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Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard

Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard

I love The Shard. I love afternoon tea. Throw those two together and you get the perfect London afternoon… Since opening last year, Aqua Shard has become a firm favourite of mine, so I obviously couldn’t wait to check out the afternoon tea when it launched a while back. For such a contemporary building and restaurant, the afternoon tea is quite traditional, with a focus on real quality rather than a gimmicky themed offering you seem to find everywhere these […]

April 24, 2014 × 2 comments

Food, London

JW Steakhouse #Steaksecret

JW Steakhouse #Steaksecret

On a chilly Wednesday night sometime in October, I was kidnapped. Put into a car, given a set of instructions and dropped off at the back entrance of what seemed like a hotel or restaurant somewhere in London. It isn’t the usual start to a dinner, to say the least. But then me and my fellow kidnappees (that’s a word, right?) were greeted with a cocktail and a warm welcome, escorted through the enormous kitchen area and led through to […]

November 7, 2013 × 2 comments

Food, London

Restaurant Review: Hutong Shard

Restaurant Review: Hutong Shard

A couple of weeks ago, I finally managed to get myself a table at Hutong Shard, the Northern Chinese counterpart of Aqua Shard, which is situated two floors lower in the iconic London landmark. When I reviewed Aqua Shard a few months ago, I was so in awe and wrote such a glowing review certain friends and family members even asked me whether I had been paid to write that review – I can assure you I was not, I […]

September 30, 2013 × 0 comments

Food, London

Restaurant Review: Aqua Shard, London

Restaurant Review: Aqua Shard, London

Last night I had the immense pleasure of dining at the brand new Aqua Shard, set to open to the public next week. It was – without exaggeration – one of the best things I’ve experienced in London since I moved here a decade ago. See, I have this weird fascination with The Shard. For the past couple of years, I’ve been looking at it from my street every single day. During the construction, I initially thought it was a […]

June 27, 2013 × 3 comments

Food, London

7 Things I Learned at Ping’s Pizza Masterclass

7 Things I Learned at Ping’s Pizza Masterclass

7 THINGS I LEARNED AT PING’S PIZZA MASTERCLASS 1: Pizza dough is no laughing matter – it’s a science. An exact science. 2: Consequently, Ping’s chef Bruno is a basically a scientist – probably a mad scientist. For months, he has worked on creating the perfect recipe for dough in his science lab his kitchen, and it’s amazing. I’ll never look at pizza the same way. 3: Ping’s Pizza is some of the best you’ll ever have. Seriously. 4: Making […]

June 11, 2013 × 3 comments

Boutique Love, Fashion, London

First Look Inside Chanel’s New Bond Street Flagship

First Look Inside Chanel’s New Bond Street Flagship

This morning I had the immense pleasure of being the very first person to walk through the doors of the impressive newly-opened flagship Chanel maison on Bond Street. 18 months in the making, the boutique is an impressive 12.600 square foot heaven over 3 floors where Chanel lovers (like myself!) can enjoy every aspect of the iconic French fashion house. Chanel 158 New Bond Street was designed by renowned architect Peter Marino – who incidentally is also responsible for the […]

June 10, 2013 × 11 comments

Food, London, Travel

Top 10 Rooftop Bars In London

Top 10 Rooftop Bars In London

I don’t know why, but there’s something about drinking on a rooftop that is simply far more exciting than drinking on a ground floor. It could be the incredible views, or the fact that you can unashamedly stare at the world and people below or simply feeling like you’re part of this secret club up in the sky. Whatever it is, I love rooftop terraces, and luckily for me, London has plenty of amazing ones. Here’s my top 10 of […]

May 17, 2013 × 29 comments

Food, London

Dim Sum Brunch Party at Asia De Cuba St. Martins Lane Hotel

Dim Sum Brunch Party at Asia De Cuba St. Martins Lane Hotel

  Dim Sum and brunch are 3 words I don’t usually put together in a sentence, but I’m always up for trying something new, which is how I ended up at Asia de Cuba‘s monthly Dim Sum Brunch Party a couple of Sundays ago. Together with Kate and Kate (incidentally my two favourite Kate’s), we sampled a variety of dim sum, cocktails and other dishes (including my all-time Asia de Cuba favourites and true classic dishes – the Calamari Salad and Mexican Doughnuts), accompanied […]

April 18, 2013 × 6 comments

Food, London

Restaurant Review: Portal, Clerkenwell

Restaurant Review: Portal, Clerkenwell

I must have walked past Portal on St. John Street in Clerkenwell over a thousand times in the past few years without ever knowing what was behind the unassuming outside. When having a peek through the window, it just looks like a smart little bar/cafe, so you can imagine my surprise when discovering that hidden behind this front bit is a beautiful restaurant, an airy green oasis, an absolute treat and retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy […]

March 1, 2013 × 1 comment

Events, London

Review: Singin’ In The Rain, Palace Theatre

Review: Singin’ In The Rain, Palace Theatre

The last time I set foot in the beautiful Palace Theatre in London, it was an evening of pink and glitter and singing and dancing and a lot of campness for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Now the Palace Theatre is playing host to Singin’ In The Rain, a musical based on the 1952 MGM classic movie starring Gene Kelly, and the venue is once again home to an all singing, all dancing extravaganza (if not a little less glittery […]

December 17, 2012 × 2 comments

Hotels, London, Travel

The Hoxton Hotel, London

The Hoxton Hotel, London

Over the past couple of years, I think I’ve come to know the Hoxton Hotel quite well: I’ve gone to a number of events and dinners in its meeting rooms. I’ve spent many late nights having drinks in the lobby bar. I’ve had brunch/lunch/dinner in the Grill. I’ve sent dozens of Belgian friends looking for a fun, trendy and affordable hotel in the Hoxton’s direction – my point being, although I knew the Hoxton pretty well, I never had the […]

November 20, 2012 × 7 comments

Art, Design & Music, Events, Fashion, London, Personal Favourites

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket in London

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket in London

Chanel’s exhibition “The Little Black Jacket” finally landed in London yesterday, and I was there to go check it out! The show features 113 black and white images featuring some of the world’s best known – and some perhaps not so well known – faces from the world of fashion, art, design and music shot by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Carine Roitfeld. What started off as a project for a coffee table book (which I insist you get, I […]

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October 12, 2012 × 12 comments