Visit London Blog » Christian Rose-Day http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Video: London’s Top 5 Most Luxurious Hotel Suites http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/video-londons-top-5-most-luxurious-hotel-suites/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/video-londons-top-5-most-luxurious-hotel-suites/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:47:55 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38343 Have you ever wondered what happens when royalty, film stars and wealthy individuals visit London? Where do they sleep? Which hotels do they stay in?

Watch these videos and take a sneaky peek into five of London’s best hotel suites to see what life is like for the rich and famous.


The Royal Penthouse, Corinthia Hotel London 
Regarded as one of the best luxury suites in London, the Royal Penthouse at Corinthia Hotel London is as good as it gets. The two-floor, 465 sq. m (5,000 sq. ft) space is filled with indulgent opulence: an oval 10-seat dining room, a private spa suite, a butler’s kitchen, a walk-in wine cellar, and private roof terrace overlooking the EDF Energy London Eye. The suite is £15,000-£18,000 per night (plus VAT) which includes private butler service.


The Cinema Suite, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites & Residences
All of the rooms within the luxury Cinema Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites & Residences reference Hollywood and Bollywood in some way. The suite is just minutes from Buckingham Palace and it overlooks one of London’s most outstanding alfresco spaces; a real hidden gem during the summer. The suite is 170 sq. m (1,832 sq. ft) with an 85 inch, high definition 3D screen as its focal point. The suite is £5,100 (plus VAT) per night, including full butler service.


The Royal Suite, The Savoy
The Edwardian interior of The Royal Suite takes up the entire fifth floor (325 sq. m or 3,498 sq. ft) of The Savoy hotel. There are eight windows allowing views along the Thames from Canary Wharf to the Houses of Parliament. A Savoy butler is on call 24 hours a day and the suite is yours for £12,000 per night (inclusive of VAT) which includes free transfers to any London airport or train station.


The Royal Suite, Claridge’s
Claridge’s in Mayfair is the perfect hotel for the person who wants it all. There are fantastic shopping opportunities along New Bond Street, Royal Parks beauty in nearby Hyde Park and Green Park, and Michelin star restaurants galore in the surrounding Mayfair district. You may just decide to stay in the hotel and enjoy The Royal Suite’s grand piano, original Edwardian furniture, wood and marble fireplace, and 12-person private dining room. This 223 sq. m (2,400 sq. ft) suite is £4,500 – £6,500 (plus VAT) per night. A complimentary Mercedes S-Class airport transfer from London Heathrow Airport is included in the price.


The Infinity Suite, The Langham
A stay at The Langham hotel will appeal to shopaholics, due to its proximity to Oxford Street and Mayfair. The 236 sq. m (2540 sq. ft) Infinity Suite boasts a lovely bay window overlooking All Souls Church, a king-sized four-poster bed, a 72″ TV with Bose sound system, and a bottle of champagne. This suite is £15,600 per night (inclusive of VAT) and includes butler service.

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London Bar and Restaurant News: Horse Meat Burgers, Caribbean Covent Garden and a Potential Michelin Farmyard http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-horse-meat-burgers-caribbean-covent-garden-and-a-potential-michelin-farmyard/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-horse-meat-burgers-caribbean-covent-garden-and-a-potential-michelin-farmyard/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:00:14 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38253 London’s drinking and dining scene has been extremely busy of late. New bars and restaurants have been opening up all over London. One particular food craze and one specific area of London both seem to be flourishing at the moment.

Burger Crazy
The hunt for the best burgers in London continues: Tommi’s Burger Joint has opened a second restaurant on the King’s Road in Chelsea; StreetFeast regulars, Baba G’s will be dishing up their Bhangra Burger sliders at Apples & Pears on Brick Lane from 10 April; Psychic Burger will open their second outlet at The Old Queen’s Head in Angel on 24 April (with a menu that will feature a burger made from 100% ethically-sourced horse meat); and Patty & Bun open restaurant number two on Liverpool Street in the City of London on 23 April. In other burger related news, Honky Tonk Chelsea are creating a dessert burger for Easter made from a brioche bun and warm chocolate mousse; and Honest Burger recently teamed up with BrewDog bar to create a limited edition burger that required customers to show ID before ordering due to the alcoholic amber ale glaze on the burger.

