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.
Food & Restaurants – Comte des Cierges
When your taste buds are in need of inspiration and a flavoursome awakening, it can be hard to find the right location and cuisine type to sate them. However, for a limited time (17th – 25th May) those dining at the InterContinental, Park Lane, can look forward to a taste sensation of South American descent with Club Columbia taking up temporary residence at the Cookbook Cafe…
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.
As first impressions go, The Mandeville Hotel certainly appears to tick all the right boxes, from the stately entrance triumphantly flying the British flag for Queen and country, to the attentive porter who immediately unburdens us of our luggage and ushers us through the glamorous Art Deco inspired foyer to the reception desk, where we are courteously greeted for check-in, before soon in the lift and on our way up to get acquainted with our 2nd floor deluxe suite.
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.
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.
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.
Always in search of culinary delights, resident foodie Jodie Jones ventured to newly opened Del Mercato. Through adding sophistication and finesse to a cuisine best associated with hearty, rustic portions, this charming riverside establishment has refreshed the concept of carb-ridden, bursting-at-the-seams Italian dining. The conclusion? Del Mercato ranks highly amongst the best Italian restaurants in London.
Reclining with an air of nonchalance and a glass of Möet is always a lovely way to start the afternoon. Better still: an air of nonchalance, a glass of Möet and an edible rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas carol. Yes. An edible rendition. Sipping and supping in the warmth of the Wellington Room at Park Lane’s Intercontinental hotel, Jodie Jones enjoyed the most British of traditions with the most festive of afternoon teas.
From the ornate splendour of its golden sandstone exterior, to the arresting views across the Thames from the roof terrace of the Royal Penthouse; Corinthia have not only succeeded in returning this once iconic building to its former glory, but in surpassing it, crafting a Grand Hotel truly fit for the 21st Century.
Sometimes, it is easy to forget that London stretches out further than the bubble of the city centre. As the definitive guide to all the finest destinations that London has to offer, we ventured a little further afield, away from the Michelin stars of central, to Chiswick, and stumbled upon Sam’s Brasserie and Bar.
Duck & Waffle may have only opened last month, but it has already established itself as one of London’s leading, and most in demand, restaurants. Set on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, it offers exceptional seasonal cuisine with 360-degree panoramic views of London. What could possibly be better?