26 April 2018

Devonshire Club

Let me introduce you to your new favourite brunch place...

The Devonshire Club, Liverpool Street, London - UK lifestyle blog

ThDevonshire Club is a stylish new members' club in the heart of the city, spread over five floors across two Grade II-listed buildings in Devonshire Square, just two minutes from Liverpool Street.  It's a beautifully-designed space with co-working offices upstairs, 68 smart hotel rooms and suites, three bars, a library, a restaurant and a gorgeous brasserie overlooking a private garden.  Designed by London-based interior design group March and White, the sophisticated decor has a retro feel, with chic mid-century furniture, red leather booths, patterned upholstery, wingback armchairs, gold lamps, antique mirror panels, and a glossy marble seafood counter.

Free-flowing champagne brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

The menu features modern British and European dishes with fresh shellfish available from the seafood bar.  At the weekends, relaxed bottomless brunches are available with free-flowing bloody Marys, prosecco or champagne - we opted for the latter for an oh-so indulgent Saturday afternoon - alongside classic brunch dishes like eggs, omelettes, bircher muesli, French toast, fresh fruit and full monty English breakfasts.

The Devonshire Club, Liverpool Street - London restaurant blog

We ordered the small but perfectly formed eggs royale: smoked salmon and perfectly poached eggs sat on a toasted English muffin and drizzled with a light Hollandaise sauce and chopped chives.  The second savoury dish we shared was a grander affair: an at-table trolley service is available on Saturdays and Sundays - our waiter wheeled a polished silver trolley to our table and sliced tender, perfectly-cooked beef short rib in front of us, served with a pot of truffle macaroni cheese as a side.  Very naughty, but very tasty.  We finished by sharing a bowl of seasonal berries and grapes with natural yoghurt and honey, and one more glass of fizz for the road...  Great food, Instagrammable interiors, friendly service and a relaxed ambience - get yourself to Liverpool Street, pronto.

Devonshire Club, 4 & 5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Weekend brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

Eggs royale for Saturday brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

The Devonshire Club private members club & restaurant, London - UK lifestyle blog

Champagne brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

The Devonshire Club restaurant, City of London - UK lifestyle blog

Beef for lunch at The Devonshire Club private member's club in the City of London - UK lifestyle blog

Fresh flowers at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

Beef for Saturday brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

Brunch at The Devonshire Club, City of London - UK lifestyle blog

Fresh fruit for dessert at The Devonshire Club - London lifestyle blog

The Devonshire Club, City of London - UK lifestyle blog
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23 April 2018

8 Oasis Dresses You Need Right Now

I haven't been into Oasis in ages, but after browsing the new collection online I added no less than 8 gorgeous dresses to my basket.  Warning: if you don't like polka dots and ditsy floral prints, feminine ruffles and pretty lace, or flattering wrap dresses and tea dresses, look away now.

Oasis Mid Blue Long Lace Tea Dress - UK style blog
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1 April 2018

Okayama Sakura Carnival

I have had the best first 36 hours in Japan.  Admittedly, the late night packing, 11.5 hour flight and 7 hours' sleep across two nights was pretty monstrous - but when we arrived, we fired up on coffee and walked for an absolutely ludicrous 28,000 jetlagged, increasingly weary steps, because: when in Rome.  I've wanted to go to Japan forever, but Japan during cherry blossom season?  You march on through that jetlag...


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