James Bond is well-known for his penchant for a martini, “shaken, not stirred”. In fact, Bond requests his favourite beverage no fewer than 35 times through Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories.
But less well known is that the inspiration for the line, allegedly, comes from a small boutique hotel bar in London.
When Juan Floris opened a perfume shop in Mayfair in 1730, it’s fair to say that pleasant aromas as we know them today were in short supply. It wasn’t until the next century that a decent sewage system came to the capital, while graveyards were vastly oversubscribed.
As has become a TRULY custom, we’ve spent some time looking into the future to see what luxury events we can find this coming quarter. It so turns out we’re quite excited about the next three months.
Highlights of what’s on in London include private Valentine’s dining, a Michelin star lunch accompanied with the life of Picasso, and a handful of Bach performances at the Royal Academy of Music.
If you live or venture into the city this Christmas and want a break from the humdrum of the crowds on Oxford Street, then why not consider indulging yourself a little and trying some of the most luxurious things to do in London this Christmas?
When a well-established Rome based chocolate shop opens a branch in London then you know it must be worth investigating.
Springing up all across London is a phenomenon the sweet-toothed are more than happy to get behind, for dessert bars are making an appearance. Whether those eating out are looking to skip ahead to the finale or just complement their savoury courses, there can be no denying the new-found popularity of these specialist London dessert bars.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find a decent bar to go whisky tasting in London. Even our most trusted tastemakers fond themselves scratching their heads. Nevertheless, difficult does not mean impossible, as we’ve come up with a list of London’s go-to whisky bars you might like to scout. The following has been narrowed down to those that aren’t members only.
We say some words about some gift experiences in London and yes, there really is something for everyone.
Bar tastings, or degustation as you may prefer to call them, certainly have their place in the capital. Locations to sample some of the world’s finest wines are particularly rife, while bars specialising in sherry, beer, whisky, tea, or gin cater not only for their respective aficionados, but soon-to-be converts as well.
Not so long ago, a trip to the cinema was an occasion; a day out to the ‘picture palace’ with luxurious seating and waiter service. Nowadays it’s more about sticky floors, inflated prices and loud munching on popcorn. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of the most luxurious cinemas in London.
L’Etranger’s famous black cod
In the age of new media, buzz restaurants are all the rage. Chefs who get on board with the best PR teams have their restaurant plastered across the Standard and Zagat as the trendiest place you must be seen. Yet for those of us who are more about deliciousness for its own sake, there are plenty of hidden gem restaurants in London where we can get more bang for our buck.
A vintage shot of the L’Etranger team
Step inside L’Etranger, an elegant restaurant located on a busy Kensington high street, and you will find a location full of well-heeled guests. While the popularity of the restaurant is pleasing to chef-patron Jerome Tauvron and his business partner, Ibi Issolah, the large number of local affluent patrons has attracted the unwanted label of being a neighbourhood restaurant; one of London’s best kept secrets.