The Hoxton Chicago

I love a Hoxton Hotel experience anywhere in the world, but I was especially excited about visiting the Chicago branch after it opened earlier this year. It is one of four American properties from the London hotel brand, alongside Brooklyn, Portland and LA. Located in the heart of the bustling Fulton Market district, the Hoxton Chicago is surrounded by great restaurants, cafes and shops.

Hoxton Chicago

There are so many perks to staying at a Hoxton Hotel, but best of all their new ‘flexy time’ lets you check-in and check-out whenever you like within a 24 hour period. Inside, the the hotel is set-out to make the guest experience logical and relaxing.

Hoxton Chicago

There are 182 rooms in three types: Snug, Cosy and Roomie. They are all similar in style, with a few differing design features and details. The decor is in keeping with the industrial past of the building, with warehouse style floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring the bedrooms are bright and airy.

I loved the smart leather headboards and abstract custom-made bed linen. The furniture is inspired by mid-century design with bespoke wallpapers and locally sourced artwork.

Hoxton Chicago

I was pleased to discover that the Hoxton Chicago has the recognisable hox perks in every room. Breakfast is included in the room rate via ‘the little breakfast’ bag which you hang on your door each night and pick up in the morning filled with healthy orange juice, fruit and overnight oats.

Hoxton Chicago

The Hoxton always delivers on food offerings and Hoxton Chicago are lucky enough to have locally acclaimed chef Stephanie Izard in charge of the main eatery on the rooftop, Cabra Cevicheria. This Peruvian inspired restaurant serves irresistible dishes in a vibrant and colourful space with incredible views over the city.

Hoxton Chicago

Downstairs in the main lobby you’ll find Cira, where a relaxed Mediterranean menu showcases the ultimate breakfast, brunch. lunch and dinner dishes. I absolutely loved our brunch here, the perfect revitalising feast after a very chilly morning in town. Highlights included the generous shakshuka and the thick fluffy french toast with pistachio granola and orange blossom curd.

Hoxton Chicago

The hotel has recently welcomed a new ‘Working From’ space; two floors of co-working space, meeting rooms and offices to rent. The spacious areas are designed with the same trendy Hoxton feel, decked out with kitchens, coffee shops and all the amenities you could need while working remotely.

Hoxton Chicago

The Hoxton Chicago was a highlight to my trip to the windy city. Beautiful, comfortable bedrooms, stunning welcoming common spaces and exemplary food, I can’t think of a better place for a few nights in this city.

I was a guest of the Hoxton Hotel Chicago, more information and book a room here.

10 New London restaurants to try this season

After a summer hiatus the London restaurant scene is back up and running, and there seems to be a new opening almost every day to try. It is exciting to see a range of different cuisines, vegetarian gems, speciality seafood eateries and new fine dining venues. Here’s my top restaurants to try across the capital this season.

Bubala

Bubala – Following a series of successful supperclubs Bubala opened up its first permanent site in Spitalfields this year. The all-vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant is wow-ing crowds with the addictively good plates and welcoming service. Don’t miss the the Laffa flatbread and the luxurious halloumi with black seed honey.

Vardo

Vardo – A new concept from the Caravan team, Vardo is an all day dining venue on the King’s Road. The futuristic space immediately catches your attention, and continues to thrill with a diverse menu of internationally inspired dishes. I recommend visiting for breakfast when you can also try their great coffee and baked treats.

Legare – Tucked away in Tower Bridge, Legare is another pasta bolthole, ideal for warming you bones and filling your stomach in the freezing winter weather. The chef Matt Beardmore, worked at pasta mecca, Trullo is Islington, and brings this experience to the short menu at Legare. I was particularly fond of the Orecchiette with fennel sausage & cavolo nero ragu.