Covent Garden is Blooming
Possibly London’s most prolific area for new bar and restaurant activity at the moment is Covent Garden in the West End. The American-inspired Big Easy now has a second London location where diners can enjoy their BBQ meats and seafood. Thai beer brand Singha has opened its first European restaurant Pacata in Covent Garden recently and Asian street food dominates the menu that was created by the first Michelin starred Ramen Chef. Following the recent Notting Hill opening of Boom Burger, Caribbean food now also has two new Covent Garden restaurants to boast: Jamaica Patty Company, headed by the twice-voted Caribbean Chef of the Year, and Dub Jam, a colourful BBQ and rum shack located in a former cloakroom. Dub Jam’s signature punch is pumped through the restaurant’s speakers to infuse the drink with authentic reggae sounds! On the Covent Garden horizon, keep an eye out for the new venture from popular Spanish restaurant, Barrafina (also of Soho) which opens in May.

Further New Bar and Restaurant Openings
One Kensington is the glamorous new hangout for lunch, dinner, cocktails and late supper overlooking Kensington Palace Gardens.

Chef Rainer Becker is back once again with yet more contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine at Roka Mayfair.

Traditional Georgian cuisine served in the most splendid of Mayfair settings at Marani.

Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous goes rustic with his second London restaurant Barnyard, which is decorated to match its name.

Bravas is a new Spanish restaurant in St Katharine Docks, only minutes from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen sees high class British dishes set amongst historical elegance in the new, ultra-luxury, five-star Rosewood London hotel.

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Spotlight On: Wandsworth http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/top-5-things-to-see-and-do-in-wandsworth-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/top-5-things-to-see-and-do-in-wandsworth-london/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:44:16 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38182 The London Borough of Wandsworth in South London extends southwards from the River Thames. Geopgraphically, it includes the towns of Clapham, Balham, Tooting, Wandsworth, Putney, Battersea and Earlsfield. It is also one of the most lush boroughs in London, boasting 670 hectares (1,700 acres) of green space.

The famous towers of Battersea Power Station stand at the water’s edge of the river. The iconic structure is currently under redevelopment with lots of exciting prospects planned to emerge, so watch this space (and the video above). Meanwhile, here are five more things to do when exploring Wandsworth.
Battersea Park Pagoda
Battersea Park and the Thames Path
Situated on the banks of the river Thames, the 200-acre Battersea Park has a variety of activities on offer. Families are entertained at the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and the children’s playground. Cyclists, runners, and skaters utilise the circular road around the park and as well as the sports fields, tennis courts and athletics stadium. For a slower pace of London life, check out the Buddhist Peace Pagoda, water fountains, and Pump House art gallery. The park is connected to the Thames Path which is well worth following for as long as your legs can handle.
Tooting Lido
Tooting Bec Lido
At 91.5 metres in length, Tooting Bec Lido is England’s biggest fresh water, open air swimming pool. The multi-coloured changing cubicles offer a glimpse into what leisure time was like for London’s ancestors. The pool is open for public use from late May until the end of September. There is a children’s paddling pool and a café onsite making it a great day out for families.
Chez Bruce
Chez Bruce
There are many beer garden pubs, cocktail bars, and Indian curry houses in Wandsworth. However, Chez Bruce takes the top spot in Wandsworth’s eating and drinking guide because it’s one of the best restaurants in the UK. The casual, Michelin-starred French restaurant can be found just across the road from Wandsworth Common, one of London’s many green spaces. Prices are of Michelin standard too, so if you’re on a budget, maybe opt for a lunchtime booking and only order a glass of wine.
Putney
The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
The beginning of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race takes place on the river Thames at Putney on Sunday 6 April 2014. As this is one of the world’s oldest and closely contested rowing races, the atmosphere is excitable, to say the least. It’s therefore worth arriving well in advance of the actual start of the race in order to get a good spot either on Putney Bridge or along the Thames Path on Putney Embankment. The Dukes Head pub is a good places to station yourself for the action.

