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.
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.
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.
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.