Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat. Please do put a penny in the old man’s hat…

Traditionally men are renowned for leaving their gift buying until Christmas Eve. This habit can however prove very costly, often resulting in very expensive desperation purchases, unhappy recipients or possibly both!

In an effort to support these late to market gift buyers, the following is a selection of exquisite London Emporia worth visiting, either in the real or virtual world during November, for some advanced gift selection kinder to your wallet and ongoing relationship status.

Biscuiteers

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Harriet Hastings and her husband Stevie Congdon, who are also co-directors of leading London catering company Lettice, launched Biscuiteers in 2007.

‘We came up with the idea for Biscuiteers on a weekend in New York. We were sure that there were lots of people who are as passionate about biscuits as we are and that there was a real opportunity to set up a biscuits gift business online that was completely different from anything else in the market – biscuits that would look as beautiful as they tasted. In fact, biscuits that people would want to talk about’.

In October 2012 they opened the doors to their very first Biscuit Boutique & Icing Cafe in Notting Hill, followed by the Northcote Road, boutique in December 2014.  Showcasing the much-loved Biscuiteers biscuit, chocolate and cake collections, the Boutiques are also drop-in icing cafes, hosting themed icing lessons, children’s icing parties and the Biscuiteers School of Icing, where you can be taught to ice like a Biscuiteer.

In addition to the cafes and online shop, Biscuiteers can now be purchased from a wide range of top end London stores such as Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and The Conran Shop and Colette and le Grand Epicerie in Paris.

www.biscuiteers.com

Biscuiteers HQ (for online order queries):

18 Stannary Street, London, SE11 4AA

Telephone: +44 (0) 8704 588 358

For corporate and bespoke enquiries:

Email: bespoke@biscuiteers.com

Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Café:

Notting Hill

194 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2ES

Northcote Road

13 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1NG

 Benjamin Pollocks Toy Shop

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Benjamin Pollocks history began in the 1800’s in Hoxton. At this time the toy theatre trade was flourishing in Covent Garden’s Theatreland, centred around the Drury Lane Theatre.

Pollocks was one of the original shops to open in the newly renovated Covent Garden Piazza building in 1980. Originally opened by Marguerite Fawdry, she sold the business on to toy theatre collector and well-known Coronation Street actor Peter Baldwin, who ran the business until his death in 2015. Today Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop is one of the few toy shops in the West End of London and, staying true to the original aesthetic of their namesake, produce a range of theatres and paper models designed by contemporary artists, which have in recent years been on display at Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and the Royal Opera House.

They also sell reproduction and original toy theatres from around the world, together with a large range of books, puppets, music boxes, pocket money novelties and traditional toys, which they have hand pick from small individual artists and international toymakers.

www.pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk

44 The Market, Covent Garden London WC2E 8RF

CONTACT

Tel: +44 (0)207 379 7866

Email: info@pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk

Pentreath & Hall

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Owned by renowned architect and designer Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall, Pentreath & Hall is one of London’s most distinctive interiors and decoration shops, selling the very best china, glass, linens, furniture, pictures, candles, vases, lights, antiques, books and other delights. Sourced from England, France, Belgium, Germany, Turkey and India, it sells pieces that are not easily found elsewhere. New additions to look out for are their own label designed furniture, lighting, textiles and wallpaper ranges.

A visit to the Rugby Street store is a joy to the senses but for those under extreme time pressure there is an online shop.

www.pentreath-hall.com

17 Rugby Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3QT

CONTACT

+44 (0)20 7430 2526

London Taxidermy

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If you’re looking for a unique and unusual gift for the person who literally has everything look no further, London Taxidermy is the place for you! Owned and operated by ex DJ and designer Alexis Turner, who has been buying, selling and hiring Natural History for over twenty years, Alex has also recently authored the book ‘Taxidermy’, published in May 2013 by Thames & Hudson.

