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Alfonso Califano, The Walrus Room, London

The mix of Alfonso Califano’s over-the-top enthusiasm and his inherent Italian hospitality is drawing them south of the river, before you can even say Alice in Wonderland. With his partner-in-cocktails, Simone de Luca, Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender UK semi-finalist, The Walrus Room, the Lewis Carroll inspired spot on Battersea Rise, is quickly becoming a player in London bar scene.


Alfonso grew up in tiny Pagani, Italy where community is everything, today he reveals how he made a city as big as London feel as small as his hometown. In the six months that he has been at The Walrus Room, the bar has gone from success to success. Of course, he loves when he pulls in the punters from trendier parts of town, but […]

April 25th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide|0 Comments

Best Bits London: 10 Great Stalls at Portobello Road Antique Market

It’s hard not to compare Portobello Market today with what it used to be, even just ten years ago. Gone are the days when you would see stalls lining the streets with tables laden with knick-knacks next to silver next to china. Arcades stuffed with antique jewelry have given way to pies shops, cupcake cafes and high street fashions. Most of the dealers I knew are long gone – some selling online or at fairs all over the country, but no longer at home on Portobello Road.

Saying all that, it’s not all doom and gloom. The Cypriot and I decided to head down to Portobello Market last Saturday to see if there were anything we could find among the global brands that had moved in.
Happily we […]

April 21st, 2017|Destinations, London, United Kingdom|0 Comments

The Nordic Alliance, Cocktails in the City, London

At this year’s Cocktails in the City, one of London’s premier cocktail events, Andrew Scutts, its founder, thought it was hygge time. Nordic TV, food, culture have fascinated us since Sarah Lund put on that woolly jumper. Our four guests this week each took five minutes out of their busy CITC schedule to talk to us about their city-changing bar. […]

April 18th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide|0 Comments

A Bit of Denmark: 5 Unmissable Bits of Copenhagen

Summer in Copenhagen, just writing the phrase has me humming along to the dulcet harmonies of Danny Kaye as Hans Christian Andersen heading in for a visit. The days are endless, Tivoli is open and everyone is outside enjoying the fast, few months of warm weather.  Don’t miss it – it’s only an hour and a half flight from London! […]

April 14th, 2017|Copenhagen, Denmark, Destinations|1 Comment

Jean-Christophe Gremillet, Champagne Gremillet, Balnot sur Laignes

A true family venture, Champagne Gremillet, was born when Grandmother Lulu planted those first vines in 1978. In the past, the Aube region where Gremillet sits, was considered second class to their northern friends near Marne and Épernay. They were the farmers, not the blenders.

It took a riot in 1911, when the big houses in the north, tried to exclude the Aube from Champagne appellation. Only later in 1927 was the region fully included. Silly as the best Pinot Noir grapes are found there. I leave it to Jean-Christophe to tell you the rest of the family history!

Where you can hear me drinking next:
We went live to Cocktails in the City London last week to meet the master mixologists invited from a Nordic country near […]

April 11th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide|0 Comments

A Bit of France: Le Loop de Paris

What is there to say about Paris that hasn’t been said already. There must be millions of luxury travel blogs telling you where to go, what to do and, most importantly, where to eat. Although it’s a crowded market, I thought it was time that I throw my chapeau into the ring as well!

Since these are my Best Bits, I’ve decided to let you into the Cypriot’s and my little Parisian secret – Le Loop!  Le Loop, as it has always been called, is our way of managing Paris, if we have only one weekend in which to do it.

Most of Paris is closed on a Sunday, except for the shops in Le Marais, so Le Loop is for Saturday or another day in the […]

April 7th, 2017|Destinations, France, Paris|1 Comment