Category Archives: City Lifestyle

– We think London has so much to offer that we don’t want to keep our the food/events/shopping choices to ourselves
– We want to get a bit more personal with our readers (you!)
– We fall into the category of young (city) professionals and most probably you do, too, so we may share the same interests
– We think there is so much more one can do beyond their 9-6 job and we want to avoid staying within our comfort zone may that be non-productive passive ‘relaxing’ or bottom-line lazy weekends.

The Expensive London Restaurants which are Worth it

If you have had as many affairs with Mayfair as we have, you’d certainly have come across overpriced places whose menus and clientele raise your eyebrows.

Le Boudin Blanc, City Social and Sketch aren’t one of those expensive London restaurants that make you regret your professional foodie status. Think rustic Gallic food; art-deco skyline fine dining and a 2-Michelin star swanky plush retro venue that will bring your dopamine and eyebrows levels a very steady uplift.

 Le Boudin Blanc, Mayfair

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THE FEEL

Whether you think you love French cuisine or not, we found Le Boudin Blanc to be offering that charming mix of cozy unpretentiousness and personable service with food that triggers more than one of your senses. Split over two floors, this Mayfair gem brought a very special  Paris feeling to us while making our indulgence proper in a bustling atmosphere.

THE FOOD

Regardless of your Le Poissions or Le Viandes preferences, our 3-course meal was a five star experience from beginning to end.  The attentive service, divine tastes and rich wine might have helped. For £70 per head (including wine), you might be looking for a special occasion or just the regular treat you love giving yourself.

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Perfect for a ‘mother-daughter’ special time or a business meeting where you wouldn’t mind the proximity of the oyster sauce to your paper contracts. If there is one advice, we’re going to give you – leave your French lovers at home – as all waiters are authentic French speakers, they might spend the better part of the evening discussing how scarce bona fide cuisine has become.

Pas besoin d’un merci! 

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We certainly have a thing for skyline dining  – might be the adrenaline coming from the top floor or the rocket high bills.

THE FEEL

We went to City Social just a few weeks ago after some seriously good feedback from friends. Might have been influenced by the number of Bellinis we started with and the general Friday mood, but we found the decor, ambiance and staff to be one of the best we have come across. With about 6 waiters swirling around us, the direct view of the Gherkin and the special chair for our bag, we couldn’t reject the claim that sometimes fine dining can buy you happiness.

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At 10pm on a Friday, City Social couldn’t offer us all of the options on their menu but neither of the Tuna Tataki, Newlyn Cod or Hazelnut Plaisir Sucre left us asking for more. With a beautiful presentation a la MasterChef, rich tastes and a very gourmet feel, our evening was a great blend of divine food in a stunning setting. As we left the restaurant as the very last guests with staff being consciously patient to the deep 1.30am conversations we were engaged in, even the £95 per head felt like a solid performance. expensive London restaurants

Sketch, Mayfair

For the London affectedly grand scene, Sketch doesn’t need an introduction.

The Parlour

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The Lecture Room

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The Gallery

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THE FEEL

We must admit, it has been almost a year since our last visit to Sketch but whether you decide to visit the Lecture room, the Parlour or the Glade, this 2-Michelin star venue would increase your ‘off scale’ limits to a new high. This place can become a decadent guilty pleasure, especially if the fantasy of affordability evaporates as quickly as you enjoy the champagne taste.

THE FOOD

You might want to bring your gastronomy dictionary with you because Sketch offers a lot of French-induced dishes that might question your professional foodie status (or perhaps it’s handy to bring that French lover with you).  At about £120 per person, this wacky place is certainly pricey which can be a  ‘love it or hate it’ venue, depending on how creative you like your expensive London restaurants to be.

We’d certainly be coming for seconds.

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Where to Brunch in London – The Spring Edit

If you have been a Suits and Books follower for a while, you couldn’t have missed our love for a good indulgence. This is why we put together the Brunch Spring Edit to make your next foodie planning a little easier.

2017 has already been a strong year for our gastronomy buds – In January we indulged in some authentic Hong Kong dim sums, fine Vietnamese dishes, exotic Cambodian meals and divine Thai seafood platters.  For all globetrotters who didn’t spend their Christmas on a tropical island, London has enough decadent food options to satisfy your sophisticated taste.

Where to Brunch in London – Your next (leisure) stop: Bronte, Strand

What makes a Sunday brunch even better is when it’s done in 1960s chic location, coupled with great service, quality coffee, delicious food and extra generous portions. Just off Trafalgar square, this ‘Swanky, Tom Dixon–designed’ place is far from a touristy trap and as we managed to make a booking on the same day! we can certainly suggest it’s a hidden gem worth discovering.

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We had the ‘Vegetarian’ which was unashamedly generous and more importantly delicious. With a flat white, brunch dish (and a chocolate dessert!), our Sunday was divine. And with prices of £10ish pounds per main, Bronte will be a keeper.

