Eneko at One Aldwych

I’m not always convinced by chefs who have successful restaurants abroad opening up in London, as more often than not they get lost in translation. And even more often than not, said chef is rarely in the kitchen. So here we have Eneko at the hotel One Aldwych which has extensively refurbed its basement dining room to house Eneko Atxa’s creation (he owns a three … Continue reading Eneko at One Aldwych

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught hotel has held its two michelin star status for over 5 years now. Everything about the place feels glamorous and special, from the dark wood panelled walls to the plush carpet and immaculately dressed staff. As fine dining restaurants go, y’know, ones with tablecloths, this is one of the best. They’ve started offering a new menu, Le Poulet du Dimanche, … Continue reading Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

The Dorchester: Afternoon tea

Being Mother’s Day and all, the only afternoon tea available (there are usually numerous options) was the champagne one at £65 per person. At the Dorchester hotel, afternoon tea takes place in the promenade, a glamorous corridor which is the perfect place for people watching – we saw Rod Stewart and Ralph Fiennes on our visit which pleased my Mum no end. When you pay … Continue reading The Dorchester: Afternoon tea

The Goring, Belgravia

The Goring hotel, made famous by Kate Middleton’s stay the night before her wedding day, is now home to a Michelin starred dining room. We’ve had the afternoon tea before in the bar which was quite wonderful. The hotel is all glamour, from the outside to the lobby. The dining room however has a little less grandeur and the clientele are north of 60; it’s … Continue reading The Goring, Belgravia

Aulis at Fera, Claridge’s

I’ve been a fan of Simon Rogan’s food ever since a trip to L’Enclume in Cumbria. The never ending tasting menu was exciting and unusual. Since Fera replaced the Gordon Ramsay restaurant at Claridge’s, I’ve had some equally impressive meals, so was excited to hear of the introduction of Aulis. It’s a kitchen within the kitchen, where guests sit at comfy stools round a counter, … Continue reading Aulis at Fera, Claridge’s

Marco’s New York Italian, Bankside

It’s fair to say Marco Pierre White has lost the credibility he once gained from the days of being the youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars. He’s now the face of Knorr and owns a collection of mediocre restaurants. Marco’s New York Italian, which is a franchise, has taken over the former dining room in the Mercure hotel in Bankside. Inside, pictures of … Continue reading Marco’s New York Italian, Bankside

The Colony Grill Room, The Beaumont

I must say, I’m an avid Corbin and King fan (they’re the chaps who own Zédel, The Delaunay and The Wolseley amongst others). Their latest restaurant sits inside their first ever hotel, The Beaumont, just off Oxford Street, and it’s another corker. The hotel itself is glamorous yet not at all showy; the large Antony Gormley installation, an architectural extension to the hotel (which is … Continue reading The Colony Grill Room, The Beaumont

Céleste, The Lanesborough

I love a bit of a pomp me, so I was expecting to love the recently renovated Lanesborough hotel on Hyde Park Corner. After all, they did spend over £60m on the place. Gone is the Michelin-starred Apsleys and in its place is Céleste, under the guidance of a French chap called Florian Favario. I was a tad disappointed then to be greeted at the … Continue reading Céleste, The Lanesborough

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane 

Alain Ducasse (the legendary French chef who also owns Rivea and The Grill at The Dorchester), has held three Michelin stars at his eponymous restaurant inside Park Lane’s Dorchester hotel for over eight years. Technically I should be boycotting the hotel, seeing as the owner, the Sultan of Brunei, hates us gays, but I really wanted to give it a try. The room is large … Continue reading Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane 

Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg, Vienna

There are two two Michelin starred restaurants in Vienna and as we couldn’t manage to bag a reservation at Steirereck in Stadtpark, we opted for Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg. It’s a grand old hotel to say the least. The dining room was a dramatic space with an amethyst filled wall at one end being the main focal point. It was a bit like being … Continue reading Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg, Vienna

Scarfes Bar, The Rosewood 

Based in Holborn, sorry Midtown, The Rosewood is easily one of London’s finest hotels. From the minute you walk into the courtyard, past the fire pit and into the copper-clad corridor (that’s over a million pounds-worth of copper FYI) you can’t fail to be impressed. It is also home to one of London’s finest bars; Scarfes Bar named after the artist, Gerald Scarfe, who’s paintings … Continue reading Scarfes Bar, The Rosewood 

Kaspar’s, The Savoy

Kaspar’s is the seafood restaurant that replaced the River Restaurant in The Savoy. It’s not somewhere I’ve heard much about but as we were off to see Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi (which is 100% worth seeing by the way) we thought we’d pop in for a spot of pre theatre dinner. There’s something about The Savoy which I simply love – it’s just … Continue reading Kaspar’s, The Savoy

Sea Containers at The Mondrian

The Mondrian has opened its ship inspired five star hotel in the old Sea Containers building right on the river near Blackfriars Bridge. It’s a pleasant, if not a little showy, hotel with a large tin covered ship’s hull running all the way along the reception and through to the restaurant. The dining room is all open plan with a semi open kitchen and lively … Continue reading Sea Containers at The Mondrian

The Colony Grill, Beaumont Hotel

The Colony Grill is the latest offering from restaurant giants Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, who also own The Wolseley, Delaunay, Colbert, Brasserie Zédel, Fischer’s and now this, inside the recently opened Beamont Hotel in Mayfair. It’s a grand building in an understated kind of way – the giant Antony Gormley art installation on the outside (which is actually a suite you can stay in) … Continue reading The Colony Grill, Beaumont Hotel

Hubbard & Bell, The Hoxton Holborn Hotel

Hubbard & Bell is the restaurant inside the new Hoxton Holborn hotel (there’s also a Holborn Grind coffee shop and a Chicken Shop in the basement). It’s the creation of Nick Jones – the clever chap behind the ever growing Soho House empire. It’s a very casual space; the dining room merges pretty seemlessly between the foyer and bar area. The open kitchen and long shared … Continue reading Hubbard & Bell, The Hoxton Holborn Hotel