Sunday, 20 January 2019

Lunch at Gordon Ramsey's Savoy Grill.

It's become a tradition that each year I treat my Dad to an experience for his birthday. In 2017 it was the Belmond Le Manoir Lunch and British Pullman train journey, and in 2018 I decided to take him for a champagne lunch at Gordon Ramsey's Savoy Grill. His birthday is just a few days before Christmas, so the restaurant were serving their Christmas set-menu which, despite offering a great variety of dishes, meant we pretty much had to go for the full Christmas roast...ya know, just to prep ourselves for the main event ;)


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Sunday, 13 January 2019

SUSHISAMBA, Covent Garden.

A few weeks ago my travel and food buddy, Jasiminne, returned to me! After months of moping around London longing for the sweet sound of her randomly bursting into song while she sashayed around Malaysia, we decided to celebrate her return with over-priced sushi at the new Sushisamba in Covent Garden. 

The restaurant itself is located in the upper section of the Piazza, where Raymond Blanc's restaurant used to be. Sushisamba have turned it into a magical haven of calm, with an entry-bar full of hanging plants and flowers, and then three clear sections of the restaurant all flowing into one another. There's also an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the sushi and sashimi!

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden Restaurant Interior


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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Luxury in 48 Hours: Bologna, Italy.

If you've seen my Instagram lately you'll know it's no secret that I completely fell in love with Bologna when I visited in December for a weekend trip. It's a beautiful Italian city filled with terracotta roofs, incredible food and wine, and a wealth of activities and things to do. It's also fairly cheap with regular direct flights and a lot of mid-range and budget hotels. Unfortunately there are only two 'luxury' hotels, the four-star AC Marriott where I stayed (which was modern and clean and staying there meant I earned my Marriott nights and points, but it was quite basic and far from the main area), and the Grand Hotel Majestic which is absolutely beautiful and I really wish I'd forgone the points and just stayed there instead!


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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Dining at Osteria Francescana: The Best Restaurant in the World 2018.

Recently I flew to Italy to dine at the Best Restaurant in the World; Osteria Francescana. Massimo Bottura's restaurant holds three Michelin stars and has been named Best Restaurant in the World by the World's 50 Best Restaurants committee not once, but twice; in 2016 and 2018. It was also the second best in 2015, and third best in 2013 and 2014.

Needless to say our expectations were high, and we were intrigued as to how our twelve-course meal would pan-out. As with everything on Lux Life London, I always tell the complete truth and am 100% honest, so let me explain why we weren't overly impressed with our experience at Osteria Francescana...

Osteria Francescana Review


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