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Archive for June, 2013

Focus On: Kew The Music 2013

Time to Kew the Music once again as a host of stars gather over six days to deliver a melodical feast for the senses.

 

So what lies in store? Witness a musical odyssey at Kew Gardens thanks to an array of succesful outdoor concerts where picnics are the order of the day. There is a host of talent behind the azaleas and rhodedendrons inside such as the likes of Blondie, Paul Weller as well as Soul II Soul.

 

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(c) constantlyonthewaytoabetterplace.blogspot

 

Beginning on the 9th of July, take your seat overlooking the grandiose Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens and soak up the sights and sounds of some of the best performers over the last two decades.

 

Previous concerts have seen a who’s who of music unfurl before your very eyes including  Status Quo, James Morrison and the Gipsy Kings playing.

 

If you really want to live it up al fresco then why not pre order your very own picnic hamper. This is crammed full with a number of different goodies that will not leave you hungry for more…and that’s not just the performers on show!

 

Treats feature a host of Peyton and Byrne delights that are as quintessentially British as Sue Barker polishing off a glass of Pimms at SW19.

 

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(c) chroniclive.co.uk

 

But if that’s not quite your tipple then check out some of the other things lying at the bottom of your basket. This features organic chicken not to mention ham pies, roast beef with a horseradish cream and plenty of pink lemonade to wash it all down.

 

Peyton and Byrne

(c) forevereggsploring.com

 

You can simply collect your picnic set on the night from the designated collection area when you decide to attend your chosen concert.

 

There is even the chance to indulge in a sumptuous barbecue at the Pavilion Restaurant where you can spoil yourself with a wealth of classic cocktails and the very best in British produce.

 

Tip your cap and salute some incredible cuisine that will have you not only rocking but rolling to the music including Jools Holland. He will be accompanied as ever by his renowned Rhythm and Blues Orchestra that have performed around the world including at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

 

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(c) pooleandbournemouth.co.uk

 

Don’t miss out on award winning Aussie outfit Brown Brothers who will be providing their array of wines at the event. With their first vintage dating back to 1889, this is certainly going to be a Bonza event. Kew The Music runs between the 9th and 14th of July.

 

Need a place to stay? Then check out some of the wonderful hotels near Kew Gardens that will offer the perfect morning after the night before.

 

Now that’s what I call music.

 

 

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

Sculpture In The City

 

For the next 12 months there are artworks by world-famous artists on the streets of the City of London for Sculpture in the City. It is a free outdoor exhibition and you can see all eight pieces in under an hour so it’s a fun reason to explore this area of London.

 

I’d recommend starting from Liverpool Street Station and this is the first artwork you’ll find:

 

Love (Artist: Robert Indiana)

Love (Artist: Robert Indiana)

 

These city workers don’t seem to have noticed the famous artwork right behind them. I wonder what they’re looking at. Anyway, here’s another photo of Love by Robert Indiana:

 

Love (Artist: Robert Indiana)

Love (Artist: Robert Indiana)

 

Really great, isn’t it? When you’ve enjoyed this first one cross over at the lights and turn right and then turn left just before Bishopsgate Tower (a building site) for a cut through to the Gherkin. Before you reach 30 St Mary Axe (the address and the ‘proper’ name for the Gherkin) you’ll find three more of the artworks. The first took some detective work and I think we can safely say this is the strangest bench in London:

 

Bench/Mar Street, E8 (Artist: Keith Coventry)

Bench/Mare Street, E8 (Artist: Keith Coventry)

 

But surely the actual seat is missing? Has an artwork been stolen? Not in this CCTV covered district, this is how the artwork is supposed to look. Yeah, I’m not sure about this one either. Here’s another picture of ‘Bench’ that you can’t sit on:

 

Bench/Mar Street, E8 (Artist: Keith Coventry)

Bench/Mare Street, E8 (Artist: Keith Coventry)

 

Turn around and you’ll see a sculpture that has the best name of the lot: More Really Shiny Things That Don’t Really Mean Anything.

