O’NDINA GIN AND HARRY’S DOLCE VITA BRING A TASTE OF THE ITALIAN SUMMER TO LONDON *

From Thursday 20th August to Thursday 1st October, O’ndina Gin and Harry’s Dolce Vita are partnering together to bring a taste of the Italian summer to London. The partnership will combine the glamorous style of Harry’s Dolce Vita and the authentic Italian flavours of O’ndina Gin to create a spectacular stay-cation feel. 

Running for six weeks, Harry’s Dolce Vita will transport guests back to the effortless glamour and carefree spirit of the 1950s and 1960s Italian Riviera with a beautiful external installation across Harry’s front terrace entrance, complete with a vintage vespa. The venue will be offering a limited-edition, bespoke O’ndina Gin cocktail menu, featuring six creative and delicious gin cocktails celebrating the traditional flavours and tastes of Italy including; ‘Basilica Sour (£10.25) – O’ndina Gin, Grand Marnier, lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white & basil leaves,’ ‘Fruit Of the Vineyard (£10.75) – O’ndina Gin, Rosé & grape juice’ and ‘O’ndina Vesper (£11.50) – O’ndina Gin, Vodka, dash dry vermouth & garnished with Nocellera olives & a lemon twist.’ Executive Chef Simon Gregory will also be serving up specials including: – ‘Courgette, Crab & Amalfi lemon Risotto (£19.50).

Running for six weeks, Harry’s Dolce Vita will transport guests back to the effortless glamour and carefree spirit of the 1950s and 1960s Italian Riviera with a beautiful external installation across Harry’s front terrace entrance, complete with a vintage vespa. The venue will be offering a limited-edition, bespoke O’ndina Gin cocktail menu, featuring six creative and delicious gin cocktails celebrating the traditional flavours and tastes of Italy including; ‘Basilica Sour (£10.25) – O’ndina Gin, Grand Marnier, lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white & basil leaves,’ ‘Fruit Of the Vineyard (£10.75) – O’ndina Gin, Rosé & grape juice’ and ‘O’ndina Vesper (£11.50) – O’ndina Gin, Vodka, dash dry vermouth & garnished with Nocellera olives & a lemon twist.’ Executive Chef Simon Gregory will also be serving up specials including: – ‘Courgette, Crab & Amalfi lemon Risotto (£19.50).

Oozing glamour and style, O’ndina gin is inspired by the spirit of La Dolce Vita. Full of fresh, herbaceous tones and distinctive Italian flavour, O’ndina is crafted with 19 carefully selected botanicals, including the famous Grande Verde di Genova basil from Liguria. The botanicals are distilled in small pot stills to produce a smooth, clear liquid and traditional methods which date back to the 18th century are used to then refine O’ndina’s refreshing and herbaceous flavour; for the perfect Mediterranean Gin & Tonic or ultimate all-Italian Negroni.

Campari UK’s Marketing Director Nick Williamson says of the partnership; ‘We are extremely excited about O’ndina Gin’s latest partnership with Harry’s Dolce Vita, celebrating the long summer evenings in style in the heart of Knightsbridge. With Harry’s Dolce Vita’s great location and glamourous surroundings, the partnership is the perfect brand alliance to bring to life the spirit of the 1960’s Italian Riviera that is so integral to the O’ndina brand. Having enjoyed previous partnerships with Harry’s Dolce Vita, we are looking forward to creating another authentic Italian experience and more delicious O’ndina Cocktails for customers to enjoy.

Customers are invited to come and enjoy the stylish surroundings at Harry’s Dolce Vita and embrace this all-Italian experience between 20th August to 1st October. 

Amid life’s everyday clutter, O’ndina transports you to the Italian Riviera with every sip.

Fall in Love

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Well, this might not be like the 99% of my other posts, but I just had to do one about my love of Fall. View Post

Cargo Jet Lag Concealer*

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For me, traveling is always the time to revert to old faithfuls and try out new brands and products – and Cargo’s Jet Lag Concealer falls into the latter category. View Post

The Dorchester

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I’m somewhat a creature of habit, and whenever I’m in London, I stay at the Dorchester. Located on Park Lane, the hotel is a hop, skip and a jump away from my stomping ground of Harrods and the King’s Road and I love the cosy comfort of their chintzy rooms.

I hadn’t been down to London in a couple of years, and in the meantime, the hotel has undergone somewhat of a makeover. Gone are Laura Ashley florals, and in their place is an updated take on a country style. The room was still wonderfully cosy, but the colour palette was updated and the frills toned down a notch. Thankfully, my favorite aspects of the rooms remain the same – namely their pillows (seriously, these need to be squeezed to be believed), and their bathrooms.

 

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Boasting the deepest baths in London, The Dorchester has a bathroom which is really the epitome of luxury. From the grey marble walls to baths deep enough to swim in, I literally spent half my time in the tub.

 

 

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With toiletries selected from Aromatherapy Associates – bubble baths here cannot be beaten. Also – the little stool which you can use to towel off are such a wonderful little luxury – a new feature of my home bathroom!

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It is the attention to details which really sets the hotel apart from its competitors – this incredible little bird was right outside my door, I am beyond obsessed with it!

 

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The Dorchester really is the definition of old-school luxury, and it’s definitely my favourite little hideaway in the city. The spa is such a find too – imagine walls of Essie polishes and pearl chandeliers and you’re halfway there.

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I had such a wonderful time at the hotel, and can’t wait to find the time to return (and I won’t be leaving a few years between visits this time).

I stayed in a Deluxe King Room, where rates start at £474 per night plus VAT

 

The 1770 House

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I thought it would be fun to share some photos of where I stay whenever I’m in East Hampton.

Whenever I head east, the only place I stay is the 1770 House – a gorgeous little inn on East Hampton Main Street. It’s a picture perfect place to spend a vacation – white clapboard on the outside, luxurious Italian linens on the inside. Not to mention a tavern plus restaurant.

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I can’t even count how many times I’ve been here – seriously, this place is perfect – some rooms even have working fireplaces.

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This time my mother and I stayed in room 5 thanks to the twin beds – it’s an adorable room which is situated in the side of the building – you have your own front door, up the stairs and you get a bedroom and separate bathroom – perfect.

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It’s beyond cosy.

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Above is Room 6 – it’s a little bigger than 5, and faces onto the garden and terrace.

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The inn has been open since 1770, hence the name (although it was built as a private house sometime in the late 17th c), and it’s rumored that George Washington drank in the tavern. If you’re visiting get the meatloaf downstairs – it’s somewhat famous and ridiculously good. If you’re enjoying dinner upstairs in the restaurant get the New York strip steak – it’s insane!

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