All specimens hired and sold at London Taxidermy are both ethically and legally purchased. No animals are killed for the specific purpose.

www.londontaxidermy.com

CONTACT

 info@londontaxidermy.com

+ 44 (0) 208 9474873 (office/showroom)

07770 880960 (mobile)

Showroom Address:

Unit 38, Wimbledon Stadium Business Centre, Riverside Rd,

London SW17 0BA

Open by appointment only

Sugarsin

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Based in Covent Garden, SugarSin is a modern day Willy Wonka Factory filled with the world’s most fabulous sweets. Their mission has been to travel the globe tasting countless sweets, with a mission to produce the most unique and delicious gourmet sweets that are just as beautiful to look at, as they are to taste. Especially look out for Cocktail gummies!

Step into the colourful world of SugarSin and immerse yourself in fabulous sweetness or shop online for jellies, jars, lollies or hampers…

www.sugarsin.co.uk

1 Russell Street London WC2B 5JD

CONTACT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8616 5959 

W Martyn

135 Muswell Hill Broadway, Muswell Hill, Borough of Haringey, London N10, 2016 • Est 1897, known as the Fortnum & Mason of Muswell Hill, and still in the Martyn family. In 2009, they fought against an English Heritage listing http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/112_year_old_shop_under_threat_of_closure_1_630119 but failed https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1393627 Fine foods & freshly roast coffee - hence roaster in window. Shop history http://www.wmartyn.co.uk/history/ rave reviews http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/w-martyn-london Has in fact had many changes, eg in 2009 with red logo https://goo.gl/maps/J7pkrM5iVe62 but their photo page shows Edwardian frontage http://www.wmartyn.co.uk/easter-photos/, this looks 1930s.

Affectionately referred to as the “Fortnum & Mason of Muswell Hill”, W Martyn is a traditional, old-fashioned family business, established in 1897 and still going strong. The stunning Art Deco facade and interior have changed little over the years – an old coffee roaster rests proudly in the window underneath the iconic red lettering introducing the shop, while inside brass scales, solid oak shelving and row upon row of simply designed, quality goods hark back to 1930s London. It may well be off the beaten track but it really is worth making a trip to this part of north London just to breath in the scent of freshly roasted coffee and the warm, family atmosphere that pervades throughout. As specialists in tea and coffee and retailers of fine foods, Martyn’s now also ship across the UK through their online tea and coffee shop.

With over 100 years of retail experience, they pride themselves on the highest quality of service and products. From your morning cup of tea or coffee to that special gift for family or friends, they have something for everyone.

www.wmartyn.co.uk

CONTACT

sales@wmartyn.co.uk

 +44 (0) 2088835642

Halcyon days

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Halcyon Days was founded in 1950 as an emporium of antique gifts in Mayfair, London. Today the company has evolved into a lifestyle brand and although they continue to create their signature enamelware, are best known as the destination for luxury gifts, English fine bone china and fashion accessories.

The craft of enameling on copper has been carried out in England since the 1740s and Halcyon Days has become its guardian. Consequently today, in edition to their signature hand-painted enamel boxes, they also create wearable fashion accessories such as their hand decorated hinged bangles.

Halcyon Days is a one of only fourteen companies to hold all three Royal Warrants and is the only supplier of Objets d’Art:

1972 Granted first Royal Warrant by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

1978 Granted the Royal Warrant of Her Majesty The Queen.

1987 Granted the Royal Warrants of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales.

www.halcyondays.co.uk

City Store: 27 Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LP

CONTACT

 UK: 0844 880 8210

International calls: +44 (0) 121 522 0820

customerservices@halcyondays.co.uk

Published in Aspect County Magazine – November Edition

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member!

With much of their allure being built on exclusivity, we take a look inside some of London’s notoriously hard to access private members’ clubs.

The Hospital Club, Covent Garden 

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The Hospital Club was founded by Paul Allen and Dave Stewart: The story goes that Paul and Dave were having a drink in Covent Garden one night when they spotted a boarded-up building, the former St Paul’s Hospital. They hatched a plan to revive the building and transform it into a hub of creativity – full of people, ideas, music and life – and in 2004, The Hospital Club was born.