 

More Really Shiny Things That Don't Really Mean Anything (Artist: Ryan Gander)

More Really Shiny Things That Don’t Really Mean Anything (Artist: Ryan Gander)

 

And here’s a close up of those unimportant shiny things:

 

More Really Shiny Things That Don't Really Mean Anything (Artist: Ryan Gander)

More Really Shiny Things That Don’t Really Mean Anything (Artist: Ryan Gander)

 

I mentioned there are three artworks in this area but where is the other? I was glad I looked on the official website before heading out as I knew to look up but I didn’t know it was going to be that high!

 

Twenty-Four Hour Flag (Artist: Richard Wentworth)

Twenty-Four Hour Flag (Artist: Richard Wentworth)

 

So what is it up there that’s attached to the building? Here’s a close-up:

 

Twenty-Four Hour Flag (Artist: Richard Wentworth)

Twenty-Four Hour Flag (Artist: Richard Wentworth)

 

Yes, they are kitchen chairs. Artists, eh?

 

Now walk over to the Gherkin and you won’t fail to miss the huge corten steel dinosaurs which were the first large scale outdoor sculpture project created by brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman in 2007.

 

The Good, The Bag, The Ugly (Artists: Jake and Dinos Chapman)

The Good, The Bag, The Ugly (Artists: Jake and Dinos Chapman)

 

There are three dinosaurs (there’s one behind the seven metre high T-Rex) but I liked this angle to photograph.

 

Look across to the Lloyd’s Building and you’ll pass two more artworks before you reach there. The first is by Antony Gormley and involves two of his famous people sculptures, leaning outwards.

 

Parallel Field (Artist: Antony Gormley)

Parallel Field (Artist: Antony Gormley)

 

I thought it might be good to highlight the sculptures in that busy photograph. I waited ages to be able to see them both as I was there on a weekday lunchtime which is a busy time for city workers.

 

The other artwork here is String Quintet:

 

String Quartet (Artist: Shira Zeh Houshiary)

String Quartet (Artist: Shira Zeh Houshiary)

 

In all the madness of the previous artworks this one stood out the least to me. Maybe it would be good to see again when it’s leaving interesting shadows.

 

The last artwork is just past the Lloyd’s Building and is another by Robert Indiana.

 

One Through Zero (Artist: Robert Indiana)

One Through Zero (Artist: Robert Indiana)

 

I do think his large bright style works well as outdoor artwork in the City. These pieces were only installed last week but it was good to see they are being cared for. Yeah, number three is my favourite number too.

 

One Through Zero (Artist: Robert Indiana)

One Through Zero (Artist: Robert Indiana)

 

Sculpture in the City is well worth an hour of anyone’s time. You can find out more at cityoflondon.gov.uk/sculptureinthecity.

 

If you visit soon you can also catch the City of London Festival which has over 100 free events this summer including this kind of thing:

 

City of London Festival - Trees for Cities

City of London Festival – Trees for Cities

 

Yes, they were painting the trees ultramarine blue outside St Paul’s Cathedral! It was for Trees for Cities (more info).

 

If you’d like to spend more time in the City there are plenty of great hotels in the City of London and it’s really quiet in the evenings and at the weekends.

 

 


A “First” – a hotel that does not want publicity

A very strange thing happened today.

A London hotel opening shortly told us to take down the page we had compiled about them.
The reasons “no permission”, “bad images”, “misrepresentation”.
When we checked on Google there were other sites with the same hotel info and pre opening pictures.
All I can think of is that as it was at the top of page one on Google they did not want any competition.
Normally, new hotels welcome any publicity they can get and in this case we had even contacted the hotel and requested if at some point in the future we could send around our photographer and do an article on our blog site.
In 15 years this is a “first”.
I wonder if they will also tell the big guys like Booking.com to do the same when they offer the hotel?
Hotels need to realise that business comes from many sources and not just their own direct ones.
The hotel in question? The London Edition.
Needless to say our business for that area will be going to the Sanderson.
Come back The Berners Hotel all is forgiven!

