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St James’s Hotel and Club Review – What We Thought

You tend to think that not many good things can come from disputes, but it’s good that the Earl Granville and Marchese d’Azeglio had an argument with the Travellers Club in 1857. And it’s a good thing that they did decide they’d rather be members of a new club and that they’d create the club themselves, because the result was the St James’s Club, which is now the 5* boutique St James’s Hotel and Club. In its lifetime it’s seen everyone from Winston Churchill to Liza Minelli cross its doors, it’s been a favourite of Michael Caine and in World […]

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St James’ Board Game Afternoon Tea Review – what we thought

Toy store giant, Hamleys, has partnered with luxury 5 star hotel, St James Hotel and Club, to create an afternoon tea ideal for adults and children alike. The tea has all your favourite elements of sandwiches and scones but the cakes are where things get interesting with a selection of board game themed pieces like cake dice, edible scrabble letters, chocolate chess pieces, shortbread dominoes and chocolate Monopoly hats. The hotel itself is lovely and has a sparkle of old English glamour about it but the service in the actual dining room was a little lacking. Twice our waiter came […]

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Searcys The Gherkin Review – What We Thought

Whenever I watch the likes of Great British Bake Off or MasterChef I always think, “but what would the judges do?”. Could Paul Hollywood pull off a showstopper worthy of Mary Berry’s praise? How would their own dishes fair if they were being scrutinised to that standard? If MasterChef The Professionals judge Monical Galetti took to the challenge I have no doubt that she’d be well on the way to winning. Set to open her own restaurant later this year, the former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has created a menu which is available for a limited time at Searcys […]

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Searcys The Gherkin Review – What We Thought

Whenever I watch the likes of Great British Bake Off or MasterChef I always think, “but what would the judges do?”. Could Paul Hollywood pull off a showstopper worthy of Mary Berry’s praise? How would their own dishes fair if they were being scrutinised to that standard? If MasterChef The Professionals judge Monical Galetti took to the challenge I have no doubt that she’d be well on the way to winning. Set to open her own restaurant later this year, the former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has created a menu which is available for a limited time at Searcys […]

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Le Pain Quotidien Review – What We Thought

I love Le Pain Quotidien. When I’m trawling the streets of London (for whatever reason) and find myself in need of a sit down and a perk up I know I can rely on the Belgians. Though the bakery is a huge part of Le Pain – the name itself means The Daily Bread – my visit in mid-January found me torn between picking up a hazelnut flute and downing a luminous green juice. But I had been invited to review the new detox offerings so that’s what I did. The Wimbledon Village branch was packed with yummy mummies, daddies […]

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The Beaufort Bar Review – What We Thought

If you want the perfect example of opulence then look no further than the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar; stepping into it is like checking your usual persona at the door and becoming someone far more glamourous, someone decadent, you half expect to see Great Gatsby quaffing a martini at the bar. Art Deco in style, polished jet black walls are lined and detailed with burnt gold; add in the live pianist and it’s ideal for late night drinks post theatre or as many couples were doing going on a date – the more intimate, golden alcoves were certainly making one couple […]

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The Beaufort Bar Review – What We Thought

If you want the perfect example of opulence then look no further than the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar; stepping into it is like checking your usual persona at the door and becoming someone far more glamourous, someone decadent, you half expect to see Great Gatsby quaffing a martini at the bar. Art Deco in style, polished jet black walls are lined and detailed with burnt gold; add in the live pianist and it’s ideal for late night drinks post theatre or as many couples were doing going on a date – the more intimate, golden alcoves were certainly making one couple […]

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Plateau Honey Menu Review – What We Thought

Nestled amongst the high-rise buildings of Canary Wharf and overlooking the ice rink, Plateau certainly offers an impressive view. The warm and comfortable atmosphere and décor were a stark contrast to the grey and imposing corporate buildings that make up the surroundings. Large, freestanding lamps gave the room a very homely feel, while wooden panelling and luxurious furniture ensure that you don’t forget you’re in a quality establishment. Going into the meal I was sceptical. The task of creating a six-course meal with a staple ingredient as sweet as honey certainly seemed challenging to me, and it would be interesting […]

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Plateau Honey Menu Review – What We Thought

Nestled amongst the high-rise buildings of Canary Wharf and overlooking the ice rink, Plateau certainly offers an impressive view. The warm and comfortable atmosphere and décor were a stark contrast to the grey and imposing corporate buildings that make up the surroundings. Large, freestanding lamps gave the room a very homely feel, while wooden panelling and luxurious furniture ensure that you don’t forget you’re in a quality establishment. Going into the meal I was sceptical. The task of creating a six-course meal with a staple ingredient as sweet as honey certainly seemed challenging to me, and it would be interesting […]

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Sanderson Nourish Menu Review – What We Thought

For the second year, The Sanderson have enlisted the expert help of nutritionist Karen Cummings-Parker to devise a menu made up of dishes that pack a nutritional punch. Far from the January detoxes many of us are convinced need to happen in the early months of the new year, Karen insists post-Christmas isn’t the time for detoxing. Save that for the yogis in LA – in the bleak, colder months we need to nourish our bodies, starting with the food we eat. I was lucky enough to be invited to a press dinner, with Karen herself, ready to talk us […]

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