The Hospital Club 24, Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ

www.thehospitalclub.com

CONTACT

020 7170 9100

reception@thehospitalclub.com

George Club, Mayfair

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George, which opened its doors in 2001, is a private members club whose atmosphere and design are quietly contemporary and deliberately understated. An extensive collection of David Hockney prints hang in the brasserie dining room, where the open kitchen provides a sense of theatre for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The large bar downstairs affords Members space to enjoy the imaginative cocktail list and bar menu.

George Club 87-88 Mount Street, London W1K 2SR

www.georgeclub.com

CONTACT

reception@georgeclub.com

+44(0)20 7491 4433

The Groucho Club, Dean Street

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Formed in 1985, The Groucho Club is the original arts & media private members club, frequented by artists, publishers, actors, musicians, advertising exec’s and trendy city types.

Dreamt up by a group of publishers as an alternative to stuffy gentleman’s clubs who wanted somewhere to meet and relax, they approached Anthony Mackintosh owner of ‘The Zanzibar’ – a member’s bar in Covent Garden – and Restaurant 192. Tony and his partners got to work and The Groucho Club was created. With bars, two restaurants, private event rooms and twenty bedrooms, The Groucho Club is the benchmark for a new generation of members clubs both opening in the area and internationally.

The Groucho Club membership now approaches five thousand with members joining from across the globe.  The Club has associations and reciprocals with members clubs from New York to Hong Kong and intends to maintain its position as the most desirable Arts & Media private members club in… well the World.

THE GROUCHO CLUB 45 Dean Street, London W1D 4QB

www.thegrouchoclub.com

CONTACT

+44 (0)20 7439 4685

+44 (0)20 7437 0373

reception@thegrouchoclub.com

Lloyds Club, EC3

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Lloyds Club was founded in 1920 and has occupied various premises, moving as buildings were redeveloped. In 2009 the Club became part of the Hampden Group, which has a strong presence in the Lloyds Market, and moved to 42 Crutched Friars, a grade II* Listed Building nestling in the heart of London’s financial district.

Primarily a luncheon club, it attracts members from a broad range of city disciplines including insurance market underwriters, agents and brokers, financial and banking executives, lawyers, shipbrokers, loss adjusters, accountants, management consultants and ship managers.

Lloyds Club 42 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AP

www.lloydsclub.co.uk

CONTACT

Telephone: 020 7863 6680  

Email: info@lloydsclub.co.uk

National Liberal Club, St. James

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Founded in 1882 by William Ewart Gladstone, the National Liberal Club exists to provide the very best club facilities for relaxing and entertaining in the heart of London, for members whose interests vary from liberal politics to the liberal arts.   The club remains completely independent of any party, but as the name implies, continues to be closely identified with the Liberal tradition, and Liberals worldwide. The NLC’s liberal heritage meant that it was conceived as a club that should be able to outshine any of the more established aristocratic clubs of London; but for membership to remain much more accessible than other clubs. It was one of London’s first major gentlemen’s clubs to admit women as full members; and from its launch in the 1880s it was unusual in embracing a diverse range of members of many different ethnic, social and religious backgrounds.   Overlooking the Thames, with “the most splendid terrace in London”, the club is within easy reach of Whitehall, the West End, the City and Theatreland. The club is blessed with an extraordinary building by noted Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse, and is also conveniently situated for underground and mainline stations which are close by.

The National Liberal Club Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

www.nlc.org.uk

CONTACT

Tel: 020 7930 9871

Fax: 020 7839 4768

The Arts Club, Dover Street

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The Arts Club was founded in 1863 in order to provide a haven for those people who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature or Sciences. The club has become a favoured haunt of both celebrities and city workers since its re-launch in 2011, following a complete renovation.

