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Focus On: Top Hotels in Leicester Square

Whether you are on a theatre break or want to go wild in the aisles, there are plenty of choices to rest your head in Leicester Square. With easy access to all the shops, bars and restaurants around Covent Garden, it really is one of the most central locations for a stay in London.

 

A capital idea you might think, but with so much choice you might be already exhausted and that’s before you look for a hotel! Fear not dear friends as for your eyes only, here are some of the finest experiences guests can enjoy in Leicester Square.

 

W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, Westminster, London, W1D 6QF

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Situated in the heart of the West End, the W London is on many traveller’s wish lists. This luxury 5 star venue oozes style and sophistication.

 

It offers close proxmity to not only the vibrant Chinatown district but Soho as well as Piccadilly Circus which are all walkable. Each of its 192 rooms enjoy modern interiors not to mention a number of different mod cons.

 

This includes the likes of  oversize plasma TVs, docking systems for your iPods and an extensive media library. In addition, floor to ceiling windows ensures you can take advantage of vistas which overlook Leicester Square itself.

 

If you cannot bare to leave then why not check out Away Spa which features a wellbeing centre, spa and hot tub. The lively Wyld Bar is the place to see and be seen with its glittering mirror balls and string of live DJs, whilst their private screening room seats up to 39 people.

 

If that’s not enough then why not sample the delights of Southeast Asian delicacies thanks to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market restaurant. Plus, if you really are stuck then let the W Insiders assist you with any pressing queries.

 

Cafe Royal Hotel, 68 Regent Street, West End -Soho, Westminster, London, W1B 4DY

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Minutes from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street, Café Royal Hotel is within a stone’s throw of Theatreland, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.

 

Blending stunning architectural heritage with modern interiors, this has been a real hit on the hotel scene. You can enjoy your very own private butler, whilst each of the 160 rooms don’t disappoint either. Decadent marble bathrooms, free daily newspapers and sound systems by Bang & Olufsen are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

You can experience classic British dishes at the Ten Room or sip a cocktail in the bar which provides an array of French period décor. To round things off, the holistic well-being centre with hammam will soon bring you down to terra firma with a gentle bump.

 

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, 31-36 Leicester Square, Westminster, London, WC2H 7LH

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Boasting impressive views of the capital, the plush Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire is another firm favourite. Based right on Leicester Square, it is the ideal place to explore not only Chinatown but Soho, Covent Garden or even take in a show or two.

 

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It’s 124 rooms provide fluffy bathrobes, dedicated work areas, air conditioning and entertainment systems. There is also an elegant restaurant serving up both British and Mediterranean specialities.

 

Why not warm up this winter and book yourself a treat in one of these impressive venues. For these and other hotels in Leicester Square, check out what’s on offer here.

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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.

Hotel Spy: Top Hotels on the South Bank

London has some spectacular places to visit. From the glorious north of Hampstead Heath to the bright lights and even bigger department stores of Oxford Street. You can even throw in Westminster and trendy Shoreditch and we’d still not cover it all.

 

But the South Bank has been a firm favourite with many locals and travellers alike. Thanks to a dazzling array of international cuisine you can really get up close and personal with some top end riverside dining.

 

Yet when it comes to places to stay the list is as long as David Moyes’ list of transfer targets. Here for your eyes only are some of the best hotel contenders in the area.

 

Marriott County Hall, London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7PB

 

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The Marriott County Hall, London

 

With stunning vistas of some of the major sites in London including Big Ben and the River Thames you would be hard pressed to find a better location.

 

Steeped in history, the Marriott County Hall enjoys 5 star luxury within minutes of the South Bank. Guests can take advantage of 200 spacious rooms offering decadent marble bathrooms as well as a host of modern amenities.

 

This includes a plasma TV with extensive cable channels, fluffy bathrobes as well as a wellbeing centre and pool. The best bit is Waterloo Station is only 10 minutes away and you can even stroll to Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey in under half an hour. Nice.

