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Louvre Food and Wine
19 avril 2018
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Louvre Food and Wine

FOOD + DRINK, 5 Mins by foot from the Louvre

Please note we are happy to make recommendations & have good relationships with Macéo, Café Blanc and l’Imprimèrie, especially (we’ve hosted corporate / b’day / hen party hunts at all of the below). That said, we do not negotiate menus nor do we foot the bill (as beastly French taxes cause us to nearly double prices & we don’t want our clients to spend more than they should).

CAFES + BARS
Café Blanc
10, rue Croix des Petits Champs 75001
+33 1 42 33 55 85 -- €
This is my standard haunt. We’re not only fond of the people, the upstairs room has a view of both a small Parisian lane as well as the grand Banque de France. The feel is of a we are a standard French bistrot and don’t pretend to be anything else” with their tiled and mirrored walls and smooth Serge Gainsbourg tunes. Fine for drinks, and I’ve organized lunches there. It is not haute cuisine, just your basic souris d’agneau or pavé de saumon. This is by far my fave to tally scores over a drink and it’s just enough off the Louvre path so that you don’t have a hundred English speakers around you and prices doubled. Their room upstairs can comfortably suit 35 people, or a bit tighter I’ve also managed 40. Not only the space works well, the service are entirely flexible and accommodating, juggling everything with a smile. Google and Piaggio are former clients who were happy with the wrap up drinks here if you need a reference.

Café l’mprimèrie
29, rue Coquillière 75001
+33 (0)1 45 08 07 08 -- €
We’ve hosted a handful of birthday party hunts, networking hunts and corporate hunts here. It’s a lovely plant-filled resto/bar with a mahogany wood bar, decent food, proper cocktails and the service is pleasant. Pros: For a group as large as 30 they close it off just for us, and the vibe’s fun. Cons: The music’s loud and the layout of the space (because it’s on a corner) can be tricky to get everyone’s attention simultaneously for prize giving ceremony and team names or limericks if asked for. It’s ideal for a group of 15 or under (because then we can have a section to ourselves). Students at Science Po had their wrap up drinks here along with several American law firms.

Au Caveau Montpensier
15, rue Montpensier 75001
+33 (0)1 42 60 12 89
A bar bar, it’s on the narrow street running alongside Palais Royal. It's more a martini crowd, with the cocktail lounge, cavernous feel (although there’s new ownership, so perhaps they serve food now). This place would probably be able to give us a section, if arranged beforehand (under the old ownership they did) and is a pleasant setting to continue the night for Hen/Stag parties (or for a tonier finish to the night you can go to the delicious Verjus up the street, for dinner – ressies needed)

RESTAURANTS

Macéo
15, rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 97 53 85 -- €€€
Macéo is the only restaurant on this list that has truly gastronomic, exceptional food. With a cave (wine cellar) housing 10,000 bottles of wine, ambiance fit for a French king (a stone’s throw from Palais Royal) and service who treats you as such, this is most certainly the place for you if you want to impress a client or for a small 10 to 15-person group. There’s a private room upstairs, which can accommodate small wedding receptions or corporate dinners. The cheapest set menu is 40 euros; it’s one of the few restaurants with food on this haute-cuisine level which can also suit vegetarians (who sometimes go hungry when in France). Dishes such as risotto with morel mushrooms & white asparagus, Breton sardines with clementine compote, or quinoa galette with basil & curry oil stand alongside scrumptious French staples (escargots, magret de canard, etc.). Really worth it – but not for those looking after their wallets. Airbus was happy with their post-hunt dinner here, although there was a fair bit of back and forth as they handled the menu beforehand. A prestigious local Executive MBA program hosted their post-hunt drinks for 75 people.

Bistrot Vivienne
4, rue des Petits-Champs 75001
+33 (0)1 49 27 00 50 -- €€
For plain old corporate-fancy, or upscale birthday hunt/dinners there’s the upstairs room of Bistrot Vivienne. It's got good space, and is in a divine setting (it’s within the glorious Galérie Vivienne). CONS: It’s a bit expensive, I don’t think they’ll accommodate just for drinks and the service needs to get over themselves. PROS: The setting’s plush and the food’s rich, and the fact that you can have your own space – apart, upstairs – makes it all the more exclusive. Another thing going for it is that you traverse the lovely Palais Royal in order to get to it (as with Macéo and au Caveau Montpensier). We can reference a successful customized 60-year old birthday hunt dinner here, if interested.

