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California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum

The California: Designing Freedom exhibition at London’s Design Museum takes a look at America’s most populous state and its most popular contributions to design. Continue reading

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Theo’s Simple Italian, Earl’s Court

Newly opened Theo’s Simple Italian is Chef Theo Randall’s second restaurant, this one near Earl’s Court and tied to The Hotel Indigo. Like his eponymous restaurant at The Intercontinental, this venture features expertly prepared dishes of top quality and seasonal Italian ingredients but with a smaller menu (fairly ‘smaller’ prices too) that changes on a more frequent basis and is presented in a more casual setting. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Platform Garden

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Hotel Marketing and the Mystery of Blogging

I had a great time speaking as a panellist at the Hotel Marketing Association’s recent Clearing up the Mystery of Blogging seminar at the Royal Garden Hotel. If I was able to share even a fraction of the insight some of the other panellists imparted, I did very well indeed! Continue reading

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Clearing up the Mystery of Blogging with the HMA at 17 June at Royal Garden Hotel

Aimed at an audience of bloggers, social media specialists, hospitality marketers and operators “who understand the importance of social media in matters relating to reputation management, promotion, consumer purchasing behaviour and the evolving service culture,” the seminar’s focus will be “experiences, case studies, pitfalls, best practice and how best to develop relationships for your specific marketing needs.” Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to network. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Darwin

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A Victorian Obsession: The Perez Simon Collection at Leighton House Museum

Recently opened with a run of more than four months, A Victorian Obsession: The Perez Simon Collection at Leighton House Museum brings rarely seen masterpieces of Victorian art belonging to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Perez Simon – the largest Victorian private art collection outside Britain – to the lavish home of one of the late Victorian era’s most celebrated artists. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Kensington Church Street

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London Daily Photo: Pelham Street

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London Daily Photo: Kensington Church Street

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Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story at London’s Natural History Museum

Last week I popped round to the Natural History Museum to catch the Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story exhibition and was so glad I did. It’s a great show chronicling human existence in Britain since the first people set foot here (or at least as far back as the evidence suggests). I recommend going as it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be wowed by the artefacts and items on display. Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Golden Dragon at the Drayton Arms, SW5

Fancy a theatrical and thought provoking Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese takeaway? The Golden Dragon is a “dark modern tale of immigration” set in the kitchen of an East Asian restaurant as well as in the homes and businesses of some of its regular patrons. Just in time for Chinese New Year … German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s one act exacting contemplation of globalisation is on for a (very) short run at South Kensington’s Drayton Arms pub theatre. Continue reading

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25% Off Flying Burger Company Premium Burger Delivery

Flying Burger Company is a burger-only/delivery-only biz. Right now it’s serving a small area of West London – W11 4, W14 8, W14 0, W6 7 and W12 8 – roughly Notting Hill and bits near High Street Kensington, Shepherd’s Bush, and Hammersmith. However, I reckon the concept is a smart one and has a good chance of taking off and successfully soaring. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see service extend across London soon. Continue reading

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Good Stuff and Great Taste at the Specialty & Fine Food Fair 2013

Here’s a quick list of just some of all the good stuff I came across this afternoon at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2013, the “UK’s largest showcase of fine food and drink”. The fair continues tomorrow and Tuesday at Olympia Exhibition Centre. I loved my nibbling meander through the fair and thought it presented a fabulous opportunity to sample a range of great products from Britain and abroad while chatting with passionate producers and entrepreneurs. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Bowling Green

I took this photo yesterday afternoon at Kensington Gardens bowling green during the launch party for the first vintage of award-winning Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine: 2009 Reserve Brut and 2009 Rosé Brut. Crisp and fruitful – and like lawn bowls – a very English expression of summer. Continue reading

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London’s First Tofu Bar at Naga, W8

West London Pan Asian restaurant, Naga, has recently launched London’s first dedicated tofu bar with a menu of inexpensive bar snacks and even a selection of tofu-based cocktails. Continue reading

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Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangery

I recently had an old friend from high school visiting London from the States and found the afternoon tea at the Kensington Palace Orangery to provide an ideal opportunity for a catch up with sightseeing. Continue reading

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Top Tips for Visiting London’s Natural History Museum (CheapOair)

London’s Natural History Museum is one of three museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington’s Museum Quarter. Constructed in the late 1800s the massive Victorian era, Romanesque Revival marvel which houses the museum’s collections and special exhibitions are for architecture buffs reason alone to pay a visit. For fans of natural history, plenty more treasures await inside. Continue reading

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Sophisticated Indian Flavours at Zaika (CDCLifestyle)

Dishes are as attractively presented as the setting and taste just as gorgeous. Head chef Navin Prasad’s kitchen delivers refined and delicate dishes that nonetheless check the boxes for filling and yummy. Continue reading

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Sophisticated Indian Flavours at Zaika Restaurant, London (OneTravel)

