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The Londoner Hotel Review
Being back in London just feels right. The hustle and bustle of West London always feels to me as if anything is possible, ever since my first visit in my early twenties. Back then, I was mostly interested in seeing the top sights and attractions. Most of us are on our first visit, enamoured by the likes of Westminster and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and our first red double-decker bus ride. But these days, London almost feels like a second home to me. It is always a breath of fresh air to return to, feeling more local with every visit. On this trip I checked in to the newly opened Londoner Hotel, which has been met with praise and top reviews. So to help you decide if you should book a stay here, I’ve written a highly detailed recount of my own experience.
The Location of The Londoner Hotel
Let’s start with the location of The Londoner, as this is (at least for me) the most important factor in deciding where to stay in a city as big as London. For me, I like to walk around the streets from dusk til dawn, so I need to be centrally located. I also like to be within a few minutes walk to a tube station, so it is easy to get around to outlying suburbs but also easy to arrive in London via public transport.
The Londoner Hotel’s location is about as good as it gets. Situated in the heart of West London, you will find yourself located quite literally on Leicester Square. That’s about a two minute walk to the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square, or a 19 minute walk to Buckingham Palace. As you can see, everything is within a reasonable walking distance. But if you prefer, you’re just a three minute walk from the nearest tube station, with all of London then at your fingertips.
The Views from The Londoner Hotel
Another main reason guests book this stay is for the incredible views over London. Each room offers a different view, but you’ll want to choose a city view room if you fancy waking up to the London skyline. From my room I could see The Shard and rumour has it that some rooms even have a view straight to the London Eye!
Inside the Suites at The Londoner
As this stay is a splurge and one of the most luxurious hotels in London, you might be wondering: what can you expect of the rooms and suites? Aside from the great location and beautiful views to wake up to, The Londoner also has some great room ammenities that set this hotel apart from its competitors. Take for example the luxurious bath amenities, an oversized spa, separate shower and full sized wardrobe to unpack if you plan on staying a while. The hotel slippers are a particular (and surprising) highlight, so thick and fluffy that you’ll surely want to pack them in your suitcase when you leave. And of course rooms are serviced daily for a freshen up while you’re out exploring London.
Breakfast at The Londoner Hotel
One of the highlights of my stay (and a key indicator of a refined hotel experience in my honest opinion) is the breakfast buffet. I’m a morning person which in effect makes me a breakfast person, as I need a hearty but healthy start to the day. This is especially for me when I travel, because I do a lot of walking!
The buffet breakfast at The Londoner Hotel was no ordinary affair. There was a full a la carte menu to choose from, inclusive of all coffees and teas. But it was the buffet that really shone for me. There was avocado by the scoop, fresh berries, a variety of yoghurts and the cherry on top of the cake – there were not just regular croissants, but almond croissants! This was such a luxurious treat and really shows the length this hotel goes to ensure your stay is extraordinary.
Wellness at The Londoner Hotel
If you fancy your breakfast more on the lighter side, you can also enjoy healthy eats and drinks downstairs near the fitness centre and pool. The Londoner Refuel Clinic has its own breakfast and lunch menu, with the likes of muesli, health shots and even ashwaganda making an appearance. There are also matcha lattes on offer, which are a great alternative to start your day if you’re avoiding caffeine.
Around the Neighbourhood
One of the biggest drawcards of staying at The Londoner is the location in the heart of West London. You’re only ever a short walk away from the main tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Westminster. But once you’ve got all of your tourist sightseeing out of the way, you’ll have the most enjoyable time in these surrounding neighbourhoods, all within a 2-3 minute walk of the hotel.
Soho – Considered to be a foodie haven and full of great bakeries for the mornings, plus bars and pubs in the evenings.
West End – The heart of theatre in London. This is London’s take on Broadway (so go see a show!)
Covent Garden – One of my favourite neighbourhoods to wander around through the day, grab a take-away picnic lunch and sit in a park as you watch the world pass you by.
Book your stay
Book directly through The Londoner website for the best rate. You will also find more information about the dining options on offer in the hotel, plus some great tips for exploring the surrounding neighbourhood.
