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Once again Harrods, in collaboration with Identità Golose and five Michelin star chefs, honours the excellence in Italian contemporary cuisine.
After Carlo Cracco in September, in October the Cerea brothers are taking over Harrods’ restaurant located at the Lower Ground Floor.
I have been invited at the press night with Enrico “Chicco” Cerea, owner and chef – with his brother – of the Italian restaurant Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, close to Bergamo and I would like to share the great meal we had the chance to try in advance:
• Anchovy from Cantabrico, tuna sauce and hazelnuts from Piedmont – myself and Paolo Marchi have tried to have a bis and a tris of this one
• Soft polenta, Roccaverano robiola cheese, white truffle and Grana Padano sauce
• Gnocco filled with melted cheese with white truffle- my favourite dish
• Sea-bass Mediterranean style with yellow tomatoes
• Avocado cream with caramelised macadamia nuts and yogurt sorbet – a wonderful 5 senses experience (ok maybe 4 senses, not sure if I can include the hearing :))
In November it will be the turn of Gennaro Esposito of restaurant La Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense in Naples, two Michelin stars.
Then Annie Féolde’s Enoteca Pinchiorri from Florence, three Michelin stars, and in January Enrico Crippa, chef at restaurant Piazza Duomo in Alba, three Michelin stars and number 39 in the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. With only one restaurant in London being part of the 50 Best, The Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, it’d be a real shame not to try what Crippa has to offer.
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Are you looking for a SPA in London that doesn’t cost you a mortgage?
Well, I have the right address for you: the SPA London.
SPA London is a completely new concept that revolutionised the SPA market by offering luxury packages that are affordable and accessible to all. I heard about it, but I never had the chance to try myself until a few weeks ago when I went to the Ironmonger Row Baths branch, near Old Street. This charming 1931′s building was built as a public wash house and later upgraded to a Turkish Bath. It’s only one of the 6 SPA facilities that are available across London.
The baths now include:
- 2 saunas
- 2 steam rooms
- Ice Fountain
- Plunge pool
- Monsoon Shower
- Bucket Shower
- Hot Rooms (Tepidarium, Caldarium, Lanconium)
I spent more then one hour trying every room – you can read this as “I have done nothing else than relaxing” – and then I enjoyed some time in the relax area, lying down on a super comfortable chaise longue, reading magazines while sipping an herbal tea.
There are also a double treatment room and 3 treatment rooms, where you can indulge yourself with products from Elemis and La Sultane de Saba.
I pampered myself in the double treatment room with the signatures services: the Ironmonger Row Full Body Scrub and the Ironmonger Row massage and I can say that the entire experience has completely relaxed my mind, released my back and after that my skin was really smooth, I will definitely come back again and again. I’d like to mention that, as the name implies, you have to share the double treatment room and this might be an issue for someone. It wasn’t a problem for me or the other girl and I am sure you can discuss your needs with the beautician.
Now the best part, the price! The cost of the massage+ scrub is only £25+£10 and the the price for the 3 hour Thermal Spa Experience varies per location due to size and services available, the rate ranges from £9 for concessionary members through to £25 for a non member. It is really a SPA bargain!
They offer men only, women only and mixed sessions.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of SPA London, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable experience.
Photos are from Spa London’s website, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the Bath.
There is always a good vibe thanks to the shops and the many events, every time I walk there, there is something going on.
And tonight is full of surprises too, it’s the Carnaby Style Night! Be ready for some music, prize draws, free drinks and much more.
Carnaby is offering you 20% off in the street coolest brands, concept stores and independents including Paul Smith Soho, Scotch & Soda, Size?, Drop Dead Co, Peckham Rye and 20% off on some of the best food and drink spots including Stax, Pizza Pilgrims, The Rum Kitchen and more.
All ticket holders can also enjoy a free Ringmaster cocktail from the Cirque le Soir ‘Vintage Circus’ pop-up bar in Kingly Court.
Style Scouts will be on the hunt for the best dressed shoppers on the night, who will be awarded with a goodie bag worth £100, so make sure you are looking your best!
Between the shopping and the dinner, you will find me at the trend talk with the GQ fashion team at their pop up shop at 15 Carnaby Street.
Last Saturday, through the rain, an overcrowded tube ride and the thousands of people attending the Pride Parade, I managed to be on time for my afternoon tea. I had a table booked at Brumus, the Bar of the Haymarket Hotel, right in the heart of London’s theatre district.
Both the Hotel, which I had previously visited, and the Bar are stylish in a very distinctive way. Dozens of different fabrics have been used in the décor and paired with beautiful artworks. A perfect cosy place where to unwind and forget the clamour.
Our booth was next to the window, with a special view on my favourite London theatre, Her Majesty’s, home of the musical Phantom of the Opera.
We chose to have the Brumus Afternoon tea with a glass of Pommery champagne. I went for a white silver tip tea, while Giuliano opted for Sri Lankan Lemongrass. If you are a tea connoisseur you might think that the selection is slightly limited. The blends are original though: I am sure they’ll surprise you like the place itself.
The tea set-up, as you can see below, was gorgeous and I simply loved the china sets decorated with peacocks.
The Savoury part included
- Smoked haddock Scotch eggs
- Leek and Taleggio quiche
- Grilled asparagus, Parma ham
- Potted shrimps on granary crisps
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We finished with a vanilla panna cotta with strawberries and Prosecco jelly.
We really appreciated the atmosphere and the food, and were also impressed by the friendly, attentive staff who needed no prompting to refill our teapots or bring us a second round of food.
Top treat: for me was the latticed apricot tartlet, for Giuliano the lemon meringue pie.
Address: Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, London SW1 www.firmdalehotels.com
Cost: Brumus Tea is £25.50 per person. With a glass of Pommery NV is £33.00 per person
The wow factor: the chairs have dachshunds, bulldogs and scotties stitched onto the backs, I really wanted to take one of those at home with me!
Disclaimer: we were guests of Firmdale Hotels, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable afternoon.