 

here is the email

Ohare, Jill (EDITION Hotels) <Jill.Ohare@editionhotels.com>
26 Jun

to me

Dear Ian,

 

I note that you are featuring The London EDITION already, without the correct name, verbiage, images and also without our permission.

http://london-hotels.co.uk/edition-hotel-1057.html

Please come back to me ASAP as this is a terrible misrepresentation of our hotel.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jill

 

Restaurant Spy: Galeto, Soho

W1 is going all Brazilian this month with the brand new launch of Galeto on Dean Street. If you are not dancing to the beats of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South America, then this venue will have you up on your feet.

 

After all we have a bit of Latin spirit in all of us…especially after a Bacardi or two! So what is all the fuss about I hear you ask? Well Gelato is cooking up a street eating storm quicker than you can stir up a mojito.

 

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(c) designmynight.com

 

You can have the chance to sample a number of different dishes with street food at the very heart of it. This is coupled with a host of Brazilian inspired cocktails and beers.

 

The brainchild behind Gelato is down to none other than Leo Alexander, formerly of Pizza Express as well as renowned restaurateur and all-conquering foodie Antonio Romani.

 

The interiors feature the usual melange of reclaimed furniture and outlandish lighting while the venue takes its motivation from the typical Favelas of Rio. Meanwhile there is also a wealth of art adoring the walls thanks to up and coming graffiti artist Milo Tchais. Looks like the South American Willy Wonka has run afoot here but no doubt they have broken the mould with Galeto.

 

Hungry to learn more? Well you won’t be disappointed as you can feast on its signature dish known as Galeto – a succulent half chicken that has been marinaded for a minimum of 24 hours finished with Molhos dips and garlic cream.

 

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(c) streetartlondon.co.uk

 

Other culinary highlights to watch out for include rump steak burgers that will melt in the mouth not to mention all those South American favourite such as black beans, salsa and several vibrant salads.

 

This “streatery” concept is certainly on trend. If you still have enough room to do the Samba and are as quick as Pele’s dribbling, then why not check out their open plan kitchen. This features typical Robata grills and even if you can’t see the action, they are bringing it direct to you via screens that have been specially installed!

 

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(c) empireonline.com

 

Coinciding with the actual carnival taking place on the streets of Rio, you can wash everything down with a typical South American lager or cocktail which will set you up for the evening.

 

But if you want a sweet finish then don’t miss out on their Banana frita. This blends together a melange of citrus flavours including orange and lime  or for those chocholics the Rosquinha de chocolate featuring fresh donuts will leave you wanting more.

 

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(c) tkey.co.uk

 

Galeto literally means “little chicken” in Portuguese. In no time, everyone in the capital will find out that the bird is definately the word.

 

Saude!

 

 

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.

Great London Speakeasies

One of the latest London bar themes is the Speakeasy style from the American prohibition days. As the original speakeasies often had no windows to avoid detection, the modern day ones tend to follow on the same theme in basements.
  
Barts
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3DW

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First you have to find it!  Barts is hidden within the Chelsea Cloisters apartment block but just ask the Concierge and he will point you in the right direction.  When you arrive at the nondescript black entry door you will be checked out from the other side before (hopefully) being let in.

Regulars have a key card but you have to earn that!

The interior is quirky and includes a chest of wigs and clothing so you can even look the part.

Cocktails are served from teapots and in true Prohibition style teacups are used as drink receptacles. If you dont fancy cocktails its not a problem as they have regular drinks like lager and champagne.

Food is available and consists of really good snack type things such as nachos.

Local hotels near to Barts include the Rembrandt Hotel on Thurloe Place and the 4 star Myhotel Chelsea on Ixworth Place.
 
