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Archive for February, 2013

Top Treats for Mother’s Day

We should all spoil our mums once in a while. Fortunately, March 10th is the day to really say it in style. When it comes to Mothering Sunday there are a number of different options you could look at.

From a gourmet slap up lunch to an indulgent spa treatment, there are a mother load of ideas you can enjoy in the capital. Here are just a few ideas to ensure you are prepared for the big day.

Afternoon Tea @ The Dorchester - Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA. Nearest Tube: Green Park (Piccadilly and Jubilee lines)

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(c) The Dorchester

For the swankiest tea in town, then high tea at the Dorchest is the perfect treat. The Mother’s Day Afternoon inside the beautiful Dorchester will certainly go down well.

Indulge in some delicious savoury finger sandwiches which are accompanies by buttery scones with a signature recipe that has been used for the best part of fifty years!

Meanwhile, for the dessert fans, you can choose from an array of cakes and delicate tartlets which will ensure you don’t need dinner. But wait there is more as all female guests at the Dorchester will also receive a surprise gift from the hotel.

Freebies from a five star hotel…it would be a shame not to. There are five different sittings available at 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:!5pm, 4:45pm and 5:15pm.

Price: £51.00 per person but that includes a compliementary glass of bubbly.

 

Edouard Manet @ The Royal Academy of Arts - Burlington House  Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD.

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines)

 

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(c) Royal Academy of Arts

For those culture vulture mums, why not head to the Royal Academy (maybe after a snack at popular haunt Ottolenghi on Motcomb Street) where you can take her round the first exhibition dedicated to the great Manet.

Considered to be one of the pioneering artists during the 19th Century, you will have the chance to enjoy a comprehensive showcase of his works that shaped modernism as we know it today.

Entitled Manet: Portraying Life, this is set to be an unmissable exhbition on the 2013 arts calendar. This will be running until the 14th of April with tickets priced between £3 and £15.

 

The Spa @ Brown’s Hotel - Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP. Nearest Tube: Green Park (Piccadilly and Jubilee lines)brown_health1

(c) Brown’s Hotel

If you really want to go the extra mile why not celebrate in 5 star luxury at the simply wonderful Brown’s Hotel. This quintessential British venue know what service is all about so set your eyes to stunned.

Part of the elegant Rocco Forte brand, this is the ideal spot to come especially after a morning’s shopping round South Molton Street and New Bond Street (hint)

Their signature pedicures change as often as the seasons while for the ultimate experience you can go for one of their heavenly treatments such as a Cocooning Body Wrap or  a deeply nourishing Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Body Treatment (£140).

This features a complete body exfoliation as well as a sumptuous treatment for both the hands and feet. This concludes with an invigorating and gentle scalp massage.

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.

Little Venice

Little Venice is just north of Paddington but it’s an oasis of calm in a busy city. You will find colourful narrow boats and enormous Georgian and Victorian houses on tree-lined avenues making it a highly desirable area. This is where the Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union Canal and the Pool of Little Venice boasts a popular waterside cafe, a puppet barge and a regular boat service to Camden along the Regent’s Canal.

Little Venice © Laura Porter

Little Venice
© Laura Porter

 

The Name

Most attribute the name of Little Venice to the poet Robert Browning who lived overlooking the canal in the 1800s at 17 Warwick Crescent. But the London Canals website suggests it was Lord Byron who should be credited with comparing this section of London’s waterways with the Italian city.

Waterside Cafe © Laura Porter

Waterside Cafe
© Laura Porter

 

How To Find Little Venice

The nearest tube station is Warwick Avenue on the Bakerloo Line. Take the left exit from the tube station and walk straight up Warwick Avenue (that’s the name of the road). At the traffic lights turn right on Blomfield Road and the Pool of Little Venice will be on your left. Walk down to Westbourne Terrace Road Bridge on your left and cross over.

On the right-hand side of the bridge is the Old Toll House which dates back to 1812. On the left at the end of the bridge, at the junction of Delamere Terrace and Warwick Crescent, there’s a slope to lead you down to the canal path.

