25 July 2017

'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha

I can't tell you how many times I've opened Polly's instastories and looked on in envy as she and her friends settle down to beautiful Middle Eastern brunch feasts on the weekends. Seemingly endless selections of international cuisines, icy glasses of bubbly and the chatter of much loved friends.

Friday brunch (the first day of the weekend there) has become an art form in the Middle East, and sadly we missed out on our trip to Dubai due to our night sleeping in the desert running over, so I was more than excited when the Intercontinental Doha invited us to try their 'We Love Saturday Brunch' whilst I holidayed in Qatar.

'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi
'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Intercontinental Doha
but my (very many) opines on champagne and sushi are only ever my own.

It was all kinds of deliciousness.

23 July 2017

48 hours in Sydney, Australia

I'd only been to Australia once for more than 4 hours - back in the days when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Aside from picking up a sole faded photograph - sat on the plane next to my little sister, both of us dressed in scarlet velvet dresses trimmed with crisp white ruffles, I can't remember a second of it.

What to do with 48 hours in Sydney Australia Adventures of a London Kiwi

It's kind of crazy - even though Australia is the closest geographical neighbours to New Zealand, as it was so close, I'd never visited. Fresh from the desert city of Doha, Qatar, where the lovely Polly had shown me around her home in 40°C+ temperatures, I was ready to walk into an antipodean Autumn - a far more reasonable range of 15-20°C temperatures.

20 July 2017

Hutong at the Shard: Luxurious dining with a London vista

Breathtaking London views, incredible flavours from Northern China, elegantly arrayed surrounds and a beautiful Wishing Tree, every branch perpetually hung with lucky red wishing cards. Hutong at the Shard is both everything that you think it will be, and yet nothing quite like your imagination.

Luxury dining with a London View Hutong at the Shard Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Hutong at the Shard,
but my palette and misuse of ancient Chinese proverbs are all very much my own.

Invited to try out the newly launching menu courtesy of Head Chef Fei Wang's home province of Sichuan (the home of giant pandas and Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze), Shandong (known for its Taoist and Confucian heritage) and Beijing (known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex) we toasted our good fortune with crisply poured glasses of Veuve Cliquot and much laughter.

17 July 2017

Eating at the luxurious Bovey Castle Hotel - Codename: OperationDon'tTellAftab

They say an army marches on its stomach, attesting to the importance of forces being well-provisioned, but when this phrase was invented they hadn't quite encountered the voracious appetites of 4 particularly travel obsessed food bloggers.

Eating at Luxurious Hotel Bovey Castle Dorset Dartmoor Adventures of a London Kiwi

Having organised a night at Bovey Castle escaping the confines of London for a few belated birthday celebrations, we made sure to enthusiastically test their onsite restaurant offerings, not least as we were a 40 minute drive from Exeter St Davids.

15 July 2017

Our stay at the luxurious Bovey Castle Hotel - Codename: OperationDon'tTellAftab

Many moons ago, in the distant realm of Devon, a shire far far away from the steel and glass towers of Londinium (about 2.5 hours by iron horse) a gallant Fresh Prince was fearlessly escorted by 3 Princesses (take THAT mansplaining!) to a beautiful stone castle snug in the wild valleys of Dartmoor.


We think he may have liked it? But, let's rewind a month or three.

13 July 2017

Brunching in style at The Wolseley

"Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life," wrote A. A. Gill in his introduction to his book 'Breakfast at The Wolseley'.
He was a wise, wise man.

Luxury brunching in style at The Wolseley Adventures of a London Kiwi

We always seem to visit for birthday breakfasts, gathered around a table with my nearest and dearest friends, all smiling and sipping coffees.


10 July 2017

10 London cocktail spots this summer

My little blog profile image came about almost by accident. I was chatting to a Kiwi cartoonist one day on Instagram who offered to use me as a practise subject (his name is James Espie, check him out) and he, given a few of the few photos of me on the blog, drafted up my cool little avatar. Cocktail in hand.

So, in essence, I blame him for this habit.

10 of the best London summer cocktail bars Adventures of a London Kiwi
Nb: Post contains a couple of blogger invites, marked with*
but I've been back to all of these on my own dime.

The habit of meeting good friends in delicious bars around the London. Ok, ok, who am I kidding. It's a labour of love that I greet with glass in hand. It's quite a London thing - with commuters living in all corners, a well planned or last minute (there aren't many in between) catch-up somewhere lovely is one of the pleasures of living in London.

