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Devonshire Club

 

SUSD, a creative real estate consultancy, brought a new meaning to desk-to-drinks when they launched the Devonshire Club. The Club is designed as a two-floor space to be used for doing work or grabbing drinks. The area boasts three distinctly different bars, two lounge areas, and one eatery full of fresh, delicious foods.

 

After working hard and imbibing, guests can relax in rented bedrooms. Single and family accommodations are available, with over 68 amiable choices.  Complete with sprawling Apple TVs, high-speed WIFI, and Hypnos beds, these luxurious rooms can be utilized by members and non-members alike. The Devonshire Club is built in the heart of London, next to both the financial district and trendy nightlife neighborhoods, so there is plenty for club-goers to do if they can tear themselves away from the superb amenities.

 

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The Hakkasan Solar Menu: London

 

Every great restaurant has it’s own unique touch, an extra bit of inspiration that makes a dining experience truly special. For Hakkasan, a Cantonese restaurant that first took London and then the world by storm, that inspiration comes from the Chinese solar year. This summer they’ve put together a menu that melds both ancient Chinese culture and with the kind of cuisine best suited to the warm weather of the summer months.

 

The menu consists of an eight-course meal, each course conceived with summer nutrition and Chinese philosophy in mind. The food items are delicious, featuring plenty of seafood such as seared scallops in XO sauce and chargrilled octopus, as well as plenty of fruits and vegetables. To make things even better, the ingredients are chosen not only for their flavor, but to relate to the idea of yin and yang, which holds that natural harmony which can be achieved by eating or drinking foods that help both the body and the spirit.

 

The menu can be paired with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic flights. With so much attention to detail, your taste buds and your body will walk away satisfied.

The Bloomsbury Club

Hidden beneath the finesse of Doyle Collections’ Bloomsbury Hotel sits a quaint yet sophisticated bar, teeming with cocktail creativity. A speakeasy mixed with Mad Men vibe on the inside opens out to a rustic and cozy outdoor patio on the outside. The well placed heat lamps keep you warm, so you can spend the entire evening sitting beneath stone arches in all-embracing comfort and privacy.

I always take my hat off to a bar that invites Mixologists from around the globe to come in-house and help them perfect their craft -- and that’s exactly what Bloomsbury has done. Teaming up with a variety of World’s Best Bars, including The Clumsies and BlackTail they continue to push the boundaries of cocktail innovation.

There's a marvelous old school feel the this place which resonates throughout the entirety of the cocktail menu, new twists on old favourties accross a spectrum of gin, rum, whisky and tequila. There's even a couple of exciting surprises thrown into the mix, such as the Gin & Milk cocktail, which was not at all what you'd expect in a truly fantastical kind of way. The highlight of the experience is that not only can you bank on getting a delicious cocktail, it becomes without the typical London price-tag, costing you around £10 per serve. 

You can't help but notice subtle Italian themes peeking through every now and again, especially when it comes to a good old fashioned Negroni, which I have to say Bloomsbury kicks ass at. In an effort to drum up some more excitement and create a personal and tailored experience they will also soon be launching the ability to have your very own barrel filled with a Negroni style cocktail. The thinking behind this being; when you arrive at the venue, you have your own personal stash you can delve into. A solid idea with a wonderfully personally feel to it that compliments the look and feel to this venue so incredibly well.

Well all know that when great food and drink combine they create an other-worldly experience and Bloomsbury is no stranger to this way of thinking – with an incredible nibble menu at the heart of this bar. Whether it’s the quail scotch eggs, lobster taco’s or charcuterie boards that tickle your fancy, these gourmet treats hit the spot, rich in flavor and combine beautifully with the bespoke cocktail menu.

All in all this is a fabulous up-and-coming venue that could really do with some more love from cocktail enthusiasts. The space is incredibly inviting, warm and cosy and I can quite confidently say that I will be returning soon. With cocktails around the £10 mark, it’s an absolute steal considering the quality.

