Category Archives: Hotels

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris + La Cour Jardin

Up and About in Paris and London | Garden of Eatin’ | Another Political Party We fill the lacuna  Lunch where? Paris. C’est le weekend. We’re Ivy’d out midweek although the Soho and Tower Bridge Brasseries’ zucchini fritti and truffle … Continue reading

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Finnstown House Kildare + Lord Lucan

Hey Good Lucan Heir today, gone tomorrow. Around 3,000 Irish country houses have “done a Lord Lucan” (the not so lucky 7th Earl) and disappeared over the last century. Finnstown House in his erstwhile squiredom ain’t one of them. It opened … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Ashford Castle Mayo

King Cong | More Mayo Please | Glory Days Aunt Margaret’s maxim was, “Never stay anywhere not as grand as your own home.” And she’d an Asprey account and Trüggelmann dressing room. Lavender’s Blue’s take is, “Life’s too short to … Continue reading

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Hotel New York Oyster Bar + Wilhelmina Pier Rotterdam

The Big Pip If oysters are your world and squid rings rock your boat, Hotel New York is for you. It’s not in New York but it is in the former Holland America Line offices on the banks of Rotterdam’s … Continue reading

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The Hilton Park Lane London + Galvin at Windows

Pie in the Sky | The Londond’ry Arms In the property industry, for every floor you go up, a premium is added. Room with a view with a price tag. Presumably there’s a surcharge in the hospitality industry for a … Continue reading

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Sunborn London Yacht Hotel + Royal Victoria Dock

Deep Calls Unto Deep Ship ahoy! All aboard! It was only a matter of thyme (with Botanist Islay gin and lemon wheel) until we joined The Haves and The Have Knots. Sunborn great. Others… actually make ours a mocktail (fresh … Continue reading

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+ The Goring Hotel London

Oh Tell It’s never boring at The Goring.

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Corinthia Hotel London + Dr Tara Swart

Food for Thought Does breakfasting at five star hotels make you cleverer? Yes is the answer, if you’re starting the day in Corinthia London’s Massimo Restaurant at . In a world first, the hotel has appointed a Neuroscientist in Residence. … Continue reading

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Abbeydene House Whiteabbey + Westminster Property Association Lunch + President Trump

Angels Unawares A phalanx of genteel residences, sphinx-like architectural sentinels, guards the east coast of Belfast Lough. Monuments to elaborately espaliered family trees, long forgotten aristocrats and plutocrats, sepia tinted sequins and foxtrots, Elysia lost to rampant suburbia. Sequestered by … Continue reading

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Merchant Taylors’ Hall City of London + The World Boutique Hotel Awards

Guild Secrets | Articulate Laurels | Materiality Tonight’s the night! We’re down at the seat of the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors, one of the 12 Great Livery Companies of the City of London. This medieval guildhall, protected from the … Continue reading

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