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The Ritz Hotel – London


It doesn’t get more British than this. An afternoon Tea session at The Ritz London is considered an institution in itself. Its a place ‘ to see & be seen ‘. The Ritz Hotel is not for the casual dresser. You have to dress to impress. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie (jeans are not permitted) No written dress code for Ladies but i would like to share a famous quote by Coco Chanel here “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”


I am sure you got the drift ! Trainers or sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotels Clubs, restaurants or bars . Getting dressed for an afternoon tea event can be daunting but dressing up for The Ritz is worth the effort .


So skip the sightseeing lane, throw your walking shoes away and get dressed to experience ‘All things British’.

Traditional Afternoon Tea settings take place at: 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30 , Prior Reservations required

The Ritz , 150 Piccadilly, London , W1J 9BR, UK
Tel +44 20 7493 8181

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Cigar Terrace – The Wellesley Hotel


The Wellesley provides exclusive accommodation and superior services to business and leisure travelers who prefer intimacy and individual approach of a boutique hotel to busy big brand options. This hotel is an amalgamation of the latest technology and modern comfort with fabulous original Art Deco interiors. For Cigar lovers this place has a discreet establishment – The Cigar Terrace. You can find an extensive range of Cigars here, from vintage Havanas to limited edition Behikes , they have it all ! What impressed me the most out of their collection was an intricately carved wooden box with a hand-painted portrait of Don Alejandro Robaina, one of the most famous Cuban tobacco growers ever! Its a fully heated cigar terrace and has the biggest collection of cigars sold on a stick-by-stick basis. One of London’s few havens for cigar smokers.P.S-sometimes there’s a minimum spend policy so check before you sit.

The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LY, UK

Phone: +44 20 7235 3535

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Terrace Bar – Sushi Samba


Sushi Samba is where Sushi meets South American cuisine. A delightful combination indeed. Situated on the 38th floor of the famous Heron Building, Sushi Samba stands tall with its magnificent views and impressive cuisine amalgamation.You need to plan and book well in advance if you wish to enjoy a meal at Sushi Samba. However you can easily get elevated into their Terrace Bar & Lounge , no reservation required . Thanks to the ultra silent , high speed Glass elevator , the ride feels like you are cutting through London’s Skyline .The Terrace Bar offers a vast selection of signature cocktails as well as an extensive sake and wine list. Plan a visit on thursdays / fridays as the place is buzzing with great music & chic crowd !

Sushi Samba , Heron Tower, 110,Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK

Phone:+44 20 3640 7330

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The Kensington Roof Gardens


Sir Richard Bransons fascinating concept – Babylon restaurant & The Roof Gardens is a retreat in the true sense of the word. It is set 100ft above the ground level and is located just off  High Street Kensington. Popularly known  as Ken roof gardens,it serves as a perfect getaway from London city’s commotion.Catch up with office colleagues & friends over exclusive cocktails, host a private event-even a wedding, dance the night away at the VIP club or   enjoy an alfresco meal with your loved one , all under the same  roof.


With my love for the outdoors, this place feels like heaven. The outside seating area is fully heated and is covered well thus making it a perfect spot for all seasons .


We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Babylon restaurant overlooking the gardens, it was an unforgettable experience indeed!


The gardens are grand and marvelous. You will be surprised to know that they’re open to the public to visit free of charge. We were lucky enough to have a  guided tour to the garden area soon after we finished dining at the Babylon restaurant . If a meal or a drink is not on your agenda,you can request for your free tour over the phone as the garden area gets  booked very frequently for private functions.

The Rooftop Gardens , 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

Contact – 020 7368 3993

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Mews of Mayfair , London – Playground of the Rich & Famous

So i get a message from a very dear friend asking to meet up at a short notice. My brain automatically processes the words ‘short notice’ as ‘today’ . I immediately say yes and get ready for a monday afternoon chit chat session over Lunch. I choose Mews of Mayfair that’s just off the Luxurious new Bond street area as our meeting place.


The basement lounge at Mews of Mayfair is a regular weekend place that I frequent. It is pretty High octane, buzzing with energy in the evenings so i expect a little spill over during the day . I reach Mews of Mayfair bang on time {i hate to be late} After guzzling down a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice,I check on my friends location and to my surprise the plan was “to meet tomorrow and NOT today” Oh Blimey ! After carefully reading a trail of exchanged messages i realize my mistake.By not paying attention to the details of my friends message, i got myself into a spot, thankfully a posh spot this time. Guess its time to pay some attention to the details around here..literally.