 
 
Evans and Peel Detective Agency
310c Earls Court Rd; London SW5 9BA

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Evans and Peel is a cool subterranean lounge bar where the roaring 20s are brought back in grand old fashion. It is considered to be as secret as those devilish Morse coders during the Second World War. Even the menu proclaims “At all times do not draw unwanted attention to our venue.”
The charade of booking appointments and waiter in Poirot style language continues until you reach the sanctum of the uber funky exposed brick walls and dark, mysterious interiors.

See the Guards Before They Go to Buckingham Palace

 

I do enjoy watching the ceremonial duties of the Foot Guards of the Queen’s Guard who protect the Queen and royal palaces. The Queen’s Guards are all part of the Household Division who have guarded the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces since 1660. These are no tin soldiers as all are serving members of the armed forces.

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Inspection at Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

Got to be Early

 

You need to get in position early to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace as although the ceremony starts at 11.30am (daily in the summer and alternate days in the winter) you won’t see much if you arrive then as the crowds are impressive as this is great free entertainment.

 

Looks like one of the Inspectors had his family visiting at Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Looks like one of the Inspectors had his family visiting at Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

 

Not Just Buckingham Palace

 

There are other locations where you can see the Guards including Friary Court at St James Palace for an 11am inspection as they come off duty. The ‘Old Guard’ marches down The Mall to Buckingham Palace to join up with the other Guards there who are also getting ready to finish their shift.

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

Wellington Barracks

 

Over at Wellington Barracks on the other side of St James’s Park is where the ‘New Guard’ is getting ready and that’s where I recommend going to watch. (It’s where all of these photos were taken.) Arrive around 11am and you’ll see the Guards already out and being inspected. These Guards start their day around 4am when they are on ceremonial duty as they have to polish and brush their uniform to perfection.

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

 

From about 11.10am the military band at Wellington Barracks plays music while the Guards wait for the New Guard’s Regimental Colour to arrive. This is essentially a large flag.

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

Unrestricted View

 

They all march out from Wellington Barracks, along Birdcage Walk, around 11.30am to go to Buckingham Palace and you’ll then notice the huge crowds that will have amassed while you get to see this part of the ceremony with an unrestricted view. I’d definitely recommend going to Wellington Barracks if you would like to see the Guards for longer as you get around 30 minutes watching them here during their preparations.

 

Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

A whole host of ceremonial details take place at Buckingham Palace while the New Guard takes over the role of protectors. When the Old Guard are ready to leave they march back to Wellington Barracks around 12.05pm. If you’ve not managed to see much of the Changing of the Guard ceremony this is another opportunity to get some great photos as they march back in quick time.

 

The Guards leaving Wellington Barracks  © Laura Porter

The Guards leaving Wellington Barracks
© Laura Porter

 

There are many great hotels near St James’s Park. I stayed at St Ermin’s Hotel recently and am happy to recommend it.

More pages:

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

About Buckingham Palace and where to stay

 

No faith in Tripadvisor

I have fallen out with TripAdvisor.
I am what they call a “Top Contributor” and that alone should qualify me to write truthful reviews which I always do.
So, when I was recently in Thailand and stayed at a diabolical hotel, I wrote a factual, and scathing, report about it.
Not thinking much about it, a few weeks later I realised that I had not received a notification of it being published. On checking I found it to be nowhere. First I thought it must be me that had inadvertently lost it so I rewrote it.
This time I received an email from TripAdvisor asking me to confirm it was my article. I replied immediately confirming it was indeed my article.
They then wrote to me and said it contravened their guidelines but would not elaborate.
I rewrote it omitting the bit about the hotel being a firetrap and they once again checked with me and then published it.
Next thing was that I got a threatening email from the hotel so I forwarded that to Tripadvisor.
I also contacted another senior reviewer of that same hotel who had also been negative about his stay and he also confirmed he had received an email from the same hotel and had also forwarded it to TripAdvisor
Well guess that, both our reviews have “disappeared” from the TripAdvisor page.
Why would that be?
Whatever the reason it means that Joe Public is not seeing all the comments available for a property.
I am now on the growing bandwagon that does not believe all the reviews that I read from any commercial source (and in the instance of the hotel in question, judging by the number of reviews that are single reviews I believe that some are bogus).
Its a shame as I used to be a huge supporter of TripAdvisor but I feel that despite my many contributions over the last 6 years, the allegiance and enthusiasm has been a one way street.

