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Hovarda – London

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Soho seems to be the new hot spot for fine dining with the foodies flocking to Rupert Street for the latest hot spot, Hovarda. Nestled between Soho and Chinatown the new opening from the restaurant group behind eateries Yosma and Frescobaldi have opened their latest with dishes inspired by countries of the Aegean Sea. To be more specific the culinary delights of Turkey and Greece, but no shawarma or pitta bread in sight, instead a fresh and delicious menu with a focus on sea food, all fresh off the grill.

Upon entering you will be met by a luxurious for unpretentious setting, with a spacious restaurant on the ground floor with an open plan kitchen and grills and first floor cocktail bar, designed by architect Lázaro Rosa‐Violan.

The menu was created by Turkish chef Hus Vedat and features plenty of fare from the Aegean region so there’s plenty of fresh seafood and a daily changing menu filled with fresh catches from the British seas.

Used in both Turkish and Greek the word ‘Horvada’ refers to “a generous host with a free spirit” and that’s certainly the case with the menu on offer, with a contemporary take on traditional dishes from the region.

Designed to share meze options include raw, hot and cold options, with our favourite being the Octopus, which comes with a grape and tomato relish.  The sea bass ceviche was another highlight, which comes simply prepared with tomato, avocado and red onion but is plentiful in flavour.

Next up the menu is divided simply into land (meat and vegetables) and sea (fish and shellfish) options as a larger main.  We opted for the latter trying out the Langoustines which were generous in size and flavour and went for the equally delicious oven roasted potatoes as a side.  The helpful waiter is on hand to help you navigate through the menu if you’re not too familiar with the cuisine and there are plenty of drink options to keep you going.

Next time you hit up Soho, Hovarda is a must. If you fancy some music to accompany your evening check out their rotating schedule of live music performers, with many musicians from Turkey and Greece, a perfect soundtrack for your drink.

Hovarda
36 – 40 Rupert Street
London
W1D 6DW

For more information on Hovarda and other restaurants on Rupert Street and Soho please visit thisissoho.co.uk

 

Roast Restaurant – London

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Roast Interior

Nestled within the world famous Borough Market is one of London’s foodie treasures, Roast. Offering a delicious menu of British fare to Londoners since opening its doors back n 2005.  In its 12 years of business the restaurant has garnered acclaim across the UK, including a rosette in the AA guide, for its take on traditional  British dishes, headed up by chef Stuart Cauldwell.

We got a chance to visit ourselves on a recent weekend trip, though a London highlight Borough market can be super busy at weekends with tourists flooding in, however we were pleasantly surprised that while right in the centre of the hustle and bustle of it all Roast is away from the noise and crowds.  Split over two floors (it even has a lift for easier access) the restaurant is spacious with crisp white decor and huge windows filling the room up with light. Roast gives diners picturesque views of  St Pauls and The Shard, two of the capital’s most recognisable landmarks.  As it was a Sunday live music also played, providing a beautiful soundtrack to accompany your meal.

The menu is full of traditional British dishes and many of the ingredients come from Borough market itself.

We popped in for lunch and started with the Chorizo Scotch egg with piccalilli (£8.50), a hearty choice full of flavour and the chorizo adding that kick to the English staple.

With it being a Sunday we opted for the traditional roast beef as our main, which comprised of 48-Day dry aged roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, rosemary roasties and horseradish cream (£35) and an extra side of mashed potatoes (£4). We requested the beef medium rare and it was cooked to perfection and generously sized, with the large home made Yorkshire pudding crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, a highlight.

If you still have room and have a sweet tooth then we’d recommend the Bramley apple and blackberry crumble, another Brit classic, this ones comes with almonds and English vanilla custard (£7).

As well as the food Roast offers a comprehensive menu of drinks and cocktails, a favourite was the Hard Vanilla (£10) , the cocktails mixes Buffalo Trace, Amaretto, vanilla ice cream and Hakushu 12, lemon juice, cherry juice,  egg white and ground cinnamon  for a refreshing sweet concoction.

