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Haymarket Hotel

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

the-haymarket-hotel.jpgOne of London’s finest hotels, The Haymarket is situated in the centre of the mayhem, in the heart of the theatre district surrounded by some of the best restaurants, bars and tourist attractions. Do we need to mention how lovely the hotel is?

Amongst the 50 spacious bedrooms and suites with an exclusive townhouse, the English style hotel has a colourful, exquisite and stylish restaurant and bar called Brumus with brasserie style food, a wide range of cocktails and wines served by the glass. An 18 meter swimming pool, treatment room and work – out room.

Rooms start around £250 per night. For more information about the hotel, facilities, and to make a reservation visit: www.firmdale.com. The Haymarket Hotel is located at 1 Suffolk Place, London SW1. Telephone: 020 7470 4007.

Sweet Treats

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Cup CakeFancy some deliciously tasty cupcakes? The Hummingbird Bakery has just the ticket.

A recent shopping trip on Old Brompton Road in London led me to pass some very noticeable and very delectable cup cakes that hung in the window. Other than an amazing bakery in New York (mentioned on our sister site blogyourtravels.com) I have yet to come across some tasty treats in the UK. 2 Minutes from South Kensington tube stop, you can pop in to take away or eat in the quant café-like bakery. The butter cream iced cakes are to die for and melt in your mouth!

Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes cost £1.55 and the red velvet cupcakes are £1.85. If South Kensington is out of your way, try the other Hummingbird Bakery nestled in Portobello Road. Visit the Hummingbird Bakery for more information.

The Gallery At Sketch

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

sketch-gallery.jpgAfter hearing so many good things about the fashionably, arty French restaurant and bar Sketch. I decided to try it for my birthday.

When I booked my reservation, I explained it was my birthday so the waitress suggested that I ate in the Gallery because it would more appropriate with a younger vibe, for a celebration. I gladly accepted and was very impressed by the colourful décor, furniture and lively spirit. Before my friend and I ate, we sat for a drink in the bar. The bar had a wonderful French café vibe with un-matching furniture which stood out because it was so antique. The food was lovely, I recommend the sea bass, but it was a pricey evening so prepare your self for the glamorous prices that come with the glamorous venue.

Book your reservation with Toptable online. Sketch is situated at 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG, telephone: 0870 777 4488. Visit www.sketch.uk.com to view the full menu.

Babylon At The Kensington Roof Gardens

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

babylon-roof-gardens.jpgYou may have heard of the Kensington Roof Gardens, probably whilst reading the celebrity gossip pages in either newspapers or magazines. With a huge celebrity and business entrepreneur clientele it’s definitely worth a look.

With spectacular views of London, the Babylon restaurant sits 100 feet above Kensington high street displaying both elegance and luxury. The food is lovely, unique as you would expect and the décor is smart and sophisticated. I tried the smoked salmon fish cake … to start and then the fillet of plaice … for my main. They were both delectable and I would definitely eat there again.

You can find The Babylon restaurant at the Kensington Roof Gardens at 99 Kensington High Street (entrance on Derry Street), London, W8 5SA. Toptable, an online restaurant booking website is offering a 2 course lunch for £16 per person available Monday to Friday 12pm-2.30pm. Visit www.toptable.co.uk to register and book.

Loch Fyne

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Loch FynFinding a good fish restaurant is actually quite a challenge, so when I stumbled across one in Portsmouth I was extremely pleased. Loch Fyne restaurants are home to excellent sea food and shell fish, definitely worth a trip.

The restaurants in Portsmouth and Guildford have smart décor, a pleasant atmosphere and delectable food. Although the menu is extensive I recommend the shell fish platters, perfect for sharing. Enjoy either Crab or Lobster complimented by Oysters, crayfish, scallops, prawns and muscles to name a few.

There are many Loch Fyne restaurants so visit www.lochfyne.com to find out if there is one near you and check out the delicious menu. The hot and cold shellfish platter with crab is £34, the hot and cold shellfish platter with lobster is £44 or the hot shellfish platter with lobster is also £44.

Bar 23

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Bar 23I had heard Bar 23 in Sheffield City Centre was a stylish, modern and trendy place to be seen, I just didn’t know where to find it. Vodka Revolution in West One has been a regular haunt of mine and looking around the area I had noticed the great selection of restaurants, I had just failed to notice Bar 23 hidden in the corner.

