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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.

THE OCCASION  

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 £££

Why Busy isn’t the new Stupid

London folks, we don’t have it easy and we’re somehow proud of it. Within an environment, where a filled up social and work calendar is almost a social status on its own, you may ask yourself ‘Is this vanity, lack of focus or plain stupidity?’. Our view is it’s none of that.

Perhaps triggered by Ed Baldwin’s popular article suggesting that ‘Busy is the new Stupid’, our own hectic lives and the occasional comment of ‘But how do you manage it all?!’, we wanted to share our perspective on being busy, handling multitasking, finding focus and getting that satisfactory feeling of self-fulfillment at the end of the day.

The key to balance is in your pocket. Just unzip it.

The 50-hour work weeks, the early weekend brunches, the late networking sessions, the conflicting calendar entries, the late night gallery visits, the long commutes, the demanding clients, the demanding partners – may all sound way too familiar, but you must have that little smirk on your face, because you manage all that and so much more .

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If you spent as much time contemplating your life choices this January, as did the 41% of Americans who set a New Year resolution,  then certainly the thought of self improvement tricks, making your life more exciting, finding love or finally getting fit, crossed your mind (and the pages of your newly bought 2017 notebook).

While we don’t believe in the effectiveness of New Year resolutions, we are firm believers of goal setting and keeping track of our progress. As such, balance has been an absolute priority for the last year and humbly, we think we’re doing something right.

In a previous article exploring what is it like to work in management consulting, we highlighted that regardless how junior you’re in your career, having a say in your work routine is vital for progression, productivity and to be honest, sanity too.  Whether this is saying ‘no’ to work which will overstretch your capacity and make you sacrifice your weekend or being firm about taking enough holiday, training days or regular breaks, directing the balance in your work life is a prerequisite for finding balance elsewhere.

While some may find happiness in putting all their efforts into a single activity, we find self-fulfillment in everything from investing time in our hobbies, reading on the topics we’re passionate about, spending time amongst inspirational people, taking ‘me time’ to reflect, being focused at work and the impact we have.  Does this make us busy? Of course, but we choose what to be busy with.

Beat the comfort routine – make it happen.

We have all been guilty of procrastination whether it’s that side project you had in mind for over 15 months and never started,  the temporary exhibition you were meaning to visit or that conference you wanted to submit a paper to and just missed the deadline.

Blame it on comfort zone and inertia, there are still a number of solutions that can help you avoid the trap.  Here are our top 3 tips.

  • The calendar entry

You can never be too organised, someone important once said. Creating the tangible 2-hour slot entry to explore a topic in your diary or ‘booking’ a Saturday morning just for yourself with no distractions can make the difference between having a good idea and writing a business plan. Or finally booking that holiday in the Italian Riviera.

  • Being surrounded by people who ‘make it happen’

We recently went to a fantastic talk by Eileen Burbidge, a lady who not only is the UK FinTech ambassador,  but also a world-renowned venture capitalist, board member of 20 startups, a mother of 4 and overall, an inspiration for anyone who has questioned if you can have it all. While she felt strongly that the 50 – 50 work life split is never possible, she was a prominent example that making conscious choices how to structure your daily routine, makes a difference.

  • Hold yourself responsible

You would often expect a personal commitment from the colleague you work on a joint project with, so why would you treat yourself any different? Holding yourself to a higher standard is the best attitude you can project and you might even set an example for others to follow. It also helps getting shit done.

We all wear the hats of life and often switch between being good employees, husbands, daughters, friends, girlfriends, entrepreneurs, art lovers or avid travellers. It will be a pity to leave any hat behind.

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Be busy. Be stupid.

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