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17 May 2014

One Year On...

With all the excitement of moving country and exploring my new city, I kind of forgot to blog. Oops, my bad.

There was a lot to take in and a lot of things happened. So, in order to get to you up to speed, here's a recap. Are you sitting comfortably? Ok, then let's go back in time...

FEB 2013:
Where I went: I moved to Hong Kong. You know that bit already.
Who I flew with: Cathay Pacific
I flew Premium Economy and it was great! A good amount of leg room for my short legs, noise cancelling headphones, and a super clean toilet! What more could I ask for?  
Where I stayed: Our new home. 
Other info: I started a Project 365 on Instagram, taking snaps of the things I saw in my first year of living here. See the pictures at #jess_a_day

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20 Jun 2012

It's My Birthday and I'll Have Beef if I Want To!

Birthday me at Mark's Bar
Yesterday was my birthday and being the lucky lady that I am, the Mr took me to HIX Belgravia for a birthday dinner. Oh, it was so delicious!

Located inside the luxurious boutique Thompson Hotel Belgraves in Belgravia, we first went upstairs to Mark's Bar to taste some of the amazing cocktails designed by Nick Strangeway before dinner.  I'd love to recommend the cocktail that I had, but I can't remember the name, not because I had one too many, I think my memory is failing me now that I've reached a ripe old age. Anyway, it was delicious and take it as an excuse to just try them all!

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11 May 2012

Tea Time at Kensington Close Hotel

In the last couple of years, I've noticed more and more hotels offering 'Afternoon Teas'. In all honesty I only noticed as a lot more of my friends had started to suggest them as things to do instead of lunch or dinner, and even my mum and her pals went for tea at The Ritz.

As a non-tea or coffee drinker (hot choc is more my thing), afternoon tea didn't really appeal to me. I could definitely be swayed by the cakes on offer, but tea? No sale. It all seemed very fancy and la-dee-dah and just didn't seem like something I would enjoy.

I was wrong.

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4 Nov 2011

Have You Met Bob Bob Ricard?

Image via: Reservation In The Name Of Jones
I've been meaning to write about Bob Bob Ricard since the first time I visited, however I never got around to it, until now. Don't get me wrong, I've been singing it's praises to anyone who will listen, but actually putting fingers to keyboard was a different matter.

Anyway, I'm doing it now so I'll stop blathering on. 

Image via: Gourmet Chick
If you haven't yet visited Bob Bob, stop what you're doing (well, after you finish reading this) and book yourself a table! Whether you live in the city already or are planning to visit London at some point, treat yourself and book a table.  Why? Apart from the fact that each booth has a button you can press for champagne, here are the reasons (in no particular order) why you need to visit...

The Interior & Branding

Going to Bob Bob is an experience, one that starts when you walk into the lobby and are transported back into a sumptuous Art Deco world; from the liveried staff to the gilded BBR monograms that adorn almost every surface and menu.

I've only ever been for dinner, so I don't know what Bob Bob is like in the day, but I do like how dimly lit it is when I've been in the evening. The booths, the seats, and the lighting all make me feel like I'm embarking on a midnight adventure via the Orient Express. I can pretend that I'm Poirot, except I'm a girl and I'm not investigating a murder. You get what I mean. 

Image via: Where & Now
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Continue reading to find out about the food...
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21 Sep 2011

London Fashion Week: Fashion Food Chain

Last week saw the circus that is London Fashion Week SS'12 roll around - a time when the fashion folk come out in force and the best (most interestingly) dressed take over the streets. What did this week mean for me? Well it definitely put me in my fashion place. Unfortunately, that wasn't at The May Fair hotel.

Schiaparelli Suite - The May Fair Hotel
Even though I pretty much know where my fashion place is (the bottom of the pile), I was lucky enough to get tickets for the  House of Holland show where I saw the likes of Eliza Doolittle, Jamie Winstone, Laura Bailey, Pixie Geldof, and good ol' Lorraine Kelly.

It turns out our tickets were 'standing' (I went with my friend) and we got there like total fashion newbs - way too early. Oh well. It would have been fine had it not started to rain. We cowered underneath the umbrella until all the important people had arrived to take their seats before we - the standing fashion plebs - were let in. 
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10 Jul 2011

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice-Cream!

Even though I'm a born and bred Londoner, I can't believe today was my first EVER time at Fortnum & Mason's Ice Cream Parlour! I actually feel like I should hang my head in shame, whilst on the other hand I feel cheated; so many wasted ice-cream cravings that went unsatisfied, when I could have been here. 

We were there today for my friends baby shower, which meant about 16 girls shoveling ice-cream sundaes each the size of a small football into our mouths; all in a lady-like manner of course.

My ice-cream of choice was a triple whammie that consisted of one scoop pistachio and two scoops of praline. Yum yum.  Unfortunately there is no picture to show you as I was too busy gobbling it down.

The Parlour itself was lovely,  a modern take on a vintage ice-cream parlour-slash-diner, and the staff were very friendly and helpful - well the guy serving us was.

Looking around the parlour and at what people were eating, I managed to get serious food envy as it all looked delicious. This place is definitely one to come back to, not only to eat more ice-cream of course but also sample their savoury dishes.

Tip: If you can book a table do so, as sometimes the queue for a table can be loooooooong. 

Whilst you plan your own visit - here's a short video Fortnum & Mason made about the parlour...

Image above taken from Fortnum & Mason

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12 Apr 2010

Haymarket Hotel: The place to get married in London

With all the wedding talk currently going on amongst my friends, it has made me think of my own wedding day nearly two years ago. As a result and because I loved my wedding day so much, I am going to share it with you - so sit back relax and take in all the photos.

I was lucky enough to get married at the Haymarket Hotel in August 2008. It had literally just been given its licence to perform civil wedding ceremonies, that when we went to the Town Hall it was not even listed as a venue!

After looking at a few venues, including: the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, One Whitehall Place, and the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue, we finally went for Haymarket Hotel.

All our family and friends live in London, so it made sense to hold the wedding here - less time travelling, more time celebrating! The venues we looked at varied from contemporary spaces to very traditional, neither of which Mr B and I felt suited us and our style. That's where the Haymarket Hotel  came in.

Tim and Kit Kemp the brains and interior decorators behind the Haymarket and the other Firmdale Hotels had managed to mix both a sense of the traditional with a contemporary feel, and thus creating a modern classic.

The Haymarket hotel was like no other hotel I had ever been in or had stayed at. The colours, the clashing prints, the welcoming staff all just worked in harmony.  If you don't believe me, here are some pics...

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