Tommi’s Burger Joint in Chelsea

by Chelsea Girl on April 23, 2014

There’s a new burger joint on the King’s Road and one that is definitely worth visiting.

Tommi's Burger JointWhen you walk in for the first time, Tommi’s stripped back retro style hits you instantly. It has a welcoming feel that transports you somewhere … perhaps it’s somewhere in America or even somewhere in East London … it is somewhere that feels hipster but not try-hard cool, if that makes any sense. Or, it could be somewhere in Iceland where Tommi’s comes from.

Wherever that sense of filmic familiarity comes from, I liked what I saw as soon as I walked in.

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

But there is more to Tommi’s than their quirky interior, their burgers are also very good.

I shied away from having a whole steak burger to myself and cheekily asked the OH if I could have half of his in exchange for half of my cheeseburger. He graciously agreed.

Tommi's Burger JointThe thing is if I knew how light and succulent the steak burger would be, I would have happily had an entire one to myself.

Tommi's Burger JointAs for the cheeseburger, it was equally succulent. With both, the meat felt fresh and the buns (which are just as important as the patties) were also very light. The burgers exuded simplicity with their many ingredients, which meant ‘Tommi’ knew exactly what ‘he’ was doing when ‘he’ made them.

Tommi's Burger Joint

Personally, I love enjoying a tasty meal without feeling overstuffed by the end of it. And given that I’m intolerant to yeast, which means that bloated feeling is very easily achieved with a burger, the fact that I felt satisfied but not over-indulged was quite miraculous!

So is Tommi’s Burger Joint good enough to return to? Yes, absolutely, and the next time I pay a visit I’ll be ordering the steak burger with bernaise sauce. That’s right, next time, I’m going all out.

Tommi’s Burger Joint, 342 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR.

Disclosure: Our burgers were complimentary for the purpose of the review. All views are my own, mainly from my tastebuds.

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No. 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel

by Chelsea Girl on April 21, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I popped into No. 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel to meet someone.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelFrom the outside, the hotel is quite an unassuming building nestled comfortably amongst the grandeur of the 19th century mansions off the King’s Road.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelBut when I stepped over the threshold and discovered the hotel’s instant charm, I knew I had to return for a proper look around. And so last week, that is what I did.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelLittle did I know upon my first visit that not only had I stumbled across a local gem but also an exquisite hotel filled with wonderful surprises behind each door.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelThe library captured my heart. I love texture and deep rich colours and this room is perfect for sitting back in and reading the papers. It is also filled with first edition books that instantly create a sense of history for the hotel. (I’m a book fiend and I love the idea of picking up an original publication of my favourite story.)

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelThe bar is also a gorgeous find and it did not surprise that not only guests pop in for a drink but locals too.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelBut if you are already anticipating more photos of deep sumptuous colours, herein lies another of the hotel’s surprises: you can’t guess what is around the corner.

For example, here is the afternoon tea room … very light and airy.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelAnd here is the outdoor terrace …

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelMost of the suites themselves … (and we are only talking suites for this five star luxury hotel) … are also spacious, allowing plenty of light. Here is my favourite …

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelThe corridor that leads to the bedroom …

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelAnd the gorgeous bedroom …

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel

Other surprises lie in the details of each room. For example, this large wardrobe …

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelWho would have guessed that behind one of these doors lies … this gorgeous marble bathroom?

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel

And that each suite has its own style? Like this one …

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No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelBut hands down, this has to be my favourite corner of the hotel.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel

Because the suites can be connected and separated depending on the needs of the guest, this mirrored room can also become someone’s dining room (if you take the surrounding suites, which has been done).

Here’s a little glimpse of the restaurant …

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelAnd here is the al fresco private dining area.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens HotelHotels are supposed to feel like a home away from home plus a little bit more but No. 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel takes this idea to another, more luxurious level. So it’s no surprise that guests return here year after year. This place is gorgeous.

As for myself, booking a suite or connecting few may not be on the agenda but there is still the bar – and of course restaurant. And these, I cannot wait to discover properly.

Watch this space. ;)

No.11 Cadogan Gardens, 11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 2RJ.

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Things to do in London for Easter 2014

by Chelsea Girl on April 13, 2014

It’s almost here, Easter! If you’re staying in London, here are a few ideas to help you fill your four-day weekend … Bring it on.

1. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine out, La Brasserie has a number of fun stuff planned for Easter. They include:

Easter Friday: Complimentary mini hot cross buns for all diners.

Easter Saturday: A snail race will take place at 12pm. Not real snails but wind up snails and whoever chooses the fastest snail in the race will win a bottle of Champagne.

Easter Sunday: La Brasserie’s Easter Egg hunt will start at 11am. Eggs will be hidden around the restaurant for children to find whilst their parents enjoy their Champagne breakfast or anything else they fancy.