Where: The Bloomsbury Hotel
Address: 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Phone: 020 7347 1000

Food:            8/10
Drink:           8/10
Service:       10/10
Price:            $$

The Savoy

Step into a world that takes you back several decades and witness London in all its glory, with a heritage that is truly like none other. Mix that with a little 1960’s America vibe in two of the most exclusive cocktail bars in England and you have yourself The Savoy. But English heritage aside, we’re talking about a hotel that prides itself in the world of alcohol, the Savoy Collection being a prime example of that and something we’re really excited to share with you today.

The American Bar

With its entrance located in the heart of the foyer, the American Bar can be anything you want it to be. Take in the vibrant atmosphere with a group as you chat away or observe single handedly in peace as you admire the pianist doing what he does best with an unbelievably good cocktail in hand. Order anything from the extensive cocktail menu, full of distinctive classics and local twists; either way, you’re sure to be impressed. Make sure to call ahead and make a reservation, the American Bar is one of the most popular spots in London for travelers and cocktail enthusiasts alike.

The Beaufort Bar

There is no question that Beaufort is a definite contender for one of London’s most extravagant cocktail bars. I mean lets face it, there’s not many places that have a hand-crafted cocktail trolley pull up to your table, and believe me when I tell you, its quite an experience to witness. As if the ambience couldn’t be topped, the state of the art pop-up drinks menu really is the garnish to the cocktail.

I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it before nor will you see anything like it again. The vibe of the room embraces you, taking you back several decades as if you’re in the heart of London just after WWII. Every detail is met to perfection, including each cocktail you will see crafted before your very eyes. The Beaufort is a London gem, a place that like many other bars cannot be replicated in any way, shape or form.

The Savoy Collection

As if two of the most prestigious bars in the country wasn’t enough, The Savoy is home to one of the worlds most luxurious and limited spirit collections.

Decades ago when The Savoy had first opened its doors, there was a spirit collection so prestigious that only the most loyal guests were able to taste. It was the hotels way of saying ‘thank you’ – to the people who kept its doors open and to those who had supported what was to become one of the most famous hotels in the world. A couple of years ago the hotel had a realization… why not re-introduce this custom? Why not once again say thank you to those who are at the core of The Savoy community? And so it was re-born.

While only launched in 2013, this collection already boasts multiple one-of-a-kind spirits, bottled exclusively for The Savoy and to be enjoyed by a handful of the most loyal returning guests and discerned imbibers. The idea is simple; partner with some of the worlds most legendary spirits to create a collection, so unique, that those lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle will keep it locked away while it ages to its peak potential. Obviously these spirits can be enjoyed now and are clearly divine, but we’re with The Savoy on this one, buy now, drink later. They do say ‘patience is a virtue’ after all…

Curated by a leading panel of award-winning bartenders and the Savoy’s own team of drink experts, each sensation is carefully picked, bottled, labeled and presented immaculately. Incredibly limited quantities of each spirit produced to ensure they remain a rare and hard to come by delight, every bottle being hand-numbered. With names like Laphroaig and Martini sitting at the heart of the collection, the centerpiece gem is presented in a custom-made glass masterpiece, the elusive 125th Anniversary Decanter filled with the rarest Speyside whisky to date; the 48 year-old Macallan single malt scotch.

The Savoy Collection currently has extremely limited quantities of:

  • 21 year-old Macallan
  • 17-year old Laphroaig
  • The Royal Suite Reserve Cognac
  • Savoy Martini Bitters
  • Demerara Rum from Guyana 1975
  • The 125th Anniversary Decanter (Macallan 48 year-old single malt whisky)

So there you have it, you read the list, you’ve licked your lips and you’re probably rummaging through your liquor cabinet right about now. I’ll leave you with this; sometimes when you look really closely at something you realize it’s not just black and white. While The Savoy is one of London’s most historic hotels, it is also at the very heart of our drinks industry, a pioneer and innovator of its time and a curator of what will become some of the rarest and most sought after spirits on this planet.

We’ll cheers to that.

