Joseph Reaney

Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

Joseph Reaney is the London correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide and also covers a range of other European cities for Forbes Travel Guide. A freelance British travel journalist based across Europe (in London, Prague and Vaduz), he writes articles and guides for luxury publications including The Telegraph, Virgin Airlines and Vertu Select, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the travel writing service WorldWORDS. Reaney also blogs about his travels at josephreaney.com.

  • On February 20, 2013
    Joseph Reaney is now following Amanda Arnold
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  • On February 15, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best cocktails to try in London?

    Richard Heald, Zenna Bar
    Often considered the cocktail capital of the world, London is awash with deliciously inventive blends of spirits and mixers. Here are three of the city's most interesting concoctions.

    Internationally-renowned for its sublime Martinis, DUKES Bar was a regular hangout of Ian Fleming – the creator of the Martini-loving James Bond. While there are a variety of martinis on offer, we recommend the Fleming 89 Martini, created in partnership with London perfumery Floris to celebrate the spirit of Bond.
     
    As an Indian-themed bar in the heart of Soho, Zenna uses subcontinental spices like cardamon and lemongrass to create a range of unique concoctions. And the highlight is Illiana (The Golden Dragon). Billed as the spiciest cocktail on earth, it contains three types of rum, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, lime and orange juice and just one drop of a 'secret spicy sauce' that will blow your head off! In fact, it's so hot it comes with a side cocktail called a Fire Extinguisher; a mix of gin, gomme syrup, lemon juice and soda.
     
    The cocktails created here by the legendary mixologist Tony Congliaro are heavily inspired by the region's rich history of distilling bitters and herbal remedies – and in no concoction is this more apparent than The Flintlock. A heady mix of Beefeater 24 gin, dandelion and burdock bitters, gunpowder tea, Fernet Branca and sugar, it tastes like no other cocktail in the capital.
  • On February 15, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best cocktails to try in London?

    Richard Heald, Zenna Bar
    Often considered the cocktail capital of the world, London is awash with deliciously inventive blends of spirits and mixers. Here are three of the city's most interesting concoctions.

    Internationally-renowned for its sublime Martinis, DUKES Bar was a regular hangout of Ian Fleming – the creator of the Martini-loving James Bond. While there are a variety of martinis on offer, we recommend the Fleming 89 Martini, created in partnership with London perfumery Floris to celebrate the spirit of Bond.
     
    As an Indian-themed bar in the heart of Soho, Zenna uses subcontinental spices like cardamon and lemongrass to create a range of unique concoctions. And the highlight is Illiana (The Golden Dragon). Billed as the spiciest cocktail on earth, it contains three types of rum, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, lime and orange juice and just one drop of a 'secret spicy sauce' that will blow your head off! In fact, it's so hot it comes with a side cocktail called a Fire Extinguisher; a mix of gin, gomme syrup, lemon juice and soda.
     
    The cocktails created here by the legendary mixologist Tony Congliaro are heavily inspired by the region's rich history of distilling bitters and herbal remedies – and in no concoction is this more apparent than The Flintlock. A heady mix of Beefeater 24 gin, dandelion and burdock bitters, gunpowder tea, Fernet Branca and sugar, it tastes like no other cocktail in the capital.
  • On February 15, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best cocktails to try in London?

    Richard Heald, Zenna Bar
    Often considered the cocktail capital of the world, London is awash with deliciously inventive blends of spirits and mixers. Here are three of the city's most interesting concoctions.
     
    As an Indian-themed bar in the heart of Soho, Zenna uses subcontinental spices like cardamon and lemongrass to create a range of unique concoctions. And the highlight is Illiana (The Golden Dragon). Billed as the spiciest cocktail on earth, it contains three types of rum, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, lime and orange juice and just one drop of a 'secret spicy sauce' that will blow your head off! In fact, it's so hot it comes with a side cocktail called a Fire Extinguisher; a mix of gin, gomme syrup, lemon juice and soda.
     
    Internationally-renowned for its sublime Martinis, DUKES Bar was a regular hangout of Ian Fleming – the creator of the Martini-loving James Bond. While there are a variety of martinis on offer, we recommend the Fleming 89 Martini, created in partnership with London perfumery Floris to celebrate the spirit of Bond.
     
    The cocktails created here by the legendary mixologist Tony Congliaro are heavily inspired by the region's rich history of distilling bitters and herbal remedies – and in no concoction is this more apparent than The Flintlock. A heady mix of Beefeater 24 gin, dandelion and burdock bitters, gunpowder tea, Fernet Branca and sugar, it tastes like no other cocktail in the capital.
  • On February 15, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best cocktails to try in London?

    Richard Heald, Zenna Bar
    Often considered the cocktail capital of the world, London is awash with deliciously inventive blends of spirits and mixers. Here are three of the city's most interesting concoctions.
     