 

Hungry for more? Well tuck into one of their succulent hunk of meat which can be found at Gillrays Steakhouse & Bar which delivers an array of steaks and classic British cuisine.

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7UT

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The Park Plaza boasts an enviable position within touching distance of The London Eye not to mention a wealth of theatres.

 

In addition, you won’t have to walk far to the station either as it less than 600 metres away. Ideal for those shopping trips and miles of sightseeing adventures!

 

You can benefit from not just rooms but there are also studios and apartments at this particular site with mod cons ranging from mini fridges and safes to dedicated work desks.

 

Guests can work up a sweat thanks to the on-site fitness centre which is available round the clock, whilst there is a sauna, steam room and 15 metre pool if you want to cool off.

 

Mandara Spa offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind but if its modern award winning cuisine you are after the Park Plaza has this covered too.

 

Its dining options offer Brasserie Joel, Ichi Sushi and Sashami but if you feel like an elegant afternoon tea then head to the stylish 1WB Lounge and Patisserie.

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Citizen M Bankside 20 Lavington Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0NZ

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Stylish and playful, the Citizen M Bankside has been turning plenty of heads for its innovative design. This modern 4 star hotel is close to several galleries including the Tate Modern.

 

Bedrooms do not disappoint either with mood lights and a hands on tablet device which allows you to control all its mod cons from the lighting to the LED TV. It certainly is all in the detail.

 

Highlights include CanteenM providing a range of tasty treats, selection of drinks and warm dishes round the clock.

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Focus On: Tune Hotel, Paddington

We all like a bargain don’t we? Yet as we trawl the web in order to look for a bargain or two there is a new contender on the “no frills” hotel scene. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the world of Tune Hotels.

 

These simple and affordable venues have already made their mark on the capital. Its motto is a “5-star sleeping experience at 1 star prices,” but does it live up to the hype? Guests can enjoy Tune Hotels across London in Westminster, Liverpool Street not to mention King’s Cross.

 

Officially part of the Tune Group, under the umbrella of QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, he has several other strings to his business portfolio. This includes AirAsia as well as dabbling in the Caterham Formula One team.

 

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With sites across the globe from the Philippines to Thailand and Australia, Tune hopes to expand its hospitality empire to more than 100 hotels in the next 12 months.

 

Yet its Paddington hotel offers one of the best central locations for exploring the sites where you can easily reach several points of interest. This features not only Hyde Park but London Zoo, Oxford Street and is just minutes from the array of restaurants on the Edgware Road.

 

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Based on a restricted service model, all Tune Hotels provide a pay as you use concept when it comes to services including TV, Wi-Fi access and even toiletries.

 

So to the hotel itself. Located on Praed Street its bright red post office colour appearance from the outside should not deter you from entering. Its warming lobby space coupled with fast and efficient service has already made it a popular choice in the Paddington area.

 

In addition to this, each of the 137 rooms has been designed with the optimum space and efficiency in mind. The focus is very much on its ethos to give you the very best for the lowest price.

 

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You will be able to choose from a number of different in-room facilities ranging from comfortable Hypnos beds and individual climate control to power showers.

 

It’s certainly out with the old and in with the new as amenities such as a wellbeing centre and room service has been removed in order to enhance the overall experience.

 

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There is even a coffee shop next door which non-residents will be able to use and is reasonably priced for a light bite or coffee.

 

In spite of the budget friendly approach which has been taken by Tune Hotels, you can always purchase the extra add ons if you really need a bit more pampering.

 

If you want to compare and contrast other hotels in Paddington then check out the link here.

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Focus On: One Aldwych, Covent Garden

If it’s luxury you are after then look no further than the glorious One Aldwych in the heart of London’s West End. The experience starts from the moment you walk in thanks to its Edwardian period architecture.

 

Theatre lovers will adore its location being so close to a number of different venues, whilst it offers shoppers the chance to explore all the shops, bars and trendy restaurants around Covent Garden.

 

But you may not want to leave as the luxury experience can be seen from the high ceilings and well turned out staff to the facilities inside.