Norma

Norma – Charlotte Street is awash with great restaurants, and now Norma has joined the family. This cosy and sophisticated eatery comes from chef Ben Tish, and is an ode to the food of Sicily. The comforting menu showcases the best of the region from traditional pasta recipes to exceptional raw seafood, seasonal antipasti and cannoli for dessert, of course!

seabird

Seabird – I love the Hoxton Hotels and was overjoyed when the first South London branch opened earlier this year. The huge site has beautiful common areas, a new co-working space (coming soon), and wonderful restaurants. Seabird was created in partnership with Premiere Enterprises (from New York’s Maison Premiere), and is the found on the 14th floor, boasting epic skyline views of the city. The seafood inspired menu has a range of appetising dishes and is the proud home of London’s longest oyster list.

officina 00

Officina 00 – Just when I thought there were enough great homemade pasta places on the London restaurant food scene another opens and steals my heart. Officina 00 is thriving in Old Street, kneading and shaping all the pasta in full view of the diners, it is an atmospheric experience. The rich and flavoursome pasta dishes cost between £8-12 and showcase the chef’s wide pasta repertoire. I enjoyed Pumpkin gnocchi with smoked ricotta and Occhi filled with braised pork Genovese.

Folie – A newbie to Soho, this stylish restaurant promises a taste of the Riviera. I was happy to see Provence staples like panisse (essentially chickpea chips) on the menu, and remember the desserts being brilliantly moreish and refined. The perfect place for a glamorous weekday lunch in central London.

Forza Wine

Forza Wine – The long-awaited Forza Wine finally opened this Autumn, perched on top of the newly transformed Bussey Building in Peckham. It is the sibling to the wonderful pasta haven Forza Win round the corner, but this venue very much has it’s own personality and menu. The concise menu changes regularly, with bold punchy ingredients taking centre stage. As the name suggests, wine is a major part of the offering here, and the drinks list is both interesting and reasonable.

Robuchon

Comptoir de Robuchon – Joel Robuchon’s death last year was one of the food world’s greatest losses… his restaurants (in London and further afield) have always delighted me, and I couldn’t be happier that a new Robuchon has opened in town. The grand but relaxed eatery is found in Green Park / Mayfair with a delectable deli by the same brand next door. The menu is long and everything is delicious and inventive while still staying true to the great chef’s classic dishes. Don’t miss the legendary mashed potato and the lamb chops.

Paradise, Soho

Paradise – A new Sri Lankan restaurant has taken over the former-Spuntino site, bringing vibrant flavours and plenty of spice to Soho. The small plates menu is split into sections, I recommend trying one or two from each, I particularly loved the Mutton Shoulder Rolls and the homemade soft drinks.

Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome

Rome is such a special city full of natural beauty and stunning architecture, so it feels fitting to stay in an equally beautiful hotel when you are in this city. Elizabeth Unique Hotel is in a beautiful 17th-century restored palazzo and is located in an artistic area of town, just minutes away from the famous Spanish Steps and within walking distance of many other landmarks.

Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome

Art and design is very much at the heart of this hotel, an impressive selection of modern artwork from Italian artists hangs dramatically on the walls in all of the common areas, many of the pieces are for sale or available to buy on request.

Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome

There are 33 rooms at the hotel (including 8 suites) and bedrooms are decorated in a similar theme, with ornate decorative wallpaper, grand beds, and stylish contemporary furniture. We were incredibly comfortable in our pretty Deluxe bedroom, it was cosy in feel but plenty big enough for a city break home-away-from-home. Despite being conveniently in the centre of town, the hotel was wonderfully quiet at night and we slept blissfully in the wonderful bed.

Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome

The bathrooms at Elizabeth Unique Hotel are kitted out with all the modern amenities and some technological features, like the bubbling bathtub, which I was excited to discover. We were delighted with the big fluffy bathrobes and fragrant toiletries. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the top suites you may even get a private sauna in the room!

Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome

There are thoughtful touches throughout the hotel and quiet corners to relax with a book. In the bedrooms, guests will be delighted to discover the complimentary minibar, stocked with a wide selection of drinks including speciality local soft drinks and delicious snacks.

Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome

The hotel restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy a hearty a la carte breakfast, an afternoon aperitif or a romantic evening dinner. The relaxed eatery showcases high quality Italian produce in sophisticated and delicious recipes. We relished our morning coffee and breakfast here, giving essential sustenance before a day exploring Rome’s finest sights.

During our 24 hours at Elizabeth Unique Hotel I felt completely at home. We couldn’t have found a more lovely place to rest our heads in the iconic Italian capital.

I stayed at Elizabeth Unique Hotel, Rome as a guest of the hotel, more information and book a room here.