Battersea Arts Centre
Wandsworth’s beating heart of culture can be found at the Battersea Arts Centre in Clapham Junction. The diverse range of events taking place at the “BAC” include cabaret, poetry, interactive theatre, spoken word, comedy, workshops, talks, classes and debates. The space is seen as a place to nurture new, unfinished theatrical and musical works. This means that whatever performance you see, it will be creative and probably unconventional. There’s also a cool bar and café onsite which makes for an interesting place to simply hang out and soak up the atmosphere.

Images courtesy of Flickr users Ndecam, Bod, Rolyatam, Nevalenx and squeezeomatic.

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Mother’s Day in London: Top 5 Afternoon Teas and Restaurant Treats For Mums http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/mothers-day-in-london-top-5-afternoon-teas-and-restaurant-treats-for-mums/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/mothers-day-in-london-top-5-afternoon-teas-and-restaurant-treats-for-mums/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:20 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38016 You know the story: you’ve arranged the Mother’s Day flowers and baked the Mother’s Day cake, but still want to treat your mum to something special on Mother’s Day itself.

Here are the best Mother’s day ideas for mums who’ll be in London on Sunday 30 March 2014, including Mother’s Day afternoon tea and Mother’s Day brunch.


Fortnum and Mason
As well as a mother-daughter pampering session in the beauty rooms, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a classic Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (from £45 per person) on 30 March. This afternoon tea is set in the quintessentially British environment of the famous department store and includes sandwiches, scones, and an array of sweet treats. Plus, for all those extra special mums on Mothering Sunday, there’s a free gift to take home.

The Royal Academy of Arts
Here’s a great gift for mothers who have (a) a fondness for art, and (b) a fondness for London and will therefore return to the city throughout the year. Purchase an annual Friends of RA membership as a Mother’s Day gift (£90) – giving mum unlimited access to world class exhibits and a host of other goodies at The Royal Academy of Arts – and you’ll receive a free cream tea for two at the exclusive members-only Keepers House.


Kensington Palace

On Sunday 30 March, mothers can take a regal trip through history with the Georgian Tea Party at Kensington Palace. After taking a royal stroll through the splendid gardens, mums will be invited to partake in ladylike pursuits in the palace. A special afternoon tea will also be served in the 18th century Orangery restaurant. The Georgian Tea Party is included as part of the normal entrance ticket price but tea at The Orangery is not.


Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
The Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour hotel is a secluded hidden gem. The view out across the boats and the Thames creates a tranquil backdrop for spoiling mums. If you want to go grand with your Mother’s Day gift, treat her to an overnight stay, Champagne afternoon tea, chocolate truffles on arrival and full English breakfast (Mother’s Dearest Package from £330 per room per night). Alternatively, simply enjoy a leisurely brunch with unlimited Champagne for £55 per person on Sunday 30 March. If four or more adults dine, mums go for free.

Planet Hollywood and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London
For families visiting London with younger children, there’s an opportunity to combine two of the West End’s most exciting experiences on Mother’s Day. For £36 per adult and £34 per child, you can enjoy the bizarre world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (pictured right), home to exhibits like the mirror maze and a full size knitted Ferrari. The fun doesn’t stop there because included in the price is a two-course lunch or dinner with drink at movie memorabilia restaurant, Planet Hollywood.

