Come with me to a rather special place in amongst the clouds of London. It’s a modern temple of gold and charcoal – and has heavenly city views. Oh, and the menu? The Aqua Shard weekend brunch array is as opulent as the surrounds. [Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all flowery descriptions, leisurely lingering and repeat visits are very much my own.]
It was the first out of the house lunch that Mr Kiwi and I enjoyed together in months – and so very much worth it as a special first taste.
Over the years we have been lucky enough to enjoy meals in some of the most wonderful places – so I thought I’d share 5 of my most memorable meals. Aftternoon tea at Claridges, breakfasting like lords in a Bordeaux Chateau, dinner at the Ritz, feasting on a bento box near Mount Fuji, lunching at Le Manoir, brunching with glorious London views, drinking ‘arctic whiskey’ under the Northern Lights in Tromso, eating cake in Vienna and so many more brilliant experiences (not to mention a few restaurant reviews along the way) but…
…there is one place I’m happiest. As an emotional cheeseball at the best of times, I can often be found grinning away tucked somewhere behind a table full of the people I love – and it doesn’t matter where on the globe we are. It is almost always the highlight of any trip we make anywhere in the world (the only exceptions are the countries where we can’t stalk visit anyone which are few and far between).
If there was a theme to this monthly session of chatting over coffee, it’d be decisions. The decisions you make both in life generally, and specifically when you live the expat life in London.
I think I’d be sipping a tropical espresso martini – ideally at the top of Aqua Shard with my lovely friends.
There isn’t anything so delightful as sitting with a friend in sunshine, with a glass of rosé in hand – and it’s one of the things we all missed so much during lockdown. Since it opened The Laundry, Brixton has been right at the top of my ‘to visit’ list, so much so, that it’s the first place that I wanted to go when lockdown began to ease.
The scene was perfect – sun out, terrace table booked, friend joining me and… social distancing in place. Let’s keep things real here – we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, but our experience at kiwi-run The Laundry was so seamless that it felt like normal life. I was a little nervous (and more than a bit excited) about my first proper trip out of the house.
An intriguing twist in life lately, has been bringing restaurants into our home instead of dining out. For months there has been no going out to eat but trying alternatives like the recently launched home dining by Corbin and King, which was delivered to us. [Disclosure: I was given these meals by Corbin and King but all opinions are very much my own.]
We were delighted to peruse the menu with signature dishes from the Wolseley (a brunch favourite), the Delaunay (an afternoon slice of cake favourite), Fischers (with my favourite schnitzel outside of Austria), Brasserie Zedel (a taste of Paris), Soutine, Manzi’s and Colbert.