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The Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the …

The Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the Shangri-La London

The incredible Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the Shangri-La London has been inspired by the journeys of four incredible women, Gina, Maggie, Mandy and Michele, who received breast cancer treatment at Guy’s Cancer. [Disclosure: we were guests of the Shangri-La London hotel but all enthusings are very much my own.] I wanted to begin the review with their stories – this wonderful afternoon tea is as delicious and luxurious as befits a Shangri-La creation – but as someone… View Post

Luxury Hotel in East London: Town Hall Hotel …

Luxury Hotel in East London: Town Hall Hotel Bethnal Green

It was a grey old day in London, one of those ones where the leeching rain gets under your collar and into your bones – but actually, we didn’t care. Splashing through the pavement puddles, we were bound for a luxury boutique hotel in East London – the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. I have to come clean – I’d forgotten that I had booked this Friday night stay in – I’d booked it… View Post

Frog by Adam Handling | Restaurant Review

Frog by Adam Handling | Restaurant Review

There is nothing sweeter than a leisurely weekday lunch – it’s one of the joys of running my own business. It’s even more delicious on a Monday with friends – a state of enjoyment which led neatly to this Frog by Adam Handling restaurant review. Before I begin, just let me utter the words Chicken Butter. Mmmmmmm. This wasn’t our first visit to the Frog, but the first that I wasn’t so distracted by the… View Post

Quick Slowcooker Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Quick Slowcooker Pumpkin Soup Recipe

This quick slowcooker pumpkin soup recipe warms you from your toes, to the top of your head. Homey and soft, it’s one of my absoloute favourite things to cook in autumn & winter. Oh, and it’s the perfect way to use up those Halloween pumpkin innards. It’s healthy too – you don’t need to add any cream or cheese – though it is scumptious if you to want to take a walk on the wild… View Post

9 London houses and gardens in Autumn

9 London houses and gardens in Autumn

Autumn. It’s considered ‘basic’ now to adore the season of rust coloured leaves, snuggling into warm scarves and sipping lattes – but I’ve always loved it. Something I love even more (if that’s possible) is exploring London houses and gardens in Autumn – it is beautiful, calm and cool. So, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite houses with gardens where the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange and red (oh, and… View Post

Where to stay in Bilbao: Vincci Consulado de …

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

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

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 …

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

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

10 Things I Achieved During the Covid-19 Lockdown

10 Things I Achieved During the Covid-19 Lockdown

Over the three plus months of being stuck at home during the Covid-19 lockdown, for the most part we actually we settled into a fairly nice routine of working and relaxing. Thinking back, there were at least 10 things I achieved during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Mr Kiwi even set up a reoccuring Friday night pub chat via Skype (which gave me a chance to do the same, or indulge in some terrible TV.)

Dinner at Tredwells – Restaurant Review

Dinner at Tredwells – Restaurant Review

For the longest of time I’ve been meaning to have dinner at Tredwells – it’s been languishing for too long at the top of my London restaurant ‘to try’ list (which is as long as the Thames – but more neatly sectioned than the relative hodge podge of London bridge placement.)  Sorry, that was quite a laboured metaphor. Back to dinner. The Work Wife and I were both celebrating 3 successful years of self employment,… View Post

11 Dream Hotels Around the World | Travel Linkup

11 Dream Hotels Around the World | Travel Linkup

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to have some incredible experiences and stay in some breathtaking places. This collection of 11 dream hotels around the world are all special for so many reasons; from ancient castles to modern skyscrapers with infinity pools overlooking city horizons. (Tap the linked title to read more about each individual stay.) CASTLE HUNTING: GLOUCESTERSHIRE PRINCESSES FOR THE NIGHT | UK Once upon a time, two Kiwi girls voyaged across… View Post

9 Things To Do in Lincolnshire

9 Things To Do in Lincolnshire

This blog is called Adventures of a London Kiwi, but my second UK home is Lincolnshire. Over the years I’ve shared my favourite spots, but a recent trip inspired me to properly lasso these best of the best things to do in Lincolnshire into a single blog post. With my better half being a paid up Linconshire yellow belly (perhaps the most popular story for the origins of the term yellowbelly is one concerning the apparel… View Post

What to do in North Devon | A Beautiful …

What to do in North Devon | A Beautiful Seaside Break

We road tripped down to North Devon, two sun seekers aching for the sound of the ocean and the uncomplicated clink of a sunset glass of bubbles. I can’t pretend to be any expert on what to do in North Devon – but luckily my friend has been holidaying there since she was a child. We deliberately kept our Devon days loose – to fit in lazy lie-ins, long breakfasts overlooking the oceans, lots of… View Post

Aqua Shard Weekend Brunch Review

Aqua Shard Weekend Brunch Review

Come with me to a rather special place in amongst the clouds of London. It’s a modern temple of gold and charcoal – and has heavenly city views. Oh, and the menu? The Aqua Shard weekend brunch array is as opulent as the surrounds. [Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all flowery descriptions, leisurely lingering and repeat visits are very much my own.] It was the first out of the house lunch… View Post

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe | Summer Gazpacho

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe | Summer Gazpacho

Whenever it gets over 30°C I start to melt, Wicked Witch style (capital letters fully intended). All I seem to crave is light salads, buckets of iced water and green vegetables. Enter stage left this cucumber and pea soup recipe. The other 36°C (that’s almost 100°F!) day I had a fridge/cupboard rummage and it was like  a light bulb went off (not just the fridge light, I mean.) I adore cucumbers – often just slicing them… View Post