 

Take a Stroll

It’s a lovely area to visit and to take a walk by the canal. Walking to Camden is only a few miles and will take under 2 hours. Along the way you’ll pass through Regent’s Park and London Zoo and see the Snowden Aviary and some of the African animals.

The Canal & River Trust have suggested walks with excellent directions including the Little Venice to Camden Circular Walk.

Only a short stroll from Little Venice, along the Regent’s Canal, you’ll reach Cafe Laville which is a cafe perched right over the canal. It’s a wonderful spot to stop and enjoy a pot of tea, a slice of cake and the wonderful view.

 

View from inside Cafe Laville © Laura Porter

View from inside Cafe Laville
© Laura Porter

 

Take a Cruise

The London Waterbus Company runs regularly between Little Venice and Camden, including a stop at London Zoo. The journey to Camden takes 50 minutes and sadly many seem to complain that there is no commentary and not much to see. It’s true you won’t see the big London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament but you will see a different side of London and enjoy a trip on a narrow boat.

London Waterbus Company © Stephen McKay

London Waterbus Company
© Stephen McKay

 

Entertainment

The Puppet Theatre Barge has been around for over 25 years and has seating for over 50 people. The puppet shows are, quite rightly, popular with younger children.

Puppet Barge © Jorge Royan

Puppet Barge
© Jorge Royan

 

Pubs

The Bridge House pub has a great reputation and is popular for meals too. Upstairs at the pub is the Canal Cafe Theatre which has one man shows, stand-up, cabaret and music.

The Warwick Castle is also recommended. It’s a restored Victorian pub with on open log fire for those cool winter evenings.

 

Bridge House Pub © John Andrew

Bridge House Pub
© John Andrew

 

Hotel recommendations: The Colonnade is a boutique hotel in a townhouse right at Little Venice. There are also many excellent hotels at nearby Paddington.

 

Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and is also a VisitBritain Super Blogger. She fits in further freelance writing while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen’s. Laura is @AboutLondon on twitter and @AboutLondon Laura on Facebook. You can find out more about her at about.me/LauraPorter.

Gourmet London on a shoestring

That’s right we can all eat like kings in the capital dear friends! You just have go that extra mile to find essential cheap eats. And boy there is plenty of choice out there.

With the UK gripped in the worst economic fever since Sir Winston himself, we have all been feeling the pinch for some time now. Yet as we tighten our fiscal belts even more,  you can still leave room to enjoy some of the finer delights that London town has to offer.

Here’s three of the best to whet your appetite.

 

Koya - 49 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SG. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines)

Koya

(c) Koya

Home of the grand old Udon noodle, Koya should be at the top of your cheap eats list. Although tiny on space, this Japanese venue is making big waves thanks to its jumbo size portions. However be prepared to queue as you could be in for some snake like lines once you arrive! It was also voted runner up in the 2012 Observer Food Monthly Cheap Eats category.

 

Rasa Sayang - 5 Macclesfield Street, London, W1D 6AY. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines)

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(c) Rasa Sayang

 

Situated in the heart of Chinatown, this joint has been pulling in the punters from across London. Packed full of Malaysian expats, say hello to perfect Singaporean cuisine at prices that will certainly make you smile.

Although it can be a little for want of another word “cosy” this does not detract from the overall ambiance as well as hustle and bustle. Delights that you can lap up include the delectable tiger king prawn hor fun served with flar rice noodles and rich egg or a spicy curry chicken and seafood mee with fresh egg noodles.

And to wash it all down, why not try one of the hottest drinks around. Savour their pearl milk “bubble tea” which provides the perfect accompaniment. With main courses starting at less than seven pounds, what’s not to like!

 

Mishkins - 25 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

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(c) Mishkins

A Reuben sandwich for less than a tenner…now that’s some chutzpah but not at this all conquering Jewish deli in the heart of Covent Garden.

Mishkins (so the legend has it) has been in existence since the beginning of the 1930′s in Catherine Street and has been pulling in punters after reopening in November 2011.

With plenty of hospitality, warmth and of course tasty homemade grub, it is no wonder hungry diners want more of their crammed sandwiches. In fact most items on the menu offer great value for money which will not leave you hungry for more.

