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« on: May 16, 2010, 10:34:34 AM »

Hi everyone

Some advice, please.

I have just arrived in London where I will be working for the next couple of weeks.  I am staying in the South Kensington area, so will be pretty central to most things.

Things I'd like to do in my leisure time (although don't expect to have a lot of this!) and am looking for some recommendations on, include;

- Cocktails in a funky bar (where are the trendy cocktail bars in London?)
- Traditioinal afternoon tea (I love scones and little cakes!)
- Great places for a weekend brekkie in the South Kensington area

If you have some suggestions I'd love to hear them!

Christina  :)


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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 12:52:11 PM »

No personal advice, unfort, but here are a couple of links that might be helpful?

http://www.south-kensington.com/
 
http://www.mykensington.co.uk/

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2010, 01:20:30 AM »

Funky bars? Soho, Leicester Square area, the West End isn't that big though. I think it's Fortnum's who might do you the traditional high tea - but it wasn't me that went so I can't remember... ??? ::) Might be the Ritz.

Have fun C.  ^-^

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2010, 02:19:32 AM »

Thanks for the links, PaintedLady - I will have a good luck tonight when I get back to the apartment.

Lucifer, thanks for that too.  I love my afternoon tea!

Christina  :)
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2010, 05:39:24 AM »

High Tea is either the Ritz or Claridges. Try to get into Gordon Ramsey for dinner if you have a chance to indulge.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2010, 09:29:13 AM »

Thanks Alex, I think we'll go to Claridges on Saturday, if possible. Can't leave London without having afternoon tea!

Christina :)
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2010, 11:20:51 AM »

If the weather is nice you might like to walk through Kensington Gardens (the view Princesse Diana had from
her living room in Kensington Palace) which is right in the area you are staying.
Meet with Peter Pan, see the Round Pond and the Di Memorial Fountain (brutally ugly!). The flower
displays are quite lovely and swans (it is nesting season now!) are everywhere. In the UK, all swans are private property of the Queen, so they are pampered and pompous! You could end your tour at the Orangery which used to be the Palace greenhouses (built in the 1780's and magnificent) for a very nice high tea.
I hope you have a lovely time in London.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010, 02:45:42 AM »

Hedllo Christina!

Welcome to London...

There are so many nice places to go for acfternoon tea and scones, Harrods and the Ritz will be the more pricey ones but well worth a visit, for dinners visit Cipriani's and the Clardiges hotel has a Gordon Ramsey's Restaurant the food is lovely.

Bars there are too many to mention, It might be a good Idea if you get a companion to escort you round  :p

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2010, 03:41:33 AM »

It might be a good Idea if you get a companion to escort you round  :p

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Good idea Storm  :p
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2010, 08:30:17 AM »

If you have a chance, Oxford is well worth a day trip in my humble and thoroughly biased opinion... :-)

The Pitt Rivers museum is romantic and has an old-world, Edwardian age of steam feel. And if you've read Phillip Pullman's Golden Compass series, you'll recognize the museum from the books.  http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/

And of course all the Colleges are worth exploring-- I have a soft spot for Trinity and Jesus colleges, but if you're a Harry Potter fan there's Christ Church and the Bodlean Library. 

If the weather is nice, punting along the canals is always good fun-- champagne, a picnic, shoes off... I'll spare you the puns about poles.

Let me know if you're looking for pubs, restaurants, nightclubs... too many to name and totally depends on what you're in the mood for!
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2010, 06:56:22 PM »

@RealtiyCheck

Thank you for the recommendation. I and my Patron did visit Kensington Gardens and took in the Palace and what I thought was The Diana Memorial. Suffice to say I felt somewhat embarassed, when I led her to what I thought was the memorial, and the Patron abruptly pointed to a sign which said we were in fact standing at The Round Pond  ;D. (They are both watery structure thingy's so I was half correct, so if that sign wasn't there....) We never did find it as the signs around the grounds are quite confusing.

