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The Courthouse Hotel, London

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Famed hangout of the likes of Oscar Wilde, Mick Jagger and John Lennon, The Courthouse Hotel is one of the capital’s premier 5 star resorts.

Located across the road from shopping  hot spot, Carnaby street the hotel offers visitors an ideal base to explore the city with Regent, bond and oxford streets all mere minutes away.

Housed in the former Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, with many of the original interiors still on display (including a huge vault) in the striking Grade II listed Georgian building.

116 rooms are on offer varying in sizes and style from standard to luxury suites, each providing all the mod cons needed for a perfect break away.

The hotel manages to be deceiving from the outside as the smart exterior hides the vast size of the hotel one inside. A large lobby awaits with huge L shaped sofas and ornate Oyster shell inspired seats, with their iridescent shimmer glowing in the light.

On our visit we stayed in one of the Magistrate Suites, a beautifully decorated room offering a grand King size bed, Italian-sourced Bathroom interiors and separate living room area for entertaining. One of the best features of the suite was its view, looking over Carnaby street and the Liberty London’s famous Tudor inspired facade. the suite comes with a desk working area, large flat screen TV’s with satellite channels, luxurious soft furnishing and free high speed internet throughout so you’ll always be connected.

The Soho Sky Terrace stands as the jewel in the crown of the Courthouse Hotel,  refurbished in 20115 the terrace overlooks Great Marlborough Street, and is the perfect setting for afternoon cocktails or to grab a light bite to eat.

Also on offer are two restaurants Silk providing tasty Asian fare and The Carnaby, a modern brassiere offering lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and casual refreshments throughout the day.

If you want to rejuvenate after a hard day then also the hotel’s Sanook Spa is a must.  Located in the basement of the hotel it offers  range of luxurious spa treatments, including facials, body massages, sauna and fitness rooms. If you fancy a workout then a few lengths the heated indoor swimming pool is ideal.

overall we had a great experience staying at The Courthouse Hotel, staff were warm and accommodating with rooms spacious and tastefully decorated, overlooking one of the best locations in the city Carnaby Street.  It’s Soho locations makes it ideal to explore all of London has to offer, with numerous shopping and dining options mere minutes away.  So next tome you;re in town, book yourself a stay.

Rates start from £119 per night.

The Courthouse Hotel
19 -21 Great Marlborough Street, London,
W1F 7HL

 

Jatachi – Barcelona

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Jatachi is one the the latest new foodie hot spots in the ever growing Barcelona food scene, fusing together the dishes from across Asia for an ultimate fashion menu.

Located in Castelldefels, Barcelona the industrial looking eatery was created by co-founders after their extensive trips to the continent, with stops in Thailand, Singapore or Japan wanting to combine experiences from their travel into one new destination.

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Wanting to create a venue were  “the street comes into the restaurant” the duo created just that, with an industrial space that echoes the hustle and bustle and neon lights of bustling streets markets in Asia. The space is sleek and modern, with concrete and metal throughout and cold graffiti artwork and bright yellow logos decorating the space throughout.

Jatachi is modern and minimal but at the same time inviting and a perfect excuse to wonder off from central Barcelona, we tried for ourselves on a recent visit.

The menu is diverse and is based of sharing dishes, not starters and mains here. Dishes take inspiration from across Asia, with Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese just some of the cuisines referenced in the menu. The staff encourage you to select a variety of dishes for you to share with friends and try a variety of flavours.

The sushi section features several roll fillings, from mango to kimchi,  with the latter being particularly taste, with the Korean staple mixed in with avocado, tuna and mayonnaise for an all mighty combo. Maki and Nigris options are also available if you want to stick to just sushi options.

Salmon tartar was another highlight, super fresh fish served on a bed of rice, a tuna option of the same dish is also available.

The hot dish section is varied with curries and pad Thai options, but we went for the Tori Yakisoba, a noodle dish with vegetables and chicken, super tasty and filling. The red curry was another success, the Thai dish coming in chicken and prawn options.

If you still have room then there is a small selection os sweet dishes, we recommend the cheesecake and artisan mochis.