The Best Beauty Elixirs That Hydrate While Helping Battle the Signs of Aging
Now that winter is over, we can pack away all those extra layers. Not to mention all of those overly thick skin care products the season calls for. With spring’s arrival, we can really lighten up. Which is why we’re swapping our heavier serums for ultra lightweight beauty elixirs.Elixirs can do anything serums can do. They’re excellent moisturizers adding just the right amount of hydration to keep you glowing straight through summer. Another big benefit? They help combat everything from fine lines to wrinkles and oversized pores.The best ones have even more to offer. Certain formulas can replace your favorite makeup primer. Plus, a few can fill in for foundation on those days you feel like skipping makeup. Because who doesn’t want almost effortlessly dewy skin this time of year?A word of warning. The best beauty elixirs don’t come cheap. You can easily spend several hundred dollars on one bottle. But, thankfully, there are more cost-effective alternatives. It really comes down to what you’re looking for. If your mission is to replace almost your entire skin care lineup, it’ll cost you. (Although it may actually be a bargain if you total up the price tags of all your current formulas.) If you’re just trying to supplement one or two products, you can afford an elixir for less.Here are the best ones to swap into your warm weather skin care routine. Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Ultimate Wrinkle Solution, $475 at Tata HarperThis pick is pricey, but totally worth it. Designed for severe lines and wrinkles, the elixir also addresses elasticity and dryness. It accomplishes such feats with 31 sources to minimize the look of wrinkles, four sources to add volume, 11 sources of antioxidants and 26 sources of hydration. Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Rebalancing Elixir, $99 at Ulta BeautyIf you’re struggling with super sensitive skin, meet your new BFF. The formula boasts CBD for nourishment, a mushroom complex for correction and cherimoya fruit extract for maintenance. Everything works together to rebalance your skin to its optimal pH level with hydrated, smooth and radiant results. Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $49 at DermStoreIs your complexion in desperate need of a hydration pick-me-up? If you answered yes, you’re going to love this elixir. Made with all-natural ingredients, it evens your skin plus smooths fine lines and visible pores. Use can also use it as a makeup setting spray or store in the freezer for a cooling effect. Elemis Pro-Collagen Super Serum Elixir, $82 at Ulta BeautyReduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while imparting much-needed moisture with this best elixir. The concentrate includes hyaluronic acid for that hydration kick along with a unique blend of bio-actives. So all you’re left with is glowing, firmer skin. RÓEN Beauty Elixir Restorative Face Oil, $72 at RÓEN BeautyThis elixir will really get you glowing. It relies on 100 percent plant-based oils to promote cell turnover and collagen production to soften fine lines. So your skin will appear firmer and plumper. Simply apply several drops to the palm of your hand, then press said drops on your face, neck and décolletage. Rituel de Fille Thorn Oil Priming Facial Elixir, $68 at Ulta BeautyDon’t let this elixir’s red hue scare you. It turns rose in the dropper and looks luminously clear once applied to your skin. It serves as a great base for makeup. But on those makeup-free days, it gives your complexion a lit-from-within radiance just like your go-to highlighter. In other words, you’ll use it every single day. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, $80 at SephoraWe all want to lighten up this time of year and this elixir is a great way to do just that. It’s comprised of golden vitamin C, polyglutamic acid and niacinamide. The powerful blend tackles dark spots plus fine lines and wrinkles. As if that weren’t enough, the formula also brightens and plumps skin. LOLI Beauty Plum Elixir Organic Revitalizing Face Oil, $68 at Ulta BeautyThe definition of a multitasker, you can use this pick on your complexion, lips and even hair. It hydrates your skin immediately and helps brighten dark spots. On the hair front, it smooths so you can kick frizz to the curb. Or use it as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment. It also functions as a moisturizing lip gloss. Skyn Iceland Arctic Elixir With Raspberry Plant Stem Cell Complex, $50 at DermStoreSkyn Iceland’s cool elixir actually inhibits stress-induced signs of premature aging. It’s all thanks to raspberry stem cells that protect cell structures from environmental aggressors and counteract inflammation. Plus, it contains omega fatty acids to promote firmness and elasticity. It also refines the texture of your skin so it looks softer and smoother.