@Luke

Yes I agree Oxford is really fantanstic. I have fond memories of walking down the Cowley Road drunk as sunk at really late hours. I used to start of in the city centre and make my way down 'Cowley'. For some reason I always used to end up at the local stripper club  ;D.

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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2010, 02:10:02 PM »

Yes I agree Oxford is really fantanstic. I have fond memories of walking down the Cowley Road drunk as sunk at really late hours. I used to start of in the city centre and make my way down 'Cowley'. For some reason I always used to end up at the local stripper club  ;D.

Haha! I know exactly which club you're talking about, but sadly never made it in...
Cowley is always a blast though, I used to live on one of the side streets actually.  I have to say though, the best kebab vans are in central Oxford, which is what you really need when drinking late at night!  Chips and cheese and hummus with plenty of vinegar... perfection!

Glad you had fun!
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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2010, 12:48:06 AM »

If you're ever in Oxford try to stay here for a night:

http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph/

One of the floors is haunted although I'm not sure which one anymore  /LOL.

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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2010, 09:45:13 AM »

Thank you for all your suggestions!  I did take them onboard and have included the highlights of my trip below.  Ill warn you this is a long post.lol..

Kensington Gardens was a delight on a warm summers day (well, the Brits were calling it hot, but that was more than slight exaggeration).  I didnt make it to the Diana Memorial though, as would you believe I couldnt find it!  I found the childrens playground memorial, but then somehow ending up going around in circles by the Round Pond.  Most odd.  Couldnt spend any more time in the gardens looking for the memorial, as I was in danger of missing the next item on the agenda; Claridges for tea!

Afternoon tea at Claridges http://www.claridges.co.uk/page.aspx?id=1792 was divine and surprisingly not astronomically expensive, at least not by London standards.  I confess to way, way too much food being consumed.  The establishment offers as many extra plates of sandwiches, scones and cakes as you require and we had seconds and more of everything!!  Despite the grandeur and quality of food, I still think the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne would give this UK institution a run for its money with the choice and quality of afternoon tea and the delectable dessert buffet on offer in the Melbourne establishment. http://www.thehotelwindsor.com.au/index.php?GMPM_PAGES_PAGE_ID=restbars_afternoontea

Ive always considered Gordon Ramsey a product of media hype and thought his cooking was grossly overrated.  Having now indulged, I can see what the fuss is all about.  Dinner at Ramseys, his 3 Michelin star winning restaurant, was one of the most delicious meals Ive ever enjoyed. http://www.gordonramsay.com/royalhospitalroad/ I had scallops with leek and pancetta ballottine to start, followed by the beef.  The scallop dish was absolutely the star of the show.  My companion had the lobster ravioli, then the seabass.  The fish came with a cabbage dish on the side and Ive never been a cabbage fan, so sampled his dish wish some trepidation.  Im converted!  I have no idea how this humble vegetable was cooked, but oh my goodness, the flavours were simply unbelievable.  At this point in time, we were both quite full, but managed to squeeze in an extra course, a share plate of cheese.  Greed in the extreme!  We also ploughed ahead with dessert; I went for the walnut souffl which was incredible, with my dining partner in crime enjoying the bitter chocolate cylinder with coffee granite.  He called it quits with some dessert remaining on his plate, however, I was able to come to the rescue; leave dessert?  I think not!  In addition to the chosen courses, a multitude of surprises arrived on our table.  A frogs leg amuse bouche (not an expression I am familiar with; was delighted by it!) appeared before the entre; a pineapple pina colada exploded in the mouth and cleansed the palette after the cheese, and after dessert, strawberry ice-cream balls covered in white chocolate appeared, served smoking on dry ice.  There was more, but as Im feeling such a glutton seeing this in print, Ill stop my recollection of the gastronomic delights here.    

