I hadn’t been to The Bloomsbury Hotel for some years but on a recent visit there I couldn’t believe the transformation. The historic 153-room property underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment last year masterminded by interiors pro Martin Brudnizki, who has worked on iconic London venues such as The Ivy and Scott’s. The place now oozes sex appeal, with luxuriously warm interiors enveloping you from the bustling concrete world outside. A few of my friends had mentioned the Coral Room, which is an impressive bar located on the ground floor but I ventured to the hotel on a Monday night to...Read more →
THE BLOOMSBURY CLUB: A cosy New York 1920s-style bar, with slick cocktails, delicious nibbles and a sexy atmosphere
MINDSET: Boutique fitness studio opens in Waterloo. Expect classes that challenge state of mind, fitness levels and serious determination.
Sailing away from the standard City bar format is Mrs Fogg’s in Broadgate Circle. The Mr Fogg’s chain of bars is one of my favourite in town, given its exploration theme, and the latest site, Mrs Fogg’s, sticks to the standards. The place was inspired by Aouda, the explorer Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife, in Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Around The World in 80 Days. Everything has been designed with her nautical travels in mind, with bar-goers invited to board the Rangoon steamer. The full name of the bar is Mrs Fogg's Maritime Club and Distillery. I ventured to the bar on a Tuesday n...Read more →
Mindset fitness studios are one of the latest in a long line of new-age-trend-setting gym spaces across London. They aim to assist in ‘building the best version of you’, promoting total fitness and wellbeing. Exercise nowadays is more than just keep fit. More than ticking a box. Nowadays it’s about getting the most out of your class, which means challenging your mindset as well as your physicality. Mindset carry this ethos throughout each class or PT session they offer. There are two spacious studios with high quality equipment. Neon beams span the ceiling giving each studio a slick feel to ...Read more →
If you're looking for a Sunday brunch a bit slicker than your standard boozy affair, head to Hakkasan Hanway Place. The luxe underground restaurant has a very well-priced Sunday brunch menu, centred around dim sum. For £62 per person, you get a bottle of Louis Roederer brut champagne, two cocktails and a seemingly-endless stream of food. If you want to step it up a gear, you can swap the brut for Cristal, but that will see the price per person almost double to £120 per person. For those who want to go lighter on the drinking front, you can swap out the champagne for tea, bringing the price...Read more →
Hanging out in Soho on a Friday night is such a pleasant pastime. Neon signs light up the streets as groups of friends spill out of pubs, regardless of the weather, and nearby buskers sing Celine Dion covers and have everyone in the streets wailing in unison. It’s truly a sight to behold. We pottered around in the rain last Friday and after a couple of jars, decided to take shelter at the esteemed Italian restaurant, Forty Dean Street. A neighbourly spot, Forty Dean Street is a family run restaurant right in the thick of it. The atmosphere on a Friday night was full of vibrancy and life, yet...Read more →