September 2017


Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park on outer ring road near Bellandur in Bengaluru is a wonderful luxury stay in the heart of the tech district! Situated bang inside the Cessna Business Park which houses top companies like Cisco and Symphony systems, it’s a perfect hotel for both business and leisure in East Bengaluru.

Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Park

The entire decor inside the hotel is very contemporary & trendy. It is a perfect confluence of leisure and business featuring 191 spacious, loft – like rooms, an urban design aesthetic, live music performances and an active social scene.

Appealing to on-the-go and in-the-know travellers, the Aloft rooms at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park are equally cheery and audacious. The spacious 9-foot-high ceiling rooms feature all of Aloft’s signature amenities such as its plush platform beds, extra-large windows, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads, Bliss Spa products, and offer great pool, city, or tech park views. Urban Rooms, on higher floors offer more energizing views and add ons like Happy Hour benefits at our W XYZ(SM) Bar and complimentary laundering of two garments per stay.

In the sleek and stylish bathroom, details are designed to stimulate your senses. The eco-friendly dispenser doles out super-sudsy bath amenities specially created for Aloft Hotels—Tried and Blue™ by Bliss Spa.

From its high-tech work space with complimentary hi-speed 100 Mbps of wireless internet access to entertainment amenities like plug & play docking stations and a one-stop connectivity solution for multiple electronic gadgetry like PDAs, cell phones, mp3 players and laptops all linked to a 42” LCD TV, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park has everything India’s next generation traveler seeks in best hotels in Bangalore.

Lovely sit-outs like this in the beautiful Bangalore weather are excellent places to network and also have functions like weddings and receptions too.

Nook, All Day Dining, is a sleek and modern restaurant with a nature-inspired green and white palette plus a tip-top selection of healthy and yummy Indian and international fare to satisfy morning or evening cravings. Breakfast pacifies your appetite with a choice of dosas and chutney, or Belgian waffles to satisfy an early-rising sweet tooth. Murg Duheri Tikki and grilled rosemary chicken are musts from the lunch menu, while dinner offers tempting delights like Kodi Vepadu, or chicken tossed with curry leaves and green chilis, and camaron di ajo—grilled garlic and paprika-flavoured prawns served with house salad.


After doing a wonderful food tour of Brixton market in London with Mind The Gap tours, we were wanting more action! So we hopped on a short bus ride which bought us to London’s Larder – Borough Market, just in time for lunch! Our guide gave us an orientation of the market and also talked about little history of the place. This was followed by enjoying a taste of one of Borough Market’s famous gourmet sandwiches. There was a lot of grilled chorizo & rocket. Not to be missed was the Montgomery cheddar on poilane bread.

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, and sells a large variety of foods from all over the world. It is supposed to have existed since 1276 but most of the new buildings are just over 150 years old. It was very crowded due to it being a Saturday so we were mostly asked to check out our favorite stalls on our own rather than just moving around in groups. It was like a fair or festival where people from all over the world converged right under the watchful eye of the London Bridge and the Shard.

Lot of vendors were displaying some really unique fares like bakery products, diary products, cheese, chocolates, etc. Photography wasn’t really encouraged as vendors felt that some people could steal the ideas and create similar products and sell it at much lesser price. As the competition is fierce, all vendors had to bring in their A-game and world class products to this fair which beats like the heart of London right in the epicenter!

Mind The Gap food tour starts in Brixton Market where we can savor the fusion of Caribbean flavors, strong musical heritage and experimental restaurant scene of an authentically flavored London market. Brixton has had some controversial past due to riots and anti-establishment feelings but it is a vibrant and bustling suburb of London worth checking out! Brixton enjoys multi-cultural flavors & a rich history as well as the most innovative restaurants on the London foodie scene. Here our guide was showing us pictures of the popular riot right in front of where it happened. It was great to get a glimpse into the history by living it and breathing it!

Brixton is full of interesting murals which surprises you as there is a lot of history in every nook and corner of this market and suburb. This particular mural in Brixton train station displays to you the different sort of wares that you could buy in Brixton market over 30 years ago! This and another mural which is there in Brixton station were made in the 1980s by artists Karen Smith and Angie Biltcliffe who were working under the name Anchor Designs.

Brixton station also has the very unique life-size bronze sculptures of waiting passengers on the platform. Our guide mentioned that these sculptures were made by Kevin Atherton (b.1959) and were made of three volunteers who regularly used the station (Peter Lloyd, Joy Battick and Karin Heistermann). They were unveiled on 30th June 1986 by Sir Hugh Casson as part of a £1m renovation of the overground station in Brixton.

One interesting thing I got to know is that Brixton has it’s own currency which is legal too! Right in the heart of London! Can you believe that??!! The Brixton Pound is the local currency that builds a more resilient and inclusive economy, and creates community pride in Brixton. Its money that sticks to Brixton. It is considered similar to British Sterling Pound in value but you could get paid a little extra earlier in the day if you ensured that you are spending most of your money inside Brixton and ensuring that it’s economy develops. I felt this was a very unique feature of the Brixton Pound!

Early on that Saturday morning, there was a line wrapping around the corner for the First Choice Bakery. The bakery supplies “Jamaica patties, English and Caribbean breads, buns, confectionery and other specialties.” We all hung over the multi-cultural Brixton Village Market as our guide stood in the line to get us some delicious burgers. It was great to see a lot of Caribbean influence specially Jamaican nationals in Brixton market. It was wonderful to note that many Indians and Europeans also made this vibrant market their home and rebuilt it after the riots to ensure that the culture remains intact!

Our last stop in Brixton Market during Mind The Gap food tour of London was Salon dining room which is located above Cannon & Cannon’s cheese shop at 18 Market Row. They cook fresh, seasonal and inventive food using the best produce they can get their hands on. We tried out some local craft beers and some cold cuts to go with them. Also one of the other unique dish I tried there was the Scotch Egg which is a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and then baked.

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