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The Arts Club, Dover Street

Courtesy: The Arts Club, photo by Ed Reeve

Courtesy: The Arts Club, photo by Ed Reeve

I went here a few weeks back for a friends engagement party, the décor is gorgeous, very elegant dining area. I had a drink called little women followed by baby chicken with a side of carrots and apple tart as dessert – simple and delicious.  Then went downstairs to watch the live band, there was this crazy couple dancing away in front of me, really made me chuckle. There is also a bar upstairs but didn’t end up going to see. The venue was superb, had a really enjoyable evening. I was happy to see my friends celebrate their engagement, hopefully the start of a long and happy future 🙂


Hakkasan Mayfair

As a birthday treat, I was taken here for dinner. On entry, to the left is a bar, where I had a non-alcoholic cocktail called the Kowloon Cooler – absolutely delicious. I liked the service, the bartender was very polite and friendly. Then we went dowstairs to eat, we shared a few dishes, one of which was called stir-fry Welsh black beef (of course being Welsh had to try that one!). The food was very good, waiters were attentive but not annoying. Yes, it was expensive (eventhough I didn’t pay), but I enjoyed the food and the service. Dress-wise, everyone looked smart, I just wore a pencil skirt, white blouse and heels. Recommended.

Website: http://w3.hakkasan.com/mayfair

Abercrombie & Finch (Burlington Gardens) – Shopping Hell!

I absolutely love shopping but this store put me off! I recently stumbled across the Abercrombie & Finch website and saw a few things that I liked, but was shocked at the £20 shipping cost (which includes customs & duties tax). I noticed that they had a store in London, located just off the prestigious Saville Row.

A friend pre-warned me that I may have to queue outside as the store is very popular, but luckily I was able to walk-in where there were two security guards at the entrance. On entry it felt like a nightclub, dark and very crowded, I really didn’t know where I was going. Navigating around with people constantly bumping into me was irritating, and yes, the women assistants looked young and wore lots of makeup and short skirts, and one male assistant definitely looked like a typical model – but all seemed rather vacant and unhelpful.

Music blasting, dark lighting (how am I supposed to see the clothes properly!), and worst of all, the awful strong perfume which I found not only overwhelming but my hair smelled of it afterwards.

As you may have noticed I don’t rate the store, but I ended up leaving and ordered off their website. The shirts and knitwear are of good quality, but I don’t really like the majority of their clothes which are overly branded.

Conversely, I pay a lot for my J Brand jeans, which are precisely the opposite to Abercrombie; no-one would have a clue what brand the jeans are because there’s no visible label or wording.

Personally, I’d rather spend the £20 delivery charge for ordering online than have to step into that store again!

Check out my review of Abercrombie – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype

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Benares – Berkeley Square

Located in the heart of Mayfair, this Indian restaurant is now one of my favourites. What surprised me was that the decor was neutral (no bright colours) there was no Indian music playing in the background, which made the restaurant in my opinion more refined/elegant. Although it was only a Wednesday night, the place was fully booked (a sign of a good restaurant). The service was exceptional, no pretentious/in your face waiters. We ordered a selection of dishes, which were all delicious, the dessert was the only thing that I didn’t care for (and I have a sweet tooth!).

As we had the tasting menu, what was really nice was that when the waiters served each dish, they explained what it was (you also get a glass of wine with each course, but I couldn’t comment on that as I don’t drink alcohol!). As we were leaving, one of the waiters showed us what the chef’s table was like (it’s a room for 6 people with two glass walls allowing diners to see the kitchen team at work) – would be perfect for a special occassion.

Good night, and would definitely go again.

Benares Indian Restaurant | 12a Berkeley Square House | London | W1J 6BS


Check out my review of Benares – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype

Scott’s Restaurant in Mayfair

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Scott’s is a renowned seafood restaurant in Mayfair. The decor evokes an old school glamour feel. I had the mixed beetroot salad for starters followed by fillet of cod (I wish I chose a different main course, didn’t enjoy it that much) but what really made the meal was the warm bramley apple pie with icecream – never tasted anything soo delicious…

Check out my review of Scott’s – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype