Terroir – Travels Through the Rhône Valley

Brantes - Elderberry

French Favourites in Provence, Ardeche and Gard – Touring the Southern Rhône: While my command of the French language borders on school-girl, it’s a musical language I love to hear spoken.  Partly for a few French words, each with an inate poetry and an indefinable element.  My favourite is ‘sympa’ or ‘sympathique’.  Unlike the English […]

Making Myself at Home – Lunch at Sally White

Sally White Spinach and Ricotta Roll

Sally White – Coffee in Kennington: When you first move to a new part of town, how do you settle in?  For me, apart from the usual decorating, re-furnishing and unpacking, finding new places to eat is all part of the process.  Working from home, while in many ways wonderful, makes me even more dependent […]

Bloom Gin Floral Cocktails at One Aldwych

One Aldwych Gin Cocktails 2

One Aldwych Lobby Bar – Bloom Gin Cocktails: I have to admit, I try my best to avoid drinking cocktails.  Exquisite though they are, I struggle to just have one, especially when the weather is hot.  But, Bloom Gin is a perfect drink for Summer, with slightly sweet, floral notes and the concept of a […]

UB40 at Kew the Music and Celebrity Cruises

Lawn Singer on Celebrity Cruise lawn

Win Tickets for Kew the Music: Can you think of anything better in this weather than sitting outside in the evening in Kew Gardens listening to some great music?  Now is your chance to win tickets to do just that on 11th July! Celebrity Cruises, in partnership with London Unattached is giving away a pair […]

Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Mandarin Oriental cakes 3

An Elegant Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel: Afternoon tea must be one of London’s ultimate treats. In today’s world of healthy smoothies and super salads, sitting drinking a glass of champagne before indulging in sandwiches, clotted cream laden scones and sweet pastries and cakes reeks of hedonism.  It takes skill to produce the perfect […]

Basic Summer Cooking – Quick Courgette Ratatouille Recipe

Hake with Courgette Ratatouille

Courgette Ratatouille with Summer Savoury: This is really an early summer dish – when the first vine tomatoes are really ripe and there are young, fresh courgettes available.  Very simple to make, it keeps well in the fridge for three or four days, works cold with a salad or warmed up to serve with lamb, […]

Relaunch Dinner at Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba - Rocoto Glazed Black Cod 2

Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane: No sooner had I been to the Allan Pickett residency at Sanderson Hotel than I was invited to another of the Morgans Hotel Group venues.  The restaurant at St Martins Lane, Asia de Cuba, gained popularity at the turn of the century when it was somewhere to see […]

Being a Gentleman at the Athenaeum Hotel

Athenaeum hotel savouries 2

Tea for a Gentleman at the Athenaeum Hotel, Picadilly: Much as I love afternoon tea, I do sometimes crave a savoury alternativ .  There are a number of hotels in London which offer what is usually called a ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’.  So when I was invited along to the Athenaeum to a press review of […]

Scents of Summer at the Intercontinental, London

Intercontinental with Floris - scents of summer

Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea in the Wellington Lounge: One of my favourite haunts for Afternoon Tea, the Wellington Lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel, London Park Lane is a light, airy room with classic but contemporary furnishings.  Even if all you did was drink a cup of tea or enjoy a glass of champagne, it […]

Street Food, Ceru, Tom Kime and the London Riviera:

Ceru Beetroot with almonds and creme fraiche

Ceru at the London Riviera: There are days when eating al-fresco is the perfect solution.  There are days when even the most stalwart outdoor types will agree it is not.  Generally by the middle of June the weather has improved to the point where it’s warm enough to be outdoors in the early evening, even […]