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Quaglino’s Spring Afternoon Tea – what we thought

New? It opened in 1991 and then re-opened in 2014 after a refurbishment. Where? 16 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AJ www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk On the menu: Their new spring afternoon tea served with either Moët & Chandon Champagne or Moët & Chandon Rosé. First Impressions: With no restaurant sign I almost missed the venue and had to check the menu in the window before confirming it was the place I was after. It was a scorching hot day and due to being underground Quaglino’s had a cool, cave-like feel to it especially after being exposed to the bright sunshine outside. The Look: The interior is dark […]

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Cotton’s Review – What We Thought

New? Yes, this Notting Hill restaurant opened in April following the success of the Camden venue. There is another site in Shoreditch, too. Where? 157-159 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3LF cottons-restaurant.co.uk On the menu: Traditional Caribbean cuisine and eclectic rum cocktails. First Impressions: The venue is colourful without being tacky; it has a friendly relaxed feel to it with a jungle scene mural across one wall and a bar heavily stacked with rum attracting your eye. The Look: There is a colourful vibe with a multi-coloured striped bar that greets you with high tables and bar stools around if you want to pop in just […]

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STK Review – What We Thought

New? STK first opened its doors in 2013, shortly after the hotel in which it’s housed, ME, opened it’s doors in December 2012. Where? ME London, 336-337 Strand,WC2R 1HA, www.togrp.com On the menu: We visited STK in order to try out their new pre-theatre menu; a condensed version of their full menu offering a small selection of dishes from each course. Although the selection was small it was also broad, offering a wide range of dishes to suit various palettes.   The Look: The dimly lit room is given a purple hue by the lights shooting up pillars and under […]

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Sofitel St James Afternoon Tea Review – what we thought

New? The tea is but the hotel opened back in 1923 Where? 6 Waterloo Pl, London SW1Y 4AN www.sofitelstjames.com On the menu: In celebration of the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sofitel London St James has created a new afternoon tea menu and spa package inspired by the horticultural extravaganza. First Impressions: Sofitel London St James has a gentle air of luxury about it without being over powering. The spa area is simply glorious, spread across 3 floors and I feel relaxed just walking around soaking up the scents. Parts of the spa can be rented out for guests only like the Jacuzzi whereas treatments […]

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Jar Kitchen Review – What We Thought

New? The bottomless brunch is new but Jar Kitchen opened at the start of last year. Where? 176 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QF www.jarkitchen.com On the menu: The bottomless brunch has a set menu with sides – you have brunch classics like granola and smashed avocado, alongside the likes of ox cheek and cheddar croquettes and pork belly with Baharat spiced baked beans, tamarind chutney and poached eggs. First Impressions:  When we visited on a Saturday morning, Drury Lane was surprisingly quiet, unlike Covent Garden just around the corner where the heaves of tourists congregate. That was to say it was quiet apart […]

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The Savoy Afternoon Tea Review – What We Thought

New? The Savoy has been a London landmark since it opened in the 1880s. Where? Strand, London WC2R 0EU www.fairmont.com On the menu: Traditional afternoon and high tea favourites, including a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam. First Impressions: The Savoy is a seriously impressive venue with beautiful interiors that boast high ceilings and intricate wall carvings. Thanks to its reputation, it’s a great option for when only the best and most traditional British tea will do. The Look: Art Deco-inspired interiors are dotted with huge displays of flowers throughout. Chandeliers give the building a sense of […]

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Absurd Bird Review – What We Thought

New? Yes! It only opened last month.  Where?  54 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LT www.absurdbird.com On the Menu: Chicken and a lot of it. Cotswold White and Cotswold Gold breeds are used in Southern US gourmet inspired dishes. There’s a wing section, sides which could be a meal in themselves, ‘greenish plates’ and indulgent puddings. First Impressions: Visiting on a Thursday evening the restaurant was already pretty busy when we turned up at 7pm and continued to fill up as the night out – as soon as we were greeted we were told we must try the Dipsy Cake and we couldn’t possibly […]

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Roba Review – What We Thought

New? Brand new – Roba opened 11th April 2016 so we went to see how they’re getting on. Where? 34 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QW www.robarestaurant.co.uk On the menu: Roba is all about doing grilled food right. The simple menu is comprised of snacks (which double up as starters) including mini burgers, beetroot hummus and hot wings, larger dishes such as duck legs with quail eggs or smoked salmon and spinach mousse, and, of course, the grill, made up of a series of meats including sirloin and rib eye steaks, grilled fish and BBQ spare ribs. For those not in […]

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St Clements Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Now a couple of years old, St Clements is a staple feature in the weekends of Parsons Green residents. Where? 201 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4SR www.stclementscafe.co.uk  First Impressions: As chic yet unfussy as you’d expect for any brunch cafe in South West London, the main feature of St Clements is the counter, piled high with seriously tempting-looking cakes and pastries. Populated almost exclusively by girls in their activewear, with a few couples in their mid-twenties and a couple of buggies outside, St Clements is clearly a failsafe meeting spot for locals at any time of day. The […]

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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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