8 July 2017

An afternoon at the polo and exploring the Cowdray Estate.

Boarding the train at Waterloo Station armed with morning cups of tea in hand, we chatted the whole way through our 50 minute journey to Haslemere, watching the skyline change from forests of steel to boughs of ancient leaves.

We were bound for an afternoon at the Polo, to watch the pinpoint trained ponies and riders duke it out for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup, a match played to honour one of the riders.

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Cowdray Estate
but my swooning prose is very much original and unaffected.

After a quick 20 minute cab ride through the country lanes lined with stone built cottages, many with yellow framed windows* - we dismounted for a tour and lunch at Cowdray Manor House. What used to be the family home of Lord and Lady Cowdray, is now an exclusive residence that can be hired out for special occasions, wellness retreats or for private use.

6 July 2017

A dreamy Shangri-La Hotel stay in Sydney, Australia

To sit in my hotel room window, and gaze over the Sydney Harbour - the waters enfolded by the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side, and the iconic Sydney Opera House on the other  - is a memory I won't forget for a long time.

I mean, this was the view from my bed.

Where to stay - luxury hotel in Sydney, Australia Adventures of a London Kiwi

When planning my epic holiday, it just so happened that one of my favourite London buddies, Madam Globetrotter Postcards (a regular guest on this little corner of the internet), was going to be visiting family in in Sydney - we're so close now, we have a joint railway card, talk about commitment - so we teed-up 48 hours of fun meandering, culminating in sunset cocktails from our hotel bar in the Shangri-la. (The evening before I stayed in the neighbouring Four Seasons, but more on that another time.)

3 July 2017

So, as a social media consultant, what do you do for work now?

I have had a fair few questions from friends and family about what my business is actually doing, so I thought I'd clarify a little. (Ignore the slightly shameless plug, unless of course you are running a small business that needs a helping hand making your social media accounts the best they can be - in which case, have a look at my website, and contact me for a free consultation.)

Effectively there are two strands to the business; social media management and content/article writing. (I occasionally do a little PR problem solving and outreach, but on a very ad hoc basis.)


What is social media? It is a group of websites and applications that were originally invented as a bit of fun online networking, but now have developed into a global form of pretty well instant marketing and communication that has taken the world by storm. Businesses are now using these platforms as a tool to share with the world.

1 July 2017

My travel journey - beginning in Singapore #travellinkup

My first ever taste of travel was probably the craziest if I'm honest. I had decided - despite only ever taking 2 internal NZ flights in my life - to pack up my life and move to the UK. On my own. Only knowing one person on the other side of the world. At twenty years old. So, so many things could have gone wrong.

My travel journey - beginning in Singapore #travellinkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

To temper things slightly, I booked a week layover in Singapore between the long haul flights crossing the planet.

29 June 2017

5 things I miss whilst travelling

Travelling is awesome. And challenging, and frustrating, and joyful and educational.




But most people don't focus on the darker side of having a travel addiction.

26 June 2017

Touring Lord's Cricket Ground (and learning to bat with Matthew Hoggard)

How often do you find yourself in the cricket nets at Lord's, getting tips on how to improve your skills from an ex-England fast bowler before taking a tour through the hallowed 'Home of Cricket'?

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the England and Wales Cricket Board
but my terrible hand eye co-ordination and ensuing words are all my very own.
Tours don't usually include a personal Cricket masterclass.

So for Shikha (of Why Waste Annual Leave) and I to find ourselves batting and bowling in the Marylebone Cricket Club nets at Lords, we actually couldn't stop grinning at our blind luck - and when Matthew Hoggard MBE, former England test cricket team bowler and captain of Leicestershire) saw me pick up a cricket ball and just how terrible my bowling was, he also smiled. Slightly grimly if truth be told.

24 June 2017

4 Days in Doha - A stopover in the Middle East

Having decided to change my career, I thought that I deserved a wee holiday to celebrate. Now, most people would book a long weekend in Spain or perhaps a week on a beach, but I decided that a 3 week trip to New Zealand was in order. With the blessing of my Mr Kiwi (who had to keep the UK hearth fires burning and the cat fed due to work commitments) and a brand new baby nephew to meet, I booked myself on a flight.

