Hotel D’Angleterre, Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city adored for many reasons, but when it comes to five star hotels the options are slim. There is one hotel however, Hotel D’Angleterre, which offers the ultimate opulence. With magnificent rooms and faultless service, none would dispute it’s reputation as the ‘best hotel in Copenhagen’. Needless to say, I was pretty excited about visiting this palatial accommodation.

Hotel D'Angleterre

Hotel D’Angleterre has a prime location moments away from the 17th century colourful facades of Nyhavn, and nearby to all the central attractions in town. The grandeur and beauty of the hotel is immediately noticeable from the prestigious white exterior, which explains why it is widely known as “the White Lady on Kongens Nytorv”. Inside, the property is chic and modern (thanks to a recent $70 million renovation) but remains timeless and traditional in style.

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There are 90 rooms in total, each sensitively redesigned to remain loyal to the hotel’s heritage whilst offering guests every contemporary amenity they could need for their stay. We were immediately at home in our stunning Deluxe one-bedroom suite on the third floor. The spacious suite was decorated in subtle shades of dusty lavender, with delicate soft furnishings and modern artwork on the walls.

The living room featured a large sofa and working area with functional desk and writing set. Fresh pink roses, gourmet chocolates and a bottle of champagne were a lovely touch.

Hotel D'Angleterre

I fell in love instantly with the bedroom. The bed (perhaps the largest I have ever seen) was topped with plump pillows of varying sizes and a luxe purple blanket. A pillow menu offered a range of alternative pillows for the bed, which we delighted in choosing from. State of the art art conditioning systems meant that the room temperature was easy to control and ensured we had a blissful nights sleep.

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The elegant bathroom was luxuriously decorated in white marble, with a huge bath and walk-in shower. The toiletries, from Hotel D’Angleterre’s own brand ‘Amazing Space by Laura Bonne’, are of a high quality, with a larger range of products stocked downstairs in the spa. As well as the usual toiletries, Hotel D’Angleterre offer extras such as a packet of make-up remover wipes, which I found very useful and thoughtful.

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After a long and restful night’s sleep we ventured downstairs (in our super soft D’Angleterre dressing gowns) to experience the spa. Here, there is an amazing indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. After 20 lengths and a relax in the sauna we were refreshed and ready for our room-service breakfast.

The array of breakfast treats was almost too pretty to eat. Every dish was carefully cooked and perfectly plated, made from the highest quality ingredients. It was all divine, but I can particularly recommend the mini Danish pastries, super sweet fresh orange juice and the delicious hot egg dishes.

Hotel D'Angleterre

Hotel D’Angleterre was the most special part of our trip to Copenhagen. I left with a heavy heart and a complete understanding of why this hotel has such a sparkling reputation both in Denmark and around the world.

More information and book a stay at Hotel D’Angleterre here.

Read my review of Hotel D’Angleterre’s Michelin star restaurant Marchal here.

Firedog, Fitzrovia

Firedog is the newest food destination in Fitzrovia. This trendy Aegean-inspired bar and restaurant serves modern Turkish and Greek street food meze, cooked in a grill fuelled by olive wood chips.

Firedog

Located just off Oxford Street, Firedog is convenient for those needing sustenance before a day of shopping or sightseeing. Inside, the restaurant has been decorated with punk motifs and neon lighting… it is not ideal for the breakfast instagrammer, but has an interesting atmosphere.

firedog

The brunch classics that Londoners have come to expect across the city are not to be found anywhere on the menu at Firedog, which I found wonderfully refreshing. Instead of the usual flat white and orange juice, we opted for the speciality siphon coffee and a mandarin juice. Both drinks were delicious and different. The coffee (served without milk) was subtle and delicate with floral notes and a smooth flavour. It was very easy to drink, but apparently has three times the amount of caffeine than your average cappuccino. The mandarin juice was a sweet and exotic alternative to orange, that I would love to see stocked more in supermarkets.

Firedog

For breakfast / brunch / lunch there is an a la carte menu to peruse, but I urge you to opt for the ‘Firedog Breakfast Meze’ which is served until 4pm, for a minimum of two people (£18 pp). The Firedog signature spread is a mix of traditional mezes and specials inspired by Su’dan Alacati, and includes both hot and cold dishes, sweet and savoury.

It wasn’t long before miniature plates and bowls began arriving at our table. My favourites were the aromatic Sujuk Turkish sausages served with smoky charred spring onions, the grilled halloumi, and the house chilli eggs (a middle eastern take on scrambled eggs). From the sweet selection I loved the Lemon curd with clotted cream and organic honeycomb, and the candied pumpkins with hung yoghurt. It was lovely to sample such an eclectic range of dishes and to feel so immersed in another food culture.

If this is how Firedog ‘do brunch’ I’d love to see what they serve up for dinner.

More information and book a table here.

Motu Takeaway

It’s no secret that there is a real shortage of decent takeaway options in London. In Peckham I’m particularly proud of Ganapati which offers South Indian cuisine, but there is little else to choose from when it comes to delivered-to-your-door dining.

I’d heard about Motu months ago from foodie friends. From the founders of Gymkhana, one of London’s most celebrated Indian restaurants, comes a food delivery serves which promises Michelin-star quality food in the comfort of your own home.

The menu was instantly interesting to me…  a small selection of favourites and creative recipes from classic Chicken Tikka Masala to Chana Masala, a punjabi chickpea curry. We chose the convenient ‘feast box for two’ which includes two main dishes of your choice and comes with kachumber raita, 2 pappadums, mango chutney, 2 naan and two pilau rice. And added Kashmiri chilli chicken tikka, keema naan and a ‘side combo’ of aubergine masala, tadka dahl and samosa chat.

Motu Takeaway

It was a feast for the all the senses when the Motu delivery arrived. I have eaten at Gymkhana and Hoppers and can truly testify that this reasonably priced, takeaway food is of a similar standard.

The Kashmiri Lamb shank Rogan Josh was sensational, a tender piece of lamb which fell away from the bone, and a thick rich sauce that was comforting to consume. I love paneer but rarely enjoy the versions of this Indian cheese found in London restaurants. The Motu Paneer Butter Masala was exquisite, thick smoked pieces of tandoori paneer served in an indulgent creamy sauce. Other highlights included the chilli chicken tikka and the tadka dal.

Motu is a truly unique concept, offering fine dining Indian food to Londoners to enjoy from the comfort of their own home without the hefty central London pricetag.

Order your Motu takeaway here.