• Where to stay in Bilbao: Vincci Consulado de Bilbao

    When it came to deciding where to stay in Bilbao during our long weekend exploring the city (and the extensive art collection of the Guggenheim Museum) whilst there was a surprising amount of choice, when I spotted the Vincci Consulado de Bilbao I knew instantly that it was the hotel for us. The Mr loves a modern, plush boutique hotel, and that’s exactly what we got.

    Peter Pan Afternoon Tea Aqua Shard

    The Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard – in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital – has more than just a pinch of fairy dust – it’s straight up magic. [Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all fae references, play sword fights (with silver teaspoons obvs) and repeat visits are very much my own.] “Their chief food was roasted bread-fruit, yams, coconuts, baked pig, mam- mee-apples, tappa rolls and bananas, washed down… View Post

    The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

    Our last trip before the world changed so drastically was a long weekend in Spain – a leisurely one at that. The focus was the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a modernist work of art – and that’s the just the building, even without considering the treasures that the sinous walls contain.  On my bookshelves, there’s a very well thumbed book with a grey cover that inspired much of my initial travels. 

    Sea Containers Hotel on the Southbank: A London Staycation

    It probably sounds a bit random that we love a London staycation, but actually it’s many of the best things about travelling without the frustrating downsides. It was the Mr’s turn to pick, and as he fancied a modern stay, we picked the Sea Containers Hotel on the Southbank. I’ve popped in a few times for cocktails with friends (at this Mr Kiwi rolled his eyes ‘of course you’ve been here before’) but it was… View Post

    A Brilliant Dinner at, er, Brilliant Restaurant

    I’m simply going to start this review with Mr Kiwi’s response when I told him we were going to Brilliant “Brilliant Resaurant? HELL YES – it’s meant to be one of the best in the country!” Disclosure: We were invited guests to Brilliant Restaurant – but all thoughts are mine. He doesn’t tend to get as overtly excited about things as much as I do, so this set my expectation bar super high. Then I… View Post