American Bar at The Beaumont

We visited the place as soon as it opened last year and felt service was still slow and not up to the mark. However, it takes time for a new hotel to settle and now it is definitely one of my favourite places in Mayfair. Understated, hidden and not overpriced – this bar is excellent for a lunch, evening snack and some great coffee. Service is unrivaled and its perfect to catch up with a friend here without being disturbed. Even though it is a great place for people watching the crowd is very relaxed and this is what makes it stand out!

Tea at The Promenade

The best thing about being in The Promenade and having a cup of tea there is the leisure that is attached to it. You have all the time in the world (or it makes you feel like you do) and you feel cut off from the outside reality. Above all the Dorchester Blend tea is one of the best I have tasted in London hotels paired with delicious sandwiches and scones.

I would recommend the Dorchester’s Afternoon tea for any occasion, be it a birthday, get together or catch up with friends, this place lets you get on with your own little party.

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!

2nd Floor, Selfridges

Its been a while since I have written about a new coffee discovery in London but that is because I hadn’t stumbled over one yet. One fine evening after work I was walking around Selfridges and we came across the  elegant Corner Restaurant. Extremely chic and reminded me of Marcus Wareing’s restaurant at The Berkeley, that is how beautiful this place was. So we decided to perch on the bar and have some coffee accompanied by some sweet nibbles.

I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved the vibe of this place and how I would love to go back! The smell of freshly ground coffee in a beautiful surrounding, nothing can really beat that!

I will highly recommend it to those looking for something cut off  from the hustle and bustle of London and yet very chic!

Latte at The Connaught

We ended up at a meeting at The Connaught yesterday and decided to sit in the main Afternoon Tea area. I have to admit, I haven’t seen a place this elegant, relaxing and mesmerising in a long time. The service is impeccable and the staff is very cordial.

I decided to have a latte – surprisingly for a hotel it was very velvety, smooth and the right amount of espresso which allowed me to enjoy it without having to add sugar. The presentation was great, served with bite sized shortbreads and chocolate cookies, it’s a great place for meetings and for relaxing when you feel you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of London. The view facing Mount Street and the fountain is breathtaking, making you feel as a part of a Hollywood movie!

I would highly recommend if you are looking for a formal place for a meeting or if you just feel like going somewhere fancy for a drink!

L’Eto Caffe in Shepherd Market!

So I have been to L’Eto a couple of times but usually to the ones in Soho or South Kensington. This was my first visit to the one in Mayfair and I have to say their choice of location is ideal. I have often thought of escaping and hiding away in some cafe and getting on with my work, and this is that hidden gem.

The cakes display gives it a feel of a grandmother’s house but don’t get me wrong, I mean to say a very chic grandmother’s kitchen.

You walk in to a cosy seating area on your left hand side and a great modern wooden ceiling with gold painted walls surrounding you.

The team is absolutely lovely and Manager, Mark has been with the company from the beginning and highly knowledgeable about the coffee.

The coffee was presented beautifully, with caramel printed latte art and a layer of froth followed by a layer of espresso and another layer of milk. The tinge of ginger in the latte was just about right followed by the flavour of honey, milk and not an overpowering espresso. I have never had this combination before and will definitely recommend it to those who are bored of regular lattes. My latte was accompanied by a delicious Almond Crossaint. I cannot recall having had one as rich and crispy before – another high recommendation. Croissants are my 2nd weakness so if you fall in to the same category you must try them out!

My friend thoroughly enjoyed her Flat White which looked equally tempting so I will be going back for that!

http://letocaffe.co.uk/

Cappuccinos and Cookies at Dukes Hotel

Tucked away in St James Dukes is another hidden hotel gem of London! I first came across the hotel in 2011 when we held an event for Ormonde Jayne and Miss Jones PA in one of their event spaces! The hotel is stunning, with every quality that you look for in a boutique hotel – cozy lounges and a gorgeous bar that is known for its James Bond Martinis!

I was at Dukes the other day for a meeting and happened to order a cappuccino in their drawing room (which also has a terrace lounge attached to it!) The Cappuccino was surprisingly good and served with a delicious set of biscuits! Above all the ambience replicates that of an upper class lounge or drawing room!
It is cosy yet elegant, modern yet traditional and is perfect to sit down unwind and read a magazine!

This is highly recommended and you must visit!

Fratelli is taking over London!

My affair with Fratelli started in university when I was in 2nd year and we discovered the new Cafe Fratelli that had opened right next to The Waldorf Hilton close to The LSE. 
3 years down the line, there seems to be one in every corner of London. Sloane Square, Bond Street, Berkeley Square and it surely does amazing coffees. Above all they do not charge you extra for syrups or soya milk unlike other chains. 
Each branch has its own personality!
My favourite one so far is the one in Duke of York Square especially on a crispy Winter’s Morning when you are craving a Pain Au Chocolat and an extra hot cappuccino!
The little luxuries of life!

Taylor St Baristas of Mayfair!

Today was my first 2013 visit to Taylor Street Baristas, known for their amazing coffee, is also a great place for meetings especially if you are looking for a cosy setting.

Right behind Claridges the coffee shop has friendly staff and needless to say the coffee is amazing – you dont need to add sugar as the espresso already has a sweet taste to it. If you enjoy velvety textured coffees, this is the place to go!

P.S Surprisingly you will see a lot of suited men ‘hanging out’ here!

http://www.taylor-st.com/