Le Fumoir
6, rue de l'Amirale de Coligny 75001
+33 (0)1 42 92 00 24 -- €€
You've probably been if you’ve been to Paris. This is your place if you want a scene” of French Bobos (Bohemian Bourgeois). Wood-lined walls and newspapers on sticks, it has the vibe of a place that "beautiful people” go / a bit pretentious with arrogant waiters. It’s not too pricey (but certainly more than l’Imprimérie or Café Blanc) and is large enough that tables can be ordered to be set together for score tallying for a 15 to 20 person hunt. This restaurant faces the Eastern side of the museum and is a pleasant walk through the Cour de Carrée to get there (5 mins). Pernod Ricard had a fun lunch where we gave them the rundown of the hunt prior to entering together. Le Fumoir is also helpful in holding bags & making airport taxi reservations when need-be.

Café Marly
Entrance from Passage Richelieu or:
93, rue de Rivoli 75001
+33 1 49 26 06 60 -- €€€
This restaurant is replete with gilded mouldings, patrimoine mirrors, royally high ceilings and overall Louvre details because it’s in the museum (although the entrance is directly to the public). The service, as with all Costes Brothers restaurants in Paris, are models in tuxedos, often with attitude (there have been articles about how they seat people according to how pretty they are). The food’s fine – nothing haute-cuisine, but not horrible – & the prices of course match the height of the ceilings. All that said, to sit overlooking IM Pei’s pyramid isn’t shabby either! It’s difficult for large groups, because they don’t always suit you to sit together more than 10 people, but we’ve hosted Hen party hunts that have worked out well.

Louvre Food and Wine- Macéo
19 avril 2018
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Louvre Food and Wine- Macéo

Macéo
15, rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 97 53 85 -- €€€
Macéo is the only restaurant on this list that has truly gastronomic, exceptional food. With a cave(wine cellar) housing 10,000 bottles of wine, ambiance fit for a French king (a stone’s throw from Palais Royal) and service who treats you as such, this is most certainly the place for you if you want to impress a client or for a small 10 to 15-person group. There’s a private room upstairs, which can accommodate small wedding receptions or corporate dinners. The cheapest set menu is 40 euros; it’s one of the few restaurants with food on this haute-cuisine level which can also suit vegetarians (who sometimes go hungry when in France). Dishes such as risotto with morel mushrooms & white asparagus, Breton sardines with clementine compote, or quinoa galette with basil & curry oil stand alongside scrumptious French staples(escargotsmagret de canard, etc.). Really worth it – but not for those looking after their wallets. Airbus was happy with their post-hunt dinner here, although there was a fair bit of back and forth as they handled the menu beforehand. A prestigious local Executive MBA program hosted their post-hunt drinks for 75 people.

maceo

louvre to maceo
Louvre Food and Wine- Café Blanc
19 avril 2018
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Louvre Food and Wine- Café Blanc

Café Blanc
10, rue Croix des Petits Champs 75001
+33 1 42 33 55 85 -- €
This is my standard haunt. We’re not only fond of the people, the upstairs room has a view of both a small Parisian lane as well as the grand Banque de France. The feel is of a we are a standard French bistrot and don’t pretend to be anything else” with their tiled and mirrored walls and smooth Serge Gainsbourg tunes. Fine for drinks, and I’ve organized lunches there. It is nothaute cuisine, just your basic souris d’agneau or pavé de saumon. This is by far my fave to tally scores over a drink and it’s just enough off the Louvre path so that you don’t have a hundred English speakers around you and prices doubled. Their room upstairs can comfortably suit 35 people, or a bit tighter I’ve also managed 40. Not only the space works well, the service are entirely flexible and accommodating, juggling everything with a smile. Google and Piaggio are former clients who were happy with the wrap up drinks here if you need a reference.

cafe blanc



louvre to cafe blanc

Here are a few Chelsea places we've done score tallying for both travelling families on Luxe Hunts as well as for group hen hunts and prize giving ceremonies for corporate clients like Random House and Superdrug. As the V&A and Natural History Museum are just across from each other, the directions remain the same:

PUB
Bunch of Grapes:

