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Cafe Murano Review – What We Thought

New? The second Cafe Murano, the Covent Garden restaurant opened in June 2015 following the popularity of Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano St James’s, although it’s still worlds apart from the surrounding pre-theatre-esque restaurants you’d find permanent features on coupon.com and the like. Where? 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB www.cafemurano.co.uk On the menu: Cafe Murano showcases the best of Angela Hartnett’s Italian approach to cooking. Known for her passion for seasonal ingredients and ‘simple yet sophisticated’ approach, the menu changes regularly and is split into cichetti, antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni and dolce. A pre-theatre menu respectfully nods at the restaurant’s location, although […]

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Royal-Tea Review: What We Thought

New? Nope, the hotel sits on the former site of 145 Piccadilly which was home to the Queen between 1927 and 1937 but the building suffered at the hands of the Blitz. The hotel then opened in 1975. Where?  Wellington Lounge at InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY, www.wellington-lounge.co.uk On the menu: Currently the Wellington Lounge offers two afternoon teas, the Scents of Summer afternoon tea and the Royal-Tea celebrating the Queen’s birthday which is what we were there for. Inspired by the English summer and the Queen herself the tea includes classic cakes and sandwiches […]

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Four Seasons Review – What We Thought

New? The Four Seasons London Park Lane has been standing proudly overlooking Park Lane since 1970. Where? Amaranto Restaurant, Four Seasons Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7DR, www.fourseasons.com On the menu: Head Chef Romuald Feger oversees the menu, open throughout the day you’ll find British ingredients used to create modern Italian dishes. Expect to find the likes of Norfolk asparagus risotto: aged Acquerello rice, asparagus, parmesan foam; Scottish blue lobster linguine with a spicy shellfish sauce and grilled veal chop. First Impressions: So hotel dining might not create the same buzz as the latest Shoreditch ‘no-reservation’ concept, it might not get as many Instagrams as an immersive dinner, but […]

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Down Hall Hotel Review: What We Thought

For everything that London has to offer, sometimes we all yearn for a change of scenery, especially when the sun is shining and the sweaty tube is even less appealing. Finding ourselves in this situation, we headed off to Down Hall Hotel. New? No, the building dates back to 1322 and has been home to artists, baronets and Lords. Where?  Situated on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, getting to Down Hall takes about 45 minutes from central London. We suggest taking the train from Liverpool Street to Bishop’s Stortford and then get a taxi which takes around 15 minutes. Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, […]

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The May Fair Kitchen Review: What We Thought

New? Spanking new restaurant with a modern feel and a cracking new tapas menu sampling delights from across the Med (sun not included). Where? The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LT www.mayfairkitchen.co.uk Adjoined to the effortlessly chic May Fair Hotel, only a few minutes walk from Green Park but hidden from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly. On the menu: Achingly good Spanish and Italian tapas with a plethora of plates to suit all tastes, you won’t get bored picking and choosing your favourite dishes and will almost certainly leave wishing you hadn’t had that last white sangria… First Impressions: […]

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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 Nightjar Review: What We Thought

New? It opened back in 2010 but the new summer cocktails launched last month. Where?  Just a couple of minutes from Old Street tube, it’s tucked behind a very unassuming door – the sort you walk past and never give a second glance; but if you were to stop you’d see a small plaque with a little Nightjar bird on it. 129 City Road, Old Street, EC1V 1JB, www.barnightjar.com  On the menu: The new menu is divided into three areas, all of which are significant in the history of cocktails: pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war as well as a section of Nightjar signature cocktails. […]

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KOJAWAN’s Bottomless Brunch Review – what we thought

New? KOJAWAN opened on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Metropole in April 2016. Where? 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU On the menu: Classic brunch items like pancakes and brioche toast given an innovative Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese inspired make-over. Dishes include Poached Eggs ‘KOJAWAN’ on a steamed bun with ham hock, pineapple and hollandaise sauce, and shredded sweet and sour duck leg salad. First Impressions: I have been one of many who have been eagerly awaiting the opening of KOJAWAN with its space age look and unusual food items (hot cricket bombs and a crab and turnip “Egg Cake”). The venue is […]

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Enoteca Da Luca Review – What We Thought

New? Enoteca Da Luca as a brand isn’t new, however the Old Street venue opened very recently, in April 2016. Where? 207C, Old Street, EC1V 9NR www.enotecadaluca.co.uk On the menu: Enoteca Da Luca is all about high quality, sophisticated Italian cuisine with a wide range of options on the menu including Italian staples such as selections of cured meals, veal and pork. The Look: The restaurant radiates sophistication and Italian class. An aged-looking wooden bar sits opposite the entrance, with black-and-white tiled flooring adding to the classic vintage look. Large, wall to wall windows add natural light to the space, […]

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Pizzicotto Review – What We Thought

New? Not quite new, but Pizzicotto is only a year old, opening in 2015. Where? 267 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6NA www.pizzicotto.co.uk On the menu: Pizzicotto’s menu is full of Italian dishes, with classics such as a selection of cured meats and Tagliatelle with Bolognaise. The menu also contains a large selection of pizza’s, with their speciality being their black base – a healthier option with dough made from activated charcoal. The Look: The well-lit space is comfortable and welcoming, and the rustic furnishings gives a familiar-yet-different feel to the restaurant. The wooden tables and painted chairs instantly transport […]

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K West Hotel Spa Review – what we thought

New? It launched last year. Where? K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London W14 OAX k-west.co.uk On the menu: A selection of spa treatments including the Baobab Ritual which includes full body exfoliation, massage and energizing leg therapy with a scrub, essential oil and gel all made with Baobab extract. First Impressions: K West Hotel is a trendy hotel full of modern amenities so I sat and relaxed in the spa reception with some citrus water before my treatment.The Treatment: Baobab is an African fruit (nicknamed the feel good fruit) which is an excellent source of vitamin C that also increases energy levels, […]

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Vila Joya Review – What We Thought

When Europe’s leading boutique hotel (for 11 consecutive years) invite you to stay, you don’t say no. Especially when it is 5 star, has a restaurant with not one but 2 Michelin stars and oh, did I mention, is in Portugal? Where: Vila Joya, Estrada da Galé, 8200-416 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal www.vilajoya.com First Impressions: Arriving at Vila Joya in time for breakfast, every member of staff greeted us with “Welcome to Paradise”. By the time breakfast is over, you see why. Originally a family villa, Vila Joya has discreet luxury written all over it. Even the painted sign on the front gate gives nothing away […]

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