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Duck and Waffle

In a city that never sleeps, its almost imperative that there be a restaurant that never sleeps. Staying open 24 hours, and sitting 40 floors high in the middle of London’s financial district, Duck and Waffle has assumed this role in some style.

The vibe of the place instantly makes you want to just have a fantastic time. The restaurant being absolutely packed, with the constant sound of trendy tunes mixed with intense laughter and conversation, makes the ambience unbelievably lively. The big glass windows allow it’s exclusive clientele to look over the city they rule, with panoramic views of London stretching from Canary Wharf to Westminster Abbey.

I went with 3 of their small plates, the roasted octopus, wild cornish pollock meatballs, and the foie gras creme brûlée. Also, the mood seemed to scream out for a cocktail, so I went with a concoction of Jack Daniels, amaro, and smoked maple leaf and autumn flavours called Autumn. The flavour of the whiskey drowned in the aromas of the smoked leaf and autumn flavours made this cocktail hit the senses in multiple ways, leaving a beautiful feeling of wholesome satisfaction after every sip.

The octopus was nicely grilled, with the squeezed lemon juice over the pieces giving it a nice tangy flavour in addition to the fishy taste of the octopus. The meatballs were also very tasty, with the lobster cream giving it a classy dressing and the breaded crumbs on top giving it a nice crunch. The winner though, by a clear margin, was the foie gras creme brûlée. I was initially skeptical about ordering a creme brûlée made out of foie gras, but thank heavens I did. With a crispy top, and a hint of caramel custard, it initially disguises itself as just another creme brûlée, but soon after the wonderful foie gras carrying its baby pieces of butter roasted lobster marches in to remind you that this is a dish of another universe. I’m honestly surprised it wasn’t featured in “Interstellar.” Every bite of this was like the first bite, as the foie gras blends so well with the caramel and lobster that I constantly questioned what it is I was tasting.

I would recommend Duck and Waffle for the creme brûlée itself, however with its spectacular views, drinks, and atmosphere, I would rate it as one of the best spots for a great night out in London I’ve been to so far. On a side note though, our group paid around £80 a person, so a trip here wouldn’t be the best time to forget your wallet!

£160 (2 people)

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Unlike Fat Duck, d inner comes without a fixed menu. In order words, unless you order the tasting menu ahead, you get to explore your options. This also means a greater likelihood of potential revisits. The most impressive dish is easily the meat fruit. Playing with the idea of food as an optical illusion, it just goes to show that not everything is what it seems. The “mandarin” jelly skin itself is delicate, cut open to reveal a deliciously rich and indulgent foie gras. For dessert, I would highly recommend the Tipsy cake.

I was pretty excited for this Two Star Michelin restaurant because I absolutely loved the elaborate dining experience at Heston Blumenthal’s other world-renowned restaurant, Fat Duck. This one being reputedly toned down, I expected to enjoy the taste more than presentation this time round. The interior is very elegant, with glass windows that allow diners a view of Hyde Park during the day. The menu is a bit of a History lesson, which is interesting, educating diners on the origin of ketchup and afternoon tea amongst other things. The delightfully cream-filled brioche soaked in alcohol with a slice of roasted pineapple on the side was heavenly.

£100 (2 people)

66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

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Sketch – The Parlour

From the playground hopscotch design greeting at the entrance to the futuristic bathrooms, when it comes to interior design, Sketch is a tough beat. The Gallery, designed by British Visual Artist, David Shrigley, is pretty in pink with a bold, comical twist. The Glade on the other hand is of an enchanted forest-type setting, whilst it is the Lecture Room & Library that has been prestigiously awarded Two Michelin Stars.

Breakfast is served in The Parlour, the first room on the right after the entrance. The colours are vibrant, like that of candy, with Louis XV seating and the crockery are simply the cutest down to the tiniest details! You have a little man daydreaming, butterflies at the bottom of a teacup and a milk jug in the form of a cow. As if it could not possibly get any more fairytale-esque, the lemon meringue tart comes with a sprinkle of glitter. Sweet pastries may compliment the ambience but eggs and smoked salmon are available too.

£24 (2 people)

9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

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Krug Kreperie

Last Sunday, I had the most ridiculously priced but wonderfully Christmassy lovely crepe and champagne experience at a Covent Garden alpine-inspired pop-up store. I adored the set-up and immediately made a reservation. I’m not going to lie though. As I made the reservation, all I could think of was ‘this had better blow my mind’, and texted my friends, asking if we were completely mad for doing this. So what is ‘Krug Kreperie’? During the first week of December, three enormous festive present-like champagne crates popped up on the East Piazza overnight, in the spirit of Christmas. This collaboration between the Krug champagne house and French chef Pierre Koffman (Berkeley Hotel) brings diners a selection of six sweet and savoury crepes. The crepe of your choice is complemented with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvee. Cosy sheepskin rugs, heated seats on wooden logs, tables made out of timber with Baccarat crystal chandeliers hovering above and street musicians nearby could not have made the ambience any more perfect.Although the pop-up experience only lasted the first week of December, the menu will be at The Berkeley Hotel for a month from now, till mid-January.

£70 for crepe & champagne (2 people)

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The Ritz

Not lacking in service and style, afternoon tea at The Ritz is complete with high ceilings, gleaming mirrors, intricate embellishments and skilled classical musicians, creating quite the spectacular ambience. After confirming our reservation with the man on an iPad (even the 108 year old hotel has gone tech), we were seated in the sunlight-tinted Palm Court. The finger sandwiches were classic, nothing extraordinarily fancy. The assortment of British afternoon tea pastries and cakes comprised of mille feuille, macaroon, chocolate cake, and white chocolate mousse coated passion fruit. These were pretty good, as were the sticky toffee cake and lemon drizzled cake that came round on the cake trolley. But the scones! The scones, to our delight, were not the least bit overrated. In fact, they might very well have been the best I have ever tasted. Freshly baked raisin and plain scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Not too moist, not too dry, not too flaky, not too sweet. Light, compact and with an almost pillow-like texture, even Goldilocks should find it hard to disagree.

£100 (2 people)

150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR

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