The Holborn Dining Room at The Rosewood London!

Rosewood London has been my favourite place since October 2013 i.e. literally since it opened. The hotel has revived Holborn and brought understated luxury and life to the area which was much needed.

I was delighted to have the 31st of March off and use the opportunity to visit the newly opened Holborn Dining Room for breakfast. It was a great Monday morning, the start of British Summer Time and perfect way to start the day.

The Holborn Dining Room in a nutshell is a brasserie offering delicious coffees and a great selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner run by restaurateur Des McDonald.

The way I judge places is if I were asked the question ‘Would you come here alone?’ and my answer is yes, that means the place is somewhere you can call home, come and enjoy a coffee and a nibble without feeling uncomfortable. This is exactly the vibe you get from Holborn Dining. The service is personal, the staff uniforms are very stylish and the food is great quality – you do enjoy every bite.

ย The deli also offers great take away options – next time I am definitely diving in to some muffins. Above all, Holborn Dining is not over the top expensive. It is rather an affordable luxury which also opens to the public and lets them enjoy a taste of The Rosewood.

Rosewood London has filled a gap in the market for London – we really needed a 5 star luxury hotel that would offer a bit of everything and especially in my case, some great coffee!

The breathtaking Edwardian courtyard of Rosewood Londonย 

My delicious Eggs Royal with a double shot latte

I would definitely recommend Rosewood as stop for you whilst you are in the search for something fresh and tranquil in London. Though I have heard that the Scarfes Bar is the place to be on weekends and Thursdays!

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Cecconis of Mayfair

A place that can never get old and will always have that artsy vibe is Cecconis in Mayfair, an institution for all the PRs and Marketing professionals of the area! Nestled between Oxford Street and Old Bond Street, this place is a physically hidden gem of Mayfair yet so well known.

I spent a Thursday morning having back to back meetings at the bar and realised that for one the place serves amazing Italian coffee, and two the place has a distinctive interiors settings, very chic, Italian yet British. Its an ideal place for an early morning meeting and espresso as it immediately wakes you up!

I just couldn’t get over how they had the juices arranged, how classy!

Breakfasts at Aubaine!

Aubaine is becoming the new hang out spot for lifestyle bloggers in London and I have had the pleasure to be a part of these breakfasts hosted at various Aubaine locations. My favourite has to be the one at High Street Kensington. The beautiful corner location makes it a hidden gem of the area.

The coffees are always perfect and I always enjoy the lattes followed by some Eggs Royale and the amazing freshly baked breads. I highly recommend this place to those who are looking to have a relaxed catch up with their friends and colleagues especially for breakfast!

My latest visit was for a Cafe Gourmand at the Dover Street Aubaine where I enjoyed some sweet nibbles, the best being the pistachio macaroon along with a coffee on a Friday afternoon, put me in the right mood for the weekend!

Melrose and Morgan, a coffee heaven!

I first heard about Melrose and Morgan when I was at the Primrose Bakery and their manager highly recommended I pay them a visit. My experience at Melrose and Morgan was not just about a good coffee, but rather a learning experience about coffee, how it should be made and for the first time in my life did I enjoy having a filter coffee, only because it was made the way it should be! I cannot thank their Head Barista ย Roee enough for talking me through the various coffees!

Some things I learnt on the day:

1)The amount of coffee one should grind for a shot of espresso is usually around 20 g
2)8 ounces of water is the right amount for an espresso shot
3)98 degrees is the right boiling temperature of the water otherwise the coffee tastes burnt!
4)If you are making an Americano, add the espresso over the hot water so that the crema doesnt fade away!

Roee made me a delicious flat white with a fine layer of froth on top, not too strong but with the right kick of caffeine and flavour

Filter Coffee Apparatus!

 

Flat White

For the first time in my life did I realise that filter coffee if made the right way, with patience can be enjoyed! Not the 99 p ones you get at the high street coffee shops!

The process of slowly pouring water over the coffee, you can notice it blooming!

 

Latte Art, A cross section between a swan and a peacock!
Life at the coffee machine, being behind the counter was a dream come true.

I highly recommend Melrose and Morgan, I could see people especially coming in for Roee’s coffee and I would advise you take a trip down to Gloucester Avenue, very close to Primrose Hill. Above all, Roee’s passion for coffee and dedication to the concept has made me feel very inspired. If you get a chance do attend the barista classes that Melrose and Morgan will be running towards the end of this month!

www.melroseandmorgan.com