 

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There is a swimming pool which features a range of underwater sounds not to mention a collection of steam rooms. The health club is one of the best in the capital when it comes to relaxation.

 

In addition, the three treatments rooms will ensure you feel both relaxed and rejuvenated at least until its time to check out! Why not indulge in one of their extensive massages or therapies using the finest lotions and potions.

 

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But wait, we have not even lifted the lid on those sumptuous rooms. Oozing modernity not to mention enjoying a wealth of mod cons, guests can enjoy a wide variety of services from Frette linen and docks for your iPod to PlanTation toiletries and several other touches.

 

You can even enjoy a spot of TV from the comfort of your bathroom if it gets a little bit too much. Aside from free Wi-Fi access throughout, rooms offer fresh fruit and blooms which are hand delivered to your door every day. Now that’s what you call service.

 

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There are a couple of excellent dining options available at One Aldwych featuring Indigo which delivers a wealth of modern European dishes.

 

Axis at One Aldwych is another contender not to be underestimated and provides a tasty Modern British selection with the focus very much on fresh local produce.

 

The Lobby Bar is always a vibrant and buzzy place for innovative cocktails not to mention a spot of high tea. In fact their latest offering has wowed many critics and diners alike.

 

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Taking its inspiration from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which has just launched at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, One Aldwych has come up with a truly mesmerising afternoon tea.

 

Chocoholics will certainly have a field day here with several delights to whet your appetite such as rich golden caramel eggs, blueberry brioche, Cocoa bean financier and more – all supported by the magic and wonder of Roald Dahl.

 

Throw in an exclusive Cocktail Charlie and a collection of award-winning teas from the Tea Palace and you are in for a genuine decadent experience.

 

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This unique Afternoon tea is priced at £34.50 per person, whilst if you want to upgrade it will cost £43 per head and includes either a choice of a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne or their signature cocktail.

 

One Aldwych sets the benchmark in hospitality, but there are other hotels in Covent Garden which guests can enjoy. Time for tea don’t you think?

 

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Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Restaurant Spy: House of Ho

If you think the London restaurant scene is slowing down for Christmas then think again dear friends. In fact you might have to undo another notch on that belt or buy an extra-large festive jumper so you can fit in another opening next month.

 

Our moles can reveal that Old London Town is playing host to The House of Ho from Bobby Chinn. This brand new restaurant is all ready to go on the 6th of January 2014.

 

Why not sneak in one more glug of sherry with that mince pie and head on down to Old Compton Street in the heart of Soho to get your eat on.

 

Born in New Zealand, Chinn has lived in numerous countries already from the USA to Vietnam. Chinn actually achieved a bachelor degree in finance and economics during his stay in the United States and was even a financer for a short period of time on Wall Street.

 

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In 1996, he then set up Restaurant Bobby Chinn and his television credits have included appearances on the Beeb’s Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 hosted by Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy.

 

Modern Vietnamese is definitely the order of the day here with plenty of inspiration taken from Chinn’s experience in the Far East. Stretched over two decades, this has seen him work in a host of kitchens across the likes of not only Hanoi but Saigon.

 

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In addition, the Vietnamese cookery on display will no doubt enthral plenty of diners with a melange of both of authentic as well as adventurous grub. So what’s cooking over at the House of Ho?

 

You can chow down on signature dishes such as Smokey aubergine and crispy shallots served with a warm scallion vinaigrette not to mention a delicate apple-smoked pork belly, shredded confit duck banana blossom salad and an intriguing seafood ceviche for all those nautical fans.

 

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Other culinary highlights include “Shaking Beef” and an oozy molton, arou chocolate cake. There is also an extensive wine selection which takes in a wealth of countries with around 60 bins to choose from.

 

Watch out for the range of sakes available, whilst you are sure to be stirred into a frenzy with the impressive cocktail list. Signature drinks feature the ‘Ho’rny Devil incorporating lemongrass vodka, Vietnamese Devil’s Chilli and fresh coconut for a taste of paradise.