H&M launches its fifth sustainability initiative with a timeless collection titled ‘Cherish Waste’
“This collection is a celebration of love, filled with wardrobe heroes that feel comfortable to wear, even if they are dramatic, statement pieces,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M, about the treasured roster. “As a business, we have ambitious sustainability targets–we are well on the way to achieving our goal of using more sustainably sourced and recycled materials in all of our collections by 2030, for example, with the figure so far at 80%. But we know we need to do more,” Johansson says of ‘Innovation Stories’ that launched at the beginning of 2021 as a platform to showcase the cutting-edge work at H&M in sustainability and innovative materials.As the name suggests, the meticulously curated pieces from the collection are intended to be cherished and shared. The pieces also come with labels in their linings where customers can write heartfelt messages when they want to give the garment a new life by passing it on to someone new. While the silhouettes provide a canvas for creativity and the novel prints coupled with mood-enhancing hues capture the essence of this new-age collection, there is so much more to it than what meets the eye. Material exploration has gained some serious mileage in the design ateliers of the house and they have experimented with numerous mediums that are firsts for H&M, including MIRUM®, recycled silk and AirCarbon™. While recycled polyester takes form as bubble gum-pink heart-shaped evening dress, pale blue puff-ball mini and the pink knitted spike dress, the frill-trimmed pink shirt from the arresting collection is brought to life with recycled silk made from waste silk. Lending the same care, craft and cutting-edge construction to accessories, the house has designed a studded bracelet and a pair of court shoes using MIRUM®–a plant-based leather free of plastic and made from plant fibres, vegetable oil and minerals along with a convertible chain necklace and rhinestone earrings featuring black hearts made from AirCarbon™–a biomaterial made by natural microorganisms that use air and carbon from greenhouse gases that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. The highly-anticipated launch–slated to hit stores from 21st April–also coincides with the Global Change Awards hosted by the H&M Foundation that aims to make the fashion industry planet positive. The foundation awards five innovations–carefully picked out from umpteen submissions from across the globe–a total €1 Million Grant to scale up their early-stage projects and to applaud their ethical and eco-conscious efforts. India’s big win at the international platform will be brought to light by CottonAce by Wadhwani AI as they succeeded in taking up the top spot amongst the 5 finalists. Their relentless efforts aimed at programming an AI solution that reduces pesticide use, increases yield and raises incomes for smallholder cotton farmers. Actor and sustainability influencer, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is also a part of the expert panel and has played an active role in the GCA Impact Accelerator interacting with the winners in different ways. In an exclusive chat with Vogue India, the multi-hyphenate reveals the details of her collaboration with the H&M Foundation and the winner Wadhwani AI shares their success story. Read on for the full interview —
25 Fresh Spring Recipes
These spring recipes highlight all the produce this season has to offer! Browse ideas with asparagus, peas, radishes, carrots, and more.
When spring rolls around, it’s all we can do not to jump into cooking everything asparagus, radishes, and carrots. Because after a long winter, there’s nothing better than the invigorating crunch of fresh spring produce! Here are some of our favorite spring recipes that use the produce of the season. Depending on where you’re located, the following produce may be in season in spring: Asparagus, Radishes, Carrots, Spinach, Butter Lettuce, Potatoes, Fennel, Chives, Leeks, Mint, Strawberries, and Rhubarb. You’ll see this produced featured in the recipes below. Let us know what other spring veggies you love to cook with!
And now…25 fresh spring recipes!
Creamy, savory, crunchy, and zingy: this spring recipe truly sublime: asparagus risotto! Roast up some asparagus with lemon at the same time that you’re stirring up a creamy risotto on the stovetop. Then throw the tender bright green asparagus into the risotto, right along with the lemon. You’ll wish the pot would never end.
Here’s a spring recipe that tastes like sunshine: Carrot Ginger Soup! This recipe is ideal for when you’ve got spring carrots on hand. Coconut milk adds a velvety texture and a subtle fruitiness that compliments the carrot perfectly. It’s great as a first course, or for lunch with grilled cheese.
Here’s an easy spring dinner that pleases everyone: this baked salmon and asparagus recipe! It’s simple, it’s elegant, but it tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. Roasting it up on a sheet pan with lemon slices and fresh herbs adds effortless flavor that feels fresh yet refined.
This green vegetable chowder has a bright green color and homey vibe. It’s full of spring vegetables: green peas, baby greens, chives, and mint. The soup has a cozy, hearty and almost meaty flavor from cumin, coriander, and garlic, set off by the fresh herbs. Add a squeeze of lemon to heighten the brightness, and top with a good sprinkling of mint.
Here’s a festive spring recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes! These little cakes are fun, easy to put together, and overwhelmingly satisfying. The moist, carrot-studded cakes have just the right warm spiced interior. Piled high with tangy cream cheese frosting, the flavor combination is out of this world good.
What’s more of a spring recipe than peas? Peas can taste amazing in 5 minutes. Yep, you can transform these green spheres into an easy side dish that everyone around the table will love. (Promise!) The secret? A little olive oil, butter, garlic and lemon.
