London—New culinary tastes, hip hangouts and luxe hotels

This article was excerpted from the Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to London. With local tastemakers putting down roots in diverse neighborhoods including Belgravia, Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Hoxton, London is swingin’ once again. “Serious dining” now complements London’s vibrant nightlife, revolutionary style, aristocratic structures and gorgeous gardens. At around 2 a.m., you might catch a [...]

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LONDON CALLING-OR SHOULD I SAY “CURRY CALLING”???

Let’s start at the beginning, bad as it is… Passport Control UK OK, I know the economy is bad, but there is no reason to arrive at 930 pm and have 3 people taking care of about 250-1 hour at least. Think how many beer’s those thirsty tourists could have had to help the economy! [...]

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Top Hotels: Favorite Rooms and Floors-Why settle for any room?

The below room specific recommendations for 3 great UK hotels is from one of the most astute and pickiest travelers that I know: GLENEAGLES-ROOM 210 I briefly looked at your latest posting. Sorry, again what stuck out for me was the Gleneagles is one word. I have been there three times and is one of [...]

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Zetter Hotel-East London Hip Boutique

From one of the world’s foremost jewelry writers: The Zetter Hotel The Clerkenwell neighborhood in which The Zetter is located is vintage east London: urban, hip, fashionable. Perfectly situated for visitors doing business in the financial district of the City, the hotel is also conveniently located near the eastern neighborhoods, meaning easy access to authentic [...]

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Royal Automobile Club-Old World London Club

Recommendations from an old friend, savvy investor and world traveler: London:  Royal Automotive Club on Pall Mall.  Private but many arrangements with US clubs.  Spectacular public rooms and athletic areas.  Old world charm but recently totally refurbished. Free superb breakfast and wifi.  Staff give outstanding service; they cannot do enough for guests.  Need to wear [...]

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My hotel-Bloomsbury-a nice boutique hotel

London has lots and lots of boutique hotels. MY HOTEL BLOOMSBURY is a very good one. Very comfortable room, great bed, nice lobby, some nice restaurants close. It’s only problem is that its not in the heart of everything and even getting to Soho (which it is directly north of) is a bit of a [...]

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Cavendish Hotel-Chic, Boutique and Unique

Want a real good boutique Hotel? Cavendish. Not much in the way of bar scene and restaurant offering-but great rooms, comfortable beds, one of the first to have the flat screen in the room and a great location, especially for the metrosexuals and clothes hounds. 81 Jermyn Street  (Tel: +44 (0) 20 7930 2111), shirts, [...]

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A boutique Hotel with old fashioned insides and contemporary food

The trick to having a good hip, boutique hotel is simple to put together; interesting architecture, good food at restaurant, great bar scene, attractive employees, great service.While putting together is well, doesn’t seem very hard, sustaining it is another thing. Watching one of these hotels go down in quality is like watching some ageing actress [...]

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