Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GOurmet TM
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The suave and debonair Travelling GOurmet TM jets to…
MERRIE olde England on the world’s BEST airline…Singapore Airlines…what else 🙂
There are many grand and lovely hotels to stay in when one is in London. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, the Baglioni, the Savoy and…OneAldwych right in Theatreland!
At Number 1 Aldwych and just opposite the Wellington pub, this is truly one of the world’ s leading hotels on par with the Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland. I love the Duke of Wellington, a great hero who defeated the malignant dwarf napoleon who gave his name to the Napoleon complex, a mental illness that many dictators like hitler and merkel and kim jong un suffer from…
Who cares about these low life pests when you can savour deliciously beautiful yummie food and wines in INDIGO overlooking the spacious and salubrious Lobby Bar! OMG! Food and beverages to disrupt, degrade and destroy vile terrorist bases in Somalia for! The F & B here helmed by SAS =slim and smart Executive Chef Dominic Teague from Brighton who focusses on healthy, sustainable and environment friendly products like cute white Elderflowers foraged from the countryside…and served with a ‘superbe’ dessert of poached Gooseberries with tart Lemon Tarte (pun intended)…Oh Madonna yummie!!
Amazing Afternoon Tea!
The Travelling Gourmet TM’s AWARD for the BEST AFternoon Tea in LONDON is awarded to the Lobby Lounge and its unique Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme! Candy Floss flavoured with fruit to kill terrorists for, and Banana & Walnut cake and Poppy Seed Bread Salmon Sandwiches! Much more for the discetrning gourmet to taste and enjoy! The Cocktails are amazing and one favourite is the Charlie Cocktail based on my favourite liquer—Cherry or cerises in French! YUm Yum yummie!!!
The other super-duper cocktail which is awarded The Travelling Gourmet TM’s BEST UNIQUE COCKTAIL PRESENTATION and TASTE is The ORIGIN! More later…
Well…it starts with virtual reality Goggles placed on you ever so gently by the svelte and sweet ladies of the Lobby Lounge…All of a sudden I was in bonnie olde Scotland up in the Highlands which I love…
Removing the virtual reality Goggles I found what I love..REALITY in the form of a fantastic cocktail of smoky Whisky notes plus more complex flavours of cherries and…well, so as not to spoil the suprise, go try it yourself! Tasting is believing!
I also love the swimming pool. A tad chilly but that is good. Burns more Calories! The Gym too is outstanding, I really enjoyed my daily workouts in the Gym & coool swimming pool. I absolutely love to swim! With my water resistant Breitling on my wrist I can time my laps precisely.
I also enjoyed my daily jogs around the vicinity for detailed recons of the area like the Savoy, Waterloo Bridge and the Embankment, Clepoatra’s Needle, the Thames….
My Breitling’s alarm wakes me and I run early…at 06:00 +/- 20 minutes. I like to see the sun rise over lovely LONDON> Lots of homeless people sleeping rough. Especially at the back entrance of the Savoy. One morning, I stopped to chat with my friend, one of the Security Team of the Savoy. While jogging, I always have an apple and some water. I had a big red apple from my fruit basket in my running pouch…I gave it to a homeless man. He was asleep. I put it gently beside him so as not to wake him. No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. Enjoy!
A super yummie tubbie tummie filling breakfast is de rigeur…that is what my beloved MUm says…and MUM is always right! Black Pudding aka Blutwurst is for the macho man in you! It will grow hairs on your chest! Wahahah! Eggs made to order a la minute…OMG Spanish Omelette…with Salmon and more! Lots more! Ich liebe es! (I love it translated from the German). The Jams & honey from Thursday Cottage in Essex are also outstandingly yummie!
LOCATION, location, location…
Estate agents chant this mantra incessantly. That said, One Aldwych is number 1 for location. Especially if you are the West End grand shows becasue theye are all here within strolling distance! All the top shows and top theatres are just around the corner, many being in the range of an M203 Grenade launcher…For those who love the old school…I confess that I do. The Waldorf is nearby too and the dinner is not too bad but is outshone by the newbies now with their razz-a-matazz and “Celebrity Chefs” (I quite detest that term actually, but Mum’s the word). The ambience is sedate and dated but it suits me when I am in lovely London which is always buzzing…almost like Las Vegas.
To be continued..work in progress..stay tuned..