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Reducing Food Waste with Maille and OLIO

A recent event at the Maille Boutique on the Piccadilly highlighted delicious ways to reduce food waste compliments of Harry Lalousis – the world’s first and only mustard sommelier – and the free food sharing app OLIO. Continue reading

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Best London Restaurants of 2016

The London Dining scene of 2016 seemed markedly better that that of the past couple of years before it. But maybe that’s more reflective of me and my reasons and opportunities to eat out. Continue reading

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Sideways: The Play at St James Theatre

If you loved the movie, to be sure you’ll love the play, adapted for the stage by original Sideways novelist, Rex Pickett and deftly directed David Grindely. Continue reading

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Pall Mall Fine Wine

As its name succinctly suggests, Pall Mall Fine Wine is indeed a fine place to enjoy wine at a rather well heeled address. Continue reading

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Uncannily Great Dining at The Balcon, Sofitel St James Hotel

All the right points were hit seemingly with prescience during my recent dinner at the Sofitel St James Hotel’s Balcon resulting in one of the better restaurant experiences of my year thus far. Continue reading

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Classic Old School Italian Night Out at Getti, Jermyn Street

Hey, I’m all for innovation and for people attempting to wow my palate in new and different ways. Indeed, that’s what’s made writing about the London dining scene such a killer gig over these past several years. But – and it’s a big ole booty butt – if something ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And in the case of Jermyn Street’s mainstay trattoria, Getti, everything seemed A-Okay and in delicious working order during my recent visit. Continue reading

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Running From Greenbaum: Andy Hollingworth Portraits at Snap Galleries

Two decades worth of photographer Andy Hollingworth’s portraits of comedians are on view now at Snap Galleries just off the Piccadilly. The show, Running from Greenbaum runs until mid September. Pop our head in for a looksee that’s sure to … Continue reading

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Dammann Frères Teas at the Sofitel London St James’s Rose Lounge (espressoCrazy)

Man cannot live on coffee alone. And as much as I tried (often succeeded) in doing so, I must admit it’s nice to have a cup of something else every once in a while. Horses for courses and all that … Continue reading

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La Vie en Rose Afternoon Tea at the Sofitel London St James

On now and running throughout May is a new floral-inspired La Vie en Rose afternoon tea at the Rose Lounge at the Sofitel London St James hotel. I got a taste of this limited run luxury a couple of weeks back and very much enjoyed it. Here’s a waft of what made it such a treat for me. Continue reading

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Steve McQueen at Thomas Dane Gallery: Ashes

Two new works by Steve McQueen go on view soon at Thomas Dane Gallery in St James’s. One is an immersive projection with sound entitled Ashes which was shot on Super8 film in Granada with much of the footage dating from 2002 and taken by cinematographer Robbie Müller with recently recorded soundtrack about the sad fate of the subject in the film. The other work is Broken Column, a sculptural installation which “acts as a pendant to Ashes.” Continue reading

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8 Great Gin Bars in London (OneTravel)

Gin. It’s a London thing. So it’s no surprise that this city has some of the best bars to drink it. Here’s a look at eight great places to enjoy an elbow bender with the infamous Mother’s Ruin. Read my … Continue reading

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Made in Mayfair Insider Experience with Intercontinental and London Luxury Quarter (OneTravel)

The InterContinental London Park Lane hotel has teamed up with London Luxury Quarter to create custom made “Made in Mayfair Insider Experience” tours. From Britain’s oldest family run perfumery to bespoke shoes that take nine months from order to delivery, … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Milkmaids Passage

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Celebrating Edward VII’s Birthday with The King’s Ginger and Berry Bros

The level of kitsch and pretence was nearly as copious as the amount of booze in the cocktails during a recent posthumous birthday lunch for King Edward VII, with The King himself on hand to preside over the merriment. As wackily anachronistic as the celebration was, the setting could not have been more authentic or historically spot on. Of course as is so often the case with too many wonderful experiences, there had to be a hitch. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Chagall Off the Wall

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London Daily Photo: Matsuri

The fine folks from Kikkoman invited yours truly out earlier this week to upscale Japanese restaurant Matsuri St James’s for a soy sauce masterclass taught by Chef Simon Hulstone. Continue reading

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Play #LondonBingo with @CostaBingo and @tikichris and Win Dinner at The Shard

Ready to have some fun? I’ve teamed up with Costa Bingo to offer my readers the chance to get out of your seats, visit some of London’s most historic landmarks and play for a chance to win dinner for two at any of the restaurants located within one our newest icons – The Shard. Continue reading

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Drink in Knowing Style at London’s Hakkasan and Sake No Hana (OneTravel)

