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.
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.
The newest international luxury apartments are offering more space than ever. Over the last few years there has been a growing demand for city homes which occupy entire floors and multiple levels allowing wealthy buyers to purchase more space without sacrificing the convenience of a city location. Developers have cottoned onto the trend and some of the newest constructions are now offering truly super-sized residences.
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.
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.