Now this section is an area i never noticed during my numerous visits to the Mews Lounge area. Mews of Mayfair is a proud proud owner of the Mews Art Gallery that features a range of pieces from some of London’s top upcoming and established artists.Very impressive indeed!


The tranquility of the courtyard area at Mews of Mayfair just inspires you to eat healthy specially when you are dining alone & your mind is in an ‘introspect & retrospect’ frame. I tried the Chicken Superfood Salad made with some pretty simple ingredients like Mulberry mix, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Spinach, Watercress, Avocado, Pomegranate . The combination – absolutely divine!




Next to the courtyard, through the front door you enter the cocktail bar, with deep leather sofas, ‘Mad Hatter’ Queen Anne chairs and a stunning 18th century chandelier. {I am pretty ashamed to share that i did not notice the stunning chandelier during any of my past visits} An awe-inspiring wine & champagne list, signature premium spirits, fresh-fruit cocktails make it a perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks .


After paying some much needed attention to my surroundings, i realize that Mews of Mayfair is not just a regular fancy eating spot, it is an establishment spread over 4 floors , with a Cocktail Bar on the ground floor, A swanky bar & lounge in the basement, A Brasserie on the 1st floor and the chef’s Private Dining area on the 2nd Floor. The courtyard area has The Mews Mayfair Pizza,  La Cave – the private dining room and the Mews Art Gallery.     Now that’s quite a treat & retreat for the Rich and famous trotting about on Bond street . A Lesson duly learnt :

‘Everything in life comes to you as a teacher , PAY ATTENTION, Learn quickly ‘

MEWS OF MAYFAIR  , 10 Lancashire Court,  New Bond Street, London, W1S 1EY
Tel+44 (0)207 518 9388

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Sofra , London – Turkish Delight!

st_christopher_placeWhile you are on your shopping expedition on Oxford Street, look out for the landmark purple clock { somewhere       in between Selfridges and the Disney Store } The Clock will direct you towards the entrance to St Christopher’s Place – home to an assorted mix of restaurants , shops, boutiques and bars.



Sofra is a small intimate restaurant with simple decor & comfortable seating arrangement. Dont be disappointed if you dont get a table immediately, the staff is very attentive and will do their best to accomodate . For those unfamiliar with Mediterranean cuisine, the charming restaurant Sofra is a great place to start. This chic Bistro serves a vast selection of traditional Turkish Delights.



My husband is a foodie and loves to experiment . He highly recommends Suzuk – a spicy oven baked Beef sausage with Cherry Tomato and Olive Dressing & Salmon Fillet cooked with olive and served with potato puree and fresh greens.



I stick to my favourites everytime i dine here.My recommendations – Fattoush Salad made of Green leaves , Fresh Herbs , crispy bread & olive dressing , followed by Ali Nazik – Tender chargrilled chicken over a velvety smoky Aubergine Puree { Yes you read it right -‘Aubergine’ puree is a lusciously flavorsome turkish delicacy} served with gourmet Yoghurt and a hint of Garlic.


Sofra St Christophers Place is Steeped in Alfresco Charm. The outdoor seating area is rain safe and is well equipped with effective heaters. A perfect place for all seasons !


The staff at Sofra is courteous and the service is impeccable. Your drinks arrive in 2 minutes & delicious starters are offered complimentary. If you do not like what is served , you can return it and the chef will be happy to cater to your suggestions and requests.In today’s commercially oriented world, such customer focussed restaurants are hard to come by. At Sofra, its all about warm and hearty service, Delish food, generous portions and Big smiles !

 Sofra, 1 St Christopher’s Place , London,W1U 1LT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7224 4080

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The Tea Terrace – House of Fraser


The Tea Terrace is a hidden oasis, strategically located on the top floor of House Of Fraser, a premium shopping store on the world renowned Oxford Street, W1, London


It is a perfect place for tourists, families and friends, to relish some of the best British food and indulge in the Afternoon tea tradition of scones, cream, sandwiches and desserts.Set with a traditional feel and environment,           it recreates the Afternoon tea tradition by serving teas in proper china cups, saucers and teapots .


The Tea Terrace offers a great selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, grilled delicacies, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves and a wide variety of  cakes and pastries. You can choose from a wide range of teas/coffee, fresh juice and smoothies.This place has some great options for allergy sufferers as well. There is a wide range of gluten-free dishes on the menu, they have even added some lip smacking gluten free dessert options that taste as good as their gluten variants. The atmosphere is extremely family friendly. Good food coupled with the serene English decor has a very calming effect on both young and old.