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St Patrick’s Day 2014: Top 5 Irish Bars and Restaurants in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/st-patricks-day-2014-top-5-irish-bars-and-restaurants-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/st-patricks-day-2014-top-5-irish-bars-and-restaurants-in-london/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:00:35 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37872 On 17 March each year, London adopts a decidedly Irish attitude to celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick. In addition to the free St Patrick’s Day parade and Irish festival in Trafalgar Square (this year on Sunday 16 March) many London bars and restaurants take the opportunity to become Irish for a day.

There is usually a sharp rise in Guinness sales during the St Patrick’s Day weekend and the experience of having fun with friends over a beer is often referred to as “the craic”. When raising your glass, it is also polite to say “Sláinte” (pronounced “slawnt-yeh”). Here are our Top 5 Irish bars and restaurants in London for celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2014.


Vinopolis
London’s top wine tasting attraction, Vinopolis, is hosting two St Patrick’s Day events in March. On Friday 14 March. a Celtic Céilí will take place under the railway arches. This will include dancing and a live céilí bands performing Celtic and Irish tunes; an ideal opportunity to try Irish dances such as Walls of Limerick and Waves of Tory. You can enjoy a wine tasting experience plus entry to the event (with free Irish whiskey cocktail) for £35 per person. For those who like to celebrate the Irish at a slower pace, there is also an Irish whiskey masterclass on Monday 17 March.

Porterhouse
The Porterhouse is probably one of the biggest and most authentic Irish bars in London. This multi-level bar in Covent Garden is filled with an array of interesting beers, stouts, ales and porters, each lovingly hand-crafted in Dublin, then exported to London. There is also a basement bar where live music is performed on Sunday afternoons.

Waxy O’Connors
Another Central London bar that has strong connections with Ireland is Waxy O’Connor’s in Chinatown. This unique rabbit warren bar is popular with many London visitors due to its West End location and unusual décor. The bar will be hosting a week of Irish-themed, St Patrick’s Day events with drinks promotions, whiskey tastings, live music, St Patrick’s Day menu, live Six Nations rugby (France Vs Ireland producing probably the biggest crowd), plus a St Patrick’s Day parade party on Sunday 16 March.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Mayfair restaurant Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill is run by celebrity chef and Irishman, Richard Corrigan. On Monday 17 March, Richard himself will be hosting a special three-course menu (£60) from 12:30pm which will be accompanied by live Irish music. Bentley’s still stands in the same Victorian building where it first opened back in 1916, providing a traditional backdrop to this St Patrick’s Day feast.

O’Neill’s
The Irish bar group, O’Neill’s, has a number of pubs around London. O’Neill’s Soho is hosting a week of events in celebration of St Patrick’s Day starting on 12 March with two Irish bands playing until 3am. Other highlights of the week-long party include dancing, lots of Guinness, comedy hats, live football, live GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), live Six Nations rugby, and an all-day party on St Patrick’s Day itself.

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London Bar and Restaurant News: Holborn Dining Room, London House, Villandry and Bianco43 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-holborn-dining-room-london-house-villandry-and-bianco43/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-holborn-dining-room-london-house-villandry-and-bianco43/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37737 There are a number of new bars and restaurants that have recently opened in London.

Holborn Dining Room
Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen at the new Rosewood London hotel offers classic British cuisine in a historic setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. The Head Chefs have both previously worked at Quaglino’s, Le Pont De La Tour and The Wolseley, and the Bar Manager comes from Brasserie Zédel and The Ivy.

London House
Gordon Ramsay’s new venture is located in his home borough of Wandsworth. The recently-opened London House restaurant and bar in Battersea Square has a worldly menu, thanks to the international background of Head Chef Anna Haugh-Kelly.

Villandry St James
A 1913 Edwardian baroque building in St James is now the home of the new French Mediterranean restaurant Villandry. The restaurant sits conveniently between Piccadilly Circus and Pall Mall. It is split into two areas, one for formal dining and another for the Grand Café brasserie.

