Dish of the Day – Londinium’s Grilled rib eye steak

For our first ever “Dish of the Day” we wanted to bring you a classic, so vegetarians look away now. Today we celebrate the humble steak, always a guaranteed  crowd pleaser and this grilled rib eye, isn’t just any grilled rib eye, it is a Londinium grilled rib eye!

Take 2,000 years of Roman history, mix with a measure of contemporary design, blend with red suede furnishings and rich brown walnut floors, add a pinch of soft lighting and crisp white linen and sprinkle with relaxing music and a welcoming ambiance … and you’ll get a taste of Londinium.

Londinium can be found on the lower floor of London Bridge Hotel. Open in the evening from 5.30pm – 10.00pm daily with dishes starting at GBP6.00.

Contributor:  Alexandra Pinhorn

London Bridge Hotel is a client of Magellan PR.  Find them on Twitter: @ @LondBridgeHotel and become a fan on Facebook: LondonBridgeHotel or visit www.londonbridgehotel.com.

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Shaken not Stirred – Apple Sour Perlini Mocktail

For this episode of Shaken not Stirred we bring you a refreshing mocktail with slight sour notes all the way from Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers – the Apple Sour Perlini. The mixologists at Fairmont Baku use the Perlini shaker – which carbonates drinks – to give an added dimension to their cocktails – the gas lending a unique fizz to a classic cocktail. However, this cocktail will work just as well without gas.

You will need: 

  • 1/2 cooking apple
  • 15 ml Monin apple syrup
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 14 ml of apple juice
  • Garnish: thinly sliced apple

Chop up your preferred apple – the sourer the better – add into a the shaker. Muddle the fruit, mashing it into a pulp.

Add syrup, lemon juice, apple juice and ice to the fruit. For an alcoholic version, add 50 ml vodka at this stage.


Then give it all  a good shake – if you can, this is the time to add a little gas to give added fizz!


Double strain into a prepared iced glass and garnish with a thinly sliced apple, floating on the surface.

 Enjoy – you know what they say… “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”

Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn Photography: Sue Lowry

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Arguably the best piano in the world …

Fazioli pianos have become rightly renowned for the calibre of their sound, their workmanship and their technology. They are rare indeed but Nur Lounge at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features one of their special models – the M Liminal, designed by NYT Line and Philippe Gendre.

Inspired by the sea, (very appropriate given Baku is located on the world’s largest inland sea – the Caspian Sea), the shape of the side evokes a wave whilst the black/silver colour, gives an impression of a dolphin. The red of the soundboard and black of the cast iron frame filters through the transparency of the plexiglass music stand.

Often played by the very best classical pianists and contemporary artists, guests at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers may enjoy the custom sound as they visit Nur Lounge for afternoon tea or a cocktail or two in the evening.

Contributor:  Sue Lowry.  For sets of images of Baku, Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers, Khinalig, Gobustan, Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dag, visit Sue’s Flickr stream.

Sue Lowry travelled as a guest of Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers (a Magellan client) and British Airways.  For a three night stay, prices – to include accommodation and flights – start at GBP808/ – subject to change.  A visa for entry is required which can easily be arranged through the hotel.

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Statues of Stature: Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street

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Now this statue is instantly identifiable.  It is of course, our hero, the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, standing puffing a pipe, outside of Baker Street Tube Station on the Marylebone Road.

This bronze artwork was created by artist John Doubleday and stands at some three metres high, funded by the Abbey National Building Society.  The Abbey National was located at the supposed address of the noted sleuth at 221b Baker Street, and they commissioned the statue to celebrate Holmes’ 150th anniversary.  It was unveiled on 23rd September 1999.

Doubleday created another Holmes statue before this one – it is located in Meiningen, Switzerland near the Reichenbach Falls – the scene of Holmes’ fake death in The Final Problem when fighting arch foe, Moriaty.  It is, I am told, the world’s only seated statue of Holmes.

Contributor & Photography: Sue Lowry

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From The Mayflower to The Bard …

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Paul O’Pray is the Head Concierge of London Bridge Hotel, the independent, four star property located just steps away from London Bridge and The Shard London.   He has worked for the hotel for over 16 years this May and has become famous or perhaps infamous for his idiosyncratic musical choices shared via social media streams.  MagellanStraits caught up with him to ask him for his personal London favourites.

