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Waitangi Day 2021: An Online UK Edit

Waitangi Day 2021: An Online UK Edit

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

The New Zealand Beer Collective | Craft Beers in …

The New Zealand Beer Collective | Craft Beers in the UK

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

The Origin Story of Adventures of a London …

The Origin Story of Adventures of a London Kiwi

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…]

French Toast Crumpets | A Brunch Recipe To Brighten …

French Toast Crumpets | A Brunch Recipe To Brighten Up Any Day

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

A Banquet of Food Memories and International Recipes | …

A Banquet of Food Memories and International Recipes | Travelling By Plate

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 | Advice …

How to write your first blog post | Advice from a Long Term Blogger

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.

The Landmark London | An Exquisite Afternoon Tea in …

The Landmark London | An Exquisite Afternoon Tea in London

There’s always something magical about taking afternoon tea in London – especially when it’s a birthday surprise organised by your husband – and even more so when it’s at the Landmark London Hotel. It was a beautifully sunny afternoon that we slipped through the beautiful entrance, 

Latvia – A Journey by Plate (Includes 2 Tasty Recipes) | …

Latvia – A Journey by Plate (Includes 2 Tasty Recipes) | AD

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

The Social Media Tini – Teaching Small Businesses and …

The Social Media Tini – Teaching Small Businesses and Influencers how to improve their Social Media

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

My Travel Wishlist for 2021 – Travel Linkup

My Travel Wishlist for 2021 – Travel Linkup

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

12 Months and 12 Photos – A 2020 Retrospective

12 Months and 12 Photos – A 2020 Retrospective

What a year. Honestly. It’s been a stressful year for everyone, where the simple pleasures in life have become so much more important. I was inspired by Tanja to put together this 12 Months and 12 Photos – a 2020 retrospective as a journal of a tulumtuous year that has affected so many.

Festive Drinks for Christmas and New Years

Festive Drinks for Christmas and New Years

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

Ideas To Feel Festive Whilst Stuck At Home

Ideas To Feel Festive Whilst Stuck At Home

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

Unique, quirky and full of love: a small …

Unique, quirky and full of love: a small business gift guide.

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

Best Sightseeing Day Trips from Sydney Australia [Guest …

Best Sightseeing Day Trips from Sydney Australia [Guest 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

The Best London Christmas Afternoon Teas for Sheer …

The Best London Christmas Afternoon Teas for Sheer Festive Spirit

From the nutcracker to sugar plum fairy themes, from luxurious 5-star hotels to my very own living room – read on for the best London Christmas afternoon teas (according to me). I’ve been feeling a bit grinchy, so I simply wanted to share and reminisce over some of the incredible festive teas we’ve enjoyed over the years. Spending a leisurely afternoon with lovely friends, an array of festive treats and champagne is sheer bliss. Especially… View Post

A Delectable Sunday Roast at Bondi Green

A Delectable Sunday Roast at Bondi Green

In the midst of the last lockdown, the Radio Lamington Lammos were like a beacon of home to this homesick antipodean – so when we emerged, butterfly-like, it was only fair to balance them out with a steadfast British tradition; the delectable Sunday Roast at the newly opened Bondi Green in Paddington. [Disclosure: we were invited guests of Bondi Green – all gravy pouring love, enthusing over the cauli and sheer joy at being out… View Post

11 of my Favourite Christmas Traditions [Travel Linkup]

11 of my Favourite Christmas Traditions [Travel Linkup]

Every single year there are 11 of my favourite Christmas traditions that I insist we fulfil without fail. And if we can’t, I’ll find a workaround that somehow leverages them in, anyway – here’s looking at you 3-foot high neon green Christmas tree of ’15.   London is one of my favourite cities to spend Christmas in. Whether it snows or dawns a clear blue sky there is something magical in cool December days spent… View Post

Practical Gifts for Photographers (and Enthusiastic Content Creators)

Practical Gifts for Photographers (and Enthusiastic Content Creators)

I’ve written small business/charity gift guides for a few years, but this year I’m going to add one to the a list – practical gifts for photographers (not to mention enthusiastic content creators and social media managers.) I know that bloggers writing gift guides close to Christmas is a well worn trope, but over the years I’ve actually found some them incredibly helpful. I certainly wouldn’t call myself a professional photographer (though I’ve technically been… View Post