Category: United Kingdom

Caithness Smokehouse - a journey to the end of the isle

Caithness Smokehouse – a journey to the end of the isle

I will go to the ends of the earth to uncover gems and gourmet delights for ALTB readers. This time I went to the very north of Scotland to the Caithness Smokehouse in Barrock. Barrock is only about five miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain, and about three hours of […]

London's Courtyard 51 opens new summer veranda

London’s Courtyard 51 opens new summer veranda

Coloured Shakespearean terracotta, patterned mosaic pavement and a gurgling fountain; the setting was already magical at the urban oasis that is Courtyard 51, and now they’ve gone and made paradise even more comfortable – with a new veranda from which to admire the view, as you sip on your champagne or Champagne cocktail. The range […]

A great little find in Soho, London

A great little find in Soho, London

Head chef Lisa Sutherland leads No. 20, a great little restaurant at the boutique hotel Sanctum Soho, where she serves modern British cuisine; she has previously worked at The Park Lane Hotel and The Savoy. No. 20 opens at 6:30 during the week, making it a great destination for an intimate breakfast meeting. In the […]

London's Bathhouse opens new gourmet restaurant

London’s Bathhouse opens new gourmet restaurant

Visually startling – a small, ornate Turkish building in the shadows of City steel and glass – the Bathhouse has been open as a bar since May 2009, but now its ‘through-the-looking-glass’ interior has been reworked to include a gourmet restaurant. The whole establishment is infused with Victorian-style opulence, and the menu is similarly inspired […]

What’s ‘The One Thing’ you need to see, do or taste in your favourite cities?

Charley Boorman (of Long Way Round fame) is bold enough to offer his own recommendations. The actor has teamed up with American Express to suggest ‘The One Thing‘ you should do when you visit Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Edinburgh. Think you know these cities well? His recommendations are surprisingly savvy and inventive. You can watch […]

London's supperclub

London’s supperclub

With outposts in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Singapore, the supperclub franchise is famous for serving up sumptuous suppers in sex-infused adult surroundings. Fortunately for those who reside in London, supperclub’s newest venue in Notting Hill lives up to the brand’s signature style. The interiors are as sleek as you’d expect, with a black-and-red bar for […]

Dinner in the Sky - Big Brother style

Dinner in the Sky – Big Brother style

Remember me blogging about Dinner in the Sky almost 4 years ago?  No, I didn’t think so.  But the final series of Big Brother in the UK has seen housemates enjoy dinner whilst suspended 40 metres above the house.  Now then… just remember you read about it here first, long before Channel 4 caught on […]

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Formerly an actor with the RSC, Grant Thatcher began the series of LUXE City Guides back in 2002. There are now more than 30 guides, including the best of the best from 20 in-the-know residents in each location. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the […]

Champagne dinner at The Ritz

Champagne dinner at The Ritz

The Ritz is presenting a summer Champagne Dinner together with the House of Billecart-Salmon, a medium-sized Champagne house in Mareuil-sur-Ay, France. Founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, it is one of the few to remain family owned. In honour of this special occasion, The Ritz’s Executive Chef John […]

Europe's best hotel swimming pools

Europe’s best hotel swimming pools

There is something decadent about a hotel swimming pool that lends itself well to luxury. Whilst the sea allows you to connect with nature, the salty water and sticky sand can mitigate the enjoyment for many. With man-made aquatic pleasure zones, there are no such discomforts. And it is little wonder that so many hotels […]

Now open: Bar Boulud, London at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Now open: Bar Boulud, London at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Chef Daniel Boulud’s first UK restaurant,  Bar Boulud, London opened its doors last week at  Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This widely anticipated, French-inspired, bistro and wine bar is directly accessible from Knightsbridge and will follow the successful format of  Bar Boulud in New York which has achieved significant acclaim. The […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Virgin Holidays and Hip Hotels: vhiphotels.co.uk Swedish gourmet traditions from Grythyttan An idyllic farmhouse in North Cornwall Paradise in Goa from The Leela Kempinski Goa

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Enriching lives through distinctive journeys: Big Five Luxury in the Lake District from Kendal Cottages Untamed wilderness from the Botswana Tourist Board See the exclusive  La Posada Villas with pools

New boutique holiday cottage in Dartmoor, Devon

New boutique holiday cottage in Dartmoor, Devon

A new boutique holiday cottage has just opened in Dartmoor National Park, Devon. With Molton Brown cosmetics, beautiful decor and the option of a private chef, Moorland View offers “wall-to-wall luxury.” It’s made for lovebirds: romantic touches include a log fire, scented candles and a vintage copper bath for two. Complimentary membership of Bovey Castle […]

Executive Chef Michael Hartnell of Le Caprice New York

Le Caprice opened its New York outpost in October 2009, under the guidance and direction of Executive Chef, Michael Hartnell. At only 28 years old, Michael has proven tremendous talent to the culinary community by re-creating signature Le Caprice classics such as the Thai-baked sea bass and crispy duck salad, whilst incorporating popular additions to […]

New opening: luxury apartment between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

New opening: luxury apartment between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

As regular readers will know, the last couple of months have been a particularly busy period for me as my wife and I have set up a new company, bought a luxury riverside apartment and kitted it out for holiday lets, all with a view to opening this coming Easter. The hard work has finally […]

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