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    Lunch at Cliveden House

    A black and white tail eagerly skidded past me – intent on the pink squishy ball flying over the snow and nothing else in the entire world – 3 nanoseconds later he flashed past again in a delighted blur of Collie fur. We were playing in the snow-dusted lawns before our booking for lunch at Cliveden House, earning ourselves a tasty repast.

    Lunch at Cliveden House Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The skies were blue after a thick snow flurry the day before, and we wandered through the grounds with rosy cheeks and a fair amount of giggling.

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    Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental: A weekend lunch review

    “Brunch you say? Well, there are several places on my (neverending) list that I fancy, can I tempt you to Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental? It looks lovely for a weekend lunch? Ok, cool, all booked. Yep, already! See you there!”

    Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Adventures of a London Kiwi

    If only all life decisions were that easy. It was a grey old January Saturday, so with our scarves snugged tightly in around our earlobes, we met at our corner table in Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. At the edge of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, Bar Boulud is a delectable, cosy bistro by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud and sister restaurant to Bar Boulud in New York. Perfect for a leisurely lunch catch up.

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    The Best Pubs in London | Curated by a thirsty Londoner

    Pubs. They’re great, aren’t they? London is great too. Put these together and what do we have? – the great London Pub. It’s practically an institution in British culture, and often becomes the extended lounge of busy Londoners. With that in mind, I thought my blog was lacking a list of the best pubs in London, so I roped in my local expert of hopped beverages.

    Best Pubs in London The White Swan Adventures of a London Kiwi I met my lovely husband in a London pub (read our story here), and so it was only natural to ask him to share his favourite pubs in London – the ones he disappears to when I’m busy with blogging fun! Take it away Mr Kiwi!


    Here are some of my favourite London pubs, ones I’ve spend a little time in over the years.

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    Evoluzione Restaurant, Hotel Xenia Autograph Collection

    It was one of those grey, wintery days. The rain was drizzling in that particularly damp London-ish manner, but it didn’t matter. Inside Evoluzione at Hotel Xenia in Kensington, Shikha and I had a tabletop full of Italian sunshine.

    Evoluzione Hotel Xenia Italian Restaurant Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Hotel Xenia (An Autograph Collection Hotel), but my thoughts and terrible puns are all very much my own.

    Behind the traditional Kensington facade lined with meticulously trimmed, fairy light-filled box hedging, there is an oasis of Italian cuisine. The kitchen at Evoluzione is headed up by Michelin Star awarded Italian Chef Andrea Angeletti, bringing his distinctive flair to Hotel Xenia in the Autograph Collection. 

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