant cuisine a foothold in London. Its flavours combine the whole available spectrum from sweet to spicy and everything in between. There are good Thai restaurants all…

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The Royal Lancaster London Hotel Peter Pan Afternoon Tea – review

The Royal Lancaster London Hotel Peter Pan Afternoon Tea – review

Peter is a seven-day-old infant who, “like all infants”, used to be part bird. Peter has complete faith in his flying abilities, so, upon overhearing a discussion of his future adult life, he is able to escape through the window of his London home and return to Kensington Gardens. Well, who can blame him? He…

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Sanctum Soho Hotel’s No.20 Restaurant for Breakfast – review

Sanctum Soho Hotel’s No.20 Restaurant for Breakfast – review

Sanctum Soho Hotel is in the heart of London’s West End. Two Georgian townhouses have been converted into a striking 30-bedroom boutique hotel. It’s right between Regent Street and the iconic Carnaby Street, now lined with trendy clothes shops rather than the ethnic emporia of the 60s. The dark wood doors of Sanctum welcome the…

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Indigo Afternoon Tea – One Aldwych Hotel – restaurant review

Indigo Afternoon Tea – One Aldwych Hotel – restaurant review

Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel is the ideal spot for a spot of tea. Its unique location allows for the essential “people watching” without the disadvantages of traffic fumes and noise, and with the added benefit of those aforementioned people being kept at a healthy distance. You’ll have a good view of the moving…

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Chill out at Winter’s Hot Spot – The Howard, London, goes Chalet Chic! – review

Chill out at Winter’s Hot Spot – The Howard, London, goes Chalet Chic! – review

The Howard has a superb location. It’s just across from Temple Underground station and has a magnificent view of the River Thames. A favourite hotel with this reviewer who has enjoyed not only its location but its friendly staff, quality food and attention to detail. Swissotel The Howard, London now tempts us with some truly…

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Front Room at Flemings Mayfair – afternoon tea review

Front Room at Flemings Mayfair – afternoon tea review

Opened in 1851, Flemings Hotel in Mayfair is one of London’s oldest hotels. It was converted from six Georgian townhouses but now this historic building has been restored to a tasteful and luxurious haven. Flemings is a chic discreet townhouse hotel set in the heart of one of London’s most exclusive areas, Mayfair. The hotel…

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The Albannach – Thoroughly British – restaurant review

The Albannach – Thoroughly British – restaurant review

(This restaurant is now closed) The centre of London throngs with life on a mid-week summer’s day and it’s just as thronging on a Sunday. Streets are filled with both visitors and locals taking advantage of everything this cosmopolitan city has to offer. Chinese restaurants for brunch of aromatic dim sum, American burger chains for…

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St Pancras Grand – Breakfast – restaurant review

St Pancras Grand – Breakfast – restaurant review

It’s one of Britain’s most celebrated buildings and doubtless the most stunning of Victorian stations. St Pancras has it all. Original brickwork and sweeping iron beams framing huge windows. A bustling terminus welcoming travellers from both home and away, and bidding bon voyage to those off to the Continent or elsewhere in Britain. It has…

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Royal Park Hotel London – review

Royal Park Hotel London – review

The park mentioned in the name of the hotel is none other than Hyde Park. It’s that iconic open space that, along with Regents Park, has provided both Londoners and visitors with some much-needed breathing space. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are a walk away from the Royal Park Hotel but it is also thankfully…

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