Focus On: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Time to whip out the cream and dust off your best Centre Court jacket. As players from all over the world gather for the start of Wimbledon on June 24th there will no doubt be some starry eyed teenagers dreaming of their own appearance on the hallowed courts of SW19.

 

But for a real insider glimpse and a trip down memory lane, why not visit the Lawn Tennis Museum? Enjoy all that there is to know about possibly one of the greatest sporting events in the world.

 

As we all cross our fingers and toes one more year for a British winner don’t make a Murray Mound out of a molehill just yet!

 

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(c) Wimbledon.com

 

Before everything becomes a little too tense, you can sample all the history and gaze in awe at a host of sporting memorabilia. This includes the likes of the original trophies as well as the chance to see how a racket is made.

 

In addition to this, for those fashionistas out there (you know who you are!) who crave some vintage style then don’t worry as you will also be well catered for.

 

Check out the inspiring uniforms which stretch right back to the beginning of the tournament back in 1884. With dresses and shirts that would not look out of place on an Agatha Christie production, there is plenty of va va voom in those outfits.

 

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(c) Wimbledon.com

 

Meanwhile, there is also an exclusive virtual tour that will offer an insight into the futue of this glorious venue that sees Roger Federer returning once more to defend his title in 2013.

 

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(c) Wimbledon.com

 

 

Other highlights you simply cannot afford to miss feature clips and footage from all the great action spanning the last 80 years not to mention CentreCourt360.

 

Opened in 2009, this fully interactive gallery encompasses details on the new retractable roof and a viewing platform, where you can have the ability to take advantage of a birds eye view across many of the prestigious courts.

 

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(c) Wimbledon.com

 

If you do not have any tickets for the main event then fear not dear friends as there are a host of bars that will be tending to your every tennis need. All you need to decide is what you are going to order with that jug of Pimms!

 

Check out Yager Bar (2 Old Change Court, London, EC4M 8EN) which only has 12 screens on offer, while Bluebird in Chelsea (350 King’s Rd,  London, SW3 5UU) will be transforming their outdoor courtyard into a bespoke tennis lawn!

 

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(c) Bluebird

 

If you need somewhere to stay during the tournament, then take a look at just some of the hotels in Wimbledon that are available.

 

Are you ready for play?

 

 

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.

Kew IncrEdibles Summer Festival

Sam Bompass  © Laura Porter

Sam Bompass
© Laura Porter

This summer Kew Gardens is welcoming anyone who likes eating. Oh, that would be everyone! As the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew has many weird and exotic edible plants and is inviting visitors to experience first-hand a selection of the 12,000 species we can feast on. Hopefully you’ll come away wanting to try something new for dinner as there are many more edible plants available than most of us ever try.

 

© Laura Porter

© Laura Porter

 

But this isn’t just about growing plants and eating. Oh no, Kew have laid on lots of fun for this summer festival including boating on the Palm House Pond. This would be lovely in itself as boating hasn’t been available here since 1755 but to add to the fun the water has been dyed blue. The fish and birds which use the pond are not at all bothered by the new blue-ness and it looks a lot more appealing than usual. The idea of the boating lake comes from Bompas & Parr who are known as Architectural Foodsmiths. The pond is now the ‘Tutti Frutti Boating Lake’ and you can row over to Pineapple Island and through Banana Grotto. It’s bright and good fun and worth trying.

 

©  RBG Kew

© RBG Kew

 

Tutti Frutti Boating Lake – open daily until Sunday 1 September 2013. Opens 10am (last boat ride 1 hour before closing), tickets available from kiosk by the pond). £4.50 Adults, £2.50 Kids.