Tuck into a signature Brick Lane salt beef sandwich while their chicken matzo ball soup will rival any your mum can whip up. If you are still peckish, then order one of their crispy and crunchy latkas. It’ll soon leave you yelping “oy vey!”

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.

Balthazar opens in Covent Garden

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Balthazar NY opened in 1997 and is consistently in the top 1 or 2 %  of  Tripadvisor  NY  Restaurants.  Now we have an identical London version.

Founder Keith McNally has now returned to his home town to reproduce his US success story.

Balthazar London can be found  just 50 metres down Russell Street which is the eastern exit from the Covent Garden Piazza.

Housed in the old Theatre Museum, Balthazar shares the building with the London Film Museum.

The menu will mimic the one from New York except for Skinny ribs and is biased towards shell fish and steaks.

Open from breakfast to late night supper, the restaurant also offers light food to take away and artisan breads from its own bakery next door.

This will be serious competition for existing eateries!

 

Address:

4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN

Opening Times: 

Mon-Fri 7am-12M (Fri -12.30am) Sat-Sun 8am-12.30am (Sun -10.30pm)

Website:

http://www.balthazarlondon.com/index.html

Covent Garden:

http://london-hotels.co.uk/covent-garden-area-13.html

 

 

 

 

ME Hotel London open for business

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The long awaited ME Hotel London is actually at last open.

Officially its March 1 but they are taking bookings now as a soft launch.

This lifestyle hotel is situated in prime central London on the Strand so its exceptionally good for Covent Garden and Theatreland.

This area is becoming a “core” of classy hotels with One Aldwych, the Savoy and the Waldorf.  Hotels likely to lose business to the ME London are the now rather boring Grange Holborn Hotel and the Kingsway Hall.

ME London offers no less than 9 accommodation styles ranging from the Aura Room up to the ME Suite complete with fire pit on its private balcony.

There are main restaurants offering Italian style and  American Steakhouse and also the Radio Rooftop Bar and Restaurant.

Interestingly dogs and cats are allowed.

ME Hotel London also offers in-room relaxation and spa treatments.

Book the ME Hotel London

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Top hotel spa in London

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The new kid on the block, The Corinthia, seems to be the best at almost everything.

Its already hit the top 10 London hotels on Tripadvisor who have also awarded it “Travellers Choice 2013″  for London.  Now its the Independents turn who have placed it at #1 for the best spa hotel in London.

Its also a hotel group with a social conscious, the Corinthia chairman, Alfred Pisani,  is patron of “Just a drop” charity.

The ESPA spa at the Corinthia is the real deal with a stainless steel swimming pool and also a vitality pool.  The spa is spread over 4 floors and 3300 square metres.   Themed with black marble, soft leathers and curved walls.

Hair treatments are overseen by Daniel Galvin, hairdresser to the stars since the Twiggy era.

corinthia-gym-1Fitness is the domain of former professional cricketer and a junior international cricket and rugby player, Stephen Price and his professional team which includes Ben Brown, a globally recognised expert in complementary medicines.

The gym is, as you would expect, fitted out with the very best  ‘LifeFitness’ cardio vascular and strength machines, Powerplate, free weights area and also offers private personal training pods.

First time visitors are offered the choice of initially meeting the “Gatekeeper”, a naturopathic practitioner,  who will undertake an in depth wellbeing  assessment including iris diagnosis (iridology) which is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the state of the internal structures, tissues and organs of the body.

The team consists of naturopaths,  traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturists and herbalists, osteopaths,  physiotherapists,  personal trainers and spa professionals

The spa offers an extensive range of beauty treatments for both men and women.  There are 17  treatment “pods” including private suites for individuals and couples.

The Day Spa Package offer full use of the Gym, Thermal Floor with Pool, Vitality Pool,  Amphitheatre Sauna,  Steam Room, Ice Fountain, Relaxation areas and Experience showers. Each package includes a glass of Champagne or freshly squeezed juice on arrival, and a 2 course lunch.

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Information:  

Book the Corinthia Hotel

See the Spa

Pictures courtesy of the Corinthia Hotel

 

The Corinthia Hotel is located in the heart of Westminster, close to Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

Address: Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD

 

Cheap hotel option in central London?

