Friday, 19 September 2014

The Afternoon Tea Bus Tour of London

Fluid London's Christian Rose-Day steps onboard an old Routemaster bus and takes a tour through Central London whilst carefully stuffing his face with sandwiches, scones and hot tea.

This has to be one of the more unusual afternoon tea in London experiences I've had the pleasure of sampling. The idea was dreamt up by BB Bakery, who have a permanent tea and cake establishment in Covent Garden.

The afternoon tea bus tour starts and ends at the London Eye and takes in Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Piccadilly, and Trafalgar Square. The map is helpful stuck to the table, along with several suckers, as pictured here, which help to stabilise your plate. (Note, there are no toilets on board and the tour is lasts more than an hour, so go for a tinkle before you embark).




Due to the nature of being sat on a moving vehicle, there is a certain amount of toing and froing so don't expect this to be a smooth ride. The tea is actually served in coffee shop style lidded mugs so that hot tea isn't splashed all over your nice new outfit. There's also a handy booklet to accompany your tour so that you read up on all the main sites that pass by. There is no loud speaker commentary, so idle conversation is encouraged.


Don't worry if you don't eat everything. You're given a little doggy bag at the end of the tour.

Be prepared to have your photo taken quite a lot. There will be many people outside the bus peering in at you, jealously, with cameras in hand. Give them a wave. Make them smile. 

For a more tranquil, stationary experience, there are other afternoon teas in London.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Where To Eat Brunch in Canary Wharf

Fluid London's Christian Rose-Day discovers that London's Docklands can be a peaceful, serene place to dine, on the weekend.

Admit it, when considering the options of where to go for brunch in London on a weekend, you mostly likely choose that place that's just at the end of your street. Occasionally you might venture a little further, but nothing more than one stop on the bus/tube/bike/train. Adding the third choice of Canary Wharf into the mix would probably result in chuckles of derision. But mark my words hungry weekenders, the brunch at One Canada Square is definitely worth the trouble of negotiating public transport. It may require one or three less glasses of wine the night before after work, but just at that baled New York style cheesecake and blackberries!

Did I mention the brunch is three courses!
So, you arrive at the monolithic pillar of finance, slightly weary (recommendation: eat a piece of fruit before you leave just to get you through the journey), and stare up at the whispering clouds as they sail past this mirrored obelisk. 
Before running off to seek your breakfast, look around and enjoy the scenery: the lapping water, the canoodling couples; the peace and quiet in an area that, during the week, is probably teeming with ant-like life.


One Canada Square is on the ground floor of the main Canary Wharf building itself, tucked away in the far corner next to the lifts. It may not sounds glamourous but once you arrive you'll see that it's nothing but.

Key info section, so pay attention: the One Canada Square weekend brunch offer keeps going until 5pm on Saturdays. If you're ravenous, go for the 3 courses for £25, and if you're not, 2 course for £20 should suffice. The best bit? For an extra £15 per person you can get unlimited Bloody Mary's, raspberry Bellinis or house wine. We asked how far we could test this offer. Apparently, if you're eating, your glass can always be full. I'll leave it up to you to decide how much you can consume.
For starters, sauteed girolles, broad beans, crisp shallots, fried duck egg, lemon and caper dressing (above); and oak smoked Scottish salmon, caperberries, horseradish cream and potato blinis (below)



For the brunch main it was Dorset crab linguine and chilli oil (above); and cep ravioli with parmesan (below).



More Bellinis, properly stirred.


If you arrive near to 1pm you'll have the added bonus of a live pianist to entertain you on a white, mini grand piano. 


I'd suggest stopping off for one last cocktail in the bar area before you leave.



And make sure you explore on your way to the toilets. A lovely Art Deco hideaway can been found next to an upstairs bar area which, by the looks of it, is a great place to host a private function.


A beautiful way to spend a Saturday (late morning to early afternoon).

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Eating London Tours: A Tasting Adventure Around the East End

Last week I was invited join the Eating London Tour of East London. I was told to arrive hungry, and for good reason. Once we had all been introduced to our ebullient guide, Nicole, we set off on a three hour walking tour through East London's multi-cultural heritage, stopping off to sample the best dishes London has to offer along the way. By Christian Rose-Day

I wont reveal too much information because you NEED to take the tour yourself to find out, but I give you a taster of our taster and say that we met at the iconic Spitalfields Market.

We began with possibly the best bacon sandwich in London at St John Bread and Wine. See if you can guess the ingredient in the sauce.

Our second stop was for bread and butter pudding at The English Restaurant.








There's always time for cheese, especially if it's at Androuet.



A eating-walking tour of London wouldn't be the same without a stop off at the best independent fish and chips shop in the UK, Poppies.

Or a quick pint, at The Pride of Spitalfields.


Before heading off down Brick Lane to admire street art and sample Indian curry.







Our exploration ended at Pizza East with a rather fitting dessert.



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

PHOTOS: 101 New Bars, Restaurants, Pubs & Clubs in London

Take a look inside these new bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs in London and start compiling your next 'to-do' list. Read more about this list. Written and compiled by Christian Rose-Day

The Bars, Pubs and Clubs
366 St John’s Hill

5cc

All Bar One at The O2

Bermondsey Arts Club

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

Brooklyn Bowl

Cartizze

The City Barge

Communion

Craft Beer Co. Covent Garden

DNA London

East London Liquor Company

The Four Quarters

Jackson + Rye

Liquor Station

Made in the Shade

Oslo

The Paperworks

Peg + Patriot

The President’s Bar

The Print House

Richard the First

Sager and Wilde

Sindercombe Social

Stage 3

Stamp

Steam and Rye

Waterloo Sky Bar

WC

Werewolf

Whisky Mist


The Restaurants
106 Baker Street

Assado

Bayou

Berluskoni’s

Bones

Brasserie Gustave

Bravas

Chop Shop

City Social

Clutch

Comensal

Dirty Bones

Eelbrook

El Ganso

El Nivel

Foodilic

Forge and Co

Foxtrot and Ginger

The Georgian

Granger and Co.

Great Court

Ham Yard

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Hixter Bankside

Holborn Dining Room

House of Ho

Iberica Farringdon

Imperial War Museum Cafe

Jenius Social

Kitchenette

La Polenteria

La Tagliata

Lanes of London

Le Secret des Rôtisseurs

Le Ziz

Lyle’s

Marani

Marcus

Meat and Shake

The Noodle House

One Kensington

Opso

Pacata

Palomar

The Pantry at 108

Pavilion

Penkul and Banks

Ping Pong Stratford

Poppy’s Place

Porky’s BBQ Bankside

Psychic Burger

Q Grill

Red Dog South

Rivea London

Shoryu Ramen Carnaby

Silk and Grain

Stax Diner

Stephen St Kitchen

Sticks N Sushi

The Strand Dining Room

T.E.D

Ting

Tommi’s Burger Joint

Toro Gordo

Typing Room

Vapiano

Verdi