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Fantasia Palace – Praed Street, London

We have long enjoyed Greek food – Mediterranean cooking, fresh, healthy – and usually good value. So, the Fantasia Palace, a small restaurant a few minutes’ walk along Praed Street from Edgware Road tube station had been recommended to us. Crisp white tablecloths We hadn’t expected crisp white tablecloths and napkins, but very much approved. […]

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Alice House : West Hampstead

Sun, a somewhat rare event this summer, shone on West Hampstead and residents and tourists alike were out and about enjoying themselves. ‘Would you like to sit outside on the decking?’ asked Lisa, ‘it’s great for people watching.’ But instead we opted for a table just inside the Alice House. The big sliding windows had […]

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Bar Boulud – Knightsbridge

Set between bustling, fashionable, Knightsbridge, within a few yards of Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and green and leafy Hyde Park, the Mandarin Oriental hotel is in one of London’s most accessible and enviable locations. It is a beautiful hotel, made even more special for some of us – for within its walls can be found […]

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The Good Ship Benefit – Victoria Embankment, London

Until 31 August 2016 a pink ship is moored on the River Thames at the Victoria Embankment, just two minutes from the Embankment tube station. Most people know her as the RS Hispaniola, but the Hispaniola has had a temporary makeover. A makeover created by Benefit Cosmetics, the San Francisco based company, which was founded […]

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Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar

An unseasonably late hail storm as I crossed Westminster Bridge ensured that I arrived at the 5* Marriott Hotel County Hall in a considerably wet and dishevelled state. In contrast to the wild April day outside, inside the hotel was a haven of calm order. The welcome from the staff, as I was shown to […]

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The Britannia, London EC3

On Monument Street, within a few feet and under the shadow of the massive Monument, erected to commemorate the Great Fire of London, is the basement pub/bar – The Britannia. Recently refurbished, today it somehow manages to be both trendy and traditional at the same time; a place where both local office workers can unwind; […]