Doha Layover Qatar Adventures of a London Kiwi
Doha Layover Qatar Adventures of a London Kiwi

It's becoming a bit of a cliche to say that the best thing about blogging is the community - but it is. Hence the cliche. I'm in the very, very lucky position to have made friends all over the world through blogging, and when I realised just how easy it was to hop off my flight to Qatar en route home, I couldn't resist the temptation to harass Mrs Follow Your Sunshine for a few days, not to mention soak in some of the Middle Eastern sunshine.

22 June 2017

An annual afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury Hotel

A year ago we met here. We gathered amidst green boughs, tinkling teacups and marbled table tops. On the table champagne flutes sparkled, delicately dove grey striped crockery nestled arranged just so and green blooms drew the eye to the space left for our afternoon tea towers to occupy.

Luxury Afternoon Tea Dalloway Terrace Adventures of a London Kiwi
Luxury Afternoon Tea Dalloway Terrace Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were again invited guests of the Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury Hotel but my (very many meandering) thoughts are still mine.

It is amazing how simultaneously so much, yet so little can change in 365 days .

19 June 2017

How to travel in-between "travelling"

Alas, our lives aren't always a constant flurry of airport lounges and glamorous glasses of champagne poured at 30,000 feet. Mine certainly hasn't been - for the last 5 years I've been balancing a full-time job with running a blog, trying to sneak travel in as much as I can, and lately freelancing for clients.

How to travel in-between "travelling" Adventures of a London Kiwi

This has meant that I have had to become creative when trying to slake my wanderlust around a 9 to 5 desk job. Luckily, I live on one of the best islands in the world. People often worry about becoming a travel blogger, thinking that they don't jet off to all corners of the world every weekend and they won't have enough content. Well, to that I say phooey.

17 June 2017

Kiwifruit Moscow Mules Recipe (in conjunction with thebar.com)

Te Puke, Eastern Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand.

Population: 8,000, Orchards: 70+, International Bragging Rights: 1, Traffic Lights: 0, Family Members: 9, Town Name Mispronounciations: approx. 15 an hour.

Cocktail Recipe Kiwifruit Moscow Mules Adventures of a London Kiwi

When thebar.com got in touch about putting a twist into one of my favourite cocktail recipes, I knew exactly what I had to do. And flying nearly 12,000 miles (11,703.583 to be exact) to do it didn't seem like too much of a stretch at all.

15 June 2017

Hitting the high notes - A limited edition jazz afternoon tea at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Park Lane Hotel

Our evening started as the sun set over the Hyde Park tree canopy. Shaking off my long day at a desk and having sat for a reflective half an hour, I was more than ready to slip into the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel, to try out the limited edition Jazz Afternoon Tea with Binny & Aftab.

Luxury Afternoon Tea Sheraton Grand Hotel Park Lane Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel
but my verbose words are all mine.


As I sank into the luscious carpet, the harpist gently strummed the final chords of a catchy pop tune (the song escapes me now) and I looked up to see the mischievous grin of Binny float through the door, Cheshire Cat style.

12 June 2017

From New Zealand to London: A few thoughts of an expat

Do you ever have those moments when you act like a starlet of yesteryear, and look fleetingly over your shoulder? Metaphorically I mean. (Not literally as the chance of tripping is high - though there is posing for Instagram to think of...)


Having recently visited my family in New Zealand, thoughts of home are close, so when I was tagged by the lovely Wandermust Family in a a short expat expose, I couldn't resist but joining in.

10 June 2017

A delicious staycation: The Vicarage in Cheshire

The Vicarage, a hotel in the small Cheshire of village of Holmes Chapel intrigued us.

The Vicarage Cheshire Staycation Adventures of a London Kiwi
The Vicarage Cheshire Staycation Adventures of a London Kiwi

Identifying itself as 'a restaurant with rooms' we couldn't resist testing out their foodie credentials, so for the last night of our Chester staycation we hopped back into the train and shot out into the countryside.

4 June 2017

72 hours in Chester

Chester is the first holiday I've ever booked through the power of Instagram alone. We had been looking for somewhere as a long weekend break (well, I say we, but I had actually been put on a travel ban which Mr Kiwi now mostly denies, his baby blues all innocent) when I spotted that a friend of mine had day tripped up to Chester. It was beautiful.

What to do in Chester Adventures of a London Kiwi
What to do in Chester Adventures of a London Kiwi

So firing up the laptop, I booked us a cheeky little Cheshire staycation.

