Author Alex Larman

Harshly but accurately described by a frenemy as ‘a terrible disaster with a posh voice and a bad character’, Alex scampers jauntily from fine dining restaurant to theatre to luxury hotel to opera house. Sometimes he pauses his sybaritic life of debauchery to scribble for publications that have included GQ, The Times and The Observer.

Theatre
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“How you react towards Kevin Toolis’s ingenious one-man play…will largely depend on which end of the political spectrum you belong to.” Alex Larman politicises the Edinburgh Fringe’s smash hit…

Hotels
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“If I were a Womble, my preferred habitat would be Wimbledon Common, that haven of green space and tranquillity in south-west London…” Alex Larman emulates Great Uncle Bulgaria…

London Restaurants
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“The décor is, to put it mildly, challenging for two gentlemen such as ourselves. There is a great deal of purple…”

British
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“What we wanted was the sort of top-end place where we could nosh, munch, guzzle or just nibble on traditional English fare, but done really, really well, without a trace of irony.”

London Restaurants
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“As a man whose mouth has been known to water in a farmyard, the idea that there would be culinary fireworks involving the fatted calf, and plenty more besides, was a heavenly one.”

Hotels
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“The first thing I did with The Beloved when arriving at Lime Wood was to lose her. This is easier than it sounds…” Alex scampers to Hampshire…

Asian
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“Even before we ventured East in search of the Hakkasan group’s new temple to fine dining, we’d heard stories. These tales were a consistent paean to what was rumoured to be the best Chinese food in London…”

Travel Images copyright of Shropshire Tourism
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I met a traveller from an antique land who said, somewhat to my surprise, ‘Have you been to Shrewsbury?’ To be honest, I’d never really thought about it…

Hotels
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I last visited Birmingham for a piece back in the mists of time (well, 2009). It was a city on the cusp of something…’ Alex Larman checks in to the city’s luxury newcomer.

Hotels
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I occasionally wonder whether Shakespeare was the first writer to have enjoyed the services of a PR. At the time, that is; the subsequent foundation of the RSC, amidst much related Bardolatry, has seen to it that Big Bill remains top literary dog in the English language…

Theatre
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23rd April marked Shakespeare’s 449th birthday, and this anniversary seemed a good opportunity to revisit…

Tipples
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“Picture the following scene. I’m standing in the top room of a Dublin pub, late on a Thursday night. Nothing that unusual about that, but there’s a coffin in front of me.”

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