when a special occasion arises, its always lovely to try somewhere different or go to somewhere that takes you away from the reality of the daily. there are many gorgeous rooms in london, some are authentic interiors, but many have been restored and refurbished to hark back to the glamour of the early 20C. the Gilbert Scott at St Pancras Hotel is a grand ballroom style dining room – it offers lunch tea and dinner and is a great place to celebrate, or just dine with friends. at the moment they have a special 3 courses plus cocktail for only £30. 45 Jermyn St at Fortnum & Mason brings back old school glamour and again is open all day, including breakfast. i haven’t been for a long time, but the criterion is a stunning setting – breakfast, afternoon tea, take your pick – it seems that all these restaurants seem to open all day, so you dont need to pick the pricey dinner menus to enjoy the experience. of course you can’t forget the woolsey, the ivy and tea at the Oscar Wilde bar of the Royal – alice treated me there for mother’s day one year. and this year, we were lucky enough to enjoy breakfast at claridges on new years day to celebrate a friends’ award – and that felt very glamorous, especially after a late new years eve. with all these companies, there is always a special offer or menu, so check them out before you decide. i am not saying that these places offer the best food in london, but they are in a beautiful surroundings.