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A Night at Hartwell House

Set in 90 acres of idyllic countryside Hartwell House is the perfect country retreat. Situated in the picturesque Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire just 45 minutes from London this Grade 1 listed house is easily accessible from all parts of the country.

Originally owned and managed by Historic House Hotels, in 2008 Hartwell House was donated to the National Trust. The house has remarkable history stretching back almost a thousand years and was once inhabited by the exiled King Louis XVIII.
The hotel retains its Jacobean features which are apparent throughout this beautiful building.
Hartwell House has thirty bedrooms and suites over three floors. Many of the rooms have four poster beds and all rooms in the house are decorated with fine Georgian interiors dating from around 1760.

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Cook'n With Class Paris

Cook'n With Class is a hidden gem within the fabulous city of Paris, for those looking to do something a little more creative and hands on, look no further. Originally opened in July 2007, Cook'n'With Class is a cooking school founded by legendary chef Eric Fraudeau.

The unique concept teaches students of all levels the art of French cooking in stylish yet friendly surroundings. Each class is taught in English making it ideal for those travelling from London or the US, classes can be booked in advance and are taught in small groups making a fun and relaxed environment.

In 2013, the cooking school moved to it's new home in the heart of Montmartre, the state of the art of space features two kitchens and is even complete with it's own Wine Cellar for classes and events.

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Tonino Lamborghini Vodka and Energy Drinks

For a while now I have been long searching for a unique and stylish alternative to the current spirits and drinks on the market and it seems, at last, my prayers have been answered. All hail Tonino Lamborghini Vodka, the latest premium vodka to take the market by storm.

Already stocked in RussianMind favourites such as No 41 Mayfair and Funky Buddha, this vodka oozes class and as with the cars, it's styling combined with the heritage of Lamborghini is what sets it apart from the competition.

The production process of the vodka is in itself fascinating, triple distilled using only the finest cereals from Eastern European farms gives a crisp clean taste and a generally refined texture. Perhaps the main appeal however, is the bottle the vodka comes presented in, a tall glass bottle, bearing the famed Raging Bull emblem, it's sure to impress on any occasion.

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Sipping Cocktails at Salvatore's

Since it's reopening, the legendary Playboy Club has established itself as one London's most stylish nightspots and Five O' Clocktails is the perfect excuse to visit. Salvatore's is now proud to be opening it's doors to the public following it's relaxed door policy and now accessed by it's own entrance, the bar has become an attraction it's own right.

Resembling the feel of an old gentleman's club, Salvatore's surprisingly attracts both men and women who typically visit for pre party drinks or post work catch ups. What's more, Salvatore's new happy hour, Five O Clocktails means that Monday through to Thursday between 5-7pm, cocktails are two for one.

At last, a way of justifying one of those addictive Breakfast Martinis served by one of the bunny clad Playgirls – what more could you want?

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Popping Up Levantine Style at Ceru

For those of you who haven't yet been to Ceru, time is running out. The five month pop up has taken Rathbone place by storm with it's all day dining take on Levantine food which follows on from it's legendary pop ups over last summer's festival season.

Executive chef Tom Kime has created a menu of Lebanese styled street snacks with a concept of sharing dishes in mind. Expect an array of creative dips and houmous combined with a menu of classic Middle Eastern dishes each with Tom's twist.

The most popular dish on the menu is of course the Lamb shoulder, succulently slow roasted, it comes with a special blend of Shawarma spices creating a fusion of flavour.

Ceru is chic yet unpretentious and it's quirky staff alongside the summer chillout tunes playing in the background gave me ray of sunshine despite the rain outside during my visit.

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Glamour At Mews of Mayfair

Lancashire Court is fast becoming a second home for me and I’m in danger of spending all my time there, the cobbled little back street in Mayfair is one of the town’s best kept secrets and also residence to one of my personal favourites, Mews of Mayfair.

Four floors of fun, Mews encompasses a brasserie, cocktail lounge, bar, wine shop and art gallery all in one – what’s not to love? Michael Lecouteur has bought British dining in it’s best form to Mews, think yummy classics such as Sausage Hash and Cornish Hake using only the finest produce from the best farms and this sophisticated brasserie comes to mind.

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Parisian Decadence at Le Bristol

As one of the most iconic hotels in Europe, it's no surprise that Le Bristol needs no introduction. Having undergone a major refurbishment, this famed hotel now also boasts a whole new wing comprising of two new suites, a spa by La Prairie and a 3 Michelin Starred restaurant.

Originally opened in 1925 the prestigious hotel later became part of the Oetker family in 1978, where it now sits proudly as one of the Oetker Collection's flagship hotels (along with the recently acquired Lanesborough soon to reopen in London). Since it's opening, Le Bristol has become established as one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris picking up several accolades along the way, for example in 2011 where it became the first Palace Hotel in France.

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Square Mile Dining At The Happenstance

Are you looking for somewhere fabulous to eat and drink in the Square Mile? Well look no further than The Happenstance, this glamorous joint in the heart of St Paul's is the latest venture from the Drake & Morgan collection who bought us popular eateries The Anthologist and The Parlour amongst others. Everything here is done to delight and small quirky touches such as an in house florist and fresh herbs throughout set this eatery apart from the stereotypes of eating in The City.

Open daily from as early as 7.30am, The Happenstance is the perfect destination for a spot of morning breakfast or for an informal lunch or dinner in the open plan dining space. The entrance of the restaurant leads guests straight into the stylish lounge bar. High ceilings and Chandeliers adorn the bar which is complete with plush low sling seating for those wanting to do post-work cocktails.

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Posh Pizza at The Mayfair Pizza Company

For years now I have been secretly visiting various chains in shame seeking a good bit of pizza heaven but alas, it seems our prayers have been answered and at last us posh pizza loving folk have found a place we can call home.

The Mayfair Pizza Company, a stylish pizzeria proudly sat in the uber trendy Lancashire Court right in the heart of London's Mayfair. Bringing a slice of glamour to the pizza scene, this haunt serves a whole feast of imaginative pizzas using the finest ingredients alongside an equally tempting menu of grills and Italian dishes.

This parlour has become a regular favourite for the after work crowd and more recently for that first date – think understated luxury, a basic concept, made fabulous and this is the result. Make the most of the antipasti here, it's a great alternative to a starter and they offer the choice of a meat, cheese or vegetable platter to share (and yes people often order all three).

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Pub Delights At the Princess Of Wales

Nothing beats a good old English pub and The Princess of Wales is a rather splendid example of one. Proudly sat on the outskirts of Blackheath common, this pub has been recently revamped and now boasts a gorgeous interior, large outdoor garden and a gastro style menu of British classics.

I'd suggest coming on a Sunday and making a day of being in Blackheath if coming in from Central London – the surrounding area of Blackheath Village is a great place for a spot of shopping and the large fields are also a treat as the warmer weather approaches.

As the name may suggest, the walls in this great pub are adorned with a collection of pictures of Her Majesty, back in her heydey and this complements the dark olive walls and plush purple booth seating. The pub is also purpose built for all weathers, a wintery snug keeps guests cosy in the colder months whilst the conservatory and al fresco area make for a fine summer's day.