London in Winter (2012)

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I had a friend accompany me into the lounge (normally I jetset alone)… she was off to the US, I was off to London first before heading over to the US for two weeks…  we were meant to meet in New York and partay, but alas she was lugged with carrying a friends wedding dress around which meant we had to cancel our catch-up plans 😦

Anyway this my usual jaunt to the US via London to do the whole transatlantic voyage (see my New York Guide for more info). But I had the pleasure of a few days in London to chill… it was winter, it snowed and it was beautiful. Enjoy.

Qantas First Lounge (Sydney) 

I start my vacation by settling into a lovely stay at the Qantas Lounge…

A rustic pâté of blue eye and ocean trout on toast with herb salad & salmon roe was on the menu to kick-off

Rustic pâté of blue eye and ocean trout on toast with herb salad & salmon roe

My friend had the buffalo mozzarella with vine ripened tomatoes, basil and 20 year old balsamic and olive oil

Buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes, basil and 20 year old balsamic

Wagyu Toastie – beautiful shreds of wagyu beef meat with an Asian slaw.

Wagyu Toastie

She has the Bannockburn free range chicken schnitzel with Italian coleslaw and aioli… I did suffer food envy.

Bannockburn free range chicken schnitzel with Italian coleslaw and aioli

Then a lil back massage to loosen the muscles before my flight takes place in the Lounge’s Payot Spa!

The Spa

 Qantas First (Sydney to London Heathrow)

To kick things-off onboard, I start with the Tomato Soup with Thyme Croutons

Tomato Soup with Thyme Croutons

Duck Salad with Pickled Cabbage

Duck Salad with Pickled Cabbage

Pan Fried Blue Eye with Spiced Eggplant, Gai Lan and Ginger Glaze

Pan Fried Blue Eye with Spiced Eggplant, Gai Lan and Ginger Glaze

Seared Rangers Valley Skirt Steak and Potato and Leek Gratin, Asparagus and Horseradish

Seared Rangers Valley Skirt Steak and Potato and Leek Gratin, Asparagus and Horseradish

Friands & Chocolates

Friand & Chocolates

Suite Dreams

Suite Dreams

London

Landing in London, I make my way to my beautiful hotel… The Hilton Park Lane.

Afternoon tea in the Executive Lounge there is a thing of pure beauty….

Hilton Afternoon Tea

Their Executive Rooms are simply lovely and expansive….

My Beautiful Executive Room

It snowed in London that year… which made the worlds most beautiful city (sorry Sydney, New York, Paris, Venice etc. London is my favourite), even more beautiful!

London

Soon I am off the New York for a couple of weeks… (check out the New York items here) seeya in two weeks London.

British Airways Galleries First Lounge

When I get back to London I arrive back just before my flight back home. I find myself overlooking the tarmac and enjoying a lovely meal prior to departure in the British Airways Lounge… I love this place.

Canapes to start with some Rose Champagne…

Amuse-bouche

Succulent Prawn Salad

Prawn Salad

A traditional London Roast with the trimmings… perfect for winter!

Roast with veggies

Qantas First (London to Sydney)

I have some Canapes with the Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 onboard to start the journey…

Canapes with the Moss Wood Cabnernet Sauvignon 2006

Qantas Signature Steak Sandwich

Qantas Signature Steak Sandwich

Moroccan Lamb Pot Pie and an Asian Consomme

Moroccan Lamb Pot Pie and an Asian Consumme

Watching Up in the Air – In the Air! (When this movie came-out, everyone told me how I was exactly like George Clooney’s character Ryan Bingham)

Watching Up in the Air - In the Air!