Where to Brunch in London – Your next (work) stop: The Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella 

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We have lived in London for nearly 4 years and we can say we are yet to rave about broccoli salads in West London lunch delis. Having said that, stop whatever you’re doing and focus on this very moment.

We tried Mayfair’s Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella and it was the most divine, heavenly, tasty, delightful, rich and celestial lunch we have ever had. As much as we’d like to be paid to write this review, this isn’t the case and if you work/ live in Marylebone or Mayfair, you simply need to try it yourself.

We’re far from avid superfood followers and we certainly don’t start our days with kale smoothies, but if you’re looking for some quality delicious food – vegetarian, meat or fish options are on the menu and you’d also have struggles with resisting that sweet counter too.

where to brunch in londonWe were also pretty impressed by Ella’s story (she is only 24!), who has become a sensation in the food industry – with a blog, best-selling cook books and now, Delis.where to brunch in london

So next time you wonder where to grab that compulsory weekly brunch, we’ve got you covered.

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Stay tuned for our next ‘City Lifestyle’ article on the expensive London restaurants worth your £££

November in London: Lobsters, Brunches and Roaring 20s Cocktails

November in London gave us enough reasons to spend significantly more time indoors, open up the salted caramel hot chocolate box, do another round of home decorations and invest in our favourite indulgences.

Polpo, Covent Garden

We got into the most common Friday state of affairs for London – it is 11pm, you’re yet to have dinner and the promise of a 20 minute wait doesn’t play well with the time since your last glass of vino. First world problems aside, we were pleased to go to Polpo and indulge in some Italian style tapas. This Venetian inspired place offered more options than our hungry selves were ready to order, but with a vegetarian Pizette and traditional meatballs, our Friday night felt complete. Service was great, as were the prices, so we expect to come back for some more dinner endeavours.  Ben fatto!

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 Percy and Founders, Fitzrovia

Every time we stroll through Fitzrovia, we come across numerous cozy looking lunch and brunch places which we’re eager to try, so when we got an invite for Percy and Founders, we knew we were up for a treat.  

We don’t actively miss opportunities for Champagne Sundays but when brunching for the first time at the venue, we decided to give our alcohol buds a rest and spoil ourselves with some French Vanilla toast – because dessert for breakfast is what adulthood is all about. We loved the vibe, the flavors, the atmosphere and we can see Percy becoming a close Sunday friend. With brunch options for under £10, this place is a keeper.

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Brasserie Blanc, Tower Hill

Speaking of spoiling, we had a divine work lunch at the Brasserie Blanc – a French style brasserie with ambient vibe, classic dishes and the strongest espresso we have ever come across. We indulged in a grilled lobster tail with prawn butter which was a solid chef performance and by looking at the steaks on our table – there wasn’t a wrong choice on the menu.

With a single espresso which gave us the afternoon productivity boost we were only hoping for, Brasserie Blanc is a winner. Tres bon!

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The Book Club/ The Hoxton Grill, Shoreditch

What’s better than a Saturday brunch? Saturday brunch in a Book Club. We knew the venue from a hot summer evening when we visited it as a night club choice, but were surprised to see a packed quirky crowd that was ordering pancakes as if we were in the flour decadence era. We enjoyed the vibe, the coffee and the food choices, but due to the speed of service, we looked out for the next destination: The Hoxton Grill.

As a continuation of our leisure exploration, The Hoxton Grill gave us all you might be searching for on a chilly Saturday – leather armchairs, winter garden, attentive staff and hot chocolate. With steaks on the menu, triggering our curiosity, we should be certainly coming for seconds.

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Bar Americain, Piccadilly Circus

For us, true lovers of the 1920s era, there was a special high pitch level of excitement when we got invited to Bar Americain – an art deco,  dimmed lights and Aviator style décor in the heart of London –  bringing you to early past century Paris without much effort. With a Lindy Hop and Mary Pickford cocktail choices, our taste and alcohol buds were certainly pleased and the environment brought such a retro chic, I-want-to-be-in-a-movie sort of feeling, that we would be going back for more. While the bar is little upscale, drinking Champagne in the roaring 20s can never be cheap. (Yes, some dates are better than others)

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This November we also brunched at the Sign of the Don which offered us delicious Eggs Florentine and immaculate service, we had the compulsory Prosecco evening at All Bar One as well as the  pornstar martini night at Be At One; all complimented by a plentiful tapas indulgence at the Meson Don Felipe.

It will be an understatement to say we opened up the festive season with a moderate number of celebrations and we can’t even describe to you our December plans. Stay tuned for Part 2 of ‘November in London’ as we’re yet to share which inspiring business events we attended or how we escaped from winter London for a few days.

This is not a sponsored post and our reviews are honest representations of the dining and wining experiences we had. Are you looking for a dining review? You know where to find us.

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