Serve this carrot salad to your friends and family, and they’ll be singing your praises! We know because when we make this at our house, it disappears within minutes. It’s simple and refreshing, featuring strings of carrots doused in a a tangy Mediterranean-style vinaigrette.
The buttery scent of this recipe in the oven may win you one or two marriage proposals…or at least it will have the neighbors wandering by to snatch up leftovers. Try this crowd-pleasing Asparagus Quiche! It’s packed with savory, cozy flavor, perfect for spring brunches or light dinners with a crisp glass of white wine.
There’s nothing lovelier than the bright chartreuse of young spring lettuce leaves. Here’s a simple way to make them into an impressive side dish: this Butter Lettuce Salad! These delicate lettuce leaves are irresistible coated in creamy, savory Parmesan Peppercorn dressing and topped with a few simple veggies and Parmesan shavings. A sprinkle of crunchy breadcrumbs seals the deal.
Looking for a unique spring recipe? May we present…roasted radishes! Here’s a way to eat them that most people haven’t thought of: roasted in a hot oven! They’re unlike anything you’ve tasted before: tender, mild, and almost sweet.
Ready for a veggie-filled pasta that celebrates spring? Meet this pasta primavera. Pasta primavera is all about fresh, green spring veggies and a delicate, light flavor. It’s everything that a heavy mac and cheese or lasagna are not. So once the first sprouts of green start to come in the spring: we start to crave pasta primavera.
Need a side dish on the table fast? Try this roasted asparagus! It’s so simple: the asparagus is tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. The secret ingredient? Grated garlic, which infuses a delightful savory flavor. Throw that lemony garlic asparagus in the oven and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until it’s tender.
Try this Fresh Radish Salad! It’s a great way to use this crisp, peppery veggie for lunches and as an easy side dish. Throw together the radishes with crunchy cucumber, chickpeas, olive oil and vinegar it makes a delightfully zingy mix. This spring salad has just the right proportions to highlight the refreshing flavor of this veggie.
Another spring salad recipe? Try this asparagus salad! It’s got savory sautéed asparagus, cooked up in a hot pan for a few minutes then spritzed with lemon. Add that to a bed of greens and sprinkle with with peppery radishes and salty feta cheese. A Dijon mustard dressing tops it off, perfectly balanced with tangy and savory notes.
Looking for tasty pancakes that are perfect for spring? Try these Carrot Cake Pancakes! They’re lightly sweetened with maple syrup, tender and moist from the carrots, and perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Even better, top them with maple Greek yogurt and the sweet tang is magic.
Here’s a great spring side dish recipe: Honey Glazed Carrots! What’s better than a butter and honey glaze? This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes, and the flavor is out of this world: sweet, savory, and salty, with fruity and floral notes from the honey.
Here’s a fun way to turn spring spinach into a classy side dish: Spinach Rice! Take plain old white rice and cook up a pot with spinach and garlic, then flavor it with a pop of lemon and sprinkle of feta cheese. It’s an elegant side dish that you can serve for guests or just use to spice up weeknights.
Here’s a spring soup that’s a spin on vichyssoise, traditional French potato leek soup. Pureed white beans give the soup body instead of cream. Add some spring spinach and it turns entire soup green, which gives it a vibrant color and vibe!
Try this refreshing spring Romaine Salad! The electric green of the romaine leaves, pastel dressing and delicate pink radishes have a fresh monochrome effect tastes as good as it looks. The Green Goddess Dressing smothers it all in herbaceous creaminess. Take it over the top with a sprinkle of crunchy breadcrumbs, an ingenious alternative to croutons.
Rhubarb is a unique fruit that starts to become available in spring. And what’s better than strawberry rhubarb crisp? The crisp topping is oats and oat flour, and it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup. It results in a sweet tart crisp that’s seriously nostalgic.
Deviled eggs are everything spring, and these have got a twist: Greek yogurt in the filling along with the mayo. Along with both yellow and Dijon mustard, it adds the perfect flavoring to these eggs without being overly rich! Garnish with dried dill or smoked paprika, or a mix of the two to make it festive.
Got fresh strawberries? Here’s one of the best ways to use them…a pitcher of homemade Strawberry Lemonade! This drink is bright and beautiful, citrusy with a hit of berry on the finish. It tastes infinitely better made at home: the flavors are brilliantly fresh.
Baby potatoes abound in spring, and these tiny spuds roast up beautifully. Each bite is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Season them with a little garlic powder and smoked paprika, and they’re bursting with delicious flavor!
