Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Getting the London Look; BARBARA HODGSON Enjoys Spectacular Views of the Capital from Her Handily-Placed Hotel

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Getting the London Look; BARBARA HODGSON Enjoys Spectacular Views of the Capital from Her Handily-Placed Hotel

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON

IT'S red hot and we're looking to cool our travel-weary heels on our arrival in London for a two-night break that has relaxation at the top of the agenda - but with a little culture thrown in.

Having already been lost, fighting through roadworks around King's Cross, the sleek and street-smart Ibis hotel in Blackfriars did its bit to soothe the mood, not least because of the style-conscious open-plan bar and restaurant, all black, red and chrome. Come morning this transforms into a breezy breakfast room adding a bit of get-up-and-go to the day.

But, first things first, our top floor room immediately had us rushing to windows, offering fabulous views on two sides over city landmarks - Big Ben and the London Eye from one, the Oxo Tower and St Paul's from the other.

All 297 en-suite rooms have flatscreen TV and an iPod dock but for me it's those spectacular views that elevate this hotel. Those and the food.

Fogg's restaurant was quiet when we ate dinner, but it was just 7pm. Named after Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne's globe-trotting hero of Around the World in Eighty Days, its menu - complemented by a good wine list - features a contemporary twist on dishes from around the world.

I chose two specials: a satisfying hunk of goats cheese with honey dressing and sunflower seeds for starter, followed by cod en papillote, an attractive little parcel unwrapped to reveal a colourful selection of vegetables accompanying the delicately cooked fish.

It came with polenta chips - contrasting nicely with crunchy vegetables.

My guest was equally happy with her "best of Japanese bento" (breaded king prawns with sweet chilli sauce) then would not be dissuaded from her favourite French steak frites, a 7oz rump steak cooked the way she liked it.

Her Eton Mess dessert had the odd addition of chocolate sauce while my cheese board leaned on the side of British staples. …

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