 

Rose Garden Tea Party

©  RBG Kew

© RBG Kew

If you can drag yourself away from the fun on the pond, head into the Palm House to find 60 tropical edible plants, then go behind the Palm House to the Rose Garden Tea Party. This long wooden dining table has edible plants growing out of teapots, tureens and platters. Everyone is welcome to sit down and read the hand-painted Staffordshire crockery which has plant illustrations from Kew’s archives and plants associated with a traditional English afternoon tea.

 

© Laura Porter

© Laura Porter

 

Next to the Palm House is the Waterlilly House where 30 species of chillies can be seen alongside tropical edibles with lots of recipe ideas too.

 

Global Kitchen Garden

 

On the Great Lawn in front of Kew Palace is the Global Kitchen Garden with two semi-circular raised beds dedicated to herbs and five outer beds representing different regions of the world including South America, West Asia and Europe. This is where you can discover where your favourite foods come from and see how well they can grow in the UK. I liked the Picnic Garden near here which has hops growing up through the middle of the table and covering a parasol frame to provide shade later in the summer.

 

© Laura Porter

© Laura Porter

 

I really enjoyed seeing Kew IncrEdibles at the start of the festival and hope to return during the summer, especially as I didn’t get to play at the Bouncy Carrot Patch. There are giant inflatable carrot tops outside the south end of The Princess of Wales Conservatory which you may have to wrestle the kids off so you can have a go too.

 

©  RBG Kew

© RBG Kew

 

Kew IncrEdibles is on from 25 May 2013 to 3 November 2013. Find out more from the official website: www.kew.orgFind a hotel new Kew Gardens.

 

 

Restaurant Spy: Hutong comes to London

This is certainly no Hong Kong phooey dear friends.

 

Considered to be one of the leading restaurants throughout Hong Kong, this venue is not even open yet. It’s becoming a little bit like Chinese whispers to keep this Oriental venue under wraps as Hutong comes to the capital this month.

 

Blending together in perfect harmony like a pair of chopsticks to dim sum, the restaurant will focus on a wealth of inspirational cuisine taken from the rolling lands of Northern China.

 

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(c) wikia.com

 

Set to open in the grandiose Shard building located in the heart of the South Bank you will have the chance to indulge in a host of dishes from not only Shanghai but Sichuan and Shandong.

 

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(c) designmynight.com

 

Although our spies tell us it’s not open for salivating capitalists just yet, you can build up an appetite before you reach the 33rd floor of one of the capital’s most aesthetically pleasing buildings.

 
So what are the tasty delights to watch out for? There is a succulent lamb that has been deboned and cooked three times slowly not to mention soft shell crab which uses nothing but the finest Sichuan peppers and a range of seafood delicacies.

 

Other highlights include a Kung Po prawns which have been wok fried as well as bamboo clams and of course that old favourite Peking Duck which is specially roasted thanks to their signature duck oven. Now that’s enough to ruffle even the hardiest of critics feathers.

 

Shard

(c) wikipedia

 

Meanwhile, you can bask in the glorious and incredible panoramic views as you tuck in. Now that’s worth waiting for would not you say! Oh did I mention there will be an array of dim sum on offer to tempt you further?

 

When it comes to the interior design at Hutong, no detail has been spared and evokes the ancient city of Beijing thanks to its silk curtains and classic red laters with plenty of wood paneling for good measure. Watch out for the retro tea canisters that date back more than 50 years ago.

 

If you have a thirst for more knowledge then an atrium bar awaits that connects Hutong to another venue set to open in July entitled Aqua Shard.

Shard

(c) The Shard

 

Both venues come from the stable of David Yeo who will be responsible for this British fine dining establishment that can be found just two floors below on level 31.

 

Taking over the helm in the kitchen will be Anthony Garlando, who has a host of impressive culinary credentials which has seen him work for the likes of Pierre Gagnaire.

 

Want to find a spectacular place to stay in SE1? Then check out the fabulous Bermondsey Square Hotel or the 4 star London Bridge Hotel where galleries and theatres will unfurl right before your very eyes.

 

 

 

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.