Bianco43
Are you hungry for Italian cuisine while exploring Central London? New restaurant Bianco43 is roughly 30 seconds’ walk from Trafalgar Square on Northumberland Avenue. The restaurant’s wood fired oven is Italian, so authentic Neapolitan pizzas will come to your rescue.

Other recently-opened London venues include the wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels; fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant, The Fable in Holborn; Turkish Mediterranean brasserie Kitchenette in Putney; Jackson + Rye, the New York-style restaurant in Soho; Brooklyn Bowl, the 800-capacity concert venue and bowling lanes at The O2 Arena; and Poncho 8 grab ‘n’ go Mexican restaurant in Sheldon Square, Paddington.

More London restaurant and bar news
London’s dining scene continues to impress and congratulations must go to the following venues for their recent achievements:

Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant will re-open on 17 February. A new kitchen and private dining room have been added to the restaurant.

Coq d’Argent restaurant is hosting a stargazing evening on 25 February with a demonstration from Bernard Karpinski of Modern Astronomy using the Skyliner-200P telescope recently added to the restaurant’s winter terrace.

During the weekend of 21-23 February, the Craft Beer Rising festival takes places at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. 60 breweries will be showcasing more than 200 beers alongside a program of music and street food.

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Top 5 Bars in London for Watching the Winter Olympic Games http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/top-5-bars-in-london-for-watching-the-winter-olympic-games/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/top-5-bars-in-london-for-watching-the-winter-olympic-games/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:52:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37673 The opening ceremony of one of the year’s biggest global sporting events, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, begins today in Sochi, Russia. The Games bring together the world’s best athletes in sports such as skiing, figure skating, ice hockey and the luge.

Make sure you don’t miss that important medal match by watching the live action from Russia in some of London’s best bars. Don’t forget that there is a four hour time difference between Sochi and London, so you may need to plan your journey around specific timings.

Riley’s
Riley’s Sports bar on Haymarket in London’s West End is home to 34 TVs. This is in addition to four projectors, and what is claimed to be the biggest sports screen in London, all showing 70 worldwide sports channels and as many fixtures as possible throughout the Sochi season. There’s also ping pong tables, pool tables and DJ nights for those who can’t face the tension of live winter sports. The opening ceremony and beginning of the Winter Olympics will be screened twice, once live and again in the evening in case you miss it. Plus, the happy hour (50% off) starts at 12pm and ends at 7pm, before beginning again at 9pm for an hour. Booking is advisable.

Jetlag
Fitzrovia’s Jetlag sports bar is opening its doors at 10am every day so that London won’t miss a minute of the live Olympic action from Sochi. From figure skating to bobsleigh, downhill to ice hockey, the Winter Olympics will be shown on five screens over two floors (including a 15ft cinema screen). Sliders, street food, craft beers and cocktails will be available throughout. Reservations recommended for special group matches.

The Maple Leaf
Canadian bar The Maple Leaf in London’s Covent Garden is often seen as a home away from home for Canadian ex-pats and visitors. However, locals and tourists alike will be welcome to support all the teams and athletes competing in Russia. The bar menu includes goodies such as nachos, wings and Canadian favourite, poutine. Check them out on Monday after 6pm when you can get 20 wings for £6.

The Carlsberg Sports bar
The 24-hour Carlsberg Sports Bar in The Casino at The Empire is well placed for visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and shops of Central London. The bar and casino sit right on the famous Leicester Square, home to red carpet movie premieres and the occasional Hollywood star. Live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games will be shown on the bar’s 11 high-definition screens as well as the 6ft central screen. Buckets of beer and a classic American menu including hot dogs and burgers will keep you fed and watered during the action.

The Jones Family Project
New Shoreditch bar, café and restaurant, The Jones Family Project is hosting two weeks of Après-Ski. There will be treats from around the world including Gluhwein. For the opening ceremony, along with live coverage, the staff will be dressed up in themed costumes and there will be a prize for the best dressed customer (plus bonus prizes for bringing in skis or a board).