Easter Monday: All diners will receive free raffle prize tickets. Prizes include a mammoth chocolate bunny, a cut and blow dry at Hari’s hair salon and a Champagne breakfast for two. The winning tickets will be picked out at 4pm.

And to top it all off, kids eat for free at La Brasserie during the Easter period!

2. If you’re looking for some last-minute buys, head to Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road, or to their other locations, for their latest Easter collection which includes the Birds of Paradise eggs: 24 half-eggs made of three different flavours: Kalamansi Lime Caramel, Passion Fruit and Rosemary Caramel, and Tonka Bean Caramel.

Rococo Chocolates

3. Do you need to entertain the kids? Head to Kensington Palace for live performances and storytelling throughout the palace. There will also be Easter egg hunts well as an Easter bonnet/hat competition each day. More information.

4. If you’re looking for something different to do then head to Berwick Street’s Record Store Day for live music and DJs on Saturday 19th April 2014, from 12pm – 7pm. This looks like a cool event from all six of Berwick Street’s independent record stores to celebrate vinyl and of course music. For more information on the line-up, here is the event’s website.

5. Or if you’re thinking it would be great to rewind to the 60s then head to Modstock on Great Portland Place. This 60s inspired 4-day event starts on the 17th and runs until Monday 21st April 2014.

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It’s the week before Easter and this weekend sees the London Marathon happening on Sunday 13th April. But if you’re not running around getting ready for Easter or running through the streets of London for charity, what else is there to do this weekend?

1. The Chelsea Art Fair opened its doors at the Chelsea Town Hall on Thursday and you have until Sunday to visit this international art fair that brings together thirty galleries from the UK and abroad. Here is more information.

2. If you are looking for somewhere delicious and spring-like to visit, why not pop into Sake No Hana on St. James’s Street to dine within their pop-up cherry blossom secret garden and enjoy the scent of Jo Malone’s scented candles lingering.

Sake No Hana

“Sakura at Sake no Hana” also involves a limited-edition menu that includes cherry blossom sake cocktails, exquisite bento boxes, macarons and desserts. To find out more about this pop-up which will run until May 19th, here is Sake No Hana’s website.

Sake No Hana

3. Chocolate lovers, head to Duke of York Square for the Easter Chocolate Market on Saturday. For this week only, the Saturday Farmer’s Market will include a wide range of chocolate sellers from established businesses to smaller artisanal chocolatiers. This one-off chocolate market will celebrate both Easter and the 325th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane bringing cocoa back to London from the West Indies. Now, that is something to celebrate!

Hans Sloane

Hans Sloane: A local hero

4. Pop into the Victoria and Albert Museum to visit their latest exhibition: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. If you can’t make it this weekend, the exhibition will run until 27th July 2014. I, for one, can’t wait to see it.

5. Foodies, head to the South Bank for the Real Food Festival on either Saturday or Sunday for a guilt-free delicious experience that involves “sustainably and ethically produced food.” To find out more, click here.

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Rococo Chocolate Heaven

by Chelsea Girl on April 9, 2014

Yesterday I popped into Rococo Chocolates in Belgravia to meet its founder Chantal Coady …

Rococo Chocolates… and as we talked, I sipped the most gorgeous thick hot chocolate and reminisced about the first time I tasted something as true as this. I was in Rome a long while ago and the revelation was akin to discovering that not all pizzas were deep crust. As for hot chocolates, Angelina in Paris is a hot spot for veritable chocolate fans. But where do you go when you’re in London? If you like yours thick and smooth, Rococo would be a good first stop.

Rococo Chocolates

Whilst talking with Chantal, I learned about Rococo’s ethical farm in Grenada and the reason behind Rococo’s unique style and designs: Chantal designs everything.

Rococo ChocolatesAnd as we got to know each other, Chantal also kindly gave me some fabulous mummy tips that I have already started to put into practice.

I am such a huge fan of Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road that yesterday morning was a true pleasure. Getting to know the Belgravia store and the person behind such a fabulous brand was a real treat.

And being given a full box of chocolates to take away with me was also very exciting.

Rococo Chocolates

When I arrived home and took the box out of the bag …

Rococo Chocolates

I discovered some brand new flavours I hadn’t yet tried.

Rococo Chocolates

They included kalamansi lime caramel, (two) passion fruit and rosemary caramel, jivara milk chocolate ganache and almond marzipan hot cross bun.

Rococo Chocolates

The flavours were exceptional and their textures sublime. The kalamansi lime caramel and passion fruit and rosemary caramel were both melt in your mouth smooth.

I wish I had the discipline to savour each one slowly and carefully but I’m afraid I devoured them all instantly (unfortunate for the OH). They were a feast for the tastebuds and I guess I got overexcited.

Thank you Chantal and Rococo for a delicious morning! I’ll be back. :)

Rococo Chocolates, 321 Kings Road, London SW3 5EP and Rococo Chocolates, 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU

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