The Athenaeum Hotel

Centrally located in the infamous Mayfair opposite the tranquil Green Park proudly stands the recently refurbished Athenaeum Hotel & Residences. Aside from the renovations, Athenaeum welcomes Michelin starred chefs The Galvin Brothers at the culinary hem to complete the final touches and push the hotel into a new era.

Stay for short time in one of their rooms, suites, or the spacious Penthouse Suite that overlooks the London skyline. If you’re looking to call Mayfair your home, consider one of eighteen luxury serviced apartments located in the Victorian redbrick townhouses adjacent to the hotel. All come fully equipped with a kitchen, spacious living areas, and 24-hour in room dining. Many of the apartments can interconnect making them ideal for families, groups, and long-term stays.

Food, alongside exemplary customer services and superb amenities, is a major theme at the Athenaeum. Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest establishment from the Galvin Brothers, Chris and Jeff. The brothers have stepped away from their usual French inspired menus in favor of Britain’s local produce. Their well-received menu supports independent UK farmers and puts a modern twist on classic British favorites.

Whether you’re here for a short stay or to call Athenaeum your home, this family-run five-star hotel and residence has an independent spirit that keeps guests coming back for another stay.

116 Piccadilly
Mayfair
London W1J 7BJ
T: +44 (0)20 7499 3464
E: info@athenaeumhotel.com

The Hilton Bankside

Representing the next generation of design-led Hilton Hotels, Hilton London Bankside sits proudly in the ever-convenient location in central Bankside. Tate Modern, Borough Market, and The Shard amongst other must visit landmarks are all within reasonable distance. Hilton London Bankside offers guests a range of rooming styles so suit all needs. From classic guest rooms to suites to executive rooms to accessible rooms, this hotel has it covered whether you’re here for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or business trip.

Keep yourself and everyone else healthy and fit in the well-maintained on-site fitness center and pool. Set the kiddos up for the night with a certified babysitter while you and your partner hit the town. Secure a meeting room to impress fellow business partners in your upcoming gathering.

If you’d rather stay in for the evening, the Hilton London Bankside has you covered. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Oxbo Bankside. This historic yet upscale restaurant serves delectable dishes featuring regionally sourced artisan meats, fish, herd, and vegetables. Open for business all day, the Oxbo Bankside will entice you to come again for your second choice on the menu. For a more going out whilst staying in vibe, saunter on over to The Distillery. True to its name, The Distillery whips up signature cocktails, sharing platters, and bar snacks. Be sure to try a cocktail with their homemade aromatics, infusions, and bitters.

With lots to offer within Hilton London Bankside and within its general location, this hotel is not one to pass up when visiting London. 

2-8 GREAT SUFFOLK STREET
LONDON, SE1 0UG, UNITED KINGDOM
+44-20-36675600

The Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge

Going on forty years strong under the original Levin ownership, the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge boasts outstanding staff, family heritage, and unwavering loyalty. Given its rich history, the Capital upholds classic British design with modern upgrades here and there. This award winning miniature sized grand hotel possesses all the luxurious advantages of a large establishment yet maintains a warm and intimate atmosphere that allows guests and staff to interact with each other on a personal level.

The Capital has excellent service alongside spectacular location. The wondrous hotel sits elegantly on Basil Street adjacent to the lavish Knightsbridge apartments and just minutes from Knightsbridge Tube Station as well as Harvey Nichols, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Hyde Park, and the designer shops of Sloane Street.

If location isn’t enough, the Capital might be able to entice wine lovers with their very own award winning vineyard, Levin Wines, in the Loire Valley. And, for those who enjoy sweets, they also have a bakery, The London Bakery, which delivers to high-end restaurants and clubs all across London. The Levin’s couldn’t just stick with one hotel, a winery, and a bakery; they also own and operate the Levin Hotel and the Metro Bistro.

So, what we’re saying is, the Levin’s know a thing or two about hosting and can ensure your stay is of the highest quality. From their quaint classic queen room to their spacious two-bedroom suite and all rooms in between, you’ll want to book your stay at the Capital Hotel.

The Capital Hotel is a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a unique collection of luxury hotels across the world that have won countless awards for their food, drink, service and hospitality.