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The cocktails are delicious with a nod to Asia in their ingredient choice, the Kat Sumi, the passion fruit and tequila mix with a touch with ginger for a kick.

We recommend you selecting a few dishes demo each section depending how many people you go with so you can try a bit of all the menu, with no dish over €10 it’s a bargain, and worth the half hour trip from Barcelona centre

To book and for further information visit www.jatachi.com

Boneyard – Shoreditch

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The ever popular Shoreditch district of London has welcomed another new addition to its growing list of foodie destinations, with the arrival of Boneyard.

Boneyard is the new concept from restaurateur and businessman Robert Newmark, the man responsible for the Beach Blanket Babylon restaurants/bars.

The space was previously a petrol station, and the restaurant has used this unconventional heritage in its layout and design paying a nod to its old use, with exposed industrial feel and drink stations aligned to were the petrol station’s convenience store shelves used to sit.

Those visiting enter through a heavy black door with a reclaimed brass porthole window and once inside are met with a large and spacious dining area, with communal tables and bar seating areas.

The menu, like its interiors, is inspired by classic American comfort food – buttermilk fried chicken, American smoked ribs, tater tots and burgers. The menu also features a bone marrow burger, as well as a boneless burger, with sides of golden crinkle-cut fries, crispy onion ring and chilli con carne crisps. All orders are served ticket style and collected from the helpful staff.

The adjoining outdoor covered timber yard, complete with cacti embraces summer with Aperol Spritz and Vodka Slushies in a splash of flavours

On out visit we gave a few of the menu options a try, having never had a bone marrow burger a go we took a punt on this as our main. The burger was juicy and tasty, and also quite large, so be prepared. Alongside this rather than the standard fries/chips option we went for the interesting sounding chilli con carne crisps, and again the results were satisfying. The waffle like ‘crisps’ were just that, crispy and delicious and a slightly lighter option that standard fries. The chilli which sat on top of it was flavourful and accompanied the crisps well.

The rack of ribs was also a highlight, large and a rich tangy sauce which we paired with the house coleslaw.

To wash it all down we opted from some of the milkshakes on offer, my recommendation is the salted caramel! Though they come in a rather small size they make up for in flavour, absolutely try one!

Boneyard is perfectly located, a stone throws from Shoreditch House and Brick lane and all of the area’s highlights. The spot is great for a quick bite to eat or a longer meal with friends, also if you want to do a spot of work while you’re there then make use of the plug sockets and free WiFi.

Our meal for two came to around the £50 mark.

Boneyard, 168 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
Opening times: 11:00am – late Monday to Sunday
Phone: 0207 033 1857
Twitter: Boneyard_LDN
Instagram: Boneyard_LDN

www.pumpshoreditch.com

LCM – Duchamp AW15 – Image Exclusive

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Duchamp debuted its new direction for Autumn Winter 2015 collection as part of London Collections: Men.

The brand held its presentation at the famed Rosewood hotel in London’s Holborn, with attendees enjoying cocktails ad canapés while models showcased the new season looks. Luxury is at the core of the brand with fabrics sourced from the finest  Italian and British mills.

Soft Tailoring and Eveningwear were at the forefront of the new season.

An elegant range of Soft Tailoring came in slim cuts and made from milled cloths. Blazers include open weave Jaspe effects and woven basket weaves. Suits feature 3D textures and presented as separates to easily inter ate into existing men’s wardrobes.  Looks were layered with coats in oversized gallis checks, hounds tooth and block coloured wool and cashmere in camel, sea blue, forest green and monochrome.

For evening attire the brand reinvented classic menswear staples with the use of geometric prints and weaves which form subtle three-dimensional effects throughout. On the higher end there are  50-ounce English silk and Italian velvet dinner jackets create an air of opulence and showcase oversized paisley and botanical prints.

Makeup for the show was provided by AOFM Pro

Lead AOFM Pro Groomer: Yin Lee

Backstage images are Azzarenko exclusive by Nancy Gibbs

More information on Duchamp here

Words by Cristian Burbano