The Club’s art collection remains at its very core, highlighting international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists. Amelie von Wedel, the Club’s art advisor and curator, has chosen the pieces to include a combination of site-specific installations and carefully selected acquisitions. The permanent collection includes work by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari and John Stezaker, which sit alongside both the Club’s historic collection and a series of temporary exhibitions, which change throughout the year.

The Arts Club 40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4NP

www.theartsclub.co.uk

CONTACT

020 7499 8581

Cartlon Club, St James

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The Carlton Club was founded in 1832 following the massive reform majority in the 1831 general election. On 10 March 1832, a meeting at the Thatched House tavern appointed a committee to take on and manage new premises in Carlton Terrace. The name ‘Carlton Club’ was adopted a week later.

By 1835 the club’s wealth and standing were such that it moved to specially designed premises on Pall Mall. Membership was a badge of allegiance to the Conservative Party and the Club provided the core of the party’s organisation for many decades, particularly before the foundation of Conservative Central Office.

The present address of 69 St James’s Street only became a clubhouse after the Pall Mall building was destroyed during the Second World War. Thankfully, many of the club’s most valuable portraits survived and now adorn the clubhouse walls. The architect Thomas Hopper (1776-1856) designed the clubhouse in a restrained Palladian style, using Portland Stone. Like many Regency buildings, the interior is dominated by an impressive stone staircase. Hopper used Greek sources as inspiration for the decoration.

Carlton Club 69 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1PJ

www.carltonclub.co.uk

CONTACT

Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 1164

Published in Aspect County Magazine – October Edition

Summer time and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the cotton is high….

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For this post we leave the UK, albeit briefly, to take a sneak peak at a couple of the hidden luxury locations favoured by the city crowd en vacances…

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a treasure trove of unusual villages, some of which belong to the group of ‘best villages in France’, and which are real gems.

Typical examples include;

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, an ancient feudal town protected by ramparts built on the orders of François I, it is renowned not only for its historical heritage but also as a haven for many artists and writers. It is home to numerous art galleries and the Maeght Foundation.

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a magnificent perched village, with a medieval dungeon, at an altitude of 225 m.

Sainte-Agnès, the highest coastal village in Europe at an altitude of 700m.

Tourtour, nicknamed ‘the village in the skies of Provence’, is perched at an altitude of 635 m. With its stone-built houses and the keep of its medieval castle, it is the perfect spot if you want to get away from it all.

Eze Village

Eze village on the French Riviera is a very special place! A little corner of paradise located just 10 minutes from Nice and Monaco, where the scents of jasmine, bougainvillea and rose guide the visitor up the gently sloping, fresh, cool lanes.

You can easily imagine, a century ago, donkeys coming back from the surrounding countryside laden with figs, carob, olives and mandarin oranges from Eze. The bell tower of Sainte-Croix Chapel of the White Penitents stands as a reminder that this village belonged to Provence until the end of the 14th century. The choir of the Church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption boasts Baroque décor and an Egyptian cross evoking for Eze the mysteries of the goddess Isis. The aloe, euphorbia and cactus of the exotic garden, created on the hillsides surrounding the village in 1949 by Jean Gastaud, provide the finishing touch to this heavenly spot.

The Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or

Former home of the Riquier family and later Prince William of Sweden, the Château de la Chèvre d’Or is a heavenly spot, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea. A unique diva, unaffected by the passage of time, La Chèvre d’Or is a jewel glimmering in the heavens above the Mediterranean.

In 1953, Robert Wolf was so captivated by the Château de La Chèvre d’Or he turned it into a restaurant. Legend tells it that, on the advice of Walt Disney, Wolf bought up the village houses and converted them into rooms. The Hotel then became one of the 6 stopping-off points on the ‘Route du Bonheur – Road to Happiness’, from which the Relais & Châteaux Association was created.

Different owners have succeeded each other and increased the number of guest rooms in the medieval village. Today the Château has 39 guest rooms and suites and features four individual restaurants and a bar.