1 June 2017

Expat Life: Giving my London home a touch of New Zealand #travellinkup

How on earth do you define home as an expat? I've said before that London has my heart but New Zealand is my soul (whereas my appetite is totally multicultural) as a throwaway Instagram caption, but actually it's more true than I gave this unconsciously summoned phrase credit for.

I guess this post could be subtitled 'how to make home a home, when you move your home to a new home a really long way away'. Which would be an achingly long subtitle.

Expat Life: Giving my London home a touch of New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

So, I decided in a moment of New Zealand caffeine fuelled inspiration to share 5 of the ways that I celebrate my New Zealand roots 12,000 miles away from where they began. Putting the Kiwi into London effectively!

30 May 2017

Best London brunches - according to a few experts!

The old advice is to 'breakfast like a king and to dine like a pauper', but I completely and utterly disagree.

Brunch like a Queen instead.

The best brunches is London according to a few experts Adventures of a London Kiwi

Whilst I'm out of London, a bevy of my favourite, trusted blog friends have taken up the mantle of mid-day feasting to share their favourite brunch spots - all well kept secrets that will knock your socks off.


26 May 2017

Confessions of a guilty blogger

Dear Blog,

Unfortunately you have created a monster - I've been too busy adventuring to sit down and write proper accounts of what I've been up to for ages.

It's definitely a case of me, not you. I've missed word wrangling, thinking up crazy thoughts and arranging photographs so much that I've started dreaming that I've been sat at my laptop.


Luckily, in the meantime I've been enjoying cuddles with my nephews (one of whom is newborn), fabulous dinners with a few of my favourite bloggers around the globe and a bevy of escapades are happening out in a few different countries, so watch this space. (Or my Instagram.) And I've been doing a fair amount of freelance work behind the scenes.

I really have missed you - and have collected a sleeve full of memories and recommendations that are too good not to be shared.

Love,
Emma

Ps. I couldn't not mention my heartbreak with the events at Manchester, some of the reason for being so offline and making sure I spend good quality time with my family.

18 May 2017

Taking a punt at becoming a Pizza Chef.

Pizza isn't just carbs and cheese, it is a universal language and the food equivalent of a family hug. Find me a person who doesn't like some iteration of pizza (from cheesy garlic bread to folded Calzone) and I will willingly eat a hat shaped slice of pie. (That doesn't include someone who doesn't fancy it at that very moment, just for the record -that is called temporary insanity in my house.)

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Pizza Express to put their pizza-making party to the test but my (lack of) pizza dough twirling skills are entirely my own and though this post is in collaboration with them, all thoughts are mine and mine alone.

For me, our love affair began with a panicked answer to "what is your favourite food?" Most people treasure one dish above any other and can answer with ease, but I simply blurted the first possible thing that came to mind.

Pizza.

15 May 2017

An announcement: Taking a leap of faith and going freelance

As a very small Emma, I wanted to become a vet. I wanted to work with animals, curing their ills and judiciously handing out comfort. As a slightly older Emma (but not necessarily wiser) architectural design interested me (one might wistfully connect sheltering human beans) before the conservation of ancient buildings was calling my name and I put my architecture degree “temporarily” on hold to travel and actually experience a few of these wonders.

In the decade I have lived in England, I fell into jobs that kept a (London-priced) roof over my head – among which number managing a pub (where I met my husband) and acting as an office manager & PA for a Bishop – but never quite fulfilled a creative need that never quite receded.

Enter stage left ‘Adventures of a London Kiwi’.


I’ve always maintained that blogging was only ever going to be a hobby, but 5 years on I’ve been presented with the opportunity to make my passion for writing a career. I’ve agonized for six months about leaving behind a creatively unfulfilling but steady role to embrace the life of a freelancer. I’ve read as many self-help books as I can, consulted the cat on how she’d feel to have a colleague all week long making noise plus brewing coffee in her warm haven and spoken at length to my amazingly encouraging friends and family.

13 May 2017

An elegant brunch at The Balcon, Pall Mall

In a million years we probably wouldn't have met. In a city of 10 million+ people the likelihood was even slimmer. And yet our lives have converged thanks to the "faceless screens" of the internet.

The Balcon Luxury Brunch Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of The Balcon but my (very many) thoughts on Saturday morning eggs benedict and champagne are only ever my own.

Of course, I'm talking about the one and only Sir Aftab of Fresh and Fearless. Most recently our adventures took us to a Parisian corner of Pall Mall.

