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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Al Fresco Dining Survey—London and English Countryside

London: La Poule au Pot, Pimlico  (Diamond member)   La Famiglia, Chelsea, “great Italian food.” (Gold member)   English Countryside:   Cherwell Boat House, Oxford. “Al fresco dining inside or out and a pint on the river before or after if you fancy” (Diamond member) Sir Charles Napier, near West Wycombe. “Great kitchen, wine list, beautiful [...]

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Ready for take off

While many people may be packing for New York, we live here and my 16-year old son Devitt and I are packing to go to the UK.  We”re headed for London, York and then to Edinburrrrrra (sic).  Any recommendations welcome.  In 2003 we did the official tour: Elgin’s Marbles, Tower of London, Crown Jewels.  This is much more of [...]

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Handmade Shoes-England vs Hong Kong

It used to amaze me that people would actually have shoes made. I mean there are great shoes off the rack, like Ferrigamo, Church, New and Lingwood, Crockett and Jones, JM Weston,  Tanino Crisci, Edward Jones, Berluti, Church and, my favorite, Alden. As my arches rose, so became my need for orthodics. This basically eliminated [...]

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Four Tailors Contest-Saville Row Contestant is a dud

No one should deny themselves getting clothes made for them, if only one time in your life. Looking at swatch books, discuss thread counts and then, being worked over like a S Class Mercedes with a top mechanic in Stuttgart is nothing short of heaven. It all started quite by accident with me, traveling with [...]

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