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Italian Tapas the Assaggini Way

14 Jul 2011
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I finally made it to Assaggini yesterday for lunch with a friend who also writes for Our Man On The Ground and has her own great Blog.  Juan, the very hospitable manager has put together a very professional and delightful team who looked after us extremely well.  We love the ambience which is fresh, clean and trendy.  This part of London around Haymarket and Lower Regent Street was crying out for some decent restaurants.

Cuckoo Club Mayfair

8 Jul 2011
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I visited the Cuckoo Club in London's Mayfair yesterday evening to do a review of their excellent restaurant.  It is very eclectic and international with a youngish crowd.  I think we may possibly have been the only Brits there last night.  The girls at the table behind us spoke only French and a well-known US actress arrived a little later and sat just across from us with her boyfriend and friends.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

4 Jul 2011
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I visited the brand new St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London today which opened its doors on 6th May 2011 and was impressed with the work that has been carried out to restore this wonderful old station hotel to its former glory.  The 245 room hotel is divided in to two parts with 60 rooms in the original Chambers side and 187 newly created rooms in the Barlow side.

Dealing with Geese at New York Airports

20 Jun 2011
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I read with interest that New York is fed up with the birds and geese in particular that hang around their airports and can cause so much damage to jet engines and have come up with a creative way of dealing with them.

Taste of London – Regent’s Park

16 Jun 2011
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Having attended the Press evening last night, this year’s event (16th – 19th June) should offer something for everyone with Ten Michelin Stars lined up to cook for you at Taste Of London this week, with top chefs from Britain, the Continent and all the way from Asia.  The chef’s this year include Alain Ducasse, Alex Chow, Gary Rhodes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marcus Wareing, Michele Roux Jr as well as many others.

Cirque Du Soleil

13 Jun 2011
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Zarkana, Cirque Du Soleil is a breathtaking show currently playing at Radio City in New York.

The music, costumes, scenery and special effects of Zarkana are stunning and the acts will take your breath away.  I was truly amazed by this spectacular show and it is by far the best show I have seen in recent years.  The acts are powerful, colourful and make you gasp at the sheer brilliance.  I would go again!

London Airports to get makeover

17 May 2011
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Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow airport has been a huge improvement, almost like having a new airport (as long as you don’t see the other old terminals) and work is well underway on the new Terminal 2 replacement. However I read that yet more improvement work is being planned for both Heathrow and Gatwick with an investment of some £4 billion.

Mishandled Baggage on the rise

29 Apr 2011
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29.4 million bags worldwide did not fly with their owners last year, an increase of 6 per cent on 2009. In Europe mishandled bags rose to 12.6 bags per 1,000 passengers from 10.9 the year before. The rate however fell in the US to 3.6 bags per 1,000 passengers from 4.

London is ready for the Royal Wedding

27 Apr 2011
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Well the much talked about Royal Wedding is just over a day away and The Mall looks splendid all decked out with Union Jacks lining the way up to Buckingham Palace.

Royal Wedding Hotel Package

6 Apr 2011
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One Aldwych in London’s West End is currently offering a special Royal Wedding Package.

Guests staying over the long holiday weekend will enjoy accommodation for two, breakfast and dinner.  You will be welcomed with champagne and a mini traditional wedding cake and can even enjoy watching the event on the day in their private Screening Room.  However, the hotel is located very close to the Processional Route should you wish to see it “live”.