 

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This 90 seater joint is raring to go for the New Year with a 10 metre bar and oak wooden flooring to boot. It may be stormy and wet outside but you can always warm up at the delightful House of Ho.

 

Chinn up it could be worse!

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Focus On: Mark’s Bar at Selfridges

Fancy picking up a pair of brand spanking new shoes whilst enjoying a cocktail? Well now you can thanks to Mark’s Bar which has just opened up inside Selfridges, one of the most iconic department stores in the world.

 

So put on your best party hats and join the festivities this month. The motivation behind this particular setup is to celebrate the first anniversary of Selfridge’s all-embracing male shoe department.

 

No, you are most definately not seeing double as designer Lee Broom has been specially commissioned to open up Mark’s Bar on the first floor. Deemed as the smallest cocktail bar in the world, our moles tell us that it’s probably a shoe in for the title!

 

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This pop up watering hole is of course fronted by leading restaurateur Mark Hix who already has a restaurant behind Selfridge’s famous doors on the ground floor.

 

Inside you will find a diverse collection of contemporary furnishings, whilst the bar itself offers extreme portability meaning it can be shifted to any given location.

 

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Pop ups are certainly all the rage in the capital but this special venue really has it all…bar none. The key elements only involve three basic parts, a sideboard not to mention a hostess trolley and a matching drawer set.

 

All of these have been made with loving care and affection thanks to some intricate design work exclusively produced in the United Kingdom.

 

In addition to this, nothing but the finest walnut wood has been utilised alongside a number of different brass works. The bar can also be seen as an individual furniture installation piece when it is not being used and sits together as an ideal one off component.

 

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Thirsty for more? It may be small in stature but this pop definately packs a punch. Choose from delights such as Hix Kix involving Morello cherry doused in Somerset eau de vie and finished with Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 as well as Last Man Standing.

 

This little number incorporates Beefeater 24 London Dry gin, Antica Formula sweet vermouth and a dash of Campari.

 

Other drinks have taken their inspiration from shoemakers themselves with an intriguing Mocassin Martini featuring Belvedere vodka Kahlua coffee liqueur, white sugar syrup and espresso, a West Country Winkle Picker using Somerset cider brandy and a Dirty Old Boot Martini with green olives.

 

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But wait there is more dear friends. Why not enjoy some tasty treats to go with those cocktails? Things kick off in style with Moons Green beer stix, whilst you can sample a sinful Ronnie’s chocolate cake and an aptly titled Coronation chicken slipper.

 

Looks like everyone will be having a Merry Hixmas this year.

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Focus On: Festive Films @ BFI Southbank

With a handful of shopping weeks until the big day, why not take things a little easier and join in the festive fun at BFI Southbank. You will no doubt see a twinkle in both kids and adults alike as this popular venue takes centre stage for a magnificent Christmas film fiesta.

 

Situated towards the south of Waterloo Bridge comprising of the main cultural hub along the iconic South Bank, there’s plenty to see and do in the local area. This includes a dizzying array of shops, bars and restaurants not to mention the River Thames in all its glory.

 

BFI has seen a number of different unique films over the years as well as an annual film festival all of its own. But that’s enough hogging the limelight for the time being.

 

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Christmas at BFI Southbank is set to fill you with a warm glow all over and that’s before the mulled wine kicks in! Bask in some of the most nostalgic films of all time thanks to exclusive screenings featuring the likes of It’s A Wonderful Life.

 

There will also be a couple of modern classics thrown in for good measure thanks to Jim Henson as The Muppet Christmas Carol comes riding into Old London Town.

 

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An ideal way to spend the afternoon or evening, It’s A Wonderful Life will no doubt capture the mood with not a Bah Humbug in sight.

 

It stars James Stewart who plays the role of a small town man who is paid a visit by a guardian angel after being swept up by despair before the Christmas period.

 

However, there are still more stocking fillers to tempt you down to SE1. Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas is yet another Crimbo treat for BFI fans.

 

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With the added benefit of glorious three dimensions, this particular film is brought to life on the silver screen by Jack Skellington, otherwise known as the King of Halloween Town.

