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.
Of all the quirky hotels in London, I have to admit that the reason that Hazlitt’s – a boutique Georgian hotel in the heart of Soho -caught my eye because of one of the permanent inhabitants. One with four paws and a tail… Note: Please excuse the ‘snap’ quality of these images – I’d left my camera at home as we were having a relaxing staycation, but couldn’t get over just how lovely the hotel… View Post
I really love a UK Road trip. All you need is a car, snacks, a map/GPS, great tunes and a vague idea of where you want to end up when it gets dark. There is so much history, so very many beautiful landscapes, seemingly endless quirky stops, lovely beaches and village pubs that are just crying out for wandering into – read on for road trip ideas over summer.
Something we’ve started to indulge in are the restaurant kits that are being developed – and we started with Adam Handling’s HAME offering. We fancied the roast chicken lunch the most so popped an order in. Adam and his team put their heads together and created ‘Hame’ – the Scottish word for home – to offer a taste of their restaurant experience from the comfort of your own house.
It’s always fascinating to get a peak into other people’s lives, so I thought I’d share a 2021 version of ‘what’s in my bag’. In fact, I boiled it down to the 5 essential items for leaving the house. Disclosure: this was commissioned by the team at Fogily, but genuinely I wish I’d discovered their product years ago. If you don’t wear glasses, I bet you know someone who will LOVE you for telling them… View Post
I wanted to gather together all of the events that are happening on and around Waitangi Day 2021 – there are free and paid events, ways to support Kiwi businesses here in the UK and places to learn more about the history. Disclaimer: these are just the ones I’ve seen, let me know if I’m missing stuff! In the words of a good friend, “Waitangi Day is of utmost importance to Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s spirit… View Post
Nothing beats a taste of home. Especially when you’re a homesick Kiwi stuck in your house, so it’s an absolute treat when you get sent an entire box full of New Zealand beer (and cider) to sip from. [Disclaimer: The New Zealand Beer Collective sent me this selection, but all enthusing and random stories are all mine.] When people think of New Zealand beers, they often default to the biggest breweries – and you will… View Post
For the linkup this month, we’re chatting all things travel blog origin story. When I sat down, many many moons ago, having decided to start Adventures of a London Kiwi as a whim on a weekday evening, I genuinely never imagined where typing a few words on the internet would take me. *cue edited montage of amazing locations with an upbeat music overlay* [Or, a shot of me at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party…]
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve not had french toast in years (I tend to have pancakes), but when I discovered that it was possible to french toast crumpets I was cracking eggs faster than you can say the words ‘I love brunch recipes’. I had them on a Thursday, then again on a Friday and Saturday, and mourned the fact that there wasn’t a crumpet crumb in the house until our next round of… View Post
At the start of the UK lockdowns I promised myself that even though travel wasn’t possible, that I would do my best to keep travelling by plate, so I gathered these online memories and international recipes to tease your tastebuds and grace your dinner table. The last time I travelled by plate here on the blog, I shared 7 dishes from 7 continents that I made – this time I decided to gather together a… View Post
How to write your first blog post is the question that I get asked the most by other people who want to start a blog, bloggers who get a bit stuck sometimes and the small business owners who have a website for their business but aren’t quite sure where to start. For every writer the process is different. Just start. It’s the best advice that I’ve ever heard, and the advice that I’ll always give.
Follow me… we’re taking a journey by plate and this time we’re off to Latvia, a country situated on the Baltic Sea. [Disclosure: this post is part of a paid partnership with Latvia Travel and Traverse Events.] Three of my greatest passions in life go hand in hand; food, travel and storytelling. I’ve gone to ridiculous lengths of the years for delicious meals – nipped over to Paris for lunch, traipsed to 3 countries for 3 meals (well, I… View Post
You know how in my day job I’m a freelance social media manager? Well, I’ve co-launched The Social Media Tini, an ongoing series of masterclasses and services teaching small businesses and influencers how to improve their social media channels. [AD for me, obvs.] Binny and I have combined our extensive experience as freelance social media managers and added a dash of style and a splash of humour, removing all the dry and boring advice that… View Post
Goodness gracious me, it’s that part of the year again already. The time for looking back, taking stock of the present and writing my travel wishlist for 2021. It’s also the time of year to be confused about exactly what year it is, but I digress. Travel has never been a race for me – I’ve always picked destinations on my own terms, and for my own reasons (more often than not, it’s the history… View Post
Roll up, roll up, and welcome to the London Kiwi Lounge. We’re serving a litany of festive drinks for Christmas and New Years, all guaranteed to tempt you to sip a few glasses and linger in front of the fire (whether real flame or faux flickers – available on Youtube in a variety of choices.) [Disclosure: some of these were gifted.] There is something about winter that just calls for hearty, spiced drinks. They warm you… View Post
I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt around about 0.025% festive this year. So I set myself down with a glass of mulled cider and jotted down a few ideas to feel festive whilst stuck at home – and I thought I would share them because they all made me smile and have helped to summon the Christmas spirit, even in these trying times. My imagination and planning skills are some of the few… View Post
Hoping that Santa has blog reading on his agenda in the run up to his busiest day of the year, I thought I would share a small business gift guide on my blog, sharing businesses that do some amazing stuff in the world. If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? If you are a blogger who doesn’t write a gift guide,… View Post
One of my few regrets in the last few years was only getting to spend a couple of days in Sydney. Raki, an experienced local tour guide, asked if he could share his recommendations of the best sightseeing day trips from Sydney which only sparked my wanderlust even more. With an iconic skyline familiar the world over, a serene and picturesque harbor, botanical gardens, numerous landmarks and accompanied by architecture befitting its iconic status, Sydney… View Post