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Afternoon tea in London: Harvey Nichols 5th Floor

Harvey Nichols 5th Floor Restaurant 109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RJ     The menu for afternoon tea at Harvey Nicks features a woman’s perfectly manicured hand: “Pinkies up” it entreats. Tea here though is less a prim and proper affair and more about being in the midst of the fun and buzzy environment of a temple of fashion and commerce. Sitting amid the unadorned wooden...

Best bars in London: Swans Bar, Maison Assouline

I love, perhaps a little too much, discovering great places to drink. My latest discovery came to light via my friend Mark. After months of trying, we finally got together for a sneaky afternoon drink — girding ourselves for our separate, taxing evenings to come. He suggested Swans Bar, right smack on Piccadilly. I’d never heard of it and was intrigued — I walk down this street several times a...

The London Eye at Christmas

  The London Eye is always on my list of places to take people when they visit the city. Every time I go up in one of the capsules, I can’t help but marvel at the view, proudly showing off my adopted city and the sights up and down the Thames. That’s why I was delighted when I got some complimentary tickets to take 2 of my out-of-town friends up for a turn at this iconic London attraction. (See...

9 tips for families at Polo in the Park

  The official signs are iris-purple, the Champagne Lanson tent is a dashing pink, the women’s dresses and children’s outfits turn them into a sea of peonies, bluebells and bright honeysuckle. Even the gents stride round in trousers the colour of spearmint, lemon meringue and coral. This was our second year to attend Chesterton’s Polo in the Park in London as a guest of the event. Once again...

Best bars in London: Gillray’s Bar at the Marriott County Hall

  “It’s performance art meets bottle,” says one patron sitting at Gillray’s Bar, at the London Marriott County Hall on London’s South Bank. Forget the image of the run-of-the-mill hotel bar, with bland staff dispensing pallid lager and overpriced vodka tonics. At Gillray’s Bar, drinks are served with inspiring flavours, elan and a little bit of theatre. New ideas spill from...

10 bars every American should visit in London

In every world-class city across the globe you can find great places to have a drink. What makes going out in London special is the particular style of drinking. You can lift a glass in a room of bedecked in period lavender cornicing or in a historic music hall that references several eras of its history all at once. For Americans, these drinking hotspots showcase the grand buildings, the hidden societies,...

What to do in London with kids in 2016

I adore farflung travel, but one of the benefits to living in London is that there are so many things to do with kids right here at home. I thought I’d share my list of don’t-miss activities for 2016, based on experiences we’ve had over the years. We choose our outings to appeal to our tween and teen, but the activities listed here are good for children of just about any age. Leave a comment and...

Review: The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Barbican

  Take a seat. In this case, a quintessential seat of the 20th century. That’s the way into the The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a current design exhibition at the Barbican – about the couple who created the iconic plastic DSW chair, the moulded plywood chair, the lounge chair and ottoman, all of which still feature like furniture supermodels in modern home magazines, in films and on television, even...

Discovering a warm welcome in Camden Town #YoureWelcome

  As parents of a tween and teen, we’re always on the lookout for a particular kind of family welcome at hotels. It needs to acknowledge the kids as almost-adults and meet their “cool quotient”. At the same time, we need a grown-up, comfortable experience. Holiday Inn’s #YoureWelcome campaign highlights how the hotels encourage families (including “tired parents”,...

How to celebrate the Fourth of July in London

How to celebrate this very American holiday in London? I’ve been wondering that myself for about a decade. The thing about celebrating Fourth of July is that the enjoyment comes from knowing all your family, all your friends, the entire nation is celebrating too. When I lived in in New York, the Fourth meant cookouts in Prospect Park organised by my friends, legendary party-makers and grillers John Fasciano...

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