8 May 2017

Relaxing on the doorstep of Richmond Park: A staycation hotel review

To say this was the laziest most relaxed adventure yet would be an understatement. 

At the beginning of this year, my one and only Mr Kiwi put me on a travel ban. After a 6 week period that included a surprise birthday trip to Gothenburg, a myriad of business travel, a weekend staycation and two awesome weeks roadtripping around Texas and Louisiana at the end of last year, he felt like he had had enough.

Richmond Park Staycation Adventures of a London Kiwi
Richmond Park Staycation Adventures of a London Kiwi

So in order to assuage the flame of wanderlust that has my soul (one day it may waver so I'm making the most of it whilst I can) I had to get crafty. I mean, compromise. Yes, compromise. *shifty eyes*

4 May 2017

Afternoon Tea at the Baglioni Hotel, a chic corner of Kensington

There is no delicate pinky waving of gossamer pastries or wafer-thin slivers of sandwiches that leave your appetite wanting at the Italian style Baglioni Hotel afternoon tea, but a delectable selection of molto bene classics that sets this apart as the Maserati of Kensington teas.

  Luxury Afternoon Tea Baglioni Hotel Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Baglioni Hotel but I would definitely take this Afternoon Tea out for another spin on my own dime.

The hotel is a quiet oasis of luxury (well, on the mid-week afternoon that we visited) just across the road from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, all marble floors and glamorous setting - the perfect place to spend a few hours with good people.

1 May 2017

Eating my way around the globe - the May #Travellinkup

I have to admit that I struggled with this month's travel linkup topic suggested by the gorgeous Binny (ironically over a meal!) It wasn't for lack of options, but the overwhelming choice - which is also the delicious problem about travelling. Whenever I get asked "where do you want to go next" I automatically panic blurt "everywhere."

Eating my way around the globe Adventures of a London Kiwi

When she suggested the intriguing topic 'If travel was a menu, what would be your starter (short haul), main (long haul) and/or dessert (a place with a lasting impression)' our creative juices began to sizzle. I decided to revert to foodie blogger mode, and huddle around the knife, fork and spoon combination that has served me so well in the past. Quite literally.

27 April 2017

My perfect day in Paris: slipping solo across the Channel for lunch

There are many bloggers who are getting flack about sharing their love of travelling solo. It isn't for everyone - but then neither are berets. It shouldn't be a rite of passage shoved down the throats of unwilling accessories (see what I did there?), but simply another tool in the wanderlust arsenal.

My perfect day in Paris Adventures of a London Kiwi

I have to say that as much as I adore my cheeky husband, I also love the chance to revel in sheer unadulterated 'me' time. Wandering through art galleries for hours, indulging in freshly baked patisserie and taking. as. many. photos. as. I. want. (For the record, in a 10 hour window I took about 800, ridiculous I know.)

25 April 2017

ANZAC Day, Lest We Forget.

Pre-dawn on the 25th April, families gather around the world. Quietly they huddle in their jackets, their antipodean accents muffled by the chilly air.



Slowly in the darkness the crowd begins to thicken, take shape, many around weatherworn memorials thousands of miles away from their birthplaces.

22 April 2017

Aqua Shard: Brunching in London clouds

The Shard and I have a tempestuous on again, off again relationship. On our first rendezvous this bastion of the London skyline was moody and somewhat icy, our second dalliance was a touch more blue sky and secretive (an unbloggable lunch at the Shangri-La), and the third a cheeky twilight drink - but on this particular date, we managed to enjoy an early brunch cementing our liaison as an everlasting London romance.

Aqua Shard Brunching In London Clouds Adventures of a London Kiwi
 Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Aqua Shard but my (very many) thoughts are only ever mine and more repeat visits on lovely days are going into my diary. Ps. Sister restaurant Aqua Kyoto has a bottomless brunch reader special until 28th May if you click this sushi treatise about our visit... (#notspon, just delectable)

After a flurry of activity organising a secret trip in honour of Aftab's birthday, 3 of the self-named Angles (sorry, random insider joke) gathered around a table with one of our American favourites (she is definitely not square, I promise) to breakfast and gaze over the London skyline full of anticipation for our incipient journey. Laden with weekend bags full of mischief and a train booked for 11am, early on the Sunday morning we checked in with the restaurant front staff (who didn't even blink an eye at how much clothing we had packed) and took our seats over the London city skyline.

