Food Matters

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City Dining at Rocket Restaurants

Rocket is a group of stylish restaurants and bars with locations throughout the heart of London offering contemporary dining in a chic setting.

Popular with city workers, Rocket’s outpost in The City is a stone’s throw away from Bank in the trendy Adam’s court and boasts bars over two floors with the restaurant on the third floor making it an ideal retreat for a spot of lunch or post-work drinks.

The Rocket concept of low key elegance is captured in it’s food and extensive cocktail list, a further four branches in Bishopsgate, Holborn, Canary Wharf and Nottingham all serve the group’s menu alongside daily specials.

A flavour of the Neapolitan, Rocket’s stone baked pizzas are always a treat, using only the finest ingredients, each is made using Italian flour. Expect posh toppings, chorizo, halloumi cheese and king prawns to name a few adding a new dimension to the classic pizzeria stereotypes.

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HT By Sakurami Opens In Chelsea

World renowned salon group HT by Sakurami has opened a flagship branch in the heart of the fashionable King's Road. Offering the ultimate indulgence, HT by Sakurami London has already established itself as one of the best salons in London. Offering top to toe pampering, the group was established in 2001 and has salons in the likes of Moscow, Dubai and Tokyo.

The King's Road based London salon is the latest addition to the portfolio and is the brainchild of founder Anna-Maria Ryklina. Designed with a concept of sheer luxury, the salon is equipped with the latest state of the art equipment and muted tones of grey throughout give a chic yet homely feel to HT by Sakurami.

The extensive list of services on offer include groundbreaking beauty treatments alongside expert hairstyling from some of the finest stylists and technicians in the country. The salon is split over two floors with the hairstyling and nail bar on the ground floor and spacious treatment rooms in the basement.

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Great British Delights at The Kingham Plough

The Kingham Plough is a pub with rooms in the heart of Chipping Norton, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Cotsworlds, the venue opened in 2007 and is the brainchild of Emily Watkins and Miles Lampson.

Winner of numerous awards, the pub has set a standard in British fine dining adding a new dimension of fine dining to the traditional pub feel. Designed with the family in mind, Emily and Miles have made the pub family and dog friendly, guests can expect a warm and cosy ambience with a homely vibe. The walls of the pub are adorned with local artwork and this complements the brick walls and rustic wooden tables and chairs in the main dining room.

The seasonal menu has been curated by Emily herself, using the finest produce and with an experimental take on modern British cuisine. Emily has worked for Heston Blumenthal in the past and more recently won the Great British Menu with her famed fish dish back in 2014.

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The Famous Grouse Experience and Wilde Thyme at Glenturret

The Famous Grouse Experience is a must visit attraction for anyone planning a getaway to the Scottish Highlands, taking centre stage in Crieff, the experience is housed within Scotland’s oldest whisky distillery, Glenturret.

Popular with both those that drink whisky and those that don't, the interactive experience gives an insight into the history of Scottish whisky as well as an in depth tour of how whisky is made and the processes involved.

The experience was given the royal seal of approval and was reopened in 2014 by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following an extensive refurbishment. Since it's reopening, a whole host of exciting workshops and more hands on tasting experiences have been introduced alongside the original tour.

Visitors can choose to book longer tours lasting from an hour to full day experiences, I'd recommend the Warehouse Experience, guests are taken on a journey of tasting four malts as well as a behind the scenes tour of the warehouse.

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Lima Floral Does Brunch

Lima Floral sits proudly on the trendy side of Covent Garden, situated on the stylish Garrick Street, the Peruvian restaurant and bar now offers a weekend brunch offering. In keeping with it's contemporary take on Peruvian food, the two options focus on native dishes and ingredients adding a twist to a traditional breakfast.

For an earlier meal, the Andean breakfast served until 12.30pm features breakfast classics such as cereal and quinoa porridge to start and a suckling pig brioche bun for mains to name a few.

Those looking for a slightly more extensive menu should go for the long lunch option, running throughout the day it's perfect as a weekend treat and is a great cure for the night before. Designed with a sharing concept in mind, the starters are bought out to share, small plates of appetising ceviches and the tuna tiradito Lima is so well known for are amongst the selection.

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A Taste Of The Riviera At Rivea

Rivea is the latest London venture from the renowned Alain Ducasse, located within the Bulgari Hotel, the Knightsbridge restaurant serves French and Italian plates in a contemporary and vibrant setting.

Popular with locals and hotel guests alike, Rivea exudes glamour; the chic interiors and immaculately dressed staff compliments the relaxed ambience of the restaurant. Set against a backdrop of coastal blue and mahogany tones, the dining room occupies the basement floor whilst a trendy cocktail bar is upstairs.

The seasonally changing menu champions French and Italian plates and takes inspiration from Ducasse's travels in the regions of Italy and Provence. Best served shared, the menu is devised of starters, larger plates, little bites and desserts, I’d suggest ordering around 4-5 dishes per person for an evening meal.

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Dining Meets Art at The Portrait

The Portrait Restaurant is situated on the third floor of the National Portrait Gallery, home to the largest collection of portraiture in the world. The restaurant boasts spectacular views of London's iconic landmarks and is situated just off St Martins Lane.

In July 2015, the restaurant launched a Ciros Club inspired menu to run alongside the Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon exhibition celebrating the 65th Anniversary of this Hollywood siren appearing at Ciros (a lively London hotspot now home to the National Portrait's Study Room). When Miss Hepburn first performed at this vibrant venue, the original menu flaunted cocktails and an oyster and snack bar. In recognition of this, the Portrait was delighted to create a menu of champagne cocktails which includes Runiart Rose Champagne with rose pearls and tantalising snacks such as veal and ricotta meatballs.

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Chutney Mary reopens In Mayfair

The legendary Chutney Mary has departed from it's home in Chelsea and moved to a fabulous new location in the heart of Mayfair. Over the past 25 years the famed Indian restaurant has become firmly established as one of the finest eateries on London's dining scene and now the reopened restaurant has been re-imagined and features a new menu of authentic cuisine with a modern twist.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of St James street, the decadent new space exudes glamour and features a stylish lounge bar with the main dining room towards the back of the restaurant and a further two private dining rooms on the lower floor.

The menu has been reinvented since the move and offers a seasonally changing contemporary take on classic Indian food. Devised into sharing plates and larger main courses, the concept is best enjoyed when dishes are shared, the smaller plates are great as an alternative to traditional starters.

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Gaucho's Fashionable Take On Argentinian Fine Dining

Gaucho has become one of the most established names on the London restaurant scene, originally started in a basement, the Argentinian restaurant group now boasts 12 locations across London and has more recently opened international outposts in the likes of Dubai, Kuwait and Hong Kong.

The flagship branch is set over three floors in the heart of Piccadilly, the Gaucho brand has become synonymous with it's stylish black and white setting and modern luxe feel which is showcased throughout the two lounge bars and three dining spaces. Taking away the stereotypes of the steak house Gaucho prides itself in it's fashionable setting and decadent atmosphere making it very much a destination for drinks and dining when your looking to impress.

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Thai Street Food at Suda

Suda is situated in the heart of London's buzzing Covent Garden offering uninterrupted views of Long Acre in the cosmopolitan St Martins Courtyard. This casual yet chic Thai restaurant has been open since the summer of 2011 and is the sister restaurant of RussianMind favourite, Patara.

Spread over two floors with Al fresco dining the team at S&P have designed the restaurant giving a tranquil vibe whilst being able to enjoy high end culinary delights. The decor is modernistic and bright with an avant-garde touch. Downstairs there is also a bar and dining room and during the summer months a takeaway can be enjoyed in an outdoor seating area.