Amaranto Bar

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Smouldering, rouge, velvet, tactile, sensual, masculine, feverish, sinful, provocative: the Bar at Amaranto is truly devilish in design and, as we were to find out, the Devil was a technical mastermind. After the drinking escapades of Qin and I at The Artesian at The Langham and Bar Boulud at The Mandarin, we now found ourselves in the luxuriously renovated... Read more »

Hotel du Vin Brighton

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As a regular visitor to Brighton, I am always looking for hidden gems in the city and, while it might seem unlikely to find one in a chain hotel, the boutique Hotel du Vin manages to encapsulate the vibrant character of Brighton by providing unique accommodation and quality dining. In addition to the 38 individually... Read more »


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Age brings its drawbacks, but it also brings its rewards. I'm lucky enough to have eaten in each of Pierre Koffmann's London restaurants - one meal at La Tante Claire remains on my favourite five meals of all time. Pierre now presides over his eponymous restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel, and remains on my list of... Read more »


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One of the first things I noticed when walking through the main doors of the Sanderson was a white Chanel chainsaw on display in a window. This, along with the house music being played by a DJ coming from The Long Bar and the red lip-shaped sofas in the foyer certainly made one thing blindingly... Read more »

Bar Boulud

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The next stop for Qin and I on our tour of hotel bars is Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge.  Originally a disused basement of the hotel, designer Adam D. Tihany has, with clever lighting, a relaxed warm colour scheme and an organic use of the room, turned this space in to a lively, buzzing... Read more »

The Ladykillers

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If I said “LadyKillers” to you, you would probably think of the classic 1955 British film from Ealing Studios starring Alec Guiness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers to name just a few of its legendary stars (or if you have really bad taste the awful American remake from The Coen Brothers in 2004... Read more »


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As any European who has ever been to China will know, it's different. Very different. But difference is a good thing and, what's more, China's size and variety make it possible to have several exciting holidays in one country. My journey started in Beijing, surrounded by a thousand voices speaking a language that I couldn’t... Read more »

Blakes Hotel

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Being the fashionista and girl about town I am, there is something very appealing about the stylish and celebrity favourite that is Blakes Hotel. Designed by the world renowned designer Anouska Hempel, this boutique hotel is striking both inside and out.  You are greeted by the matt black exterior, which sharply contrasts the red brick of the... Read more »