La Chèvre d’Or *****

Rue du Barri – 06 360 Eze Village. France – Côte d’Azur.

Tel : +33 4 92 10 66 66 – www.chevredor.com
Hôtel membre de Phoenix Hotel Collection – www.phoenixhotelcollection.com

Languedoc-Roussillon, popularly known as the Languedoc, is the central region of the south of France; it includes the western Mediterranean coast of France, stretching from the Rhone valley in the east, to the Spanish border in the south west, and comprises five departments, four of which are Mediterranean coastal departments.

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 The regional capital of Languedoc-Roussillon is the city of Montpellier, a thriving modern city in the Hérault, with a historic centre; other major cities in the region include Beziers, Nimes, Narbonne, Sete and Perpignan.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region is dominated by 740,300 acres (2,996 km2) of vineyards, three times that of the combined area in Bordeaux. Grapevines are said to have existed in the South of France since the Pliocene period – before the existence of Homo sapiens. The first vineyards of Gaul developed around two towns: Béziers and Narbonne.

Lonely Planet described the Languedoc as “The Cinderella of the south…. once overshadowed by gorgeous Provence and the brash Côte d’Azur. Now, she stands as their equal, displaying a discreet charm that her more-visited siblings lost long ago

Consequently, many historic Chateau are now being converted into luxury estates to meet the increased tourist need. One such estate is the recently opened Chateau St Pierre de Serjac. A magnificent Château estate with working vineyard, hotel, restaurant, spa and luxury self-catering properties, set in 200 acres of beautiful Mediterranean countryside. The Chateau features 36 luxury self-catering properties carved from the original estate outbuildings, 8 luxurious hotel rooms in quintessential French style and an elegant Mediterranean restaurant and Spa.

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Run by a former doyenne of the LA Spa scene, the spa features an inviting and sensuous 350m² Mediterranean sanctuary with 12m heated indoor pool, hot tub, aromatherapy sauna & hammam. Huge glass sliding walls flood the space with sunlight all year round and there are indoor & outdoor relaxation terraces, with great views over the surrounding vineyards.

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Chateau St Pierre de Serjac | D30 between Pouzolles and Magalas | 34480 Puissalicon

www.serjac.com/luxury-chateau-languedoc/

Reception: reception@serjac.com | 00 33 (0)4 67 80 76 00

Spa: spa@serjac.com | 00 33 (0)4 67 80 75 45

Published in Aspect County Magazine – September Edition

Eating is a necessity but cooking is an art…

Following on from our post on London rooftop bars, we are now coming back down to earth with a selection of the hottest on-trend luxury eateries north south east and west of the city!

However, just to be contrary our first offering is 40 floors up!

Duck & Waffle

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24/7 “all day” dining

Duck & Waffle is located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate; otherwise known as the Heron Tower. Completed in March 2011 and stretching 230m into the skyline, 110 Bishopsgate is one of London’s tallest buildings.

Duck & Waffle offers a playful take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emphasizing local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Dishes are designed for sampling and sharing and are complemented by an iconoclastic cocktail experience served in a vibrant atmosphere that welcomes guests 24/7.

Breakfast, brunch, late night, desserts: “all day” dining is redefined at Duck & Waffle. Serving from sunrise to sunset to sunrise again — and every hour in between.

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

T: +44 203 640 7310

www.duckandwaffle.com

Burger & Lobster

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Fishing for the Truth

Burger & Lobster was founded in 2011 with the idea of going back to basics of a restaurant culture where craftsman offered only a few items that they were known for. The Burger & Lobster craftsmanship is exactly that. The Burger is made with highest quality natural beef and the Lobster is sustainable live lobster. Each dish is one price surrounded with good people and good energy.