You obviously love the area – what hidden gems are there hereabouts?

There’s Borough Market of course – unbeatable but I think the biggest gem in the collection has to be the Old Operating Theatre museum – just around the corner from us.  It offers a glimpse into the Victorian age and is atmospheric and bursting with character – a very unique attraction.

I also like Southwark Cathedral just a couple of minutes walk from us across the road.  It’s a very peaceful oasis in the heart of the city – they offer a daily prayer and sometimes, it’s a very soothing place to visit and be at peace.  There’s a monument to Shakespeare and the Marchioness memorial of course – I always stop for a moment there.

Oh and I love the George Inn.  The food is very good – there’s a mix of tourists and city types – it has a wonderful atmosphere and you can really feel the history – the coaches which must have pulled in here for refreshment before travelling onto Dover.

Oh and did you know, the captain of the Mayflower is buried in Bermondsey at the St Mary the Virgin Church in Rotherhide.  Christopher Jones was his name.  London has a wonderful maritime history – and I love its seafaring history.

What else do you love about London?

I enjoy our parks – especially Hyde Park. Full of little gardens – you can really lose yourself in there and completely forget you are in the centre of the capital.  I’m a bit of a gardener too so I always visit Regent’s and St James’s Parks to see what’s going on.

Contributor:  Sue Lowry

Quarter Bar & Lounge and London Bridge Hotel are clients of Magellan PR.  Follow them on Twitter: @Quarter_Bar and @LondBridgeHotel and become a fan on Facebook: QuarterBar and LondonBridgeHotel or visit www.londonbridgehotel.com.

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The Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square

There are four plinths on each of the corners of Trafalgar Square in central London. Three are in use and show statues of Henry Havelock, George IV and Charles James Napier. The fourth remained empty for over 150 years until 1999 when the plinth was used to display a series of contemporary artworks.  The success of this initiative lead to a commission being formed to decide on a use for the plinth and it was decided to continue using it for the display of temporary works of art.

Now that the next installations have been announced, (Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse planned for 2015 of a riderless skeletal horse and David Shrigley’s Really Good – a bronze thumb’s up – planned for 2016),  I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my favourite “Plinth” moments of recent years.

My favourite without a doubt was the Ship in a Bottle as that ship, was Nelson’s own HMS Victory (albeit with African print sails) and as a Pompey girl, you couldn’t really expect anything else, could you?  It was created by Yinka Shonibare and was displayed fro 24th May 2010 to January 2012.  It was 4.7 metres long and 2.8 metres in diameter.  It was so popular, a public appeal was launched to raise money to purchase the piece to keep it in the UK and it is now displayed in Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum

I also liked the rocking horse sculpture which was installed from 23rd February 2012 – April 2013.  It was in fact Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s Powerless Structures – a 4.1 metres tall bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse, celebrating childhood.  It is now at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, home country of one of the artists.

My final choose is of course the current incumbent.  For some reason, I just love it – a bright blue cockerel by Katharina Fritsch called Hahn/Cock, it was erected on 25th July 2013 and is now in residence.  A 4.72 metres high blue sculpture of a cockerel intended to symbolise “regeneration, awakening and strength” – it reminds me of France obviously and tells me to “shake my tail feathers” occasionally and have fun!

Do you have a favourite?

Contributor:  Sue Lowry

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In The Frame: All aboard the Violet Barge

For this episode “In The Frame” we bring you La Maison de la Violette”In July 2000, Helen Vié opened “La Maison de la Violette” on board a barge anchored on the Canal du Midi, to celebrate the delicate flower that made Toulouse what it is the Violet. 

In the warming September sun there seamed nowhere more inviting, than this floating museum dedicated to all things Violet.

Contributor & photographer: Alexandra Pinhorn

Toulouse is part of the CRT Midi-Pyrénées which is a client of Magellan PR. Follow them on Twitter: @tourismemidipy and Facebook: Tourisme-en-Midi-Pyrénées.  Toulouse is also on Twitter: @VisitToulouse and on Facebook: Toulouse.tourisme

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A World in Miniature in Baku

In an inconspicuous space the size of an average sitting room lies one of the most intriguing collections I have even seen – Baku’s Museum of Miniature Books in Azerbaijan.

Situated in the heart of the city’s ancient Inner City, an extensive exhibit of what I can only describe as miniature works of art, is laid out on display for your enjoyment for entrance is free.

