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Mill Hill Golf Club

There’s a legendary story around these parts that Henry Cotton rated the third hole at Mill Hill Golf Club as “one of the best golf holes I have ever played.” He may well have said that, after all, the third hole is a tricky little gem, but whether or not you believe in legends, one thing is for real, Mill Hill Golf Club is a hidden treasure of a course with an illustrious past.

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Hutong at The Shard

I am in an express elevator and in less than 30 seconds whisked 121 meters (400 feet) above the streets of London to the 33rd level where Hutong at The Shard awaits.

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New Executive Lounge At Grosvenor House Hotel

In a £1.4 million refurbishment the new Executive Lounge at Grosvenor House Hotel in London has been moved from the seventh floor to the ground floor of the hotel and is three times larger in size at over 340 square metres.

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Flemings Mayfair Hotel. London.

Half Moon Street is like many others of its kind in London’s Mayfair; a row of fabulous Georgian town houses lining both sides of it. However, take a stroll through the front entrance of Flemings Mayfair Hotel and you’ll experience something quite different. Something unlike any of its neighbours. Almost as if you’ve suddenly warped into a different dimension.

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Seven Park Place by William Drabble. London

Tucked away in a cul-de-sac in London’s Mayfair, lies a Georgian town house with a hell of a history. The St. James’s Hotel and Club has been the haunt of the rich and famous for over 150 years from Churchill to Sean Connery. But tucked away inside the tucked away hotel is a success story that has taken just 12 months to emerge; Seven Park Place by William Drabble.

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St. James’s Hotel and Club. London

I love a bit of history, and walking up to the front entrance of the St.James’s Hotel and Club (which ironically began as a Travellers Club for diplomats back in 1857), I reminded myself of all the previous owners and former members of this fine piece of luxury Georgian real estate in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill and in 1980 Peter De Savary and his show biz investors: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Tim Rice, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli and Pete Townsend. Heady days.

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