So I popped to the Dorchester Grill for dinner, what with the place having had a pimping spruce-up. Having left the world of plump cushions behind me - the hotel hall is awash with them - I entered a lush cloud of gold and orange. The room is ornate. Of course it's ornate. The very word could have been invented for it.
As can be expected in the City, dining at Eastway is a very different experience depending on when it is visited. Go in during the week and there will be the usual mix of busy City workers, lawyers and bankers but brunch at the weekend is a slightly subdued affair with a far more laid-back atmosphere.
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Between mains and pudding my friend popped to the loo, so I spent that 5 minutes staring at the other customers, and trying to eavesdrop. Sixtyone is a large, warmly decorated restaurant, with the type of ceilings that makes one bemoan the lack of child labourers, who previously would, one assumes, have clambered merrily up into their cavernous reaches and kept everything spotless.