Champagne Socialising

As the TGV pulled up to Reims, Champagne, it didn’t look good. The damp and dreary weather reflected my mood, as for me a 5am alarm usually signifies the end of a long bar shift and the promise of a post-work cold one, as opposed to a day trip to France. Reims, located eighty miles…
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The Perfect Champagne For The Festive Holidays

Laurent-Perrier can always be relied upon to produce a top champagne and for this Christmas, they’ve bought out a limited Edition Grand Sicle with a stunning Cradle to make it that extra little bit special. The Cradle is dual-purpose and is made specifically for the Grand Sicle bottle. It’s handcrafted by traditional Loire Valley pewtersmiths…
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Roux At The Pembury

In the last issue of LUSSO, we pondered on how Michel Roux Jr was getting on in the weekend wasteland that is Whitehall, following the re-design of the bar at Roux at Parliament Square. Well, own horn a’ tooting, Roux at the Pembury was named after the chef’s birthplace. Left slightly confused by the particular…
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Living In A Gangster’s Paradise

After conquering Russia, multiple restaurateur Arkady Novikov is now looking to other countries to conquer. Or, according to some, disappoint.  In a huge Mayfair space, Novikov has split the room and the big name critics. At the front, the pan-Asian restaurant. Downstairs, a vast Italian one. On the one hand, AA Gill loving it. On…
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Laurent Perrier Tasting Menu At Hi Sushi

Selected Hi Sushi restaurants in London are now offering a tasting menu featured Laurent-Perrier’s Ultra Brut. Available throughout January. The Ultra Brut is memorable for its crystal-clear freshness and extra dry taste. It’s wine in its purest and most natural form with no added sugar. It’s the ideal accompaniment for sushi. Douglas Kan and Eric…
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Porto, Portugal

Guide books are always banging on about what good fun it is to get “lost” amongst winding streets of medieval cities – but I can tell you from hard experience that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least, it isn’t a good idea to go the wrong way under the glare of…
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British Tipple

Portuguese wine was exported to England as long ago as the 12th century. Port, as we know it, began life in the late 17th to early 18th century. Until well into the 18th century the wine was probably dry, not sweet. Then, someone had the idea of adding brandy to fortify the wine for the…
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Texas… Cowboys? Oil? JR Ewing? Rednecks?

If you were to play word association and someone said New York, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? The Statue of Liberty? The Chrysler Building? The Empire State? I’m guessing the majority of you said one of those three iconic landmarks or one of the other places, buildings or shops that New York…
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Apsleys At The Lanesborough

A German bloke goes into an English hotel and starts cooking amazing Italian food. No joke. Aha! It’s not all baked beans and beer, I sigh as the perfectly presented halibut is gently placed in front of me and my guests. The website said Apsleys was a Heinz and Becks restaurant or something like that.…
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