    As an Indian-themed bar in the heart of Soho, Zenna uses subcontinental spices like cardamon and lemongrass to create a range of unique concoctions. And the highlight is Illiana (The Golden Dragon). Billed as the spiciest cocktail on earth, it contains three types of rum, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, lime and orange juice and just one drop of a 'secret spicy sauce' that will blow your head off! In fact, it's so hot it comes with a side cocktail called a Fire Extinguisher; a mix of gin, gomme syrup, lemon juice and soda.
     
    Internationally-renowned for its sublime Martinis, DUKES Bar was a regular hangout of Ian Fleming – the creator of the Martini-loving James Bond. While there are a wide variety of martinis on offer, we recommend the Fleming 89 Martini, which was created in partnership with London-based perfumery Floris to celebrate the spirit of Bond.
     
    The cocktails created here by the legendary mixologist Tony Congliaro are heavily inspired by the region's rich history of distilling bitters and herbal remedies – and in no concoction is this more apparent than The Flintlock. A heady mix of Beefeater 24 gin, dandelion and burdock bitters, gunpowder tea, Fernet Branca and sugar, it tastes like no other cocktail in the capital.
  • On February 13, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best fine-dining restaurants in London?

    Fine-dining is about more than just food; it's about ambiance, location, service and a certain je ne sais quoi. On this basis, here are three of my favorite fine-dining spots in London.
     
    The three Michelin-starred 'Restaurant' may be Gordon Ramsey's most enduring success, but his newer, single Michelin-starred Pétrus is prefered by many for bringing a refreshing simplicity to haute cuisine. It isn't often that a fine dining restaurant will serve up something as seemingly-simple as suckling pig belly with apple sauce, but its this unfussiness and focus on quality ingredients that makes it stands out from the pack. Combine this with superb stand-back service and a truly beautiful interior, and more Michelin stars are certain to follow.
     
    The biggest foody talking point in the British capital for the years, two Michelin-starred The Ledbury in Notting Hill has swiftly established itself as a modern culinary classic. Although renowned for its feather-friendly menu (including pigeon, quail and pheasant), it's the desserts that really make this place a winner.
     
    If you're looking for exquisite cuisine with a side order of romance, there's nowhere better than this Covent Garden cubby hole. From the roaring open log fire to the plush brown chairs, the stunning décor (along with fine service and varied menu) all help to create a comfortable and memorable fine-dining experience.
  • On February 13, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best fine-dining restaurants in London?

    Fine-dining is about more than just food; it's about ambiance, location, service and a certain je ne sais quoi. On this basis, here are three of my favorite fine-dining spots in London.
     
    The three Michelin-starred 'Restaurant' may be Gordon Ramsey's most enduring success, but his newer, single Michelin-starred Pétrus is prefered by many for bringing a refreshing simplicity to haute cuisine. It isn't often that a fine dining restaurant will serve up something as seemingly-simple as suckling pig belly with apple sauce, but its this unfussiness and focus on quality ingredients that makes it stands out from the pack. Combine this with superb stand-back service and a truly beautiful interior, and more Michelin stars are certain to follow.
     
    The biggest foody talking point in the British capital for the years, two Michelin-starred The Ledbury in Notting Hill has swiftly established itself as a modern culinary classic. Although renowned for its feather-friendly menu (including pigeon, quail and pheasant), it's the desserts that really make this place a winner.
     
    If you're looking for exquisite cuisine with a side order of romance, there's nowhere better than this Covent Garden cubby hole. From the roaring open log fire to the plush brown chairs, the stunning décor (along with fine service and varied menu) all help to create a comfortable and memorable fine-dining experience.
  • On February 13, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What is the hottest nightclub in London?

    London has a plethora of famous night spots, and every Londoner has a different favorite. House music ravers will love the world-renowned Ministry of Sound and the super-stylish Pacha London, while pop-lovers should flock to happening live venue KOKO and the pool-and-jacuzzi-adorned Club Aquarium (especially on a Wednesday). The city is also home to one of the world's greatest gay clubs, Heaven, located in railway arches under Charing Cross.
     
    But there's one scorching-hot London nightclub that's perfect for almost every taste: Fabric. Regularly voted among the best clubs in the world, it boasts three rooms with independent sound systems, and has nights featuring everything from hip hop to dubstep to techno. Most of all, it likes to showcase up-and-coming local acts, so it's the perfect place to discover the next big thing.
  • On February 13, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What is nightlife like in London?

    London has an exceptional after-dark scene. The city is probably best known for its so-called superclubs, with world-famous party places including Ministry of Sound, Fabric and Heaven packing in tens of thousands of sweaty revelers every weekend, but what makes the British capital so special is the amount, scope and variety of its smaller venues. From the the art-gallery-by-day club-by-night Proud Camden to the jazuzzi-filled Club Aquarium to the 24-hour open-air Egg, there really is something for everyone.
     