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Staying in a central London hotel can be an expensive outlay but quite often, visitors to London are happy to trade bedroom size to make a saving.

If your main requirement is location and you are happy to accept that the bedroom is simply a place to sleep then you can save real money.

How about a middle of the road, unremarkable 3 star hotel just 300 metres from Oxford Street?

We can not extol over its accommodation virtues, its “average”, its concrete purpose built and boring.

But here are the virtues:

Swimming pool

Car parking

Oxford Street – 5 mins walk

Soho – 5 mins walk

Theatreland – 10 minutes walk

Covent Garden – 10 minutes walk

Dominion Theatre – 4 minutes walk

Tripadvisor ranks it around 500 out of 1100 London hotels with most guests being highly positive about the location.  Its big and busy and when full you can have issues getting a quick breakfast but you walk out of the hotel and you are in the very centre of London’s West End.

Which hotel is it?  Its the St Giles Hotel on Tottenham Court Road

At the prices it charges we have to say that it offers value for money

Check it out at:

St Giles Hotel London

 

London Hotels with Private Cinemas

London hotels have many great facilities which can often be used by “non-residents”. The bar and restaurant are the ones most people would think of but then you’ve got the spas and health centres and, at some, the private screening rooms. These mini cinemas have more comfortable seating and are generally more luxurious than your standard multiplex in a shopping mall.

Soho Hotel

Soho Hotel screening room  © Firmdale Hotels

Soho Hotel screening room
© Firmdale Hotels

There are actually two screening rooms here and one offers 3D shows. There’s a regular weekend film club on Sundays at 3.30pm for the ‘film of the week’ which could be a classic or something new. Watching movies can make you hungry so you can have lunch, dinner or afternoon tea when coming to see a movie for just £35.

 

Covent Garden Hotel

Covent Garden Hotel screening room © Firmdale Hotels

Covent Garden Hotel screening room
© Firmdale Hotels

Enjoy afternoon tea before, or dinner afterwards, when visiting the Covent Garden Hotel’s 47-seater screening room. The weekend film club is on Saturdays at 8pm.

Check room rates at the Covent Garden Hotel.

 

One Aldwych

One Aldwych screening room  © One Aldwych

One Aldwych screening room
© One Aldwych

Martini Movies at One Aldwych means dining at lunch or at dinner and seeing a movie in the 30-seater screening room with it’s luxurious blue leather seats. And, of course, there’s a martini cocktail for everyone. Films can be on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so check the current schedule to make a booking. I’ve been here a couple of times and really like the hotel.

Check room rates at One Aldwych.

 

Charlotte Street Hotel

Charlotte Street Hotel screening room © Firmdale Hotels

Charlotte Street Hotel screening room
© Firmdale Hotels

Another weekend film club from the Firmdale Hotels group, the Charlotte Street Hotel has movies at 5pm on Sundays. The hotel’s restaurant and bar is aptly called Oscar and you can dine there before or after the film for £35 per person.

 

The May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Hotel screening room © The May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Hotel screening room
© The May Fair Hotel

This is a much larger private screening room with space for an audience of 201 guests. so is generally used for private screening events.

Check room rates at The May Fair Hotel.

 

W London Leicester Square

W London - Leicester Square screening room © Starwood Hotels

W London – Leicester Square screening room
© Starwood Hotels

The screening room at W London can seat 39 guests and the W Film Club is really well-priced as you don’t have to dine as well. Prices start from £15 and the club’s screenings are on Tuesday nights, twice a month.

Check out the room rates at W London Leicester Square.

 

Courthouse by Doubletree Hilton

Courthouse by Doubletree Hilton screening room © Doubletree Hilton

Courthouse by Doubletree Hilton screening room
© Doubletree Hilton

This hotel has a great history: it was a Magistrate’s Court and the bar has preserved prison cells you can sit inside. Famous names such as Oscar Wilde, Napoleon Bonaparte and John Lennon have all appeared at court cases held here. Today it is the luxury Courthouse by Doubletree Hilton Hotel and the 94-seater screening room has a cinema club on Saturdays at 8pm. I’ve watched a movie here and can vouch for how comfy those seats are.

