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    7 of my favourite informal London restaurants

    It’s late in the day. Your tummy is rumbling, but you can’t face the thought of first deciding what to cook, working out where to get the ingredients from and then HORROR OF ALL HORRORS cook it in the correct order for a nice dinner. So, I’ve put together this list with 7 of my favourite informal London restaurants.

    Island Grill Restaurant Review Royal Lancaster Hotel Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Think of it as a dinner time gift from me to you (and then probably back to me again because my blog is a sterling memory keeper for those days that I can’t remember anything.)

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    Aqua Shard Floral Five Menu – Summer Teas, Cocktails and Desserts

    I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The days are lengthening, the Royal London parks are heavy with blossom and there is that indescribable feeling of summer in the air. To celebrate this – and as an ode to the Chelsea Flower Show – Aqua Shard have launched their Floral Five menu. Disclaimer: We were guests of Aqua Shard – but I visit often on my own dime. (I think this is really important for authenticity!)

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    They’ve collaborated with the botanical maestros at Camellia’s Teahouse who have created five unique tea blends featuring British flowers, which have in turn been incorporated to accompanying cocktails and desserts. 

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    Afternoon Tea Fit for a New Prince at the Shangri-La London (or in this case, two Princesses)

    I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the London skyline. It’s been a dozen years already, and my heart still thumps every time I get to admire the beautiful views of London town – even more when it’s accompanied by champagne and afternoon tea at the Shangri-La London. Disclaimer: We were guests of Shangri-La London, but all flute tinkling, fork twirling and London skyline admiration is pure, unadulterated me.

    Luxury Afternoon Tea Shangri-La London Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Celebrating motherhood and the eagerly anticipated birth of the baby (little Archie!) of His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, this Royal High Tea takes inspiration from people closest to the chef’s hearts – their mothers.

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    If we were having coffee… a UK sunshine edition.

    If we were sitting down over a cup of joe, I would definitely be starting with something reviving – a cup of warm chai or a strong flat white, complete with perfectly executed foam heart. Cause that’s how I roll.

    Everyday Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I would tell you that’s been a relatively quiet month travel-wise, after a few very busy ones. And it’s been delightful. A gloriously sunny Easter weekend, a few long hours staring at my laptop (and starting with a new lovely client) and possibly a few too many cocktails.

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    Vintry and Mercer Hotel – Restaurant Review [Travel Linkup]

    The beautiful Vintry and Mercer hotel has a beautiful sense of place that is obvious from the moment you step over the threshold. With foundations laid on (the fantastically named) Garlick Hill, this newly opened Small Luxury Hotel is full of moments where the local London history permeates. Disclaimer: We were guests of Vintry and Mercer, but all wistful story scraps, allusions to local history and words are very much mine and mine alone.

    Vintry and Mercer Hotel Restaurant Review Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Located in the historic Vintry Ward, the hotel is inspired by the rich cultural influences of the historic area – where the Vintry Guild traded wines and the Mercer Guild traded in fine fabrics. I adored the references scattered through the hotel to these historic trades, from an evolving menu of wines to bespoke fabrics and old trading maps throughout the 92 individually decorated rooms, hallways and dining spaces. Often hotels struggle with the dance between being a beige box that you sleep in and tourist overload, but here it’s perfectly balanced.

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