    And when it comes to decadent nightspots, no other world city offers more. With luxury late-night spots including Raffles in Chelsea, Boujis in Kensington, Chinawhite in Fitzrovia, and Maddox in Mayfair, London is the ideal place for a truly lavish night out on the tiles.
  • On February 13, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best places for high tea in London?

    You can't leave London without trying a traditional English afternoon tea. Here are three of the best luxury options.
     
    The ultimate in afternoon tea, Claridge's offers a quintessentially English menu in a stunning Art Deco setting. Choose from almost 40 kinds of tea and enjoy a stack of delicate finger sandwiches and sweet, buttery pastries. But make sure you save room for the highlight: a plate of freshly-baked raisin and apple scones, served with spiced jam and Cornish clotted cream. Yummy!
     
    The perfect option for lighthearted luxury, this themed afternoon tea is a surreal trip down the rabbit hole involving menus hidden in vintage books and teapots decorated with cartoon queens. But it's the menu that really makes this work, as it includes homemade ham and cucumber sandwiches, delicious herb-buttered scones and a distinctive 'Tick-tock' Victoria sponge cake.
     
    The glass-roofed Venetian-style dining room of Apsleys is the perfect place for a spot of tea. Besides offering a classic afternoon tea that melts in the mouth, its delicious gluten-free and dairy-free versions make it the best option in the capital for those with strict dietary requirements.
  • On February 12, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best clothing boutiques in London?

    As one of the world's fashion capitals, London has plenty of great clothes shopping, from department stores to designer markets. But nothing beats London boutique.

    Here are three of the best.
     
    Late Night Chameleon Cafe, 18 Shacklewell Lane, E8
    Part-fashion boutique, part-arty hangout, LL-CC (as its known by its loyal customers) is so cool it's only accessible by appointment. After descending from a non-descript office into a stylized futuristic basement, you'll come face-to-face with a bevy of avant-garde clothing, courtesy of brands like Dries Van Noten and Balenciaga. There are also a selection of books, magazines and CDs so you can make an afternoon of it.

    The Goodhood Store, 41 Coronet Street, N1
    A hive of contemporary fashion in the heart of Hoxton, The Goodhood Store boasts its own effortlessly cool in-house fashion line, but also champions chic London labels like Antipodium alongside renowned international brands including Surface to Air (from France) and Quoddy footwear (from the US).
     
    Aimé, 32 Ledbury Road, W11
    A slice of Paris in the heart of London, Aimé in upmarket Notting Hill specializes in all things French, with brands ranging from the insouciantly-hip Isabel Marant to the ballet-beautiful Repetto.
  • On February 12, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best clothing boutiques in London?

    As one of the world's fashion capitals, London has plenty of great clothes shopping, from department stores to designer markets. But nothing beats London boutique. Here are three of the best.
     
    The Goodhood Store, 41 Coronet Street, N1
    A hive of contemporary fashion in the heart of Hoxton, The Goodhood Store boasts its own effortlessly cool in-house fashion line, but also champions chic London labels like Antipodium alongside stylish international brands like Surface to Air (France) and Quoddy footwear (US).
     
    Late Night Chameleon Cafe, 18 Shacklewell Lane, E8
    Part-fashion boutique, part-arty hangout, LL-CC (as its known by its loyal customers) is so cool it's only accessible by appointment. After descending from a non-descript office into a fashionably futuristic basement, you'll come face-to-face with a bevy of avant-garde clothing, from brands such as Dries Van Noten and Balenciaga. There are also a selection of books, magazines and CDs so you can make an afternoon of it.
     
    Aimé, 32 Ledbury Road, W11
    A slice of Paris in the heart of London, Aimé in upmarket Notting Hill specializes in all things French, with brands ranging from the insouciantly-hip Isabel Marant to the ballet-beautiful Repetto.
  • On February 12, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best art galleries in London?

    London is home to dozens of excellent art galleries. But here are three that offer something a little different.
     
    The trendy little brother of the Tate Britain, this is the most visited modern art gallery in the world – and there's good reason. The permanent exhibition is home to a who's who of contemporary greats, including Picasso, Warhol, Dalí and Matisse, while the temporary exhibitions in the vast Turbine Hall are among the most-talked about events of London's cultural calendar.
     
    Home to the largest collection of painted and photographed faces on earth, the wonderful collection here spans from the 16th century to the present day. Unlike most art galleries, paintings are selected not for the skill of the artist, but for the significance of the sitter - although among the famous likenesses of Shakespeare, Edward VI and the Brontë sisters you will find the occasional Hogarth or Reynolds.
     
    Founded by the world's pre-eminent art dealer, the Gagosian in Britannia Street is at the pinnacle of London's indie art gallery scene. The space displays work by some of the art world's most distinguished figures, but as these are rarely household names this is truly a gallery for those in the know. Add in the non-central location and non-tourist-friendly opening hours, and you may have the place all to yourself.
  • On February 10, 2013
    Donald Strachan is now following Joseph Reaney