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Hixster Bankside – London

Hixster Bankside 16 Great Guilford Street London SE1 0HS Tel: 020 7921 9508    In a quiet street just off the main drag between Southwark and London Bridge stations is Mark Hix’s new venture. Three months old and the place swings. It has party and fun written all over it. And the food is mainly

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Buenos Aires – Argentina

Buenos Aires Argentina    Buenos Aires has all the bustle of a sophisticated European city. It could be Paris or Rome as you glance up at the buildings, a colonial past is present. It houses three million and is the largest city in Argentina. There are grand squares, monuments, parks and churches and some of

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Planet Hollywood – London

Planet Hollywood 57-60 Haymarket London SW1Y 4QX Tel: 020 7287 1000    Rocking up to Planet Hollywood for lunch with the family on Halloween is not something you do lightly. I had feared our spontaneous decision might have cinematic Bacchanalian ramifications. We had nothing to fear of course except the ghoulishly dressed staff and the

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Salta Province – Argentina

Salta Province Argentina   In the north nestling in the Lerma Valley, some two hours flight from Buenos Aires is the province of Salta, with an eponymous old colonial city as its centre that has charm and sophistication. Mapped out to include large civic squares with churches and a neoclassical style cathedral, beautiful original architecture

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Mango Tree – London

  Mango Tree 46 Grosvenor Place London SW1X 7EQ Tel: 020 7823 1888   With its polished concrete floors and luxurious tan leather banquettes this award winning Thai restaurant is firmly of the modern variety. It’s a groovy swinging kind of place even mid week. My dining companion L had not been before but I

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Bistrot on the Square – London

Bistrot on the Square 37 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1PB Tel: 020 3489 1001 Comfortably sitting within a terrace of opulent houses that would not look out of place in Upstairs Downstairs you will find the Eccleston Square Hotel. It is unassuming but somehow rather grand. As you walk in it hits you that this

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Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel – Madeira

Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel Funchal Madeira    As your car takes you through in the in out drive of The Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel you might be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at a large cliff top villa not a local legend with over 180 rooms. It is beautiful in an understated way, there

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Ned’s Noodle Bar – London

Ned’s Noodle Bar County Hall 3E Belvedere Road London SE1 7GQ Tel: 020 7593 0077   Ned’s is one of those places you stumble across by accident but feel you already know it, maybe because it has a cinematic feeling it looks straight out of an American movie. I think it’s the really cute boxes

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The Strand Dining Rooms – London

The Strand Dining Rooms Grand Buildings Trafalgar Square 1 – 3 The Strand London WC2N 5EJ Tel: 020 7930 8855   With the appearance of a rather wide old Pullman train carriage and a bar on the left and seats on the right I felt at home straight away as I walked into The Strand

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Manhattan Grill – London

Manhattan Grill 22 Hertsmere Road West India Quay Canary Wharf London E14 4ED Tel: 020 7517 2808   One of the pleasures of my job (some might comment isn’t your job total pleasure?) is that I get to take people out who don’t normally go out that often. In this case I’m talking about my

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Hell Bay, Isles of Scilly

Hell Bay Bryher Isles of Scilly Cornwall TR23 0PR Tel: 01720 422 947   Bryer is one of only five islands that are inhabited of the 150 that form The Isles of Scilly, Britain’s last outpost before America. An archipelago just 28 miles from Land’s End seems a million miles away from the mainland. The

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Ben’s Cornish Kitchen

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen West End Marazion Cornwall TR17 0EL Tel: 01736 719200   I was told a long time ago by a writer far more experienced than myself to never start any piece of creative writing with ‘It was a dark and stormy night’.  As sensible as this suggestion is (and I have heeded the advice

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