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Valentine’s Day Treats in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/valentines-day-treats-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/valentines-day-treats-in-london/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:07:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37537 If you’re seeking a unique way to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone, here are a handful of Valentine’s Day treats to sweeten up your loved one.

Houses of Parliament Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea
Combine a love for British history with a love for British tradition this Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, then the next day continue on into the weekend with a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament. Follow this grand occasion with afternoon tea in the elegant Pugin Room, overlooking the River Thames. The tour will take you into both the Commons and Lords’ Chambers. Saturday 15 Feb. The tour and afternoon tea are priced at £41.50. This offer is also available on 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 22 Feb and 1 Mar.

Fortnum and Mason Hamper
Treat you loved one to a touch of class with the Be My Valentine hamper from the traditional London store, Fortnum & Mason. The hamper is filled with a Marc de Champagne box of fine chocolates, Amber Rose body lotion, luxury bath truffles, and a bottle of personalised Fortnum’s rosé Champagne. Hamper priced at £100.

Candy Cakes
Sweet treat experts Candy Cakes in Baker Street have a heart-obsessed selection of cupcakes available in a variety of flavours: two Chocolate Passion, two First Love, two Red Velvet Valentine, one Strawberry Love, one Caramel Kiss and one Mocca Chocca Love. Box of nine priced at £21.55.

Godminster Heart-Shaped Cheese
Not all Valentine’s Day idea need to be sweet treats. For something truly original, take a look at the heart-shaped Godminster cheese pictured above. It will be available at department stores Harrods and Selfridges in vintage organic cheddar and organic brie flavours.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Marshmallows
Take your Valentine to any Aubaine restaurant in London during February and you could treat them to the gentle effervescence of Veuve Clicquot Rosé paired with three light lemon meringue marshmallows (pictured above). The experience is priced at £15.

Other Valentines Day ideas:
The Lyttleton restaurant at the The Stafford by Kempinski in St James is laying on a special Valentine’s afternoon tea including Pacific oyster-caviar and Laurent-Perrier Champagne for £42.50 per person.

It’s Chocolate week at Barts in Chelsea from 6 to 14 February. Alongside a number of love potions and alcoholic aphrodisiac cocktails, there will be chocolate fountains, chocolate face painting, cupid style fancy dress, romantic two-person sharing cocktails served in giant teapots, and Barts home brewed and handmade rum filled chocolates.

Asian restaurant and bar, Bam-Bou in Fitzrovia, has invited psychic counsellor, Susie Johns, to offer lovers one-on-one readings on the 4, 11, 18 Feb. The 15-minute reading and a Love Potion cocktail are priced at £25 per person.

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10 of the Best: Valentine’s Day Restaurants in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-valentines-day-dinner-ideas-with-romantic-views-and-champagne/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-valentines-day-dinner-ideas-with-romantic-views-and-champagne/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:27:49 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37383 Valentine’s Day is fast approaching; you’ve ordered the flowers, bought a gift and written a love poem. The recipe is almost complete. Now all you need to do is book a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two.

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dinner ideas to celebrate with the one you love, these restaurants are sure to impress.

Valentine’s Day Restaurants With Views

Galvin at Windows
If you’re a hopeless romantic, you might need more than just one Valentine meal to keep you going. Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane is hosting a whole week of Valentine’s meals. Enjoy a lobster lunch from 10-14 Feb, a Valentine’s Saturday on 15 Feb, and for Valentine’s Day itself, a five-course menu including canapés and Kir Royal. Oh, and those magnificent views across Hyde Park.

