A hotel that doesn’t charge for items taken from the mini bar (excluding alcohol), and stocks a superb range of chocolate and chips, is a good sign. A hotel that stocks an ample supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the mini bar is even better.
So it was shame that i visited the Athenaeum hotel in London’s leafy Mayfair during the British winter when ice cream wasn’t really on my “to eat” list.
However, afternoon tea was on that list — unashamedly right at the top — so that’s where i started once i’d checked in and checked out my fabulous suite overlooking Green Park, which leads straight to Buckingham Palace. Continue reading
Viajante, Town Hall Hotel, London (photograph courtesy of Viajante)
Nuno Mendes owes me a night out with my brother. One where we sit down, share good food and wine and talk about our lives, our loves, our let-downs – the sorts of things siblings share when they haven’t seen each other for two years. As it happened, when we reunited at Mendes’ off-beat fine-dining venue Viajante – in the restored Town Hall Hotel in London’s east end district of Bethnal Green – all we talked about was his food. I’m not exaggerating. It was the sole topic of conversation. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Never before have I been out for a meal where the chef’s concoctions demanded my complete attention – and almost three hours’ worth of conversation. Mendes might as well have pulled up a chair. Continue reading