Food & Restaurants – Comte des Cierges
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.
Here at CDClifestyle, we have a fairly good idea of what our perfect pizza should consist of. A really great pizza has to be thin, and slightly charred in places from being baked quickly in a traditional, roaring pizza oven. And of course, the toppings have to be fresh, authentic and delectably molten. That is what we are looking for, and we have found two places that master this skilled art of perfect pizza making – Bunga Bunga and B-SOHO.
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?
A welcome addition to the trendy new St Martin’s Courtyard development, SUDA Thai serves up cuisine that is as contemporary as the development itself. Set over two floors with the added addition of alfresco space, this restaurant is as stylish as they come, with the floor-to-ceiling glass front creating a particularly bright modern dining space. The stark contrast between the dark feature walls and light flooring is further opened up by the high ceilings with exposed structural steels and an industrious looking ventilation system that runs along it. Low hanging lights over the individual tables provide just enough intimacy for couples seeking a more secluded dining experience whilst a scattering of plants break the otherwise entirely open-plan space and keep the Feng Shui conscience at ease.
Located just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus, Assaggetti is right in the heart of the West End’s Theatre circuit and directly opposite the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Whilst I do not want to pigeon-hole it as Theatre going restaurant, it certainly does lend itself well to being the perfect pre-Theatre destination for nibbles and nourishment.