Spring is ideal for a frittata! This light, Italian egg pie is often served for breakfast or brunch, but it works for dinner too. This one has just the right thickness and texture. The spinach feta filling is perfectly salted, savory and delicious. You can make it with lots of different fillings, but this one is a knock out.
Here’s a spring recipe that’s even more delicious than it sounds…these insanely tasty Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins! Imagine: a muffin with a tender crumb: just sweet enough and delightfully moist. Then add a strawberry cream cheese topping, that coats everything in sweet savory richness.
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This flavor-packed asparagus risotto pairs creamy arborio rice with Parmesan and lemony roasted asparagus. A true crowd pleaser!
1 quart vegetable broth
1 quart water
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 pound asparagus
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 lemon (Zest from half, plus 4 slices from the other half)
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 yellow onion
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups white arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Optional garnish: Toasted pine nuts
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat the broth: Combine the broth, water, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a saucepan and place it over low heat. (You’ll use this warmed broth to stir into the risotto).
Cut the vegetables: Mince the onion, then place it in a bowl and reserve. Cut off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus and then cut them into two-inch pieces.
Prep the asparagus: Add the asparagus stalks to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle them with 1 tablespoon olive oil, then sprinkle on ½ teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the zest of ½ lemon and mix with your hands. Thinly slice 2 lemon wheels from the lemon, then cut each in half and add them right on the tray.
Start the risotto: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and the 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until tender. Add the garlic powder and rice and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes until the rice starts to turn light brown. Stir in the wine and cook until the liquid is fully absorbed.
Roast the asparagus: Place the tray with the asparagus in the oven and 10 to 15 minutes, until bright green and tender when pierced by a fork at the thickest part. The timing will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears. (You’ll remove it from the oven while you’re cooking the risotto in the next step.)
Meanwhile, cook the risotto: Add two ladles of the hot broth to the risotto. Cook, stirring occasionally until the liquid is fully absorbed, then add two more ladles of both. Cook in this same manner for about 12 minutes, adding two ladles and stirring. After the 12 minutes, taste a grain of rice. If it’s creamy but still al dente in the center, you’re ready for the final step! If not, continue to cook and add broth for a few minutes more.
Finish the risotto: When the rice is al dente, reduce the heat to low. Add two more ladles of broth, the Parmesan cheese and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes until you’ve got a thick and creamy risotto. Then stir in the asparagus and roasted lemon wedges and serve immediately. Stores refrigerated in a sealed container for 3 days, though the color of the asparagus will fade (reheat before serving).
Category: Main dishMethod: StovetopCuisine: SpringDiet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Spring recipes
These Cut-Out Jumpsuits Are Giving Us All the (Spring) Feels
Spring brings to mind all kinds of fashionable things. Think shorts, crop tops, miniskirts and sandals. Jumpsuits aren’t on the list. But we argue they should be. Especially cut-out jumpsuits.Wondering why? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Cut-out one-pieces offer the best of both worlds. Enough coverage to combat the season’s often erratic weather while still showing some, albeit strategic, peeks of skin. The fact that they’re also the epitome of one-and-done dressing is a great bonus.Regarding those flashes of flesh, they don’t have to be explicit. From subtle side exposure to front-and-center openings to sly slits and keyhole accents. So there’s no need to fear you’ll show too much.Obviously, these silhouettes are better suited to late in the season. After all, spring isn’t exactly cooperating right now. But just like with micro dresses, your best bet is to get these jumpsuits while the getting is good. Plus, you can always layer a top over or under any of these creations in the meantime.Depending on your height, you may want to style them with heeled sandals or flats. While there are a couple cropped versions, most boast wide legs and longer hems. Because material dragging on the ground is so not cool.Here are our favorite cut-out jumpsuits that totally work in the real world. Mango Knot Cut Out Jumpsuit, $99.99 at Mango Corey Lynn Calter Cut-Out Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $170 at Anthropologie Zara Gingham Cut Out Jumpsuit, $49.90 at Zara Bershka Jumpsuit Featuring Long Sleeves and Front Cut-Out Detail, $49.90 at Bershka Baobab Kira Cut-Out Jumpsuit, $285 at Saks Ulla Johnson Khalida Floral-Print Silk Jumpsuit, $774 at Farfetch Free People Kira Jumpsuit in Marigold, $148 at Free People H&M Fitted Jumpsuit in Yellow-Green/Patterned, $20.99 at H&M Bershka Cut-Out Jumpsuit, $39.90 at Bershka Faithfull The Brand Malaika Cutout Printed Linen Halter-Neck Jumpsuit, $330 at Moda Operandi