The connoisseur’s guide to the worlds finest drinks, with regular SceneCheck reports on the best nightclubs and member clubs in London. From the ideal cocktail bar for pre-drinks to the hottest venues in town and all the exclusive after parties
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.
New York City has long been witness to the pitter-patter of movie premieres, GQ parties, Vogue photoshoots, movie sets, etc and the city has almost grown to accommodate every need of the entertainment industry. And some hotels more than others are more attuned to the needs of this industry that aims to entertain. The Triumph Hotel Group of New York are one such group, a collection of small boutique hotels, that prioritize on comfort and luxury while also providing privacy.
n epicurean sanctum from which to circumvent the retail mania that otherwise envelops Regent Street. The aptly named Sanctum Soho Hotel provides just such a place, begging the question …why contend with frenzied shoppers, tourists and rush hour commuter traffic, when you could wait it out over a Cognac and Cigar (or a champagne cocktail for the fairer sex), on your own private roof terrace?
Nestled warmly at a street-lining window, peering down upon hasty shoppers and winter-laden lovers meandering along Jermyn Street in the dark London evening, we sat contented with deep, rich coffees in hand and smiles on our face. Why so smiley? Well, the pair of us – my dining partner and I – had just devoured a delectable three course meal, complete with wine pairings, specifically-prepared gluten-free bread and unrelentingly attentive service.
The Palm in Belgravia. If you live in the area you’re most likely a patron. If you love a good steak, you, too, are most likely a patron. In fact, if you’ve ever searched for an informal but delicious place to celebrate, meet professionally, socialise, drink cocktails or nibble on small bites before a night out, then you also may know of The Palm. And if not, allow me to introduce the restaurant you’ll choose next time you go decide to eat out.
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.
With a hefty portfolio of six beautiful and traditional British pubs sitting pretty and perching perfectly south of the river, it’s hard to believe that Renaissance Pubs recently celebrated its tenth birthday. It must be with envious eyes and secret admiration that competition looks on, as each pub is wholly grandiose in its own right.
On June 27th, 28th, and 29th 2013, over 360,000 of the world’s richest, glitziest and most influential individuals will unite and come together to party, socialise and have an unashamedly fabulous night… But don’t worry, it’s all in the name of charity!
The unique concept, which encourages the world’s societal elite to party their cares away in some of the worlds most luxurious venues does sound rather like any other star-studded event on the surface. However, guests may only attend on the pretense of a donation to charity and the venues generously offer their services and hosting skills for free. Ultimately, all funds raised go direct to a selection of worldwide charities, eliminating all costs to the organisers.
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.
Stepping in from a blustery installment of Kensington high street, I found myself thrown into a hazy Oriental dream. A dim-lit bar, aromatic candles and calming far eastern music – you know the type; swishing water, distant bird call – all providing atmospheric bliss as I took a seat in the cozy den of a bar at Naga Restaurant.