A lovely friend of mine recently moved to London, and asked me to recommend the best bottomless brunch in London to her for her birthday. But, there’s a twist. DISCLAIMER – This post was commissioned by BottomlessBrunch.com but all brunch enthusiasm is very, very much my own. I’ve got to be honest here and confess that as a self-crowned brunch queen, I only knew of a couple of places to recommend and had to do… View Post
We played holiday roulette this summer – with travel still limited to the UK, booking somewhere to stay has been competitive to say the least. In the title of this blog post I promised to share all the things to do in Felixstowe, but honestly the most important for my friend and I was switching off our busy brains and revel in the sound of the ocean. (All those negative ions; I’ll explain shortly.) When… View Post
Let’s get two things straight: a British heatwave is horrible. the buildings here are built to keep people warm rather than breathing, and yes, yes, you are always very cool. But. Knowing how to stay cool during a British heatwave is an expat survival level that you hit once you’ve been here for a few years. It’s a secret expat level masked by all those jokes about incessant rain.
There’s a pure joy in taking afternoon tea with a good friend, no, it’s not joy. That’s too rambunctious a word. Bliss. (Thank you for adding embedding this phrase into my psyche, Katherine Mansfield.) Disclosure: we were guests of The Lanesborough Hotel for their homage to Cruelle De Vil, but all literary metaphor excitement is purely my own. Bliss is the best word, as afternoon is a little touch of magic to the ordinary… View Post
I was so intrigued to read this recent list of UK restaurant hotspots 2021 – it features a collection of really interesting foodie cities, a few of which I’ve been lucky enough to visit already. The rest, they’ve moved straight up my ‘to visit’ list. Disclosure: this post was comissioned by CIA Landlord Insurance who have researched which cities have the top restaurant hotspots. Interestingly, they found that the UK’s restaurant hotspot is not London, as many would… View Post
I’m so very happy to be here celebrating my 4th freelance anniversary as a fulltime social media consultant. How do you sum up a whirlwind of 4 years? Well, it’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I’m so proud to say that I’ve built my business from scratch; over the years I’ve worked with national companies & international charities, had photography/content jobs commissioned by amazing London restaurants, helped some incredible small… View Post
You know those ‘what’s in my handbag’ posts and articles? Well, I’ve always meant to write one, but never been organised enough. So, instead I thought I’d share something a little less portable, but even a little closer to my heart – a tour of my office desk. I always find these little windows into people’s working lives fascinating. Snapshots into the inner sanctum of their lives – the struggle between the places that we… View Post
Because I’m really cool (not, we all know this) I’ve decided to turn our Travel Linkup topic of a travel bucket-list upside down – handle to the ground if you will – and linger a little on some of the lovely, lovely moments I’ve been pining for. A Post-Lockdown Reverse London Bucket List if you will/need a grandly titled collection. All this time we’ve been stuck at home, with seemingly unending cold dreary days of… View Post
I don’t know about you, but everything that’s happening of late has only made me more determined to revel in the importance of small moments of life, even more so than ever. And I was pretty sickening already… This isn’t just appreciating a moment, but stopping whatever you’re doing to be still and really in that moment.
Once upon a time, a young kiwi lass moved to one of the most enchanting cities in the world. Fast forward more than a decade, and she still takes the time to stroll some of the best walks in London, breathing in the wonder of the city, wandering along the smaller side roads, marvelling at the history they hold. This Kiwi, she [will subequently switch to a first person narrative voice, don’t worry] often skips… View Post
Honestly, when asked where would I go if I won the lottery, the answer is more where wouldn’t I go. But. I’ve managed to rein myself in and only pick 5 destinations that I’d angle my private jet towards (to start with.) Disclosure: this post of travel destinations for people who won the lottery jackpot was commissioned by Lotto land, but all wanderlusting thoughts are very much my own. I’ve been so lucky to explore… View Post
Throughout the pandemic, restaurants have had to pivot and many have been offering dine-at-home options – and the Mr and I have absolutely delighted in trying them. From this testing, I thought I’d gather together my top 5 London restaurant boxes that deliver nationwide. (We’ve also been supporting local restaurants, but you probably don’t live in my neighbourhood so recommendations would be pointless…) I suspect many places will continue doing this into the future; I’m… View Post
I love castles. There’s something so magical about those majestic crenellations, the layers of history imbuing every stone and even the impractical draughty winding turrets (not to mention those gift schrubberies demanded by maraudering Knights*.) Sorry, I digress. Castles, yes, castles, this is a tale of how we spent an afternoon almost visiting Arundel Castle. There’s an old adage about treasuring the journey as well as the destination, and it was so true when we… View Post
Whilst it’s not the same as in-person, I’ve actually loved trying out all kinds of online events over the last few months; quizzes, games, comedy events and music gigs. But, top of the list has to be the virtual cheese tasting with Paxton and Whitfield. Disclosure: this tasting was given to us courtesy of Paxton and Whitfield, but all fromage excitement is completely my own. Now I already love Paxton and Whitfield. I love popping in… View Post
Well, first of all, I have a confession. I have a full list of things to get done today, and yet, here I am, procrastinating by writing a blog post with the clickbait title of 7 ways to stop procrastinating. Fun fact: I didn’t even get all the way through writing this post without stopping to take photos of the dried roses on my desk. How’s that for meta-procrastination? Did you know that people often procrastinate… View Post
I miss travel. The excitement of booking a trip to somewhere I’ve dreamt about, the thrill of getting on a plane or train to destinations new, the smell of a brand new place. So, I thought I’d reminisce about each once in a lifetime experience that gave me shivers. To be fair, my personality is always split, and I’m also relishing ridiculously leisurely Sundays (re-)reading my book(s), but those journeys by page are making me… View Post
The elements to the perfect night away – fun things to do, excellent food, great company (or a great book on a solo trip) definitely pivot around somewhere delicious to lay your head – and the Goodwood Hotel is a great place to stay on a Chichester staycation. Set in an enormous estate (12,000 acres of park and woodland – complete with golf course, it’s hilarious how I keep up ending at golf hotels) the Goodwood… View Post
One of the best things about having travel-obsessed friends all over the UK and the world, is that you not only get tipped off about amazing places, you get to go and spend time with those friends in their backyards. My overnighter to Chichester was one such trip – and I had two local guides taking me to all of the best places. I’d slipped down to Chichester before for an afternoon in the Tinwood… View Post
Very recently a woman went missing in a fairly central London area. She was walking home after dark on her own, and sadly she never made it. My heart absolutely breaks for her family. Staying safe as a woman in the 21st century is no easy feat, especially compared to the indifference that men have. As a staunch feminist and a solo travel lover, it very much brought to mind all the things that I… View Post
You can’t beat the cool sunshine of spring in London. There’s something so delicious about the cool breeze (often carrying a sliver of wood smoke), clasping a hot flat white and enjoying the carpets of blossoms at your feet. For the travel linkup this month I wanted to gather a few of my favourite spots – both the hiddens gems and well known favourites that I tend to gravitate to in spring.