Brunch at Foxlow – our Restaurant Review

We have just returned from our brunch at Foxlow in Soho. There are two sister outlets at equally trendy Balham and Clerkenwell. Foxlow has been founded by the same good folks that brought us Hawksmoor (with 6 outlets in London and 1 in Manchester). We had recently been blown away by a visit to their branch in Air Street, no more than 5 minutes walk away. Some of the best steak we’ve had at a very reasonable price in a great environment with quick, friendly, professional service (highly recommend!).    We had also looked at a recent article in the Evening Standard (I’m saying ‘recent’, but they are of course known to repost old articles without any new research; some ‘recent’ articles recommend restaurants that have closed down months ago) by accident, which listed Foxlow as one of the best London brunch spots.    The location and the interior décor […]

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Galvin La Chapelle – London’s Most Romantic Restaurant

Ms B and Mr B celebrated their wedding anniversary yesterday, so Mr B thought, why not do the obvious thing, and book us in for dinner at London’s most romantic restaurant: Michelin-starred Galvin la Chapelle. We had recently already enjoyed two of the Galvin brothers’ other ventures: Galvin at the Athenaeum (post here)  and the (also Michelin-starred) Galvin at Windows (post here). Galvin la Chapelle had been on our list for a long time, so we were truly excited when we arrived there by chauffeur-driven limousine (read our post about the awesome chauffeur service here).    We had seen many pictures of the marvellous space inside Spitalfields’ St. Botolph’s Hall (built 1890 and now home to la Chapelle), but it still exceeded our expectations. The friendly waiter led us to our table at the perfect spot: the far right-hand corner, with the best view of the hall, the décor, and […]

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EG Chauffeurs – Driven Around London in a Chauffeured S-Class

Ms B and Mr B were celebrating their wedding anniversary yesterday, and EG Chauffeurs (one of London’s premier chauffeur services, best rated on Trustpilot), very kindly invited us to use one of their S-class Mercedes. In Britain, some people have the strange habit of calling the best of its class “The Rolls Royce”, and of course EG Chauffeurs have their fair share of these fine British cars to choose from for those not in the know.    Why an S-Class is better than a Rolls Royce In Germany, where I’m originally from (before I became an Englishman a few years ago), we use “S-class” the same way: as epitome of perfection, luxury, and prestige. So S-class it had to be. Ervin Gjoni’s (the founder and head of EG Chauffeurs) strategy is to focus on the Mercedes brand such as S-Class and V-Class rather than other brands, going forward. The cars […]

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Kaboom – Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at the Southbank Centre: Brahms

We’ve just returned from one of the two London concerts of Sir Simon Rattle’s final tour as the Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor. The evening was designed to showcase his time and achievements with his orchestra of the past 16 years (he has taken over the London Symphony Orchestra earlier this year and kept two hats on until now). Known for his love of and expertise with modern pieces, Rattle started the evening with the UK premiere of a piece by the famous, only 44 years old, Munich-born (like me!!), Berlin-based, German composer-clarinettist Jörg Widmann: ‘Tanz auf dem Vulkan‘ (Dance on the volcano), which had been commissioned by the BPO to mark Sir Simon’s departure, and only had its world premiere in Berlin three days earlier. Over the years, the conductor and the composer had collaborated on various occasions. Widmann is known for his wit in how he composes, everything is […]

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Brunch at Dean Street Town House – our Review

We’ve just returned from our brunch at the Dean Street Town House. It’s been our second time there, and again we had a great time. Service was quick and friendly and managed to find us a table outside even though we hadn’t mentioned anything when we made the reservation. After studying the menu for a while, we decided to order smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (£13.50), kedgeree (£10), and grilled Manx kippers with butter (£9.50).    Only having become Brits some three years ago, neither Ms B nor I had come across kedgeree until two months ago, when a friend ordered it during a brunch out, also in Soho. Kedgeree, it turns out, is a dish from Victorian colonial times, consisting of fish flakes (usually smoked haddock), eggs, and boiled rice with curry powder. Besides, we ordered a bloody mary to share (£10), a pink grapefruit juice (£4), a turmeric […]

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