22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT
Reservation Tel: 0800 0482 314
Reservation Website: 

DoubleTree Hilton Westminster

Located in central Westminster with easy access to the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tate Britain, London’s Theatre District, and the Square Mile, DoubleTree by Hilton London-Westminster really takes home first prize for its prime time location by allowing guests to fully make the most of their time in Britain’s capital. When you first walk in, be prepared to count on stylish comfort and one of DoubleTree’s signature chocolate chip cookies (yum!).

Kick back in your room while looking out your magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows. Switch on your iMac TV/PC to catch up on your favorite shows or get some work done with your complimentary WiFi. Should you fancy a bit more space than the average room, feel free to ask for an upgrade to an Executive room or suite on the upper floors of the hotel. With the upgrade, you’ll gain admittance to the Executive lounge that serves complimentary breakfast and evening drinks and appetizers. Other amenities include a fitness room, the refurbished bar Millbank Lounge, and City Café for all your breakfast wishes.

Outside of DoubleTree, you’ll find yourself submerged into London’s cultural and business hub. There’s plenty to see and do. Take an afternoon stroll and find what catches your fancy including sightseeing, shopping, and shows. Make the most out of your stay in London at DoubleTree by Hilton London-Westminster.

30 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD,
United Kingdom
TEL: +44-207-630-1000
LONWM.info@hilton.com

InterContinental Park Lane London

Previously the site of a royal residence, InterContinental Hotel Park Lane London now reigns the epitome of contemporary elegance while maintaining some of that original historic charm. Conveniently positioned just steps from Hyde Park and in view of Buckingham Palace, this hotel will please every guest who chooses to spend the night.

Select from one of three rooms: classic, executive, or suite. Each room is tactfully designed with classic London interiors and a contemporary flare as well as being equipped with all those modern amenities to ensure relaxation and comfort. If you’re lucky enough you may just book the newly renovated Royal Suite which pays special homage to the original building purpose as Queen Elizabeth’s former childhood residence.

Other hotel offerings include an incredibly soothing spa with a variety of treatments and services available to keep you looking and feeling your best. After the spa treatment, you should down to the Wellington Lounge for Guiltless Afternoon Tea. Served without refined sugars and carefully created with all natural nutrient-filled ingredients, Guiltless Tea is light, delicious, and even includes a Guiltless-inspired cocktail.

Between InterContinental’s historic and unique location and all its amenities, you’ll feel like royal status whenever you come to stay.

One Hamilton Place Park Lane
London , W1J 7QY , United Kingdom
+44-207-4093131

Password Please: The Hospital Club

Are you involved in the creative industries and/or consider yourself to be a creative individual? Have you ever wanted to join a club full of resources and like-minded people to spark and encourage your ideas? Well, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll find an open door at The Hospital Club. This private members club is in the heart of the Covent Garden and offers an enriching environment for people within the creative industries to create, connect, and collaborate.

The Hospital Club came be as founders Paul Allen and Save Stewart sat having a drink in the Covent Garden when they fatefully spotted a boarded up former St. Paul’s Hospital. They devised a plan to transform the glorious building back into a space for helping people, into an area for creativity to prosper. The club has successfully entered its second decade and has grown in strength. The club and its members put on an average of 40 events, exhibitions, social gatherings, live performances, and around 60 film screenings each month.

Applying to be a member is easy and the benefits are enormous. The seven story once hospital now houses an award-winning TV and music studio, a gallery, Restaurant and Bars, a screening room, hotel rooms, and the Oak Room—a live performance space. The Hospital Club is a vibrant, engaging, and positive part of the community with plenty to offer even if you aren’t cool enough to join the club.

While the event space and various rooms throughout embody their own forms of whimsical creativity, the hotel rooms take on their own distinctive charm. Each one of the rooms is created by a different artist, meaning you truly do get a unique experience. What’s more is that every year each of the rooms will completely change, from floor to ceiling, bed to wardrobe and even the art-deco items. The Hospital Club is quite frankly one of the coolest and most creatively vibrant spots in London, we’ll be back – that’s for sure.