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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Alex Larman witnesses the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II, “…in a headline-grabbing piece of news, it features David Tennant, and his wig.”

Theatre
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“Reginald Rose’s 1955 play has been something of a standby in the half-century since it was first performed, going through several different versions and interpretations. “

Hotels
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“The staff are proper old-school Italian hoteliers, friendly, welcoming and straightforward.” Alex Larman visits the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice.

Travel
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“We were setting off on that time-honoured jaunt round the Mediterranean that only a cruise can provide in true splendour and comfort…” Larman and his ‘newly-affianced one’ embrace the comforts of ocean travel…

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…

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