The week of 24 August will see two of London’s top barmen – Polo Bar manager Elias Yiallouris and Tanqueray mixologist Tim Homewood – takeover the marina-side BlueWave cocktail bar at OneOcean Club. Voted bar of the year at the London 2014 Lifestyle Awards and Best Mixology at the London 2014 Club and Bar Awards, the Polo Bar maintains a reputation as one of London’s most desirable watering holes.
Montevideo and the rest of Uruguay are now much closer to London thanks to a new route recently opened by Air Europa in June. The award-winning Latin America specialist airline launched its first flights from London Gatwick to Aeropuerto de Carrasco in Montevideo on the 3rd of June, granting UK travellers access to the Uruguayan capital (and one of South America’s fastest growing tourist destinations) as well as access to luxury resorts of Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio.
Buddha-Bar’s new bento features a tasty selection of light Pan Asian starters and mains from which to create your own meal for £27. The bento includes a bowl of miso soup, a side of wakame salad and a choice of steamed rice or Buddha-Bar noodles. Quality of the food is high. Portion sizes are ample with the bento prettily presented. Service is efficient and cordial. If you know Buddha-Bar then you’re aware that the setting is extremely attractive and rather plush, whether you’re there for drinks or a quick meal.
Right on the harbour and just a block over from picturesque Queen Square, The Bristol is an ideally situated hotel whatever might bring you to the vibrant and compact city of Bristol. I certainly didn’t have any problems getting around the city centre on foot while keeping this comfortable hotel as my base during a recent visit.
Star of the table at Palm is the steak: New York strip, rump and boneless rib-eye to be precise. Sourced exclusively from Smithfield stalwart – Tom Hixson & Co – and grilled to perfection by Executive Chef Spencer Westcott and his kitchen, the Palm serves gorgeously marbled and tender corn fed, hand selected USDA Prime beef aged for a minimum of 35 days … But the reasons to choose Palm don’t stop with the steaks.
Chef Jon Ingram of the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar at the Intercontinental Westminster has brilliantly transcribed current foodie trends and refined them to a five star standard while ensuring his menu retains all the fun and flavour of the London street. Indulging in the Blue Boar’s Sunday only luxury brunch is an excellent way to taste for yourself.
CRN is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as a luxury yacht builder. Part of the Ferretti Group since 1999, CRN specialises in the manufacture of bespoke mega yachts between 40 and 90 metres long. These boats are customised completely to the client’s specifications and sometimes even their wildest whims with swimming pools, aquariums, private decks with private helipads, sound-proof bedrooms, private hair salons, hammams … as an in-house team of architects and designers tap into the latest technology can make it happen.
Seemingly a world away from the bustle of Chinatown and the throngs of folk passing through Leicester Square, the Away Spa is a lofty and calming retreat situated at the W London hotel a mere six storeys above all the urban action. Down on the ground floor, the W’s Spice Market restaurant exudes its own tranquil feel while allowing guests to dine and people-watch in comfort and style. Combining a visit to both spa and restaurant at the W yields a luxuriant ‘escape from it all’ in a conveniently central setting.
It’s been a little over a month now, and I still find myself carrying on about how lovely my dining experience at Bo London was. I’ve enjoyed a fair number of fine meals since but, still, something about my time at Bo lingers. Odds are my dinner will go down as the best meal of the year. And if not, well then, the rest of 2013 promises to be one of exquisite culinary delight.
Volpetti is a lovely family owned salumeria specialising in all things tartufi alongside a quality assortment of cured meats, home made pastas and all sorts of other Italian delicacies. Here you’ll find a gorgeous selection of freshly prepared dishes here as well and a deli counter stacked high with freshly baked pizza slices, calzones and panini as well as an array of potential gifts for all your gourmet friends back home.