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The Most Popular Celebrity Restaurants in the UK

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Nobu, Mayfair, London
Nobu is one of the most popular celebrity restaurants in the UK. Co-owned by Robert de Niro and frequented by the likes of Cheryl Cole, Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Elton John and Naomi Campbell, it is a veritable magnet for A List diners! Boris Becker very recently clarified that his daughter was conceived on Nobu’s stairs, not in the broom cupboard!

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Covent Garden, London
This restaurant is owned by world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon, who trained Gordon Ramsay and has restaurants around the world. George Clooney was seen having dinner here recently while promoting his latest film in London and was, as usual, accompanied by beautiful ladies such as Elle McPherson, Thandie Newton, Jemmina Khan, Helena Bonham Carter and Mariella Frostrup.

Cecconi’s, Mayfair, London
Cecconi’s of Mayfair is glamour personified, with smart waiters, a stylish interior and a genuine Venetian tapas bar. The food is impressive with an amazing breakfast served until midday, a near-legendary carpaccio and a wide variety of very trendy salads. Their chocolate fondant is to die for. Sophisticated clientele love the buzzy atmosphere and there’s a good chance you’ll spot the likes of Madonna or Stella McCartney enjoying ‘the comfiest sofas in Mayfair’.

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, Kensal Rise, London
This is a hugely popular spot for the hip London crowd. Kate Moss, Lily Allen and the Geldof sisters are all regulars here on their late night party nights. Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl were seen dining there recently and the Chemicals Brothers often drop by.

The Collection, Chelsea, London
Situated in the heart of Chelsea, The Collection is another great place for celebrity spotting! Combining atmosphere with elegance in a unique way, The Collection offers visitors the opportunity of three unique dining experiences, each complementing one another. Voted the ‘Best Scene Restaurant’ by Tatler Magazine and ‘Best Bar’ in the London Club Awards, The Collection draws the likes of Sweeney Todd director Tim Burton and his wife Helena Bonham Carter. Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole (Mr Cheryl Cole) is often seen there, too.

Zuma, London

A fashionable Knightsbridge restaurant with clientele to match, everyone from Lady Gaga to Kate Moss has dined here. Zuma has two traditional Japanese dining rooms and serves modern Japanese dishes plus tonics, herbal teas and Japanese beers. Round off the evening with a glass of sake and a people-watching session at the bar.

China Tang at The Dorchester
A little slice of Shanghai tucked away inside the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, celebs, supermodels and business barons alike can’t get enough of China Tang. It serves some of the best Cantonese food outside China in 1930s art deco surroundings. If you want a real treat, book one of the three private dining rooms – Ping, Pang and Pong!

Café Sports England, Liverpool
Owned by Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher, who’s often seen there alongside his team mates and manager Rafa Benitez to celebrate match wins and follow other international games. European footballers like to dine here after European cup games, so you could very easily end up seated next to Viera, Totti and a multitude of European WAGS who tag along.

Ithaca, Manchester
Ithaca is renowned for its innovative pan-Asian cuisine and opulent interior, but it’s the A List clientele that really grab the headlines. Jay Z held his aftershow party here last year, and Kanye West and Posh Spice have enjoyed the sushi. And due to its proximity to Old Trafford, an evening spent there is bound to reveal a premiership footballer or two!

Tips on UK Property Auction

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The main attraction of buying at UK property auction is that you can buy the property at far below the prevailing market rates. Potential UK auctions properties are usually offered to real estate agents first, so spend some time cultivating a relationship with your local estate agents to know when and where a property auction is held. We are living in the age of computers and therefore there can not be an easier, quicker and more comprehensive way of obtaining UK property auction information than searching the Internet. Now take a look at these following tips so that you can widen your opportunity:

At first, visit the property beforehand and try to get as much detail as possible. Contact the auction house and see if they have a legal package for the property that you can view. If you are viewing the property and are really serious about buying it, unless you have some surveying experience, it would be an idea to make sure a survey is done. Obviously, this has a cost implication and this should not be taken lightly, as there is no guarantee whatsoever that you will end up winning the bid for the property. In time, unless there are any major structural defects, you will probably begin to trust your own opinion on the state of the property, because you will become skilled in knowing how to spot obvious defects like damp or leaning walls etc.

Secondly, be aware of the auctioneer taking what is called bids off the wall, or false bids. This is when he takes imaginary bids in order to start the bidding or to keep the ball rolling on bidding or if there is someone in the audience he is working with, who bids but has no intention of buying the property. Believe it or not, this is totally legal as long as these imaginary bids don’t exceed the reserve price for the property.

Thirdly, remember that you can place a bid and purchase the property before the auction, just contact the auction house if you wish to do so. There are many properties that you will not be able to buy at auction this way, such as repossessions, mainly because legally the lenders have to be seen to be selling the property in an open and fair way. This means they usually have to go to auction. But there are also many properties that never get to auction; they are withdrawn because the vendor has accepted an offer from someone who has just seen the property in the auction catalogue and put in an acceptable offer before it gets as far as the auction itself.

Fourthly, don’t forget that if the property goes unsold at the auction for whatever reason, for instance the reserve price is not met; you can still try and negotiate a sale. Simply find a member of the auction team afterwards and negotiate through them with the vendor. Or better still – if the vendor is there negotiate with him directly.

Finally, have a limit in your mind as to what you are willing to spend and don’t go above it. If you are successful at auction, remember you will need to pay a deposit, normally around 10%, with the rest payable on completion – normally around 28 days from the auction.