Fine Dining on the Thames

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R.S. Hispaniola Spring Menu I love discovering London’s hidden treasures and recently I discovered one on the Thames itself.  R.S Hispaniola is City Cruises’ permanently moored restaurant and bar, located at Victoria Embankment.  With stunning views of the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, you can enjoy a drink on the Sun Deck before heading below […]

West Thirty Six – Relaxing in North Kensington

West thirty six Apple pie

From the Makers of Beach Blanket Babylon – West Thirty Six: Having recently moved south of the river, I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired by the idea of a trek across London to North Kensington/Westbourne Park Road, an area that tend to attract a particular type of aspiring London hipster. The Shoreditch of the West,  it’s […]

Vive les Hamburges! – The Big Fernand Review

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The Big Fernand comes to London: The French Government is very sensitive to the Anglicisation of its language; despite its efforts to find French alternatives, many English and American words have leaked into the French language e.g. “le weekend” finishes off the week, “post-its” are found in the office, and safety devices fitted to cars […]

Mexican Food with Mexican Prices – Only on Monday

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Wetherspoon pubs across the UK are now hosting Mexican Monday – offering a choice of Mexican food every Monday. So my Daughter was very happy when I said we should go and try it out. I live in Henley, and the largest pub, restaurant and hotel is the Catherine Wheel, a Wetherspoons pub on the […]

Indian Street Food and More at Inito

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Inito – Indian Street Food: I have a tendency to get lost in parts of London I don’t know so well.  The area around Liverpool Street falls firmly into that category.  Walk for a few minutes and you’ll find yourself in the heart of London’s fabric markets, an area which at night is desolate, strewn […]

Rabot 1745 – Cacao Culture in Borough

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A Chocolate Experience Like No Other – Rabot 1745: The justification for accepting an invitation to dine at Rabot 1745 was all about intrigue rather than any expectation of gourmet dining.  I love chocolate.  But a restaurant where every dish has some element of cacao sounded on paper just a little too much.  Even for […]

Pont Street Restaurant – Eating Cake and a Whole Lot More

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Marie Antoinette Afternoon Tea at Pont Street: I know Pont Street in Belgravia best for the austerely beautiful Scottish Church of St Columba.  At one time I had a friend who used to sing for services there.  I’d never noticed a restaurant – although, discretely sited on the corner of Pont Street and Chesham Place […]

Evolutione at Hotel Xenia – Guest Chef Series Launch

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Sicilian Tasting Menu at Evolutione, Hotel Xenia, Kensington: London is full of boutique hotels, many with capable but not always exciting restaurants.  .  How should a well positioned but relatively unknown hotel create something of a buzz about their own chef?  Only the brave would go the route of Hotel Xenia, importing a top Italian […]

Gaucho at Tower Bridge

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A Meaty Affair at Gaucho: Famous for beef and wine, Argentina is the eighth largest country in the World.  There’s a certain romance and passion about this place,  home to Evita, the Tango and the Gaucho, cowboys of the South American Pampas.  The eponymous restaurant group has, for many years now, served some of the […]

The Architectural Tea – Sir John Soane at the Gilbert Scott

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Afternoon Tea at the Gilbert Scott, St Pancras: There are places in London that I’ve long intended to visit. One such is Sir John Soane’s Museum, historic home of the London architect in Lincoln’s Inn.  He designed the house to work both as a home and as a setting for an eclectic collection of antiquities […]

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