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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.
From my balcony at the Inn at Laurel Point, the blue water of the harbour is tranquil and quiet. Below I can see the hotel’s Japanese garden, boats moored in the harbour and the newer glass and steel structures that now line the water’s edge. Breaking the tranquillity is the sound of an air craft engine – a float plane is coming into land on the harbours calm water. I love watching them fly in.
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.
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.
24k gold danced in our champagne flutes as delectable nibbles circulated and glasses clinked in the sun-lit Lugia room at the Mandarin Oriental last Monday. Why so exquisite, one may ask? An eclectic mix of people including fashionistas, financiers, journalists, press and friends had come together to celebrate the launch of The Nth Degree Club Book, the debut coffee table edition from London’s foremost private dining society, The Nth Degree Club.
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.
For the last two decades, the House of Piper-Heidsieck has been the privileged champagne supplier of the Cannes Film Festival. To celebrate this milestone, the signature red and gold has descended into London’s Searcy’s champagne bars for the month of April with the exclusive launch of the Bodyguard Brut bottle.