The Pret a Manger Restaurant Experience (Pret Good Evenings)

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Since 2009, a large chunk of my income has been spent at Pret a Manger. I was almost tempted to go through my accounts and tally up the exact numbers before writing this, but I’m almost positive it would make you guys worry about my avocado and crayfish salad consumption.

To me, Pret has always been the perfect blend of convenience (there is one on around every corner in Central London) and delicious, healthy food (self explanatory). When they announced they were trialling table service and dinner menus at their Strand branch, I wanted in on the action.

Upon entering, a charming young lady asked ‘Are you here for dinner?’ (nod!), passed us two clipboards of menus and took us to a table, explaining we would order and pay at the counter (per usual) but be given a number to take back to our seats for table service.

Perusing the menu, we were not disappointed. It currently features thirteen mains (Rye and Sourdough toasties, salads, soups, quinoa hot pots and mac & cheese) with a selection of small plates – all catering for health-conscious carnivores and veggies alike.

Deciding to sip on a glass of Prosecco (Bisol) and Pinot Noir (L’Hospitalet) while we waited for our food, flurries of traditional customers stopped in to grab an evening bite, often visibly amused by the fact people were drinking bubbles across the room from them.

Combined with the mass of Londoners and tourists weaving in and out of each other of the pavements outside, it was people-watching perfection.

The food was also perfection of its own category. Knowing we wanted to try as much as we could, we shared some polenta and spice-seasoned sweet potato wedges (£3.95), a Korean Gochujang BBQ Pulled Pork hot pot (with quinoa rice and pickled red cabbage – £5.95), the Chicken and Bacon Cobb salad (utilising lemon & rosemary chicken, grilled bacon, Cashel Blue cheese, free-range eggs, avocado, mixed leaf salad and Dijon – £6.95), and Prosciutto Mac and Cheese (tubetti rigati with bechamel, cauliflower florets, and chopped parsley – £5.25). I have tried to coerce myself into picking a favourite but I’m not sure I can; I would genuinely order ever single dish again.

Pret Good Evenings gets a very satisfied thumbs up from me. I can’t wait to see how and where this concept expands.

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In Review: W Hotel, London

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I have been to Leicester Square’s W Hotel on multiple occasions (my private cinema experience being the luxurious highlight) but have not been a sleeping guest until I used the hotel as my base for three big days of filming last month.

More on that soon!

To me, the hotel has always felt like an endless night in Manhattan. It’s dark, chic, lively and – to be honest – I wasn’t sure how well that would translate to a hotel room.

Thankfully, the ‘Wonderful’ room (its actual name) was an altogether lighter, fresher take on the theme. Though the ‘Wonderfuls’ aren’t too large, the room concept creates the illusion of space by utilising walls of floor-to-ceiling mirrors and hiding bathrooms and closets behind smart panelling.

As far as the little things are concerned, the amenities (from Bliss) and soundproofing (for what is essentially a Central London party hotel) kept my product-forgetting, sleep-deprived self sane. I should also note that it has one of the most tempting room service menus in existence; the W burger is bomb and you have the pleasure of getting dishes straight from Spice Market downstairs. With a cocktail or two.

I didn’t have time to do much more than sleep and eat in the hotel but my stay was without fault. Highly recommended for anyone who wants the city on their doorstep.

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The LG G4 Review (+ Video!)

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Want an exclusive look at the LG G4 before it is even released? You’ve come to the right place.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on LG’s latest flagship smartphone before it’s official launch and, well, I may have found my soulmate. I have filmed a full review of the LG G4 for you all, so please click below to enjoy!

LG G4: Fast facts

– 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display and Snapdragon 808 processor
– Your choice of leather or ceramic back cover (fully removable)
– An OMG-worthy 16-megapixel rear camera with F1.8 aperture (with laser Auto Focus)
– An 8-megapixel front-facing camera with Gesture Shot and fast preview, to boot
– Slightly curved design
– A hardcore 3000mAh removable battery and memory card (micro SD) slot

What is the LG G4 release date?

In the UK, it is marked for May 28th,2015 with a global release date of early June 2015. I will update this post as international retailers go on sale:

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In Review: Host Your Own Roast, Beach Blanket Babylon

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Though it took me well into my adult life to be sat in front of one, I developed a love for Sunday Roasts the day my Yorkshire-born boyfriend’s mother invited me to hers.

When Beach Blanket Babylon announced they would be launching ‘Host Your Own Roast’ I was dubious. Though I’ve had nothing but great experiences and food at BBB, I have always associated their cavernous cocktail dens and extensive menus with the evening.

Of course, I would have been a fool not to give a £25 feast with unlimited Bloody Mary pitchers a shot.

Seated in one of the Shoreditch venue’s windowside banquettes, the food came almost as fast as we could say ‘chicken, please!’ (you have a choice of lamb shoulder, suckling pig, rib of beef or chicken as your roasting joint).

Though the roasts are intended for five to eighteen guests, The Manfriend booked as a twosome meaning our chicken was pre-carved. Larger groups benefit from their very own carving knife, apron, and chef’s hat.

Either way you’re getting one tender, juicy mass of chicken.

Of course, a Sunday Roast is no Sunday Roast without trimmings and BBB are well aware. The feasting package includes honey-roasted veg, county-sized Yorkshire puddings, thick gravy, steamed greens, and roasties so perfectly fluffy-crunchy I almost forgot that carbs are the enemy.

Having wrapped the meal up with a final Bloody Mary and enormous slice of warm apple pie (The Manfriend opted for key lime), I was hard pressed to see why any Sunday should be spent elsewhere.

It was the best Sunday roast I’ve had (making it an irrefutable contender for the best Sunday roast in London). Just don’t tell my boyfriend’s mum

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