So for Londoners and visitors alike we highly recommend Roast, the perfect location for a new take on classic dishes.

ROAST
The Floral Hall,
Stoney St,
London
SE1 1TL

www.roast-restaurant.com

The Cavendish – London

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Since its launch in 2014 The Cavendish has become one of Marylebone’s much loved foodie havens, an all-day brasserie sat alongside the area’s hip and fashionable boutiques.

The restaurant offers an all day modern European menu set in a stylish old world English pub interior, with plush booth seating spread across two floors, and outside dining for when the British weather permits. The beautiful interiors are the work of Concorde Interior Design – known for designing for the likes of Tom’s Kitchen, The Botanist, and Copita.

Heading up the kitchen is chef, Douglas Santi, with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Santi began his career at the young age of 13 working for Laurent Saudeau – the right hand man of acclaimed chef Paul Bocuse.

The seasonal menu pairs the best quality ingredients with inspiration from classic French and Italian cuisine, and all at a pocket friendly price – with most menu options at below £20.

On a recent visit we got to try out the dinner menu for ourselves.

Once sat in a quiet corner of the second floor we eyed over the impressive menu to see what caught our eye. To start things off I opted for the Octopus Carpaccio (£12.80), the dish came beautifully presented – round slices of juicy octopus garnished with crisp chorizo and potatoes. The dish was light but delicious, a highly recommended starter.

For my main I had to go with the restaurant’s signature (and much instagrammed) ‘100 Layers Lasagne’ (£12). An update of the classic lasagne the recipe for this version comes straight from Chef Santi’s grandmother.  The dish again is beautifully presented, with layer upon layer of lasagne  resulting in a striking main, filling without being stodgy and full of colour and flavour.

With just about enough room to fit in dessert I opted for the Butter toffee and Pecan Praline Cheesecake (£6) which came highly recommended by the friendly waitress. Again it didn’t disappoint, sweet but not sickly with a light cheese layer and crisp biscuit base, heaven.

The Cavendish is a must visit, a delicious menu in a beautiful London location at an affordable price point, what more could you ask for?

The Cavendish
35 New Cavendish Street
London
W1G 9TR

T: 020 7487 3030
reservations@35newcavendish.com
www.35newcavendish.co.uk

The Arch London – Hotel

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Nestled a few blocks away from London’s famed Oxford Street /Marble Arch is The Arch,  a beautiful  Georgian townhouse hotel.

The five star hotel houses 82 bedrooms (11 of which are suites) and is spread out over seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes, a perfectly English location for those taking a break in the capital.

Ideally located at 50 Great Cumberland Place it has the appeal of a residential setting but a mere walk to the city’s best shopping and fine dining locations, with Bond Street, Hyde Park and the West End all walking distance.

We recently visited the property for ourselves to check it out. Upon entering  guests are welcomed with  open-fireplace, perfect to nestle around in the freezing temperatures.  Interiors fuse together marble and glass with a specially selected selection of art and installation adorning the communal spaces. The Arch manages to seamlessly merge grand listed Georgian exterior but inside proves modern and stylish decor and facilities.

On our visit we stayed at the Sullivan Studio Suite, which is located on the base of the hotel.  The suite was truly beautiful offering with full height glass doors which open up to the private courtyard, a real rarity in central London hotels! The suite has a comfortable seating area which looks onto the courtyard, with photography from leading London photographer, Amy Murrell.  The king sized bed is handmade with duvets made from duck down for the perfect night’s sleep.  A stocked mini bar is supplied with a generous selection of soft drinks which come complimentary from the hotel.  A handpicked selection of classic novels can be found in the suites, while all rooms have a full Sky HD TV package, DVD Player and internet radio with over 19,000 channels for international guests.

The real highlight of the suite though is the vast en suite which comes with a walk in rain shower and a large bath, with a built in TV, a great touch.

