Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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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 […]

Relaunch Dinner at Asia de Cuba

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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

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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

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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 […]

Allan Pickett – Sanderson Hotel – Review

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Sanderson Hotel’s Summer Residency – Allan Pickett: For many years Sanderson Hotel was a favourite London base for a New York lawyer friend of mine.  He’d fly in, first or business class, with cases of immaculate Ferregamo shoes, perfectly pressed monogrammed Egyptian cotton shirts and tailor made suits.  I’d hobble along  in Louboutins to meet […]

Singha Beer at Som Saa, London Fields

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Som Saa – Review of the Thai Pop-Up: Anyone who has travelled to Thailand or been to a Thai restaurant will have tried Singha beer. It’s the perfect choice to accompany the hot, sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavours that define Thai food. To mark its summer residency at Climpson’s Arch in trendy London Fields, Som […]

Afternoon Tea At Grosvenor House Hotel

Grosvenor House Hotel - perfect strawberry tart

Anna’s Tea – An Historic Tribute at Grosvenor House Hotel Who invented Afternoon Tea?  No one really knows, but one legend is that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford found that dining late in the evening would leave her feeling hungry.  Tea, bread and cakes were served in her room and, ultimately, became something of […]

Best Sandwiches in London?

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Street Kitchen Sandwich – The Best Sandwiches in London? Street Kitchen Sandwich (SKS) is based in Broadgate Circle, in the City of London, a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station and is the latest venture between high end chef’s Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel. While all major cities in the world have their pretenders to […]

Acciuga – Kensington – An Italian Summer

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Summer Menu at Acciuga Kensington: There are a few restaurants in London which have quickly become like old friends.  Although Acciuga only opened in 2013, I was lucky enough to pop along and meet young chef Guglielmo Arnulfo right at the very beginning.  I’ve been back a couple of times since, even taking an Italian […]