207 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1LA 
0207 589 4944   
Hours: 11:00- 23:30   
Prices for mains range from 10- 16 pounds
https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/bunch-of-grapes/menu/main-menu

Description: a lovely Victorian English pub, with original stensiled glass grand décor and dark woods throughout, with pleasant upstairs. We've conducted score tallying and prize-giving for up Random House here, a group of over 70 people.  It’s a cozy, welcoming environment, great for families, groups of friends and colleagues. Bookings can be made online or by calling. Online booking for up to 8, requests can be submitted for large groups which are seated in the upstairs dining room. This is a Greene King Pub.     


nhm to bunch of grapes


DIRECTIONS    
-    Exit the V&A or Natural History Museum via the Exhibition Road Entrance/ Exit, turning right 
-    Turn left onto Cromwell Gardens 
-    Turn right at Brompton Square Turn Right on Brompton Square and you will have arrived at your destination!

PUB
Hoop and Toy:

34 Thurloe Place, Kensington SW7 2HQ 
02075 898360   
Hours: 11:00- 00:00   
Prices From: mains range from 10-16 pounds
https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/hoop-toy/menu/main-menu

Description: Hoop and Toy is a cute, traditional English pub, with unique whisky and brandy bottle décor. It’s a cozy, welcoming environment, great for families and groups of friends and colleagues. Bookings can be made online or by calling. Online booking for up to 8, requests can be submitted for large groups. This is a Greene King Pub.   

nhm to hoop and toy


-    Exit the V&A or Natural History Museum via the Exhibition Road Entrance/ Exit 
-    Turn right and continue straight, eventually crossing Cromwell Road 
-    Turn Right on Thurloe Street- Hoop and Toy will be on your right, on the bend in the road

Honest Burgers:
24 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LT
+44 (0)20 3019 6440  
Mon- Sun 09:30- 13:00
Lunch and Dinner: Mon- Sat 11:30- 23:00; Sun 11:30- 22:00

Popular with kids, Honest Burgers is just a short walk from either the NHM or the V&A. It has a cute, urban feel, and is better for small groups since the space isn’t that large. If you’re coming with a larger group, they would prefer that you call ahead two weeks in advance. Best availability is 3-6 on weekends. Honest Burgers offers mostly indoor seating but does have a few outdoor tables. Extremely friendly staff, eager to help and very attentive. Honest has both beef and chicken burgers, rosemary fries and delicious cocktails (preferred that drinks are ordered with food as the space is so small). Not extremely kid-friendly.  

Menu available online  
Prices From: 7- 13 pounds
https://www.honestburgers.co.uk/menus/

nhm to honest burgers

Honest Burgers from Exhibition Road:
-   Exit the V&A or Natural History Museum via the Exhibition Road Entrance/ Exit
-   Turn right and continue straight, eventually crossing Cromwell Road Turn Right on Thurloe Street
-   Honest Burgers is almost directly in front of you



The Kensington Creperie:
2-6 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2HF
020 7589 8947  
Hours: Sun to Thurs: 9:00 am- 11:00 pm Fri to Sat: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm  
Prices From: 5 - 15 pounds
http://kensingtoncreperie.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/KC-Menu-1.pdf

Traditional French crepes are offered in this café just a short walk from the Natural History and V&A Museums. Crepes are offered as both savory and sweet and the café also serves waffles and a variety of smoothies, juices, milkshakes and hot drinks. Typically, reservations aren’t necessary, but you can always call ahead to check availability. This option is better for small groups and families.  


nhm to kensington creperie


The Kensington Creperie:
-    Exit the V&A or Natural History Museum via the Exhibition Road Entrance/ Exit
-    Turn right and continue straight, eventually crossing Cromwell Road
-    The destination will be on your left- it has Green Awnings


Neighborhood Eats by the British Museum (Bloomsbury)
18 avril 2018
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Neighborhood Eats by the British Museum (Bloomsbury)