 

Other spooktacular offerings includes the aptly titled Gothic Horror Season at BFI Southbank. Consisting of four main themes, it entails Monstrous, The Dark Arts, Haunted and Love is a Devil. Exploring these themes is certainly not for the feint hearted but what lies in store?

 

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It highlights a variety of intriguing sub-genres across more than 13 different programme selections. From the scintillating and thought provoking German Expressionism movement to the Universal Studios and Hammer Films, it seems Gothic is very much alive.

 

There are also a wealth of screenings taking place until January 2014, whilst Christmas at BFI Southbank officially runs until the 29th of December 2013. The nearest tube station is Waterloo.

 

Can you feel a sudden chill in the air!

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Restaurant Spy: Peyote

So what rhymes with Wile E. Coyete…Peyote of course! Our moles in the capital have come up with yet another hot culinary discovery. Time to get your sombreros at the ready as Peyote hits the streets of London.

 

Situated on Cork Street in Mayfair, it now sits proudly on the site formerly belonging to Aurelia.  The brains behind Peyote is none other than Arjun Waney.

 

This major venture capitalist is responsible for the likes of Zuma as well as the prestigious Arts Club and the oh so popular Roka.

 

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You won’t need Hercule Poirot to deduce what this new venue is all about as this Mexican joint is set to be as fiery as a ghost chilli!

 

In additon, you will find plenty of authenticity at Peyote thanks to Eduardo García who comes from highly acclaimed Máximo Bistrot in the heart of Mexico City.

 

Its South American inspiration is set to go toe to toe with some of the best restaurants in London from Steam and Rye to the highly anticipated Hixter.

 

So what’s cooking? The menu is a collaboration between García and head chef Hili San whose credentials include the likes of Buddha Bar and Nobu based on Park Lane.

 

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Experience some of the finest Mexican fare this side of the Atlantic with a number of different sharing plates. This features mouth-watering ceviche not to mention classic tuna laminado, tostados and oozing quesadillas brimming with shrimp.

 

One of the main highlights to watch out for is their signature guacamole which is the ideal starter to salivate over. But wait, we have only just got started! There is also a bar which takes pride in the fact that it’s home to a stonking 100 different types of tequila.

 

You can enjoy an impressive mezcal selection, whilst real enthusiasts will be able to purchase a bottle and keep it in one of their exclusive tequila lockers.

 

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But where does the name come from? Peyote is actually named after a teeny tiny cactus residing in the Chihuahuan desert and is best known for its use in medicine across Mexico.

 

Other highlights deliver an innovative Cactus Salad, Fish tacos, Stone bass served with guajillo sauce and lip smacking doughy Churros with a rich chocolate sauce.

 

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You can wash this all down with an array of tasty cocktails such as the Gringo incorporating Rye Whisky, Antica Formula and Plum Bitters or an Old Sazerak with Anejo Tequila, Caramel Liquor, Creole bitters and a shot of Absinthe.

 

If that’s not put your head in a spin, Absinthe aside, then the striking Chefs Table will put you in a complete daze and caters for up to 12 diners.

 

Looks like the festive period is all set for a Mexican twist. Anyone for sherry and piñata!

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Restaurant Spy: Steam and Rye

Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry and them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye…well you get the picture! As Don Mclean sings about American Pie, the capital welcomes Steam and Rye.

 

But we don’t need any artist to sing its culinary praises. So what lies in store dear friends behind the pass?

 

An odd couple you might think but Nick “Mahiki, Bodo Schloss” House has teamed up alongside Kelly “the pinup” Brook to indulge us with this brand new venture.

 

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Opened this week, you can expect plenty from Steam and Rye which boasts an impressive dining space with room for more than 500 people! In addition to this, the location may just knock you for six or maybe seven.

 

Housed inside what was previously the Bank of New York, its City position will no doubt draw an extremely diverse crowd.

