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in a glass and steel box perched on the twelfth floor of the new hotel and offers views over the river Thames and the Tower of London. SkyLounge is bound to be packed during the summer months as city folk head there for after work cocktails and to watch the sun set over London from the open air viewing gallery. Mint Hotel. 7 Pepys Street, London EC3 Tel: 0845 601 3009 www.minthotel.com


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esigners Woods Bagot are responsible for the SkyLounge, the new destination venue for Mint Hotels (formerly known as City Inn Hotels) at Tower Bridge. Consisting of restaurant, city café, and bar the venue sits


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This was a unique event: Michel Roux flew to London from his home in Switzerland to attend and I’m told (although I don’t believe it) that the two brothers are reluctant to sit in the same room together, let alone side by side on a stage watched by hundreds of people. The interview proved to be one of the highlights of the show, Albert and Michel were charming and generous with their time and I was in awe of their energy and enthusiasm. At a time when most people have retired to a slower life, these two were still very active in the industry and enjoying it every bit as much as they did when they were starting out. And as if to prove a point that age is not a barrier older brother Albert has recently joined forces with son, Michel Roux junior, to open a new restaurant, Roux at the Landau in the Langham Hotel. We reviewed the restaurant’s interior, which was designed by David Collins, when it reopened last year but that was before it became a Roux restaurant. So is it worth a visit? Absolutely! The food is amongst the very best in London and the service, overseen by Restaurant Manager, Franco Becci, is second to none. If you only go to one decent London restaurant this spring, go to Roux at The Landau. Roux at The Landau. Langham Hotel, Portland Place, London W1. Tel: +44 (0)20 7965 0165 www.thelandau.com


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t last year’s Hotelympia exhibition I had the honour of interviewing the Roux brothers.


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