The suite’s location means it’s sheltered from any outside noises and you are on the same floor as the hotel’s gym so perfect if you want to catch a workout during your stay.  The

The Arch also has its own restaurant, Hunter 486, the unusual name derived from the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone. The spacious restaurant is located on the ground floor and
offers a ‘Best of British’ inspired menu carefully curated by Head Chef Gary Durrant.  Light flows into the restaurants thanks to its large windows with table and booth seating available as well as an open plan kitchen so guests can see the skilled staff at work.  On our visit for lunch we opted for the Heritage beetroot and orange salad (£8), light and tasty, followed by their famous Hunter burger (£18), the generously sized burger comes served in a brioche bun with cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, homemade ketchup and hand cut chips.

If you space for dessert then I recommend the hazelnut and apple tart with cinnamon custard (£6.50) , a perfect comforting dish for these chilly months.  If you just fancy a drink then the bar offers a comprehensive selection of drinks and cocktails while sat in original designer chairs by designer Tom Dixon. Cocktails are priced at £12.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend you pay a visit. The Arch manages to combine a stylish boutique hotel feel but offering all the latest mod cons and facilities offered by much larger chains. Staff are helpful and friendly and rooms are beautifully decorated making them a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city centre.

Prices start from £350 for a Deluxe Room and from £420 for a Suite.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FDFor reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com

Lights of Soho presents “Be Illuminated” by Papi

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Roger Taylor AKA ‘Papi’ has opened his latest exhibition “Be Illuminated!” in the Capital at Lights of Soho. 

The self taught artist works with the medium of light so what better venue than the capital’s leading light-art gallery.


Papi started his journey training as an actor in New York at the acclaimed Lee Strasbourg theatre institute where he studied his craft for several years. He then moved onto working as a creative director for some of New York’s hottest night clubs creating sets for their weekly shows.

Thereafter moving to Manchester to set up his own design studio where he uses traditional tools and methods to hand sculpt metal and form a fusion light and art with his work exhibited from London to Tokyo.  Most pieces are one of a kind of extremely limited so this is your chance to see his work up close and snap one up yourself.

Remarking on his debut neon collection Papi says:
“I am so excited to working with Lights of Soho on this show. Prepare to BE illuminated!” 

Hamish Jenkinson, Curator at Lights of Soho, said;
“In 2016 we showcased Papi’s angel wings and they took social media by storm. This year Papi is back with a full show and I cannot wait for him to transform the gallery in to a fairy-tale land with mermaids, exotic animals, angels and more light splendour.”


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at Lights of Soho. All pieces on display at the exhibition will be available to purchase.

 

https://www.LightsofSoho.com

K Spa – London

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Shepherd’s Bush may not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking about rest and relaxation but thanks to its K – Spa it should be!

Housed in the K West hotel (a stone’s throw from the famous Westfield shopping centre) K – Spa offers a range of treatments and experiences to pamper yourself.

So highly recommended that it won the Best Spa in London’ at the Good Spa Guide Awards 2015 and winner of a World Luxury Spa Award, K West’s holistic spa offers a range of exclusive treatments.  K Spa introduced the first ‘Snow Paradise’ to London, which mimics the Finnish experience of alternating between freezing and steamy environments.  The unique ‘Sun Meadow’ offers specialist light therapy to treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and the Nail Bar is the place to be pampered.  The spa also features a twinkling hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room and the fully equipped K Fit gymnasium.

On a recent visit we got to experience a treatment ourselves, the Men’s C+ Energy Facial (from £85). The 50 minute facial comes highly recommended by the helpful Spa staff to relax and also combat signs of ageing.

The treatment mixes together an array of ingredients including plant extracts, trace elements and vitamins, all specifically designed to meet the needs of men’s skin, often irritated by shaving and combat fine lines and wrinkles. The experience was a dream, with the beautiful designed room dimly lit for an extra lux experience, after working your face the experience ends with a neck and shoulder massage to alleviate tension.

An experience to remember K Spa offers a truly indulgent experience and a great addition to the West London beauty scene, no need to journey in central!. A beautifully designed space (not too girly) with modern facilities along with a very helpful and skilled staff.