Babylon
Romance 100ft above London can be yours if you book a Valentine’s Day dinner at Babylon restaurant in Kensington. A scenic London skyline and a live jazz band will provide the ideal backdrop to a decadent four-course meal, including fried quail eggs with truffled egg yolk dressing and roast rump of lamb served with aubergine caviar and chutney. And for dessert, hot dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream and crystallized rose petals. £80 per person which includes a glass of Champagne plus entry into the Club and Spanish Garden for dancing and a firework display at 10.45pm.

Aqua London
Soak up the romance of the West End at Aqua London which comprises of not one but two rooftop restaurants, both looking down onto Regent Street. Your Valentine’s Day dinner at Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto will consist of a four-course menu that includes miso marinated black cod with white asparagus and uni butter, and wagyu sirloin with kohlrabi puree and beetroot flower. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic evening in the Spanish restaurant, Aqua Nueva (pictured above), where grilled fillet of hake with chickpea puree, white prawns from Huelva and baby squid, and roast loin of venison with migas await. Both Valentine’s Day dinners are £80 per person and include a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne (or a Japanese Velvet cocktail at Aqua Kyoto). The adjacent Aqua Spirit cocktail bar has a DJ until 1am for the later love birds.

Valentine’s Day Restaurants on The River

Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
Escape the crowds for a secluded meal at Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour, which looks out onto swaying yachts and calm waters. This is a perfect setting for a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner. The Valentine’s Day menu includes duck, lemon thyme sea bass fillet and grilled tri-tip steak. £29 per person.

OXO Tower
Views across the river Thames towards St Paul’s Cathedral are assured at OXO Tower Bar, Brasserie and Restaurant. Live music will be played throughout both dining spaces, and couples are encouraged to write personal messages on a balloon before releasing it from the viewing gallery. The brasserie menu is £125 per person and includes a glass of Champagne, a three-course menu, a half bottle of wine, coffee and service charge. The restaurant menu is £170 and includes the same as above except you’ll be treated to a half bottle of Harvey Nichols Brut Rose Champagne instead of wine.

Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences
You could spend your Valentine’s evening romancing alongside the river Thames, or you could go enjoy dinner on the river instead. Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences have several Valentine’s Day dinner ideas available with the pick of the bunch being the Symphony Main Window for £150 per person. This dinner includes a glass of Champagne, live entertainment, a four-course meal, selected wines and beers, and a single red rose. The cruise will take you passed some of London’s top attractions, including Tower Bridge.

Restaurants With a Touch of Class

Club Gascon
Enjoy an evening in the capable hands of Chef Pascal Aussignac and his Michelin Star team at Club Gascon restaurant. We recommend taking their lead and opting for the menu plaisir de St Valentin with wine selection for £120 per person. Your Valentine’s Day dinner will be seductively graced by seared langoustine, catalane and sea urchin jus with a Cotes De Provence, Le Château, Château Thuerry 2012 wine. Dessert comes in the form of a rose hearted fondant with red berries and Champagne granite.

Cinnamon Club
Add a touch of spice to your Valentine’s Day dinner at the Grade II listed, former Westminster Library, Cinnamon Club near the House of Parliament. For £90 per person, you will enjoy a glass of Bollinger Rosé on arrival, amuse bouche, followed by a four-course Valentine’s menu that includes slow braised Herdwick lamb shoulder with nutmeg, curried morels and saffron pilau.

Axis
Make the 5-star One Aldwych hotel the setting for your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. This is a great option for couples going to see a West End show or simply taking a Valentine’s Day stroll through Covent Garden. Axis restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu includes Brixham Crab salad, apple, avocado and watercress to start, followed by smoked venison loin, braised shoulder, red cabbage and butternut squash. £75 per person.

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London Restaurant News: Where To Celebrate Burns Night in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-where-to-celebrate-burns-night-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-where-to-celebrate-burns-night-in-london/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:22:13 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37235 You may have heard of Burns Night, and you might have asked yourself “when is Burns Night” or even “what is Burns Night”. Robert Burns was an 18th century Scottish poet. One of his most famous poems, Auld Lang Syne, is most notably sung on New Year’s Eve. He is also sometimes referred to as Robbie Burns or Rabbie Burns.