Beyond the fabulous settings and fantastic food, two of the Hakkasan Group’s best Asian fine dining restaurants in London will run a new series of cocktail and spirit masterclasses this summer. Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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Take a Sake Masterclass at Sake No Hana, St James’s Street

Modern Japanese restaurant, Sake No Hana, is to launch an Introduction to Sake masterclass in July. I participated in a press preview of the class the other night and discovered that there’s a lot to learn about Japan’s celebrated rice … Continue reading

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Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar, at London’s Intercontinental Westminster (OneTravel)

At £45 (about $68) per adult and £15 ($22) per child, brunch at the Blue Boar is an indulgence. Still, if you come with a hearty appetite and plan to relax over a few drinks, you should find the experience to offer exceptionally good value for an especially great meal. You’ll also be treated to friendly and efficient service along with live music in a chilled out and comfortable setting. Continue reading

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Luxury Sunday Brunch at the Blue Boar (CDCLifestyle)

Service was efficient and friendly … there was live music a la an acoustic guitarist … and just about everything pertaining to my brunch was pleasant and relaxing. The Blue Boar’s main dining room is especially comfortable. Beyond the dining area, an expansive bar and maze of cosy Chesterfield nooks await. Continue reading

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Luxury Brunch at the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar, Intercontinental Westminster

Chef Jon Ingram of the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar at the Intercontinental Westminster has done a bang up job taking a (barbe)cue from foodie trends around town and refining them to a five star standard while making sure keep his menu fun and yummy. Indulging in the Blue Boar’s Sunday only luxury brunch is an excellent way to taste what I’m talking about. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: One

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Photos at Quaglino’s Restaurant in London (CheapOair)

Adding to the rock ‘n’ roll glamour of the show, a special range of cocktails has been created by Quaglino’s bar manager, Michal Zawerbny. Priced at £15 (about $23) for two, you can choose a Rock ‘n’ Roll or a Jimi’s Choice to enjoy while viewing the photography. Continue reading

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Berry Bros. & Rudd: Britain’s Oldest Wine and Spirit Merchant (CheapOair)

Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant. A supplier to the Royal Family since the reign of King George III, historic customers have included Lord Byron, William Pitt the Younger and the Aga Khan. While Berry … Continue reading

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Bob Martin Sports Photography Retrospective at Quaglino’s, London (CheapOair)

Now on view until September (and just in time for the Olympics), a retrospective exhibition of prints by award winning sports photographer Bob Martin presents an ideal opportunity to “get into a sporting spirit as London prepares to host this year’s … Continue reading

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London Cigar Guide App (OneTravel)

… for anyone keen to discover the rich history and current trends of the London cigar scene, the London Cigar Guide app is a must. Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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Win An Overnight Stay With Dinner At The Cavendish London (Londonist)

… the hotel is giving one Londonist reader a chance to win an overnight stay for two with breakfast and dinner at the restaurant. Win An Overnight Stay With Dinner At The Cavendish London Londonist, 18 April 2012 Photo/fourteenten

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Josper Grilling @ Caxton Grill, St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s (Londonist)

Josper Grilling @ Caxton Grill, St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s Londonist, March 18, 2012 Caxton Grill is one of very few restaurants in London to feature a Josper Grill (the second ever in town according to the folks there), thus … Continue reading

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Wine of the Month: 2010 Berrys’ Argentina Malbec, Pulenta, Mendoza

Valentine’s Day came late at tikichris towers this year. A week late actually, on Pancake Day. So maybe next week I’ll get around to doing a little pancake flipping in honour of the belated celebration. Until then, I bring you … Continue reading

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London’s Cuban Cigar Walk (CheapOair)

London’s Cuban Cigar Walk CheapOair, September 6, 2011 Cities in Sound’s Cuban Cigar Walk audio tour offers a brilliant opportunity to experience the neighborhoods of Mayfair and St James’s at one’s own leisurely pace. For cigar smokers, this fun and photogenic tour … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Strangers Die Everyday

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London Daily Photo: Essentials

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New Restaurant Review: Inamo St James (Londonist)

New Restaurant Review: Inamo St James Londonist, December 4, 2010 at 14:00 PM Londonist has no qualms recommending a small dish of truffle marbled beef (thin slices with truffle vinaigrette and crispy garlic and mixed cress, £7.95) and are adamant … Continue reading

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Guru Event: Cuban Cigar Walk London (Qype does London)

Guru Event: Cuban Cigar Walk London Qype does London, May 16th 2010 Wow. That was a lot to take in! And I think I speak for all in our group when I say I absolutely loved every moment of Qype’s Cuban … Continue reading

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