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Christmas Champagne Breakfast + sketch Mayfair

The Morning and Night Before Christmas Afternoon tea and champers are, by definition and nature respectively, not before noon. But this is sketch Mayfair, the restaurant cum bar cum gallery which invents the rules. Or abandons them altogether. Case is … Continue reading

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Altis Grand Hotel Lisbon + San Jorge Roof Terrace

Summertime Gladness Lisbon’s mercurial mix is intoxicating, and made all the more sparkling by its simultaneous and very definite continental dynamic. John O’Connell, designer of ‘The best room in London’ according to The Times, doesn’t hold back, “Lisbon is like … Continue reading

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Tyrella House + Tyrella Beach

Demands of the Temple of The Sun at Baalbec | Let the Heavens Open | Blockbuster It was always going to be a raucous affair: dinner with Westbourne and Lavender’s Blue intern Annabel P at Il Pirata in Shepherd Market. … Continue reading

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Masterpiece London Preview 2015 + The Wallace Collection

Total Eclipse of the Art It was as if Elizabeth Bowen was in Masterpiece London and not The House in Paris: “Heaven – call it heaven; on the plane of potential not merely likely behaviour. Or call it art, with … Continue reading

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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew + The Queen’s Speech

Join the Queue  Kew Gardens Christmas Trail. Lakeside explosions of The Nutcracker, kaleidoscopic cacophonies of the chattering classes, lower-upper-middle class people in glasshouses, why my Versailles. “Oh,” the Queen was overheard muttering at the recent dinner in her honour at … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Temple House

 Temple of Room  ‘Exhausted by sunshine, the backs of the crimson chairs were a thin light orange; a smell of camphor and animals drawn from skins on the floor by the glare of morning still hung like dust on the … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Hilton Park

Powers Hilton “The air breathed in is soporific; the distances hold other-worldly gleam.” Elsewhere erroneously attributed to the better known Irish architect Francis Johnston, the core of the current building was most likely designed by James Jones of Dundalk. The … Continue reading

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Ballymore + Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite

Brand New  Unless you’re experiencing a news blackout or enjoying an extended break on Vamizi Island, you’ll no doubt be aware of a rather large reimagining of real estate between Battersea and Vauxhall. Largest in the UK, no less. It’s … Continue reading

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