No word of a lie, of all the luxury hotels in Manchester, I’ve been looking for an excuse to book a stay in the King Street Townhouse for years. Finally, our Liverpool and Manchester joint staycation gave me that very excuse to book a stay there. There’s lots to do in Manchester, but we just relaxed.
We’ve always meant to explore Liverpool, but with the sunny climes of Europe beckoning we kept pushing it unfairly down the list. Our 72 hours in Liverpool were a whirlwind of mischief, music, cocktails and naps. Yep. Naps. Oh, Darling! It was a proper awesome city staycation – there’s Something in the water. It’s a city where we had a very vague idea of what we wanted to do, but nothing set in concrete. The… View Post
We’ve been promised a week or two of unseasonably delicious weather so have been thinking back to a few of my favourite day trips from London worth pulling a sickie for. We’re talking lovely beaches, ancient history and lovely rambles in nature, soaking up all of that sunshine. Sure, the classics are pretty amazing; Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Cotswolds & Stonehenge/Salisbury, Brighton, York… I could blather on. The key to any good day trip… View Post
When I was researching where to stay in Istanbul, the Pera Palace Hotel kept coming up, time and time again. It was simply fate – even before I discovered the writers legacy living between the perfectly manicured walls. I have to apologise in advance for the photo dump, but it was such a breathtaking hotel that I couldn’t resist. This was a break we took awhile ago, so apologies for the grainy photos – but… View Post
I never dreamed that we would get to visit Istanbul, a city steeped with exotic mysticism. When deciding where to stay in Istanbul the Ritz Carlton was recommended to me by several of my friends who had explored the city straddling both Asia and Europe. Flicking though my photos the other day reminded me of how beautiful our stay was – and how I hadn’t shared our time there. [Well, that, and my only regret of… View Post
Returning to an old favourite restaurant like Le Garrick is like putting on a long-forgotten, beloved jumper. It’s cosy, delicious, fits a little differently but above all, has an underlying love of satisfaction so different to a newer garment. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Le Garrick, but my (very many) opinions are only ever my own, and I would never recommend anywhere that I don’t happily visit. And revisit. Restaurants from all corners of the globe line… View Post
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 bottomless brunch in London 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… 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