Serving Burger and Lobster – plain and simple! No vegetarian option

Located throughout London. See website for full details

Bond Street Restaurant: 26 Binney Street, London W1K 5BN

Reservations for 6 people or more only

Telephone: 020 3637 5972

Email: bond.street@burgerandlobster.com

www.burgerandlobster.com

Sexy Fish

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Asian Fish and Seafood

Sexy Fish is an Asian fish and seafood restaurant located on the South East corner of Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and decorated with artwork from Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, the look and feel is mid-century glamour.

The restaurant is open until 2am, with a resident DJ all week long. A private dining space, The Coral Reef Room is located on the lower ground floor and houses two of the largest live coral reef tanks in the world.

The bar holds one of the world’s biggest Japanese whisky collections, as well as offering a drinks menu featuring both classic and inventive cocktails.

Berkeley Square House,
Berkeley Square,
London W1J 6BR

T: 0203 764 2000

www.sexyfish.com

Bubbledogs & Kitchen Table

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Champagne & Hot Dogs at Bubbledogs

Bubbledogs was born in 2012 and is the brainchild of Sandia Chang and her husband James Knappett. These days Sandia is the personality and creative behind Bubbledogs, whilst James is busy at the helm of his Michelin star restaurant Kitchen Table at the back of Bubbledogs.

Sandia personally selects the grower Champagnes on the menu and is often in the kitchen, testing out and creating new hot dog recipes to introduce to the menu.

70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG

T: 0207 637 7770

E: info@bubbledogs.co.uk

www.bubbledogs.co.uk

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs…

Tucked away at the back of Bubbledogs through a discrete entrance, is the 19 seat Kitchen Table. Awarded a Michelin star in 2014, Kitchen Table is a dining experience, encouraging full interaction with the chefs and showcasing previously unseen kitchen theatre.

Here Head Chef James Knappett prepares, cooks and serves a daily changing menu of meticulously sourced and foraged British ingredients.

For reservations and all other enquiries:

E: kitchentable@bubbledogs.co.uk

Chiltern Firehouse

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As featured in Absolutely Fabulous: the movie!

Chiltern Firehouse celebrates contemporary, ingredient-focused cooking, with an underlying American accent. Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes draws on a career split between the United States and Europe to create a changing menu of reimagined classics and bold new flavours, with an emphasis on seasonality and healthy eating.

1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA UK

E: RESTAURANT@CHILTERNFIREHOUSE.COM

T: 020 7073 7676

www.chilternfirehouse.com

Frenchie

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Frenchie Covent Garden by Gregory Marchand is the newest outpost of the hugely popular Frenchie, Frenchie Wine Bar, Frenchie To Go and Frenchie Wine Shop hailing from the Rue du Nil in Paris’ 2nd arrondissement.

Having spent several long periods in the English capital cooking notably at the Savoy, Mandarin Oriental and Fifteen for Jamie Oliver, where the kitchen nickname ‘Frenchie’ originated, a return to London seemed inevitable.

The menu at Frenchie Covent Garden echo’s its Parisian counterpart with simple yet generous sharing dishes heavily influenced by Greg’s travels from London to New York through to Spain and Hong Kong. A 5-course Carte Blanche menu is also available on request and, subject to availability, downstairs overlooking the action from the kitchen.

16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden WC2E 8QH

T 0207 836 4422

E: reservations(at)frenchiecoventgarden.com

www.frenchiecoventgarden.com

Published in Aspect County Magazine – August Edition

Cool town, evening in the city. Dressing so fine and looking so pretty…

London now boasts an impressive array of rooftop bars and restaurants. From City to West End; Shoreditch to riverside here is a small taste of what London has to offer.

Radio rooftop bar ME London

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“The rooftop bar at ME London brings lounging and social indulgence to a new height.”

Located on the 10th floor of ME London, accessible via a dedicated express lift, Radio is the only rooftop bar, lounge & terrace in the Strand & Aldwych area to be open throughout the day till 2AM (Thursday – Saturday).

Book ahead to avoid the queues for this hotel bar, which can sometimes match altitude with attitude. Make it up to the 10th floor though and 360-degree views are the payoff, stretching from the Shard and St Paul’s downstream to the London Eye and Big Ben up west.

