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Barber lud.

By on Dec 22, 2013 in Food, French, London, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Taking a long and lazy breakfast in the executive lounge of a luxury hotel in the financial epicentre of Europe, as swarms of people busily weave and wend their way to work, beavering diligently at the foot of your ivory tower as you tuck into a princely feast of eggs and bacon, toast and jam, croissants and pain au chocolat finished with fruit and yoghurt to aid digestion, can fill you with a sense of self satisfaction, the effect of which borders on arrogance. Views down on to Blackfriars Bridge from Crowne Plaza are a treat, and the advantages to this location don’t end there. Being located directly opposite the tube station is another bonus, and a short walk over the bridge and along, is the South Bank Centre with it’s assortment of restaurants and cultural destinations including the British Film Institute’s National Film Theatre. Further downriver is Tower Bridge, a national heritage landmark that no trip to London would be complete without visiting. This particular morning however, we got off to a decidedly lazy start and headed back at lunchtime to Knightsbridge for more feasting, courtesy of Daniel Boulud, a globally acclaimed chef and restaurateur with an extensive list of restaurants under his name in The US, London, Singapore, Beijing and Toronto. As Daniel’s reputation had understandably preceded him, I was particularly excited to be dining at Bar Boulud, which takes up a large swathe of floor space at the grand Mandarin Oriental hotel, directly beside Hyde Park. Throughout his illustrious career, this auteur has amassed a long list of awards, and I had yet to speak to anybody in London who has reported anything less than a brilliant experience from dining at Bar Boulud. You know you’re in good hands when it’s almost impossible to choose from a menu that reads so well it frustrates you to have to omit certain dishes. After much deliberating I chose to commence...

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