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The InterContinental London O2 – What We Thought

New? The InterContinental London O2 opened its (revolving) doors in November last year, so five months on we went along to see how things are going. Where? 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0TW www.iclondon-theo2.com First Impressions: Leaving the crowds walking towards the stadium, it’s a further five minutes or so until you get to the hotel. Given our rainy walk, you’d feel right at home pulling up in a blacked out UberLuxe. Vast was the word that kept springing to mind – the revolving doors: vast, the lobby and high ceilings: vast, the number of doors and corridors: vast. […]

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Voltaire Review – What We Thought

New? Not at all – Voltaire opened as a part of the Crowne Plaza London hotel back in 2003. It was, however, refurbished in 2013 following the discovery of the vaults. Where? 19 New Bridge Street, City of London, EC4V 6DB www.voltairebar.com First Impressions: Given the need to walk off the bustling streets and down a narrow, metal staircase, you could be forgiven for wandering straight past the entrance to Voltaire. Once inside, however, it’s a whole new story. The bar exudes a sense of luxury and class. The waiting staff were friendly and swift in their delivery of food, […]

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Sunborn London Review – What We Thought

As far as London hotels go, Sunborn London has to be one of the most unique in terms of setting, housed in a 128m super yacht docked in the Royal Victoria Docks. It features 136 rooms, many of which have private balconies offering views of London’s iconic skyline as well as a restaurant, bar and Elemis spa. New? Following its sister hotel Sunborn Gibraltar, Sunborn London opened its doors in October 2014. Where? Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL, www.sunbornhotels.com First Impressions:  Situated next to the ExCeL building, the yacht certainly looks slick from the outside – you can only imagine what […]

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Sunborn London Under the Sea Afternoon Tea Review – What We Thought

Permanently docked in Royal Victoria Dock, the Sunborn London is a hotel in a superyacht and like any hotel it offers afternoon tea – recently they’ve partnered up with Hummingbird Bakery for a nautical themed tea, so naturally we went to check it out.  New? Yes the Hummingbird Under the Sea afternoon tea launched just last month. Where? Sunborn London, Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, E16 1AL On the menu: The Undersea afternoon tea differs from the traditional tea in that all the sandwiches contain seafood – such as Devon crab with crème fraiche and basil on wholemeal bread; the cakes have […]

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Chinese Cricket Club – What We Thought

New? Don’t be fooled by the name, the Chinese Cricket Club is a restaurant based in the heart of the City, founded in 2009 and named in honour of the Chinese National Cricket team which played their first international match that year. Where? Crowne Plaza London – The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB www.chinesecricketclub.com On the menu: Classic, freshly-made Cantonese Dim Sum and other Sichuan specialities First Impressions: Walking through Blackfriars, the Chinese Cricket Club does not stand out from the street-side, excluding some neon green lights that hardly scream ‘classy Chinese cuisine inside’. However, this makes the restaurant a well-kept […]

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Sartoria’s Bar Libare Review – What We Thought

New? A refurbishment of the 1998 restaurant before Christmas makes the space feel new. Immaculately designed by David d’Almada (of The Arts Club, Mayfair), Sartoria is influenced by the glamour and romance of 20th century Italy with the separately titled Libare Bar unveiled alongside the makeover as a destination cocktail bar. A new head chef, Francesco Mazzei, brings with him loyal customers who count his L’Anima in the City a hot favourite. Where? 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S 3PR www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk On the menu: In the bar area, the drinks list is extensive with a selection of imaginative cocktails – the type that you have to spend a […]

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The Mirror Room’s Slow Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? As far as 5* hotels in London go yes, it’s only a couple of years old. Where? Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN, www.rosewoodhotels.com On the menu: The new brunch menu is like your usual hotel breakfast set up with separate counters, these however were weighed down with more food than you could swing a stick at, not the measly offerings you tend to get on your all-inclusive abroad. Ready for this? There were pastries, breads, eggs done any way you like, salads, artisan cheeses, cured meats, fish, cakes, yoghurts, fruit, cereals, sausages, waffles, pancakes – all beautifully presented. We were also […]

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The Botanist Review – what we thought

New? No, it’s coming up for its 1st birthday.  Where? The Botanist Broadgate Circle Restaurant and Bar, City of London, EC2M 2QS broadgate.thebotanistlondon.com On the menu: It’s a British menu, with fish dishes being popular. First Impressions: We were greeted by a sea of suits which form a barrier across the entire venue, inside it is heaving at only 6pm making it a clear favourite with the local workers. It was a tad tricky trying to find where to go to get seated and we had to do a quick tour before finding a member of staff to guide us in the right direction. The […]

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Tibits review – what we thought

New?  No it has been going for 15 yearsWhere? 12-14 Heddon St, London W1B 4DA www.tibits.ch On the menu: A selection of vegetarian and vegan foodFirst Impressions: Hidden in a courtyard, it offers some slight calm from the hustle and bustle of Regent’s Street a few feet away.The Look: Casual dining space with a large food boat where all the food is on display, downstairs is a more intimate (and romantic) dining space that seems to be for locals in the know of its existence rather than tourists in the main area.What We Ate: The menu available on the day is […]

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MeatLiquor N1 Review – what we thought

New?  No, there are several MeatLiquors across London and further afield like BrightonWhere? 133B Upper St, London N1 1QP www.meatliquor.comOn the menu: Burgers, hotdogs and fries – there is a salad, but just one. First Impressions: In short, it’s hard to find. We scaled the street a few times before seeing the sign pointing down the alleyway and then from there you need to follow the graffiti to the entrance. It all looks a bit seedy, the like sort of lair you might stumble into in a thriller, where you know things are going to go wrong for the character.The Look: Exposed lightbulbs […]

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BRGR.CO Review – What We Thought

The first thing I noticed upon entering BRGR.CO is how it’s so unlike any other burger restaurant I’ve been in. Avoiding the rustic furnishing and dim lighting and instead opting for a sophisticated décor consisting of dark colours and exposed brick it’s easy to forget you’ve just walked into a burger restaurant. The narrow-but-high space has a feeling of elegance to it, with a mirror at the end of the room adding a feeling of openness. As we took our seats and quickly tucked into a Meantime beer courtesy of the attentive staff, we looked over the menu to see […]

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Ma’Plucker Review – What We Thought

Chicken restaurants are rife in London. In certain areas it seems like every other shop is either selling fried chicken or a Nando’s. To be honest, it gets a little boring. If only there was a place you could go and enjoy tasty chicken in a restaurant that doesn’t look like the waiting room of a train station and that didn’t leave you soaked in fryer grease and regret. Enter Ma’Pluckers. Walking into the restaurant feels like entering an endearing pop-up. Posters containing the menu hang from pieces of wood screwed into the wall and the wooden stools and tables […]

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