Burns is regarded as Scotland’s national poet, and his birthday is therefore celebrated every year. Burns Night 2104 falls on 25 January with bars and restaurant across the UK marking the occasion by hosting a Burns Supper event. A Burns Supper will usually comprise of traditional Scottish food, Scottish music in the form of bagpipes, recitals of Burns’ Scottish poetry, and, of course, Scotch whisky.

Although London is not located in Scotland, many restaurants still observe Burns Night. Here are some of the most exciting Burns Night suppers in London to look forward to in 2014.

Albannach
Albannach in Trafalgar Square is a well-known Scottish bar and restaurant. This Burns Night, Albannach (pictured above) will be hosting two sittings (6.30pm and 8.30pm) of a special six-course Burns Supper menu with coffee, handmade whisky truffle and three whisky tasters included. Various toasts will be made to Burns throughout the night. Tickets are £75 per person.


Min Jiang
For a Burns Night experience with a difference, it’s worth booking at Min Jiang Chinese restaurant (pictured above) overlooking Kensington Gardens. The Chinese Burns menu will include a flight of Dalmore whiskies and a few twists on traditional Scottish dishes such as char siew haggis puff, and sesame prawn and haggis toast. The price is £35 per person.

Vinopolis
Burns Night seems like the ideal time to learn more about the famous Scottish tipple, whisky. Vinopolis, London’s wine tasting visitor attraction (pictured above), has arranged for whisky expert, Tom Forrest, to teach a masterclass alongside their three-course Burns Supper. This is a great option for large groups especially, because for every nine people booked a tenth can join the party for free. Please note, this event takes place on Friday 24 January.

Fortnum & Mason
On Saturday 25 January from 7pm, Fortnum & Mason  on Piccadilly will be the scene of a special Burns Supper. The traditional Scottish menu will include cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps & Ayrshire tatties (turnip and potato) with whisky sauce, all served with a wee dram of Highland single malt whisky. Speakers will provide renditions of various Rabbie Burns’ poems, including the Selkirk Toast. Tickets are £75 per person and include whisky and wine.

Boisdale
Perhaps London’s most Scottish home-away-from-home is Boisdale in Canary Wharf which boasts a whisky collection that extends into the hundreds. From 20 to 29 January, Boisdale will be celebrating Burns Night 2014, its own 25th anniversary and the referendum on Scottish independence later this year, with a special ‘Union Haggis’ menu. The symbolic unifying haggis will contain the heart of a Scottish lamb, the liver of an English lamb, the lungs from a Welsh lamb, and barley grown in Ireland. Guests can choose between three-, four-, and five-course Burns menus, each served with a 25ml noggin of The Macallan malt whisky.

Other London bars and restaurants celebrating Burns Night in 2014 include Blueprint Cafe, Searcys St Pancras Grand, Seven Park Place, Marco Grill Chelsea, and The Draft House Tower Bridge.

Other London bar and restaurant news

Brooklyn Bowl – A new 12-lane bowling alley, concert venue, restaurant and bar called Brooklyn Bowl opens at The O2 Arena this week.

House of Ho – Bobby Chinn’s new restaurant, The House of Ho has just started serving modern Vietnamese in Soho.

The Gilbert Scott – A new Brontë sister inspired afternoon tea will be launched on 29 January for two weeks at The Gilbert Scott to include special talks from artist, Charlotte Cory, and the Brontë Society Director, Ann Sumner.

Tom Aikens – Chef Aikens hopes to open a new central London restaurant in the near future. This will therefore see the closure of the Michelin star Tom Aikens restaurant in Chelsea at the end of January.

Marcus Wareing – Michelin star chef, Marcus Wareing, is closing his restaurant at The Berkeleythis week for a two-month refurbishment and rebranding exercise.

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