Rosewood Hotel, London

The Rosewood London has got the balance just right between luxury and style. This 5-star hotel in Holborn is achingly cool and yet also caters to wealthy tourists who wish to stay in this conveniently located area. I visited for a weekend staycation earlier in the month and was stunned by the beautiful bedrooms, faultless service and unmissable food & drink offering.

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One minute you are standing outside manic Holborn station wondering which way your Google Maps is telling you to go and moments later you are standing in a historic courtyard, looking up in amazement at the architecture and excitedly wondering what’s inside. This is the Rosewood London experience… full of sparkling intrigue and wondrous sophistication.

After a swift check-in we wandered up to our first floor suite, which I estimated at around triple my Peckham flat size. On the way, we passed the singing birds who sit in the light of the Edwardian windows on each floor landing.

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In total, the Rosewood London has 262 rooms and 44 suites. Our signature suite, named Noble House was one of the largest I have come across in London, a true urban sanctuary. The design was beautiful, with a sophisticated bedroom, relaxed living area, cosy snug den and guest powder room. The suite overlooked the central courtyard and had plenty of natural light streaming in through the large windows.

The indulgent king-size bed was blissfully soft with plentiful pillows and a extra blanket for warmth. In the bathroom, things became rather more regal, with Italian marble throughout and hand-beaten Alpaca silver accents. The huge deep bathtub had a high-tech tv screen as an extra extravagance and the walk-in shower was bigger than my entire bathroom at home! Toiletries were by a Jermyn Street brand called Czech & Speake toiletries – they smelt delicious and worked wonders on my hair.

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There was plenty of space to relax and unwind in our amazing suite. We enjoyed the self-service bar and living room, complete with a selection of inspiring books.

Scarfes Bar

When the sun began to go down, we wandered downstairs to the sophisticated Scarfe’s Bar for cocktails. The latest menu features a range of creative drinks inspired by Gerald Scarfe’s iconic caricatures. I recommend trying the ‘The Iron Lady’, a strong short drink with whisky, porcini and spiced malbec.

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Dinnertime is a real treat at the Holborn Dining Rooms where chef Calum Franklin serves up the finest British cuisine. Specialities include inventive gin & tonics from the extensive gin bar, finely made pies (including the delicious Mutton curry pie) and classic puddings (don’t miss the lemon tart).

We also loved the Monkshill Farm Scotch Egg which has won the ‘Best Scotch Egg in Britain’ prize more than once and the beautifully made Rabbit and Bacon en croute. It was lovely, and rare, to visit a London hotel restaurant which truly celebrates our country’s cuisine.

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Breakfast doesn’t get much better than in-suite dining at the Rosewood. After a leisurely lie-in we awoke to the smell of freshly made waffles, fresh healthy juices, exotic fruit salad and indulgent eggs benedict. While gorging on the fabulous feast we read the papers and turned on the radio to Classic FM. The best way to start a Sunday, or any day in fact.

The Rosewood London is one of my favourite hotels I have visited in London. Managing to create the perfect balance between luxury and style, with the finest facilities on site, I can’t think of a visitor who wouldn’t enjoy staying in this exceptional accommodation.

More information about the Rosewood London and book a stay here.

DS Automobiles Lunch at Club Gascon

Last week DS Automobiles invited me to a morning with their brand ambassador Pascal Aussignac. A select group of foodies were treated to an early morning tour of Smithfields meat market before joining him in the kitchen for a cooking masterclass.

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DS Automobiles is the youngest automotive brand with a premium positioning of avant-garde spirit. The French car company has undergone great innovation since the original revolutionary DS cars were launched in Paris in the 60s. Proud of its French heritage and luxurious look, it seemed fitting for the brand to pair up with Chef Pascal Aussignac, the gastronomic talent behind London Michelin-starred restaurant Club Gascon.

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After zooming across town in the slick new DS car to collect the special secret ingredient (Italian white tulips) we were back at the Club Gascon kitchen and ready to cook for our lunch. We stood in the small kitchen and learnt lots of interesting tips and techniques for French fine cooking.

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At 1pm we sat down for a deliciously avant-garde 3-course meal with Chef Pascal Aussignac, eating the delicacies we had just learnt so much about in his kitchen. The menu included:

  • Landes White Asparague with Lemon Pulp and Spring Variations
  • Toasted Fennel, “Quinotto”, Trumpets & Tulip
  • Red Hot Chilli Berries

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The menu was inspired and innovative. Using simple, seasonal ingredients Pascal produced beautiful and subtle plates of food, showcasing his skill and creativity.

First course was white asparagus, only in season for a couple of weeks of the year and easy to prepare if you know how. The flavour is so delicate you don’t need much else with them, but when Pascal offered a touch of truffle we couldn’t refuse!

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Next up were the beautiful Springtime tulips, which taste not dissimilar to asparagus. Take out the bitter pollen in the centre and stuff with ingredients of your choice. Try to get Italian flowers, rather than those that have been mass grown in the Netherlands, as the Italian tulips have less pesticides on them.

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Dessert was a clever creation using a reduction of red berries, floral herb ice-cream and tuille made from icing sugar and red pepper pulp. It was as delicious as it looked with a touch of spice contrasting with the sweet fruity flavours of spring.

It was a delight to be among the first media to learn about DS Automobiles’ partnership with the French Chef Pascal Aussignac and to hear about the search for 4 protégés that will take part in Taste London with him.

More information about the DS Automobiles here.

Chang Sensory Trails

Thai food and Chang beer are a popular pairing… the light pale lager is the perfect refreshment after a mouthful of spicy aromatic curry. So I wasn’t surprised when I heard Chang were partnering with renowned Bangkok eatery Bo.Lan to offer an authentic Thai food sensory trail inspired by chef memories, starting its 2017 world tour in London.

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Chef couple ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Dylan Jones (from Bo.Lan) will launch the taste adventure on 29th April at Old Spitalfields Market. Now in its second year this sensory trail is a free to enter, un-ticketed event which aims to deliver ‘the unexpected’ by introducing the world to a modern, refreshing take on Thai food, art and music.

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London’s favourite Thai restaurants (including Patara, Busaba Eathai, Regional Thai Taste, Farang, 101 Thai kitchen, Janetira and Tawana) will be pairing up with the Bo.Lan team to offer a fun-filled event, which promises to be a feast for all the senses. Alongside the fantastic food the event will feature great tunes to set the vibe (including Live Lounge), an aromatic art installation built on the foundations of Thai cooking and a “Herb Hill” for visitors to explore.

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There is also a chance to win a seat at the exclusive chef’s table (more information on the Chang Beer Facebook page here) where guests will experience an intimate VIP experience with Chefs Bo and Dylan. The husband and wife team will be personally presenting their interpretations of iconic Thai dishes in a single “course-prohibited” serving, promoting the Thai tradition of sharing food amongst the table.

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With live music, interactive art, delicious food and refreshing drinks, Chang Sensory Trails is the perfect recipe for a memorably entertaining evening. Experience the event between 12pm and 10pm on the 29th April, while everyone can join the celebrations online at and find out more about the Sensory Trails here.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Chang.