K West Hotel & Spa
Richmond Way,
London W14 0AX

www.k-west.co.uk

The London Helicopter

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If you’re looking to experience London like never before then why not take to the air for a truly unique experience.

The London Helicopter offers beautiful tours over central London, an opportunity to view the capital’s iconic landmarks like never before and are the only company offering such experiences in the city.

Flights include views of the  River Thames, looking down on Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, the financial district, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The Shard and many more.

Three different tour options are available, all conveniently located at Battersea Heliport for easy access and you have the option of booking a seat on the 6 seater helicopter or book the whole thing for a private ride.

The London Buzz – £150 per person
The 12 minute flights glides over the Thames overlooking several sights including The London Eye and Westminster Abbey.

London Sights – £220 per person
This option gives you 18 minutes of flight times taking you and down the Thames.

London Max- £1700 for six people
If you want to go all out then this option gives you 30 minutes and 30 sights.
On our visit we got to experience the London Sights option for ourselves. After a swift registration you are given a run through of safety protocol and then you’re all set and escorted to the helicopter. There are six seats available, I recommend nabbing a spot by the window for the best views. The 18 minutes gives you ample time for magnificent views of the capital, the perfect selfie opportunity. The friendly pilot points out any landmarks as you go so you don’t miss any.

So for a truly different view (literally) of London then a ride is a must, either for yourself or as a fun gift to friends and loved ones visiting the capital, check them out!

For full list of sights and to book visit  www.thelondonhelicopter.com

Buddha Bar – London

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Located a stone’s throw from the famous Harrods department store in London’s Knightsbridge district is one of the capital’s most lively sushi restaurants, Buddha Bar.

The restaurant serving and extensive  dinner, brunch and afternoon tea menu along with vast bar options, with top notch mixologists prepare delicious cocktails. 

The split level restaurant offers pan-Asian cuisine, though its sushi options are its highlight. Dinner is a must with a huge selection of handmade sushi and sashimi. The fresh fish selection includes Blackened Cod and Roasted Chilean Seabass or alternatively the Wagyu beef fillet with truffle butter is the ultimate treat. All dishes are delivered to the highest standard and expertly cooked with an Asian twist by the team of chefs lead by Ravi Vydya.

On a recent visit we were able to try some of the dishes ourselves.  Designed to be a sharing experience we opted for a few dishes to get a feel for the menu with the guidance of the very helpful and friendly waitress.

To kick things off we opted for the , Chilli salt crispy baby squid , Rock shrimp  and the restaurant’s signature Buddha-Bar chicken salad.  The rock shrimp is served with a tasty creamy sauce and were perfectly cooked, crispy batter exterior with a soft flesh inside.

For mains we opted a selection of different sushi and sashimi, including the spicy tuna and salmon, the sushi rolls came beautifully presented, a feast for the eyes as well a the palette. The fish was fresh and rice delicious.

The more adventurous rolls include the spider, soft shell crab which was a highlight, a full roll with light and crispy crab.  We also opted for another signature dish, the Buddha-Bar roll, mixed sashimi wrapped in cucumber with a creamy sesame sauce

Alongside food Buddha Bar  is knows for its comprehensive cocktail selection which we also got to try, each priced from £15.

Favourites include the Blue Knightsbridge – Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Diplomatico reserve, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, peach bitters and angostura bitters. The mix was fresh and strong with the ht of ginger making it very memorable.   Another favourite was the Bubble Wap – a strawberry & raspberry puree, rose liquor, elderflower liquor, touch of Belvedere vodka and topped up with Champagne, a refreshing and strong option.

Dinner was a truly wonderful experience with every  dish a delicious experience, the restaurant is winner of the Best Restaurant Bar at London Club & Bar Awards in both 2014, 2015 and 2016, this shows in the high quality food and great friendly service.  Atmosphere is offered in heaps and bounds with live music entertainment available during the weekend, a perfect venue to take friends and loved ones, a must visit.


Buddha Bar & Restaurant
145 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PA
http://buddhabarlondon.com

28°-50° Maddox Street – London

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Taking its name from the latitudes within which most of the world’s vineyards are located, 28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen has been serving up a delicious menu on London’s Maddox Street since 2013.