The service was, of course, magnificent.  My companion kept dropping his napkin on the floor and tried to surreptitiously retrieve it a few times, but not a chance.  A waiter would magically appear with a new napkin on a tray and gently remove the offending piece of linen, to be replaced by a crisp new version.   This happened 7 or 8 times!!!!  Price-wise, this is not a budget option.  If you have any children, I would recommend putting them for auction on eBay now, to secure the funds necessary for the evenings expense.  However, despite the astronomical cost, I would still recommend the restaurant to anybody visiting London, as Ramsays is one of those once in a lifetime places to visit.  I do hope to return, but with Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and The Fat Duck still to be enjoyed, Im unsure when I will next get this pleasure.

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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2010, 09:48:49 AM »

continued from above.......

I was very fortunate to be treated to lunch at Marcus Wareings restaurant at The Berkley by my companion.  It was also absolutely delicious http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/marcus_wareing.aspx We both started with the duck egg, asparagus and goats cheese, then I had sea bass and squid for my main course and my lunch companion had the rump of Galloway beef a reverse of the previous nights choices at Ramseys.  For dessert, I had the praline meringues with smoked caramel and got to finish off my companions dessert of strawberries in puff pasty with caramelized balsamic.  Mmmmm.   When coffee was served, I yet again demonstrated that I have no personal self-control, as a huge trolley heavily laden with a variety of home-made truffles was wheeled to our table.  By the time I had sampled every variety of truffle on offer, I was well and truly stuffed and rolled out of the hotel.  After lunch, we meandered to the Chelsea Flower show. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2010 So many beautiful exhibits, it was great to wander around and take happy snaps, while engaging in some gentle walking, which gradually helped the feast which was lunch get digested.  We spent enough time at the flower show that we actually got hungry again, so got some fish and chips to eat with our fingers (great British tradition, but I miss the newspaper!) and managed to squeeze a seat amongst the hundreds of attendees sitting in the open air, taking a break from the vigors of exploring the massive exhibition.

My food delights were brought to a close on my last Sunday in London with another spectacular afternoon tea, this time at The Ritz.  http://www.theritzlondon.com/tea/ Similar fare to the Claridges spread was offered, however, we were both aghast at a faux pas made by our waiter.  We raised our eyebrows in horror when he went to pour my orange pekoe tea, and then used the same strainer, to pour my companions Darjeeling.  What horror!!  The tea was not as good as the Claridges spread, however, worth experiencing just to say youve visited this famous establishment.  Leaving the Ritz, we wandered down Bond Street to look at the new Louis Vuitton Maison (not store thank you very much) which had opened two days before.  http://uk.stylelist.com/2010/05/27/louis-vuitton-opens-extravagant-new-bond-street-maison/ We then indulged in a bit of retail therapy in Armani before calling it quits on a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

Luke, I didnt get to Oxford this trip, but have been on previous ones and agree that punting down the river with a picnic is one of the nicest ways to spend a summers day.

I really enjoyed my UK trip.  While I remain a bit shocked at how expensive everything is in London in comparison to Melbourne (praise the money gods for the over-inflated Aussie dollar!!) the quality of food was far better than I remember from other visits.  It was also gratifying to see that the fine restaurants we frequented added a 12.5% gratuity to the bill automatically; I loathe having to work out the tip when I settle the account.  Most impressive was the establishment that noted that if the diner wasnt impressed with the service provided, to please let management know and the 12.5% would be removed from the bill.  Oh, if only our restaurant friends in the US could follow this fine example!  I was also profoundly grateful that the sun made an appearance; a rare occurrence guaranteed to put me in a good humour.  Plus, of course, the highlight of the trip; simply superb companionship  ;)  Having waxed lyrically about my stay, Im still relieved to be heading home later on this week.  My jeans are soooooo tight from my gastronomic (over) indulgences that Im in danger of the waistband chopping me in half; I need to get back to my normal routine with the cross-trainer and meal replacement shakes, in order to reclaim my figure!

Christina  :)
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