Head chef Navin Prasad’s kitchen delivers refined and delicate dishes that nonetheless check the boxes for filling and yummy. Case in point is the hearty yet dainty starter, pan-seared spiced scallops with sautéed cavolo nero and pumpkin sauce. Equally delicious, a main course of king prawns simmered in a rich coconut cream sauce flavoured with lime leaf proves curry prowess and gourmet subtly needn’t be mutually exclusive attributes. Continue reading

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Sophisticated Indian Flavours at Zaika, Kensington High Street

Dishes are as attractively presented as the setting and taste just as gorgeous. Head chef Navin Prasad’s kitchen delivers refined and delicate dishes that nonetheless check the boxes for filling and yummy. Continue reading

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Recipe: Michel Roux Jr’s Crushed Garlicky Rooster Potatoes in Their Skin

With only these six ingredients (okay, eight if you count the salt and pepper) and just a handful of basic steps to follow, I found this recipe offered especially tasty value for minimal effort. Not much clean up afterward either. As the name implies, this dish is a garlic lover’s treat. I reckon you could tone down the amount of garlic suggested and still be happy with the results. An additional splash or two of the pastis wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Continue reading

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Michel Roux Jr Breakfast Event at Whole Foods Kensington, Monday 28 January

BBC 2’s Masterchef: The Professionals presenter, Michel Roux Jr, will appear at the Whole Foods Market in Kensington on Monday morning for a cooking demo, Q&A and book signing. Michel will be joined by Gerry Beck, head chef at Whole Foods Market. … Continue reading

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Moreno at Baglioni London Hotel Review (CDCLifestyle)

The newly launched Moreno at Baglioni restaurant situated inside Kensington’s lush Baglioni London Hotel sees two Michelin star Italian chef, Moreno Cedroni, share his avant garde Italian cuisine for the first time outside Italy. Read my complete review at the Comte des … Continue reading

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10 Best London Restaurants of 2012

2012, what a delicious year for London! This city – this big old convoluted mess of a city – kept improving its flavour profile and coming up with new and better ways to offer locals and visitors alike more choice … Continue reading

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Moreno at Baglioni: Playfully Exquisite Italian Fine Dining

One of the most noteworthy meals of the year as well as one of the better restaurants I’ve visited in quite some time, I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner last night at Moreno at Baglioni. This newly launched restaurant situated inside Kensington’s lush Baglioni London Hotel sees two Michelin star Italian chef, Moreno Cedroni, share his avant garde approach to Italian cuisine with his first venture outside Italy. Continue reading

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Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum #SpreadTheCheer

The folks from Starbucks kindly invited my “family” to a complimentary 50 minutes of skating at the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum. Kemey and I had a blast (Winston, our cat and only other member of this family, … Continue reading

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Big Smoke BBQ at Whole Foods Market Kensington

Whole Foods Market’s flagship store in Kensington has redesigned its first floor to introduce some new restaurant “venues” and create more space for eat-in customers. I paid a lunchtime visit today and was really impressed with the spacious and efficient … Continue reading

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Science Museum Hosts the ‘Universe of Sound’: a Virtual Philharmonia Orchestra (OneTravel)

This summer, the Science Museum in London will showcase the “Universe of Sound” – a major new digital installation which will see a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra taking up residence in the museum from May 23rd to the 8th of July. Science Museum … Continue reading

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London’s Albert Memorial at Kensington Gardens (OneTravel)

London’s Albert Memorial at Kensington Gardens OneTravel, Mar 02, 2012 Officially titled the Prince Consort National Memorial, the 176 foot tall Albert Memorial features a golden statue of an enthroned Prince Albert facing south, forever gazing upon his Royal Albert … Continue reading

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What’s for Lunch? Joe’s, SW3 (Londonist)

A new executive chef and a refurbished setting make for a lovely summer lunch at Joe’s on Draycott Avenue. Continue reading

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Chefspective: Prahlad Hegde, Executive Chef at Bombay Brasserie (Londonist)

Chefspective: Prahlad Hegde, Executive Chef at Bombay Brasserie Londonist, March 3, 2011 at 13:30 pm Long time Executive Chef at the well established Bombay Brasserie, Prahlad Hegde recently chatted with Londonist about his career with his Kensington based Indian fine … Continue reading

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Ask a Concierge: Tony Rossi, Concierge from Crowne Plaza London Kensington (Londonist)

Ask a Concierge: Tony Rossi, Concierge from Crowne Plaza London Kensington Londonist, June 18, 2010 4:10 PM Starting out at the Holiday Inn Kensington which has recently relaunched as the Crowne Plaza London Kensington, Tony Rossi will celebrate next year … Continue reading

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Plentiful Pancakes in Kensington on Shrove Tuesday (Londonist)

Plentiful Pancakes in Kensington on Shrove Tuesday Londonist, February 13, 2010 12:17 PM It’s not just Argentine ice cream and coffee bar, Freggo, that’ll be offering cakey, flat treats for free (with a coffee purchase) on the 16th. Here are a … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Blinders

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