Lunch and Afternoon Tea

If there's one meal of the day that real girls must do with friends it's lunch!! I love saying to my friends "Let's do lunch" and then gossiping my way through (usually 2 courses!!) a delicious pasta or Caesar salad, whilst sipping a cool glass of white wine. Lunch belongs to girls, and I say it should to tgirls too!! After completing your special "Ladies who lunch" makeover and dressing you in something classy (but perhaps with an elasticated waistband!!) we will depart from The Boudoir and set off for our destination. I have escorted my clients to all these restaurants for lunch and without exception they serve excellent food. The service is also impeccable and you are guaranteed to be treated like real ladies. Most of my clients have blended successfully as real women, and gone unnoticed by other diners.


The Venezia

Recently we have been visiting the very nice little Italian restaurant based just around the corner from where the Trans-Mission club used to be, at the Barbican called the Venezia Restaurant. It's situated on the Goswell Road, and you will find a really nice, warm little restaurant that serves excellent italian food - the staff are friendly too. 

3-5, Goswell Road
London EC1M 7AH
020 7490 1715

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Joe Allen's

This very buzzy restaurant is based in the very heart of theatre land in Covent Garden. We often eat here after theatre trips as we adore the friendly atmosphere and "luvvy" feel to the place. The staff love us here and have told us that they always look forward to our visits. We even had a Boudoir christmas party here one year, when 23 of us took over part of the restaurant. The food is very good and reasonably priced. A set menu is available as well as an a la carte menu. A mix of steaks, fish, chicken, and burgers, the food is casual, like the atmosphere. The dessert menu is to die for too. We love this place and recommend it to anyone.

13, Exeter Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7DT
020 7836 0651
http://www.joeallen.co.uk

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Quaglino's

This is a Terence Conran restaurant based in London's Picadilly just off St James's. Quaglino's can be a slightly more daunting place due to the sheer size and volume of diners that it holds. When entering the restaurant, you will find yourself immediately in the bar where they serve the most beautiful ice cold raspberry bellinis, just perfect as an apertif before eating. Once you are ready to sit down at your table, you will have the opportunity to walk the sweeping staircase going down into the eating area is something you'll either love or hate. I personally love the "Cinderella going to the ball" type feeling that you get when you descend it, but hate the thought of catching my heels on the back of my dress and falling straight down it in front of everyone!! The restaurant is quite loud (good for hiding your voice at your table) and very busy at all times. It is very easy to go unnoticed there. The food is good but slightly more expensive than our other restaurants we visit. You will often see celebrities here; so far we have seen Ulrika Jonsson and Kate Winslet here!!

16, Bury Street
St. James’s
London SW1Y 6AJ
020 7930 6767
www.conran-restaurants.co.uk/restaurants/quaglinos/info.html

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The Ivy

The Ivy is a wonderful restaurant that has been in existence for the past 100 years. Miss Jean Katz remembers going here 50 years ago when she was in her 40s!! Wonderful ambience, plenty of celebrities (we've seen Nell McAndrew, John McCrirrick, Ross Kemp and Michael Grade plus the Beckham's are regulars here), excellent food, very reasonably priced and perfect service. The only draw back is that there is no photography allowed here….and we all know how much you gurls love taking pictures!! It is definitely worth going to as a one on one for lunch or with a small group for dinner. Bang bang chicken as a starter and liver and bacon as a main course is thoroughly recommended by The Boudettes. The Ivy Burger is also very good. A recent 3 course lunch for two with sparkling water and coffees came to £70.

1-5 West Street
London WC2H 9NQ
020 7836 4751
www.the-ivy.co.uk

Although I have only mentioned certain restaurants, if you have an idea of somewhere else that you would particularly like to go, even if it is somewhere that you personally believe is outrageously impossible…please ask me, as I am more then sure that I can make it happen for you.

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea in my opinion is not just typically British, but it is also very feminine.The Ritz - Palm Court The Ritz is the place to have afternoon tea and is always a memorable experience. Tea at The Ritz is an institution in itself and is served in the spectacular Palm Court. A choice of seven varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate pastries, combine to make for an unforgettable afternoon. There are five sittings every day (11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm) and the extraordinary popularity of this quintessentially Ritz experience means that booking at least six weeks in advance is absolutely essential. The 7.30pm sitting has the added bonus of a free glass of champagne.

Afternoon Tea in most West End hotels is normally about £30 per head. I love afternoon tea with my clients and will never tire of this particular trip!! Other venues for this trip include The Waldorf, The Piccadilly, The Grosvenor House Hotel, The Selfridges Hotel and Harrods.

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