Jen and I were invited on a mums and daughters weekend in London to celebrate our friends 60th birthday (not allowed to mention her name). Some of the daughters had not seen each other for over 10 years so we were in for good fun… Snow forecast, we travelled down via East Coast UK which departed on time and as usual had a fun journey, a few drinks, crisps, sandwiches and biscuits all served with a smile from the friendly staff.
Tube tickets purchased we headed off to find our hotel, The St Giles on Bedford Ave, a 2min walk from Tottenham Court Road tube..ideally placed for theatres and shopping..room key in hand we walked into the room and straight back out again, the room was dated and smelt disgusting..reception were friendly and helpful and changed our room to a newly refurbished room and all was good… We met up with 2 of the party and headed off for a drink. Centre Point has a bar and restaurant on the 32nd floor called Paramount and is situated next to TCR tube entrance on New Oxford Street …very handy……Prosecco and Olives ordered so it was time for a chin wag..chit chat and banter across the table as mums and daughters caught up on gossip…we were only staying for a quick drink but the others arrived and 3 bottles plus other drinks later we thought it was time to leave to get ready for dinner..
On a previous visit to London with the “older” girlies we had stopped off at Ponti’s Italian Kitchen on John Princes St just off Oxford Circus, the place had a nice friendly vibe so we decided to eat there again for Sharon’s celebration birthday…I booked a round table in the window weeks before and confirmed my reservation…on arrival, no round table available so I spoke to the manager, Nelson.. He apologised and within 10 mins had sorted the table for us..we ordered a bottle of Prosecco and a sparkling rose, no sparkling rose… Various starter were ordered, garlic pizza bread, king prawns in garlic and fritto misto all were lovely and well presented
Mains included the usual, pizza, lasagne and pasta with meatballs…the only negative comment was that the meatballs were over cooked and hard…everyone else enjoyed their food…as if we had not had enough food some ordered desserts, I had read on the internet about the Bomboloni de ricotta, warm donuts with acacia honey and vanilla pod ice cream… sounded yummy…unfortunately they didn’t have any!! so I opted for the dolcini, a small dessert, in my case creme brulee with a coffee..very good but not what I really wanted…All of us commented that the food was good and the service exceptional, the bill was £30 per head which we thought was good value..
To round of the night we walked back to Paramount for a final glass or two and to admire the night lights of London, I must admit it is a stunning 360* view from the bar, note you do need to book in advance to get on the guest list…