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mathieu germond…one great sommelier

Mathieu Germond is one of the world’s great sommeliers though it is likely that you have never heard of him. He doesn’t have a column in the FT, write books or appear on reality tv shows. But finding the perfect…

The Goring Hotel

best bed: The Goring, London, UK

Traditional English glam with a huge dose of humour, The Goring is a surprise and a gem. I knew it was going to be nice. Kate Middleton and her family were based here in the lead up to her wedding…

a warm welcome from Patrico, one of the wonderful doormen at the milestone

best bed: The Milestone Hotel & Residence, London, UK

The Milestone’s goal is to make dreams come true. They succeed by being phenomenally considerate. I was wowed by the thoughtfulness, attention to detail and top notch service.  The Red Carnation group acquired the three 19thcentury townhouses that make up…

killing it in the kitchen

Who knew hanging in a Michelin kitchen could be so much pleasure. No drudgery here. This was all fun!  Tasting. Giggling. And a smidge of learning. Pied a Terre’s Kitchen Experience turned out to be the most incredible London adventure.…

positively perfect pied a terre

I love going to restaurants. I eat out an awful lot. Over the years I have become friends with many restaurateurs. Oddly, I have hesitated to write about them. I wondered if I could be objective. However, I met them…

ai weiwei at the royal academy

You have to wonder about Ai Weiwei? A media darling and clever self-promoter, he is loved by the press. But really, how good is his art? Ai Weiwei does not like the Chinese government, past or present. He has his…

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