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Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, London

Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me… It sounds odd doesn’t it, celebrating your birthday on your own? Don’t believe it for a second. Flying solo for a knock-out lunch is one of life’s great pleasures. Nothing may rival the fun and conviviality of …

Richard McComb featured on Rip Off Food on BBC One

Sandwiched between Homes Under The Hammer and Watchdog Test House, a small piece of broadcasting history will be made on BBC One on Monday (17.03.14). The second series of Rip Off Food, a spin-off from Rip Off Britain, gets underway at 11am. And I’m on it. Daytime TV may never be …

The Goring, Belgravia, London

The lighting inside my suite is adjusted via a gold master switch featuring four settings. Guests can selected from: Bright; Calm; Cosy; and Oooh. I am a sucker for “Oooh,” which is just as well. Because “Oooh,” as in “Oooh, how lovely,” “Oooh, how gorgeous,” and “Oooh, all right, I’ll …

Aqua Shard: cocktails, tongues and Anthea

Very imposing. Beautifully sculpted. So tall. Dazzling from all angles. But that’s enough about Hugh Wright, communications manager for Aqua Shard. Hugh, the “Gayest Man on Twitter” (and one of London’s most accomplished manscapers, a fact he omits from his CV), literally begged me to run the rule over Aqua. Well, he …