THE BLOOMSBURY CLUB (a tony hotel) Is an elegant and pleasant hotel just down the road from the front entrance of the BM. It has a 1920s inspired Coral Room bar, a wood-lined, tony hipster lounge for cocktails in the lower level (where we've done several corporate score tallying), a lovely verdant terrace to serve high tea (the Dalloway Terrace, where we've done customised hen hunt prize giving). Any of their settings hits it just right, but it’s pricy. Not a surprise as it's to the standard of the Doyle Collection.
Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN  
Tel: +44 20 7347 1000 
Email: Bloomsbury@doylecollection.com
Website: https://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-bloomsbury-hotel/dining
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and hang a right. Proceed down the street (toward Tottenham Court Rd), eventually crossing the street one block till you see the large elegant red brick Grade II building, the Bloomsbury.  This walk should take about four minutes.

map from British Museum to The Bloomsbury Club


THE PLOUGH A refurbished Victorian pub on a pedestrianized street with street-side seating as well as an upstairs that fits groups pleasantly. Typical authentic pub menu with fish & chips, burgers steak and ale pies, etc, this is a Greene King pub. The staff is particularly pleasant (James heads them up). As it’s just down the road from the museum, we’ve done a number of corporate & birthday party hunt score tallying here. 
Address: 27 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 7964    
Website: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/plough/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and take the stairs. Turn right onto Great Russel Street and walk half a block before crossing to Museum Street and walk towards the corner. The Plough will be on your right. This walk will take about two minutes.  

map from British Museum to the Plough

PRINCESS LOUISE Historic pub with gorgeous ornate Victorian etched glass, wonderful tile walls and an upstairs perfect for a group meal, we discovered this gem when the compliance team of Disney did their THATMuse score tallying here. 
Address: 208 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EP 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 8816     
Website: http://princesslouisepub.co.uk/   
Directions: When exiting the museum's front entrance on Great Russel Street, turn left onto Bury Place. Next, turn right onto Bloomsbury Way. Cross the street and make your way back onto Bury Place. Turn left onto New Oxford Street, continuing onto High Holborn till you reach the Princess Louise. This walk should take about 6 minutes.


map from British Museum to the Princess Lousie


THE PERSEVERNCE is a rare free-of-house (independent) pub, located on the corner of the fashionable pedestrianised Lamb’s Conduit and Great Ormond Street. It’s a good 10-minute walk from the BM, it's a pleasant walk across Bloomsbury. With a lovely upstairs and good solid fare, we've hosted spirited score tallying here. Plus supporting small businesses always feels right! 
Address: 63 Lamb’s Conduit   WC1N 3NB 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 8278   
Website: https://www.theperseverance.co.uk/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and proceed up the stiars. Turn left on Great Russell Street and then continue straight onto Bloomsbury Square. Continue onto Bloomsbury Place and then Turn left onto Southampton Row. Turn right onto Queen Square, turning left twice (walking around the park) to stay on the same road. Turn right onto Great Ormond Street, passing the hospital, then cross the street to turn right onto Lamb’s Conduit Street. This walk should take about 11 minutes.

map from British Museum to the Perseverance


CAKE SHOP at the London Review of Books Conveniently located just opposite the BM. As their website says: “Surrounded by books and fragrant with tea, the London Review Cake Shop is the modern answer to London’s long-lost literary coffee-houses” It’s a small space, found through their bookshop, with a communal table that seats 16 near a green courtyard and about 8 tables seating another 16 along a banquette. Delicious heavy cakes, wide variety of teas. Plus it feels right to support small independent bookshops! We've hosted plenty of Luxe Travelling families on their score tallying here.     
Hours:         Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6:30
Address:     14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 9045           
Website: http://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/cake-shop


CAGNEY’S (a family-run diner) An Italo-American, diner-like venue with movie star photos & menu full of comfort food (pasta, BBQ wings, etc.) predominately named with cutesy gangsta names and red-checkered table clothes. About a 5-7 min walk from the BM, off the touristy beaten path & on a small cobble stoned st.
Address: 13 Cosmo Pl, London WC1N 3AP
Phone:        +44 (0)20 7278 8498
Menu:          www.cagneysrestaurant.co.uk


NOBLE ROT (a well-established bistrot, big on game)
A 15-min walk from the BM, this is on the stylish Lamb’s Conduit street, with wonderful boutiques and barbers geared to the modern man. Parisian-style wine bar with a large, satisfying list of wines and pleasant restaurant in the back. Food takes itself rather seriously, with gun shots in your quail, but food is quite tastey so we'll overlook that. Rather expensive (120£/2.5 people for dinner). Well worth having a drink there, though.
Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
Phone:     +44 (0)20 7242 8963
Website: https://noblerot.co.uk/wine-bar