18 April 2017

Claiming my travel dreams

As a typical millennial - in fact even worse, one from the antipodean shores of New Zealand - we've been taught by our baby boomer parents that everything we dream is possible. But then why shouldn't we have careers that span our passions? Why shouldn't we aspire to be the best people we can be and live the lives that we dream about?


But, there is a catch. There always is. You have to be willing to work for it and hope that you get a couple of lucky breaks along the way.

13 April 2017

Cornwall roadtripping: our favourite places to explore

Both my friend and I had eyed up the beautiful scenery, cozy thatched cottages and wild beaches of the Cornish coast often enough to each have a wishlist of places to explore, so on our long weekend we tried to fit in as many places as we could.

Result? The best road trip we could have hoped for, complete with excellent tunes, copious snacks and occasionally crazy weather conditions. Full of pirates and smugglers, intriguing history, rampant gardens, cream teas where we discussed the big questions (cream then jam, or jam then cream, obv) and weather conditions that changed by the minute from hail to beaming sunshine.

Road trip itinerary Cornwall Adventures of a London Kiwi
Road trip itinerary Cornwall Adventures of a London Kiwi
Important disclaimer: I've only visited Cornwall the once so I can't ever call myself an expert, and ideally we needed an extra day to spend in St Ives properly, but these were the places we loved.

10 April 2017

10 of the best unique UK daytrips (when you've done all the usual ones)

We've all been there. The chat around the office water cooler is of exotic European jaunts, talk in the tea point is of tropical destinations and patter in the pub is all glamourous stays in luxurious hotels and spa pamper sessions. And there is nothing in your diary.

10 of the best unique UK daytrips Adventures of a London Kiwi

It's bank holiday season again.

7 April 2017

Legging it to Land's End, Cornwall

According to ancient Maori mythology at the northernmost tip of New Zealand - Cape Reinga - the spirits of the dead travel on their journey to the afterlife to leap off the headland, and climb the roots of the 800-year-old pohutukawa tree and descend to the underworld to return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki, using the Te Ara Wairua, the 'Spirits' pathway'.

Land's End What to do in Cornwall Adventures of a London Kiwi

In true British style, Land's End (or in Cornish: Penn an Wlas or Pedn an Wlas) is a headland and holiday complex near Penzance where tourists flock to witness the Western most point of the UK and enjoy a cream tea.

4 April 2017

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall: A sumptuous seaside spa stay

We arrived just as the sky turned ink blue over gentle waves. Stopping the car in the middle of the deserted road we rolled down the window and simply swooned at our cliff top view. Below us the beach stretched out, softly hugging the foam crests of the incoming tide. (And then we instagrammed because you can take the bloggers out of London...)

Luxury Hotel Cornwall The Scarlet Newquay Adventures of a London Kiwi
Luxury Hotel Cornwall The Scarlet Newquay Adventures of a London Kiwi
 Disclaimer: We were very relaxed guests of The Scarlet Hotel but all of our blissful enjoyment and thoughts were very much our own...

We navigated the curving road around, heading further and further away from the surfing epicentre of Newquay and with one last hairpin bend worthy of Top Gear slow motion panorama, we found our home for the evening. Snugged into the cliffs, the Scarlett Hotel is a peaceful retreat, hiding away from the clanging updates of the world.

31 March 2017

Cornwall Roadtripping: St Michael's Mount #travellinkup

inspiration

ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’):
via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare
 
1.The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
2. A sudden brilliant or timely idea.
3. The drawing in of breath; inhalation.

St Michael's Mount Cornwall RoadTrip Adventures of a London Kiwi

Our recent long weekend in Cornwall provided all three of these definitions of inspiration - quite literally. A small but mighty peninsula to the southwest of England, Cornwall is bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon over the River Tamar, Cornwall has human history dating back to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.

28 March 2017

Egerton Hotel: A pawfectly luxurious doggie afternoon tea.

My cutest afternoon tea date (ever) arrived at our Egerton Hotel rendezvous wearing a blue bow tie and his salt & pepper hair suavely combed - just right for a Kensington afternoon tea. 

Luxury Afternoon Tea Egerton Hotel Kensington Adventures of a London Kiwi

Paws down, this is the cutest afternoon tea I've ever done. Ever. And I shan't be apologising for the litany of puns about to litter this post. #Sorrynotsorry