Check room rates at Courthouse by Doubletree Hilton.

 

This article may also appeal: Everyone Can Enjoy London 5 Star Hotels.

 


 

Feel the burn: London’s top curry houses

They say variety is the spice of life. But to really explore it’s truest meaning, there is no better way to fuel your passion for food than with a trip to a local Indian restaurant.

We all have our favourites, whether it’s the balti in Brick Lane or the butter chicken in Bethnal Green. Yet to separate the wheat from the chaff, check out below some of these hot and spicy numbers that are certain to tickle your taste buds.

Needo Grill - 87 New Road, E1, W: www.needoogrill.co.uk

Needo

(c) Needoo Grill

This cute Pakistani venue treads all over the usual suspects you will find in this particular postcode. Located in the heart of Whitechapel, it has burst onto the scene with gusto.

It offers a delicate melange of the best of both Indian as well as Punjabi cuisine which is considered to be a popular choice among Indian aficionados.

One of the highlights is definitely the succulent mixed grill which is a carnivore’s delight fusing together succulent lamb chops with chicken tikka and seekh kebab. The taste is truly outstanding with numerous subtle flavours.

You can even bring your own drinks while dinner for two won’t set you back more than around the £30 mark.

 

Rasa - 55 Stoke Newington Church Street, W: www.rasarestaurants.com

Rasa

(c) Rasa

Taken from the Sanscrit word, Rasa has a number of different meanings including flavour, affection and extreme pleasure.

 

Situated in Stoke Newington which is currently making a name for itself in the curry world, this bright restaurant is one of the finest vegetarian venues for South Indian cuisine.

 

You can choose from such delights featuring the likes of beetroot and spinach which come in a creamy yogurt sauce finished with mustard seeds, curry leaves and roasted coconut.

 

In addition to this, the Rasa Kayi is a popular hit thanks to its mixture of numerous vegetables including carrots, cauliflower and potatoes. This is simmered away in a delicate garlic, ginger and fennel sauce which has a subtle kick.

 

Other notable highlights feature the Bagar Baingan which brings together a blend of aubergines that are slowly cooked alongside a paste that comprises of roasted onions, coriander seeds, tamarind and chillies. With most mains less than £7, you are really getting plenty of bang for your buck!

 

Dishoom - 12 Upper St Martins Lane, London, WC2H 9FB W: www.dishoom.com
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(c) Dishoom

With its inspiration taken from the old cafes you would normally find in the bustling streets of Bombay, Dishoom gets it spot on. There is a real buzz in this Covent Garden eatery which is enhanced by typical Bollywood signage which sets off the interiors.

 

Meanwhile, there is an all-day offering that incorporates breakfast naan rolls and signature lassis which are a popular favourite with locals and tourists alike.

 

Fast paced and vibrant; why not indulge in their marinated chicken thighs dripping in garlic, ginger and coriander or a sumptuous biryani.

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.

London’s Street Art

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Experience the passion of London’s Street art community

 

We sent our resident photographer, KB, to follow the Alternative London tour of the East Ends Street Art.

Its the most excited we have seen KB and hes thinking of doing the whole thing again!

I’m really glad you sent me there as I extremely enjoyed it. I’m an artist myself, so for me it was very inspiring and interesting. The tour guides have a unbelievable knowledge about street art and history behind most of the artwork on the streets of London. Most of them come from artistic backgrounds, for example my tour guide Josh finished his degree in Fine Art and he was interested in street art and graffiti sine he was 14. Tour itself is really interesting and it doesn’t feel like 2 hours of walking around London. I wish i wasn’t taking as many pictures because I missed out on at least 50% of what he was saying but i think about taking this tour again sometime in April to actually take my time to study these artworks and ask him more questions. I was lucky because as we walked towards Ebor Street, very famous artist Ben Eine (purple jacket) was doing his commissioned street art. Apparently he the only street artist who got his artwork exhibit in the White House.

It really is a great tour and one we can totally recommend.

The guides are very passionate about their art and each tour is different as the art evolves.

You pay the guide whatever you think is fair

For more info see our info page

We also have a Street Art Photo gallery