TRUCKLES (perfect pub for big group hunts)
Nothing like rounding off a museum treasure hunt with score tallying over a drink in a secret courtyard biergarten -- and just opposite the British Museum, no less! Only down side is that Truckles is side of the large 'Davy' chain, but there’s nothing wrong with standard pub fare (fish & chips, burgers, etc), moreover there’s a large party space downstairs, suitable to close off for large groups to do score tallying and the all important prize-giving!
Address: Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 5338
Website: http://www.davy.co.uk/wine-bar/truckles-of-pied-bull-yard/

And for hipster clients, the 5-star Principal Hotel on Russell Square is slated to finish its renovation of the Grade II 1898 The-au-Lait building, with superflash bars, cafes, restaurants and spaces for treasure hunt score tallying! To be open in 2018... 
Food by the British Museum- The Perseverance
18 avril 2018
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Food by the British Museum- The Perseverance

THE PERSEVERANCE is a rare free-of-house (independent) pub, located on the corner of Lamb’s Conduit and Great Ormond Street. It’s a good 15-minute walk from the BM, but has a pleasant upstairs and good solid fare. Plus supporting small businesses always feels right! 
Address:        63 Lamb’s Conduit   WC1N 3NB 
Phone:           +44 (0)20 7405 8278   
Website:        https://www.theperseverance.co.uk/

Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and proceed up the stiars. Turn left on Great Russell Street and then continue straight onto Bloomsbury Square. Continue onto Bloomsbury Place and then Turn left onto Southampton Row/ A4200. Turn right onto Queen Square, turning left twice (walking around the park) to stay on the same road. Turn right onto Great Ormond Street, passing the hospital, then cross the street to turn right onto Lamb’s Conduit Street. This walk should take about 11 minutes.

map from British Museum to the Perseverance
Food by the British Museum- Princess Louise
18 avril 2018
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Food by the British Museum- Princess Louise

PRINCESS LOUISE Historic pub with gorgeous ornate Victorian etched glass, wonderful tile walls and an upstairs perfect for a group meal, we discovered this gem when the compliance team of Disney did their THATMuse score tallying here. 
Address:        208 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EP 
Phone:           +44 (0)20 7405 8816    
Website:        http://princesslouisepub.co.uk/
Directions: Take the stairs and turn left onto Great Russel Street. Then turn right onto Bury Place. Next, turn right onto Bloomsbury Way/A40/A401. Cross the street and make your way back onto Bury Place. Turn left onto New Oxford Street and then continue onto High Holborn/ A40. You will then arrive at your destination. This walk should take about 6 minutes.
map from British Museum to the Princess Lousie
Food by the British Museum- The Plough
18 avril 2018
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Food by the British Museum- The Plough

THE PLOUGH A refurbished Victorian pub on a pedestrianized street with street-side seating as well as an upstairs that fits groups pleasantly. Typical pub menu with fish & chips, burgers steak and ale pies, etc, this is a Greene King (chain) pub. The staff is particularly pleasant (James heads them up). As it’s just down the road from the museum, we’ve done a number of corporate & birthday party hunt score tallying here. 
Address:       27 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH 
Phone:          +44 (0)20 7636 7964       
Website:   https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/plough/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and take the stairs. Turn right onto Great Russel Street and walk a little way down the street. Turn left onto Museum Street and walk towards the corner. The Plough will be on your right. This walk will take about two minutes.

map from British Museum to the Plough
Food by the British Museum- The Bloomsbury Club
18 avril 2018
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Food by the British Museum- The Bloomsbury Club

THE BLOOMSBURY CLUB (a tony hotel) Is a really pleasant hotel just down the road from the front entrance of the BM. It has an elegant high tea room in the lobby or wood-lined, tony hipster lounge for cocktails in the lower level. Either setting hits it just right, but it’s pricy. 
Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN  
Tel:              +44 20 7347 1000 
Email:          Bloomsbury@doylecollection.com
Website: http://thebloomsburyclub.com/

Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and approach Great Russell Street. When you get to Great Russell Street, turn right. Proceed down the street, eventually crossing Bedford Square. Continue down Great Russell Street and The Bloomsbury Club will be on your left. This walk should take about four minutes.

map from British Museum to The Bloomsbury Club