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Good for ‘banter and booze’ – and more besides – Boyds is staking its claim as a serious contender at the bottom of Trafalgar Square. What was once the old imperial Hotel Victoria has been
sympathetically restored to its former glory, making the opulent, marble-clad brasserie a rather grand setting for meals set beneath glittering chandeliers. Artisan ‘British tapas’ and fish and
chips have both gone down well, but the all-purpose menu aims to please, roaming through burgers, omelettes, pasta and other international standbys as well as offering flashier ideas such as
shredded duck, watercress and apple salad or grilled sea bream with butternut-squash risotto and broad beans. Drinkers also have some reasonably priced wines to choose from. On busy nights, the
place feels ‘achingly trendy’ as the team of eager staff oversee the show and a happy crowd convenes in the adjoining bar.
It’s nearing the end of July and the summer is in full swing. The sun has got its hat on and us Londoners are feeling rather pleased, as we wind up outside beer gardens, terraces and rooftop bars swigging beer/cider/rosé (delete as appropriate) by the gallons. This is one of the my two most favourite traditions of this great nation. The other is afternoon tea.Thanks to the 7th Duchess of Bedford’s lightbulb moment in the 1840′s, we now all have the option of an extra meal in the day, to head out and celebrate our many occasions over. I know I’ve indulged in many a lavish afternoon tea across the capital...
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Boyd’s Brasserie Bar and Lounge reaches the heights of swank as soon as you enter the building. A stunningly opulent Central Hall greets diners as they make their way past walls clad entirely in marble, a mirrored sideboards and bar, and five spectacular floating crystal chandeliers.An impressive granite bar is located in the middle of the main dining space. This is surrounding by an array of very cosy looking lounges and tables set for diners under sculpted ceilings.Yet despite the lavish surroundings, the venue doesn't come across as intimidating and this is emphasised by the attentive staff...
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