Business Dining Etiquette – The Ps and Qs to successful working lunches

“Let’s do a business lunch” doesn’t have to induce hysteria of showing yourself up with sloppy table manners. Instead it’s a chance to exude quiet authority, impress and inspire confidence. Thus big businesses and savvy promotion hunters are not leaving it to chance that they have all the necessary honed social graces. Watching your P’s…

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Step Inside the all new Belmond Cadogan Hotel on its Opening Day

28 February 2019 It’s a welcome return today to the Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea, after almost a five year absence for a complete refurbishment. Its multi-million pound restoration starts an exciting new chapter in the fashionable hotel’s 132 year history, as it joins the Belmond group and its portfolio of iconic hotels and travel…

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The Fashion of Food Photography

We meet the leading photographers revolutionising how we view food Photography will be an important documentary account for fashion collections this weekend at London Fashion Week (15th to 19th February), just so is food on film becoming a serious business for chefs. Our love affair with food is now seeing collaborations between fashion, film, portrait…

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Romantic Rendezvous – Restaurants for Valentine’s

Be seduced by the perfect location for a romantic dinner for two this Valentine’s. Limited availability exists (at time of publication) in all destinations shown, so book quickly to avoid a lovelorn Valentine’s. Please note, Luxury Restaurant Club privileges are not valid on Valentine’s Day, unless noted below.  The Belvedere,  Holland Park, Abbotsbury Road, London…

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Chinese New Year in Style – Ten of the Best Chinese Restaurants

The festivities have already started for Chinese New Year 2019 Celebrate The Year of The Pig – a symbol of fortune and luck, at one of the ten finest Chinese restaurants in the UK. See the calendar of celebrations and recommended destinations below: January 28th to Monday 4th February  Little Year Memorial and prayers Monday…

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The Best Secret and Hidden Fine Dining Locations in UK

We pay homage to restaurants discreetly tucked away, or marketed under the radar, yet with cult status and legions of fans. These restaurants you won’t ordinarily happen upon, unless you knew where to look. The Luxury Restaurant Guide advises on some of the UK’s hidden dining gems: Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia,…

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Twenty of the Most Beautiful Hotel Rooms in the UK

The Luxury Restaurant Guide goes in search of the best hotel rooms in the UK covering Inns, Boutique Hotels, Country House Hotels and London Landmarks Our criteria was to find hotel rooms that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.  Spaces that were visually appealing, immersive, elegant and alluring with intelligent designs, not sensitive to trends…

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Best New Restaurants of 2018 – The go-to-destinations of the year

Keeping pace with restaurant openings is no mean feat with the flux of new concepts and aspiring chefs bursting on to the scene, as well as stalwart names expanding portfolios. A handful of restaurants have upped the style stakes in 2018, acting as a benchmark for designers, restaurateurs and foodies going forward. Here we find…

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Get into the Spirit – Five Festive Cocktails

What drinks should you serve your esteemed guests at a chic dinner soirée? De rigueur, especially for Christmas, is the bespoke festive cocktail. Here is the Luxury Restaurant Guide’s picks for stylish aperitifs to sip on this season, together with some tips from the greatest bartenders on how to make them: “St Nicholas’s Tipple” The…

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Gourmet Gifting for Xmas – Five of the best Hampers, Gift Vouchers, Experiences and Clubs

Gifting lifestyle packages is the way forward for the time-poor and material-rich. The Luxury Restaurant Guide presents a cornucopia of food-related lifestyle gifts packed to the brim with mouth-watering choices and imaginative gourmet lifestyle experiences. Five of the Best Hampers Create your own gift hamper of curiosities and artisan classics from the most fêted of…

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Stunning Cottages in the Grounds of Luxury Hotels

A heavenly escape to many is a luxury hotel stay, but there’s growing appeal for privacy and exclusivity, staying in your own well-appointed homely enclave. The canny trick is finding ones that still incorporate the key elements of a full-service hotel. After all, we, the Airbnb generation of self-confident travellers, may love the adventure of…

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A Taste for the Exotic – food to surprise, food to innovate

If you were offered gold painted chapulines as your appetizer, would you eat them? That would be grasshopper to you and I, and it’s a signature dish at the authentic modern Mexican super-restaurant Ella Canta on Park Lane, W1. Globetrotting chefs and customers are increasingly pushing boundaries, using exotic ingredients and unusual combinations to make…

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Ultimate Dining Experiences: where to go for one-of-a-kind epicurean adventure

We have often been asked to help with ideas for the ultimate dining experience. Whilst for most of us going to a Michelin-starred restaurant will always be a special occasion, it is not necessarily as unique, or private as some people might want. With a bit of imagination, however, and if you know who to…

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Organic September – Top Chefs Have Their Say

Next month marks the start of Organic September; a month-long celebration of all things organic, helping people to find, try and buy organic food & drink and highlighting the farmers and business that produce it. Organic means you’ll always know what’s in your food – each step of organic food production is independently checked and…

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Dining in Stately Homes & Palaces

If you are more partial to palatial plates than pub grub, then pop on your finery at the country’s most aristocratic of settings where everyday dining can become a stately occasion. Grand country and city homes able to trace their history back to occupation from a monarch are scarce, but these lavish properties and palaces…

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Restaurant Openings to look forward to: game changers for Q3 & Q4 2018

This summer and beyond has some of the most hotly anticipated new restaurant and hotel launches. Make a diary note and get yourself wait-listed nearer the opening dates to be one of the first to enjoy. Here’s Luxury Restaurant Guide’s scene-stealing list for restaurant openings for 3Q and 4Q 2018, and one to look forward to…

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5 Restaurants That Changed the UK – And One That’s About To

Every few years, a chef or restaurant comes along that changes the way we fine dine. Charting the last fifty years the UK has seen a remarkable culinary transformation, one that reflects evolving tastes, appreciations of fine food, affluence and cultural trends. Gastronomic dining encompassing styles from: haute cuisine; nouvelle cuisine; modern British cooking; regional…

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Q&A’s with Three Generations of Roux on their Love of Scotland

It’s been a long love affair with Scotland for the family Roux, resulting in three generations of the famous cooking dynasty now gamefully overseeing seven restaurants north of the border. Albert Roux, the patriarch, became intrinsically involved in 2005 when asked to consult for the ICMI Collection on their growing Scottish luxury boutique hotels portfolio;…

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10 Best UK Beach Hotels and Gastropubs with Rooms

There’s only a clutch of luxury hotels, boutique inns and gourmet restaurants-with-rooms in the UK that have a direct beach or private walk-way to a beach. And then only one that carries a AA five star hotel rating. We scour the ruggedly beautiful, wind-buffeted and (currently) sun-drenched coastline to select the best beach front hotel…

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