 

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On the other hand, you will be able to find plenty of glitz and glam inside thanks to its throwback to the American golden era. But wait, there’s no need to get all patriotic just yet.

 

Think Gangs of New York meets The Godfather and the result is of course one of London’s hottest new venues for 2013.

 

Diners and music enthusiasts alike can have the chance to take advantage of live music which will be offered in the bar area, whilst there will also be a range of genres to enjoy.

 

Taking some of its inspiration from the iconic Grand Central Station in the Big Apple, this heady site provides the aptly named Main Hall as well as Station Gardens.

 

This includes a beautiful bar not to mention a live stage and even a dining carriage. Sounds like full steam ahead.

 

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Of course you will find all the usual good old American grub available inside from USDA high quality grade beef from the depths of Omaha to raging bull BBQ spare ribs.

 

Furthermore, these succulent beefy numbers will all be cooked (or should that be rounded) up on a high quality Josper Grill. The kitchen brigade is led by none other than Andrew McLeish. So what are his gastronomic credentials?

 

It turns out that he has plenty of impressive strings to his bow thanks to Chapter One based in Kent, whilst Andy Mill from the London Cocktail Club is also joining him.

 

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Why not head downstairs where you will find the 1st Class Cocktail Carriage. This stylish retreat is bedecked with luxurious booths that is covered in more velvet than Elvis Presley.

 

With the festive season just around the corner, this is one place you can certainly bank on.

 

All aboard for the Steam and Rye Express.

 

 

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia, China 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

Focus On: London’s top ice rinks

You might well be skating on ice quicker than Torvill and Dean as it’s that time of year again when the capital’s ice rinks open up.

 

With a real chill in the air and the cold snap set to return in London (sigh) again next week, there is always a bit of dancing on ice to cheer you up.

 

With less than 50 days to Christmas and the rink season in full swing, which are the coolest sites to head to in the next few months?

 

Canary Wharf ice rink – Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AH.

 

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Forget Samantha and Carrie, this is all about Snow in the City! Why not get your winter woolies on and head down to the Square Mile for some fun on the ice.

 

The Canary Wharf ice rink is surrounded by the sheer beauty of Canada Square Park and is particularly sparse on weekends when you can practice those triple salkos!

 

In addition to this, check out an array of food and drink stalls with plenty of festive cheer to boot. It is running until February the 16th. Prices are £13.50 for adults and £9.50 for kids. Nearest tube is Canary Wharf.

 

Eyeskate – EDF Energy London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.

 

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A real eye opener, this venue is a must for anyone wanting to visit the Thames. Set against the stunning backdrop of the London Eye and moments from the water’s edge, it is one of the most popular rinks across the city.

 

On the other hand, this new rink has only been christened recently in the heart of Old London Town and is already popular with a host of tourists.

 

You can have the chance to take advantage of a discount package where you can combine both a trip on the bubble inspired Eye alongside a 45 minute trip on the ice.

 

Prices are £10.50 for adults and £7.50 for the little ones. Eyeskate runs between November 27th and January 5th. Closest tube is Waterloo.

 

Natural History Museum ice rink – Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD.

 

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Thanks to its wonderful setting, the Natural History Museum ice rink is the ideal place to enjoy a twirl or two. Drawing in thousands of tourists not to mention locals every year, there is a special section just for children.

 

But if you have had your fill on the 900 plus square metre rink then the attractions close by will keep you entertained such as the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Better still, all permanent exhibitions are completely free. It is running until January 5th with adults priced at £13.50 and under-13s at £9. The closest tube is South Kensington.

 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Westminster, London, W2 2UH.

 

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Once again, Hyde Park is set to open its wintry doors for an annual Christmas spectacular. There will be rides as well as the famous Giant Observation Wheel.

 

This particular ice rink is considered to be the largest throughout the UK and is illuminated with around 100,000 twinkling lights. Entry for adults is between £10.50 – £14.50 and £8.50 – £9.50 for children. The closest tube is Hyde Park Corner.

 

So what are you waiting for. Isn’t it time you got your skates on.

 

 

 

 

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