The bar definitely joins Crystal, Ruby Lounge and Vodka Revolution in being one of the nicest bars in Sheffield. It’s modern, sleek décor adds to its elite atmosphere and attracts the fashionable and the affluent. The cocktails are amazing and well worth the £5 charge per drink. I recommend the baby doll, my friends suggest the margarita, but see what takes your fancy. Overall a lovely evening but it does get very busy on a weekend, so get there early too avoid standing all evening and maybe even book yourself a table at the restaurant which I hear is great too.

Bar 23 is located at unit 3, the plaza, 8 Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield City Centre. Visit www.23barandrestaurant.co.uk for more information.

Sugar Reef

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Sugar ReefI read a review of Sugar Reef in a magazine quite a while ago but I never got around to trying the venue. Recently, my friends and I were looking for a trendy place to eat and drink in London and after thinking back at places I had heard to be hip I remembered Sugar Reef.

We booked a table for a Thursday evening which was a great time to do dinner, as it wasn’t overly crowded, but busy enough with a complimenting jazz band. The décor is sleek and stylish, the service was lovely and the set menu was perfect. I recommend the fresh soup of the day with rustic bread followed by the sirloin steak which was delectable.

For more information about Sugar Reef visit www.sugarreef.co.uk or call 020 7851 0800 to make a reservation. The Sugar Reef bar and restaurant is situated at 42-44 Great Windmill Street, London, W1 and the nearest tube in Picadilly.

Taste of Spain Week

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

taste-of-spain.jpgThis week London has been celebrating Spanish wine, music, food and culture. Events have been held in London’s top restaurants, bars and markets and appearances made by the best Spanish cuisine chefs and musicians in the city.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Taste of Spain event and new restaurant Camino are hosting the “Camino Tapathon”. This event promises to be a tappas extravaganza with wine expert, author and broadcaster John Radford. Learn about tappas from the master and taste as much wine and tappas as you can eat for only £20! An amazing price when you consider how much a meal at a tapas restuarant in london can add up to!

The ticket also includes a 10% discount on John Radfords new book “Cook Espana, Drink Espana” You must book for this event and it takes place tomorrow between 12pm and 6pm, so don’t delay! Bar Camino is at 3 Vanishers Yard, the Regent Quarter, Kings Cross. Call 020 7841 7331 or visit Taste of Spain or Bar Camino for more info and to book.

Dine in the Amazon Rainforest

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Rainforest Cafe

After hearing many good reviews about the dining experience in The Rainforest Café, London, I decided to check it out myself.

The largest restaurant in London was decorated top to toe in tropical plants and vines. Mechanical gorillas and elephants moved and made noise throughout the evening while tropical fish swam in a fish tank all setting relaxing surroundings. Water falls are spread around the restaurant to emphasise the rain forest theme and during your meal you’ll hear thunder and see lightning.

The food was good, the savage minute steak and major mojo bones were extremely tasty and well recommended. Perhaps a little over priced but the experience made up for this. The drink selection was good with a wide variety of many wines, champagnes, cocktails, juices and sodas and the deserts were as good as they looked.

A restaurant well worth a visit! The Rainforest Café is located at 20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EU. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly and for more information call 0207 434 3111 or visit www.therainforestcafe.co.uk.

Fancy a Drink at Embassy?

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Embassy LondonEmbassy bar and restaurant is one of the hottest night spots in London, a place to see and be seen. Perfectly located in the centre of Mayfair, Embassy is spread out over three floors. The top floor is the restaurant which is all you expect a posh place to be, seating well spread out and waiters eager to meet your every need, the floor to ceiling windows give it a more exclusive feel and you are welcome to dine alfresco in the summer months. On the lower level of this floor there is a pre bar where you could also eat in a more relaxed atmosphere, perfect for those pre-club drinks or a small bite to eat.

The members bar is downstairs along with the VIP room which is situated between the top and bottom floors. The bar and club area is stylish, modern, opulent but a little bit cosy. The food and drinks are pricey and be prepared to order your main meat and vegetables or chips separately, the steak is absolutely worth it and the cocktails are refreshing.

Overall it’s a lovely bar and restaurant and worth a trip to see for yourself. The Embassy is located at 29 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AP. Call 0207 437 9933 to book or visit www.embassylondon.com for more information.