The collection started by accident – the owner/curator, Zarifa Salahova, was offered the chance to purchase a complete collection of small format I Krylov fables in November 1982 and when she went to collect her purchase, she chanced upon a collection of miniature books and from that moment, a passion was born.

She now has a collection of over 6,500 miniature books of which 4,700 are displayed in the museum, published in 64 countries worldwide.

The smallest are three mini books in 2×2 mm format, issued by the Japanese publishing house, Toppan (smaller than the head of a pin).

And yes, Britain is represented here by The Bard’s own works and at the other end of the scale, a record of William and Kate’s marriage!

A “must visit” if you are visiting Baku’s Inner City – it is open from 11.00-17.00 – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Contributor:  Sue Lowry.  For sets of images of Baku, Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers, Khinalig, Gobustan, Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dag, visit Sue’s Flickr stream.

Sue Lowry travelled as a guest of Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers (a Magellan client) and British Airways.  For a three night stay, prices – to include accommodation and flights – start at GBP808 – subject to change.  A visa for entry is required which can easily be arranged through the hotel.

Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers is on twitter @FairmontBaku and on Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest: Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers.  Follow British Airways @British_Airways and on Facebook:  British Airways.

Magellan PR is on Twitter: @MagellanPR / on Facebook: MagellanPR / on YouTube: MagellanPR / on Pinterest: Sue Lowry / on Google+:  Sue Lowry & MagellanPR and on Flickr: Sue Lowry.  For more information on our company, visit www.magellan-pr.com.  Follow our other blog focussing on travel in the South of England – A3 Traveller.

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New header: Staunton Country Park, Hampshire

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Our new header is taken from a visit to Staunton Country Park, Hampshire, shot one sunny day last November.  Staunton is an extraordinary place – a former estate, the Victorian house was demolished leaving this gorgeous landscape and the property’s terrace behind.

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The footprint of the House still remains and it is strange when you stand on the terrace looking down on this view as you still feel the ghost of it behind you – or at least, I do.

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It’s an amazing resource – well worth a visit (the grounds are free to enter) – especially with a canine companion – and the views are simply beautiful.  For a full review of the country park, see A3Traveller’s post –Pawprint Series – Staunton Country Park.

Staunton is on twitter – @StauntonCountry – and on Facebook:  Staunton – Farm – Garden – & Country Park.

Contributor & Photography: Sue Lowry

Magellan PR is on twitter: @MagellanPR / on Facebook: MagellanPR / on Pinterest: Sue Lowry / on Google+:  Sue Lowry & MagellanPR and on Flickr: Sue Lowry.  For more information on our company, visit www.magellan-pr.com.  Follow our other blog focussing on travel in the South of England – A3 Traveller.

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Date for the diary – Fishbourne Roman Palace

If you are looking for ways to spend the weekend away from the humdrum, then our “Dates for the Diary” series is for you.

This week we take a look at Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester. Dating back to late first-century and even possibly to the invasion in AD43, it is one of the biggest Roman villa complexes in Europe and was discovered by a workman in 1960.  The estate would easily have housed over 200 people and there is a debate in learned circles over whether the occupant was a Roman governor sent over to Britain or whether a local king was appointed as regional administrator.

What you see today is just one wing of the building – the North wing – as the entire palace burnt down and the stones were reused elsewhere.  Given the lack of value for building, the mosaics were left untouched and thus survived.  There is even one half of the central garden – now replanted and laid out on its original Roman plan.

The rest of the palace lies under a motorway and a row of houses but it is however, easy to imagine how it must once have been and you can see how impressive and imposing this structure must have seemed to the local villagers.

The intricate designs of the mosaic were created by skilled artisans who would have travelled the country, plying their wares – showing examples of the designs that a client could order – a sort of Roman catalogue of floor coverings!

If you would like to visit, the palace will be open daily in February from 10 am – 4pm and from March onwards, from 10am – 5pm. For more information, click here – it’s only GBP8.50 for an adult entry.

Contributor & photographer:  Sue Lowry.

Magellan PR is on twitter: @MagellanPR / on Facebook: MagellanPR / on Pinterest: Sue Lowry / on Google+:  Sue Lowry & MagellanPR and on Flickr: Sue Lowry.  For more information on our company, visit www.magellan-pr.com.  Follow our other blog focussing on travel in the South of England – A3 Traveller.

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