Lucy Choi and The Dorsett Hotel

There are very few decent hotels in West London. The Dorsett Hotel fills a huge gap, providing business and leisure guests with a comfortable and luxurious place to stay in Shepherd’s Bush. Ideally located just minutes from Westfield and the central line tube, this venue is perfect for easy shopping, or popping into town.

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We were in room 329, a lovely suite on the third floor of the hotel. The room was decorated in lavish shades of gold and cream, which hints to the brand’s Asian identity. The suite had plenty of space with a large indulgent bed, a cosy living area and a luxe bathroom.

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In the evening the Dorsett hosted a Lucy Choi event, where guests could admire and try on Lucy’s exquisite shoes. As the niece of heels-god Jimmy Choo, shoe designing is in her genes, and the beautiful array certainly showcased her talent. Lucy’s collection has a range of shoes from pretty flats to killer stilettos. I was amazed to see how flattering and comfortable they were to wear, and the prices are reasonable too.

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Exhausted and hungry after an evening of shoe fittings we picked a dish from the in-room dining. The pea and parmesan risotto was simple and delicious, topped with charred asparagus and elegant parmesan crisps. The menu also features classic dishes like Beef Burger and Pan-fried Salmon.

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The next morning I couldn’t resist breakfast in bed. The efficient and friendly staff delivered a feast of pastries, fruit and even a cooked full English. There is something completely decadent about enjoying room service in a London hotel suite, and the Dorsett did not disappoint.

More information and book a room at The Dorsett Hotel here.

See Lucy Choi’s full collection here.

Dorsett Hotel and Pictures Restaurant

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There is a serious shortage of hotels in West London, and luxury hotels seem almost non-existent. So I’m sure many breathed a sigh of relief when architect Flanagan Lawrence renovated the derelict grade 2 listed Pavilion in Shepherd’s Bush and presented a dazzling cinema inspired hotel.

I lived in Shepherd’s Bush for nearly two years and visiting the Dorsett Hotel was always on my to do list. The building is stylish and sleek and has a bold presence in this busy area of London. As neighbour to the iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire I imagine it has had quite a few stars under its roof.

The building was once a cinema, and there are filmic touches in the décor throughout the hotel paying homage to this history. Some parts feel business-orientated while other parts have glitzy and glamorous features such as the golden atrium. There are 317 rooms to choose from and two contrasting restaurants in which to dine.

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We were in a lovely suite on the third floor. The room was decorated in muted browns and golden beiges, with soft lighting and comfortable furnishings. Some quirky mix-matched plate artwork on the walls and oriental wallpaper in the bedroom added personality and flair to an otherwise quite ‘grown up’ room. The bed was exceedingly comfortable, so much so that I had my longest lie-in of the year yet, testament also to how relaxed I felt at The Dorsett.

The bathroom included a ‘wet room’ with a bath and shower. I found this inner glass room slightly claustrophobic and cramped, though the shower was powerful and refreshing. Aloe Vera and Green Leaf flavoured toiletries are provided by Eco-boutique, a brand I’d never heard of before.

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Conveniently close to Westfield, I imagine many would go out to eat. However the restaurants at The Dorsett offer great food at reasonable prices, in the comfort of the hotel. We enjoyed a fruity and exotic cocktail in Jin before heading to Pictures for dinner. This restaurant offers a range of contemporary classics and has recently welcomed a new summer inspired menu.


We enjoyed a three course dinner at Pictures. The menu is predominantly made up of English recipes with a hint of exotic Asian flavours. Calamari were a firm favourite with my dinner date, who raved about the tender seafood coated in a thick crunchy aromatic coating. For main course the sirloin steak had a lovely flavour, though I felt it was a bit overcooked. Served with an assortment of Portobello mushrooms, vine tomatoes and skinny fries it was a very generous portion of food. The risotto was the perfect summer delight, a thick and creamy sauce with fresh pea shoots, asparagus and broad beans topped with shavings of parmesan.

We took the remainder of the wine and our desserts upstairs to enjoy at a leisurely pace in front of a film. If you only get one to share, choose the Pineapple Upside Down Cake, sweet, soft and delicious – it is paired with cherries and vanilla custard. A perfectly comforting dessert to finish a meal.

Breakfast next morning was also served in Pictures and I was amazed to see the range of Chinese inspired breakfast dishes on offer, catering for the Asian guests at the hotel.

Filling a huge gap in the market, I am not surprised that The Dorsett regularly fills its 317 bedrooms. Near to many top West London venues and just ten minutes tube ride from Central London, this hotel is a great option for accommodation.

More information on the Dorsett Hotel and restaurants here.

Albertine winebar, Shepherd’s Bush

After a tiring day trawling the shops of Westfield I always crave a chilled glass of white wine. Despite living in the Shepherd’s Bush area for years I have only recently discovered the delightful Albertine wine bar.

Slightly removed from the main grubby Shepherd’s Bush strip, Albertine has a charming old-fashioned feel with tired but characterful wooden furniture, a blackboard with special suggestions, dimmed lighting and clouded windows. The vibe is very different to anywhere else in this loud and busy area of London. I felt like I was hanging out in a little tavern frequented by the Hogwarts students and magicians.

Albertine is definitely not a newbie, and has been satisfying West London customers for decades. A huge range of bottles are picked for their individual and unique qualities. The global list features over 130 wines with something to suit every requirement and taste. The prices are reasonable too, for less than £30 you can enjoy a fine bottle with a delectable cheese board and bread to accompany.

Wine bars are making an apparent revival in London at the moment, and Albertine is a great place to enjoy this growing trend.

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