The Tea Terrace at House of Fraser is my favourite hangout post a shopping workout on the buzzing Oxford Street!  My staple here is a freshly brewed coffee followed by an elaborate Traditional Tea session & long conversations with  family and friends.


Why not indulge in a little Luxury and take a part of the English tradition home. The Tea Terrace has an extensive collection of English-made Teapots sure to look lovely with any decor. You can choose from a wide range of beautiful porcelain teapots, teacups & coffee mugs, teapots with infusers, small porcelain teapots and Hand-painted porcelain teapots.


So next time when you are exhausted by running a shopping marathon in this part of the world, give yourself a break, Put your shopping bags down and head to The Tea Terrace at House of Fraser . Relax, Replenish and Rejuvenate!

The Tea Terrace – House of Fraser , 318 Oxford Street , London
+44 344 800 3752

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GreenBerry Cafe – Primrose Hill


Need a break from the kerfuffle in central London? Head out to this rustic cafe in a chic

little suburban town just on the periphery of Central London. Greenberry Cafe is located

on Regents Park road in a glamorously charming little urban village – Primrose Hill. This

quaint little area is home to a host of celebrity residents like Daniel Craig, Tim Burton,

Gwen Stefani, Jamie Oliver, Stefano Gabbana to name a few.



Greenberry Cafes beauty is in its simplicity and old world brick charm that is considered

typical of the countryside. The theme and decor goes very well with the overall old-world

feel of the surrounding Primrose Hill area. Super Rustic, Super Relaxing , Super Delish !

Greenberry Cafe stocks a fantastic selection of wines & spirits to complement their

contemporary all day dining menu.

The menu at Greenberry Cafe is a more sophisticated twist on modern cuisine.

A selection of home made ice creams and sorbets capture your senses completely .

The desserts get their inspiration from the cafe owner’s recipe book Lola’s Ice Creams and Sundaes.

My favourites at Greenberry Cafe :

Goosnargh chicken breast, Imam Bayaldi served with Greek yoghurt & flat bread & Valhrona

gluten free chocolate brownie.My friend Gayatri who is a strict vegetarian tried a Salad made

of wild rice, quinoa, butternut squash, goats cheese, mint and pomegranate and was delighted

by this wonderful combination of the freshest, most diverse ingredients.

On a bright and sunny day , Greenberry Cafe is the prettiest spot to be at !

Drop in for a coffee, a glass of wine, a quick bite or a hearty meal at Greenberry Cafe and enjoy

fine dining in a rustic & relaxed setting.

Greenberry Café

101 Regents Park Road,

London NW1 8UR,

Contact:0207 483 3765

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La Poule Au Pot – Ebury Street


La Poule Au Pot ‘ is located in a quiet lane just 5 minutes walking distance from the buzzing
Sloane Square area . This classic French restaurant resonates with love and romance .
A marvelous atmosphere that’s nearly impossible to come by these days.You can enjoy a
candle light Dinner out here, quite literally and that’s a rarity ! This quaint little French
Restaurant in central London has been in business for as long as anyone can remember.
The menu is classic French : excellent ingredients, generous portions and fine cooking,
presented with exuberant panache – Delish French food is served with lots of love.
The wine list is an interesting combination of both the old world & New age Wines .
Ambience of this classic french restaurant is warm and amorous .The extensive outdoor
seating area is paired with perfect patio furniture sets and that makes La Poule Au Pot
one of the most desirable alfresco dining London. Ideal for an intimate evening with
that special someone over good food and great wine.


La Poule Au Pot
231 Ebury Street
London SW1W 8UT , UK
Contact : 020 7730 7763

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Courtyard at The Taj London

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The Taj hotel in London , St James Court is a luxury hotel conveniently located near the Buckingham Palace in central London and is truly a hidden gem. For eminent personalities from India, Taj is the most sought after place to stay. For me , its a home away from home. The warmth and love that the Taj exudes is unmissable.

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Its a mixture of architecture & culture , where ‘ Edwardian meets Indian ‘ . I love Al fresco dining in London & the courtyard at The Taj is my favourite retreat.​ The cherub-ordained fountain right in the centre of the courtyard is a true masterpiece.

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The courtyard at St James court is a secluded spot and is very versatile. You can choose it for a business lunch or a romantic meal with equal ease. The courtyard is also ideal for a quiet ‘me time’ over coffee .

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I have patronized the courtyard at The Taj as my hot spot for an early evening cocktail session with my loved ones. Come & visit the Courtyard at Taj and find out what you fancy for yourself !

Opening Times Mon – Sun 12:20 – 22:30 pm

St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel,

54 Buckingham Gate,

London SW1E 6AF, UK
Telephone +44 20 7834 6655