28°-50° Maddox Street has one of the most unique wine lists in London, featuring a range of over 30 traditional and eclectic red and white wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle along with a modern European seasonal menu.

The restaurant is set over 2 floors with the main floor housing its Champagne bar, offering 25 different varieties.  Downstairs guests are treated to an open kitchen and wine display Both levels have seating for 50 covers and there is additional outdoor space with terraces to the front and rear for those who wish to eat al fresco during the warmer months.

The menu, created by Executive Chef Justin Leclair, together with Aggi Sverrisson, offers simple, seasonal modern European food which changes seasonally. On a recent visit we were able to try their dinner offerings.

To kick things off we went for the Seafood platter (£55), designed to share the large dish come with 1⁄2 a Lobster, 300g mussels, 6 Blackwater, 6 prawns, 300g clams, crab salad, lemon and shallot vinegar all beautiful presented in an iced platter. The prawns were a highlight perfectly paired with the shallot vinegar and a sprinkle of lemon juice. 

The mains options were all appetising but we ended up going with the Scottish ribeye weighing 220g (£19.99), the 28 day aged steak comes with béarnaise sauce, we also opted for the skinny fries (£3.95) from the sides selections. The steak was ordered medium rare and it came perfectly cooked with the  béarnaise sauce being rich and delicious.

We made room for dessert and opted for the Eton mess (£6) which comes with strawberries and raspberry sorbet. The meringue was crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside, a delight.

We had a bottle of the 2008 Rioja Reserva Spanish red wine (£30) , which was recommended by the friendly waitress and was an absolute treat.

28°-50° Maddox Street is highly recommended, an unpretentious yet stylish restaurant with a delicious European menu matched by it’s equally tasty wine selection and friendly staff.  A must visit.

28°-50°
17-19 MADDOX STREET
MAYFAIR
W1S 2QH

www.2850.co.uk

Fenchurch Restaurant- Sky Garden London

Located on top of London’s famous ‘walkie talkie’ building, Fenchurch is the capital’s must visit for a meal with a view… and a tasty menu.

Located on the top level of the sky scrapper the restaurant offers dinners magnificent views of the city landscape, a perfect setting for either lunch or dinner.  On a recent Saturday visit for lunch we got to experience the restaurant for ourselves.

Upon entering the building you will be met with a security check, not the usual for a restaurant but the effort is worth it once the elevator doors open onto the top floor. Hereto will be met with London’s ‘Garden in the sky’ or as it is known Sky Garden, offering a lush green space nestled into an urban skyscraper. After a few minutes exploring the multi tiered garden and taking in the magnificent city views we headed to the even higher level7 were Fenchurch is located.

The warm hostess greeted up and sat in the far end, a table with dunning views over the city.  It was quite busy, with the sun making an early appearance so the restaurant was buzzing. The menu specialises in seafood with a European touch, but mainly sticks to classic and loved dishes.

To kick things off I opted for the sea trout (£12.50) to start, which comes with broccoli, anchovy and black olive, the dish was delicious and light, a highly recommended pick.

For my main I decided to move away from the seafood options and opt for my favourite meat, pork, with the Iberico pork (£28.50) that comes served with hispi cabbage, black pudding, apple and sage. Though black pudding, seemed like an odd combination it proved to be a successful one, alongside this I opted for a side of chips which were another highlight.

If you still have room for it then dessert is not to be missed. The desert selections small but covers all bases, after mulling it over I went for the strawberry cheesecake (£10.50), classic and very satisfying, with the cheese layer light and delicate on the palette.

At the waiter;s recommendation we accompanied our meal with the Rioja Reserva, Ondarre, Rioja, 2011 (£39.50), a red wine full of flavour and deep hues than went terrifically with our menu.

Located a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, Fenchurch is a highly recommended busy, with a delicious menu match by spectacular setting with breath taking city views.

Fenchurch Restaurant
1 Sky Garden Walk,
London
EC3M 8AF

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