Daytimes – weekend brunches and Champagne afternoon teas – are less hectic. ME London, 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA; radiorooftop.com

Selfridges Q on the Roof

Voted the best department store in the world, Selfridges not only has all the latest designer collections, must-have toys & gifts, it also boasts an impressive pop-up rooftop bar and restaurant.

Entry is via an Express Lift located in Fragrance on the Ground Floor. Booking is advised – online or by telephone: 020 7318 3287

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/content/forest-restaurant

SKY GARDEN | 20 Fenchurch Street [The Walkie-Talkie!]

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Rafael Viñoly, the world-renowned Uruguayan architect based in New York City, designed 20 Fenchurch Street in 2004. Without increasing the building’s footprint, Viñoly turned the idea that buildings having to be smaller at the top on its head. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open-air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden.

Entry to the Sky Garden is free, but please note space is strictly limited and visits must be booked online in advance. http://skygarden.london/booking

The City Garden Bar is a drinking and dining space, situated amongst the impressive Sky Garden. For access to City Garden, guests need to pre book a public visitors ticket.

RESTAURANTS@SKYGARDEN.LONDON

Open: Mon-Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 9pm

Sushisamba

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Located on the 38th and 39th floors at 110 Bishopsgate, SUSHISAMBA delivers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, culture, music and striking design to the City of London. The location features the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, offering unparalleled, 360 degree views of the City.

Open: Monday – Friday: 8am – 10pm. Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 10pm

110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY; https://sushisamba.com

Coq d’Argent

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Classic French Cuisine in a spectacular rooftop setting, located in the heart of the city. Extremely popular with city boys and girls – best avoided on Thursday and Friday nights if you are not a fan of queuing!

No.1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk

Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London at Sea Containers

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Rumpus Room is the rooftop bar and lounge at Mondrian London, inspired by a moment in time, the Bright Young Things. One of the most extraordinary cults of youth and frivolity in history, the Bright Young Things were a voracious pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites who romped through the newspaper columns in 1920’s London.

Rumpus Room brings back this era, a time when a party was more than a party, it was a lifestyle, an experience, a flash in time, that was gone before you knew it happened.

With dramatic views of London, Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down; a magical glittering glass box perched atop Mondrian, specialising in bubbly, serving an extensive list of the world’s best champagne offerings, by the glass, bottle, or in specialty cocktails.

For reservations please call +44 (0)20 3747 1063

https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/eat-drink/rumpus-room

 The Roof Gardens | Kensington

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The Roof Gardens were the dream of Trevor Bowen, the vice president of John Barker & Co. In 1936 he employed landscape architect Ralph Hancock to realise his vision. The gardens took two years to build at a cost of £25,000 and opened to the public in May 1938.

The gardens at The Roof Gardens are spectacular and best of all, they’re open to the public to visit free of charge. The gardens are often hired for private events so we strongly recommend you phone ahead (0207 937 7994) to make sure they’re open on your preferred day.

When visiting the gardens you will be asked to add your name to the visitor log and photo ID will be required.

If the gardens are in use you can always book a table in the Babylon Restaurant for a bird’s eye view of the English Woodland Garden, or pop in for a cocktail on the terrace.

http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens/the-gardens

Boundary Rooftop

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Boundary’s architecture is a tribute to Shoreditch and the confluence of old and new. The dilapidated Victorian warehouse was restored and a striking copper, steel and glass extension added. Over fifty artists and designers contributed bespoke commissions for the interior, with everything overseen by Sir Terence Conran.

Boundary rooftop offers a distinct panorama of East London. The heated orangery is filled with a variety of Citrus trees including Lemon, Clementine, and Calamondin, as well as Mimosa trees. When the weather is good, the space is doubled and provides an unrivaled location.

http://boundary.london/rooftop/

Published in Aspect County Magazine Billionaire edition – July 2016

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