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Reasons to visit Vancouver | Sponsored by e-visa.co.…

Reasons to visit Vancouver | Sponsored by e-visa.co.uk

We adored our visit to Vancouver a few years ago – the stunning scenery, the friendly locals, the whale watching – and it elicited a desire to explore even more of the incredible Canadian landscapes. We would return in a heartbeat. Disclosure: this post was commissioned by e-visa.co.uk (an online visa bureau). Vancouver had always been our travel Avalon – a mystical dream that we never thought we would ever turn into reality.

The best things to do in Prague on …

The best things to do in Prague on a girls weekend

Europe to me is history pages that have come alive – ancient stone bearing scars and flowering gardens full of stories to come. But the simple question on most city trippers lips when they visit the Czech capital is ‘what are the best things to do in Prague?’   How do you encapsulate an entire city spanning more than a thousand years – during which time the city grew from the Vyšehrad Castle to the capital… View Post

Nipa Thai at the Royal Lancaster Hotel: Travelling …

Nipa Thai at the Royal Lancaster Hotel: Travelling to Thailand by Fork

I haven’t yet graced the shores of Thailand, but in my dreams it’s a fragrant tropical paradise. One with coral seas and sparkling white beaches where the air is redolent with… massaman curry. Disclosure: We were guests of Nipa Thai, a delicious restaurant in the Royal Lancaster Hotel – it’s always, always a pleasure to dine there. All random musings are mine and mine only as ever. Forget the scents of orchids, jasmine, lemongrass, ratchaphruek and… View Post

A London Love Letter From An Incorrigible Expat | …

A London Love Letter From An Incorrigible Expat | Why I Live In London

My Dearest London, I feel like I’ve said why I live in London a hundred different times and in a hundred different ways. After all this time I utterly adore you. Even when you drive me crazy. It’s all your fault. After exclaiming at my British accent (for some reason I seem to be at pains to tell people I am of antipodean origin) people always ask me how I ended up living on the… View Post

Galvin at Windows – Restaurant Review over the London …

Galvin at Windows – Restaurant Review over the London skyline

In some respects I have a ridiculously long memory: flavours, kindnesses, lyrics to 90s pop songs, houses that have friendly cats. It’s also in respect to restaurants that I fancy visiting. and Galvin at Windows is somewhere that had been on my list for more than an age.  We just hadn’t quite gotten around to booking a table, but luckily my Mr Kiwi has an even longer memory than me (or is just more susceptible… View Post

If We Were Having Coffee – The Hot Working …

If We Were Having Coffee – The Hot Working Edition

This has been a rollercoaster of a month. For both myself and a lot of the people around me, so if we were having a coffee right now, I suspect we’d be having a White Russian – a cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream served with ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Yum.  Work is incredibly busy, travel has been fairly non-existent this month if it hasn’t been work-related and I’ve very rarely… View Post

Daytrip to Rochester

Daytrip to Rochester

I loves me a quick escape from London, so when a curious pixie (or should I say THE Curious Pixie) hit me up for a cheeky weekday wander-filled daytrip to Rochester I was absolutely up for shaking off the shackles of my desk and hitting the road. Well, technically we hit the train tracks, hopping on a quick locomotive from London Victoria to Rochester (it’s 40 minutes or so, the perfect length of time for a natter… View Post

Sipping Cocktails in the Tanqueray Gin Garden at …

Sipping Cocktails in the Tanqueray Gin Garden at Bar 31 in the Shangri La

The sun was shining gloriously, my apple green soft-top Maserati was parked neatly under the shadow of the Shard and I had a generously proportioned gin cocktail in front of my hand for sipping*. We’d popped into the Tanqueray Gin Garden at Bar 31 in the Shangri La (disclosure: we were invited guests of the Shangri La) right next to London Bridge Station, and life was good. * One of these things isn’t quite accurate – I’ll… View Post

9 of the Best London Afternoon Teas – 2018/19 Edition

9 of the Best London Afternoon Teas – 2018/19 Edition

I simply had to draft out a round-up of the 9 best London afternoon teas I’ve enjoyed in 2018/2019, especially as someone, somewhere in the universe has designated this week national afternoon tea week. I mean it’s only the best time ever to reminisce about afternoons of luxury – who needs more excuses to book a few more!? Not all afternoon teas are created equal. Crumbling scones, dry sandwiches and, horror of all horrors, having to share… View Post

Flight Delays: A Tale of Airport Frustration | Sponsored …

Flight Delays: A Tale of Airport Frustration | Sponsored by MyFlyRight AD

Flight delays and cancellations – they’re the worst way to start and end much looked-forward-to trips. Disclosure: This post was commissioned by MYFLYRIGHT who help travellers who have had flights in the EU delayed or cancelled to claim compensation. Tap tap-tap. After a long weekend exploring Cologne, we were all pretty tired. Some of our group had flown back to the UK a bit earlier in the day, landing in Manchester, but we sorry few had rocked… View Post

Where to stay in Rotterdam Netherlands: The James …

Where to stay in Rotterdam Netherlands: The James Hotel

With a couple of nights to explore, every time that I investigated where to stay in Rotterdam the newly opened luxury hotel, The James, kept popping up at the top of all of my searches.  Whether it was fate or clever Google remarketing, I’ll never know, but it was such a lovely stay that I’ll chalk it up to fate. (Ps. that’s what I’ll blame all my future booking choices on I think – fates… View Post

Kinderdijk Windmills – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kinderdijk Windmills – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

It isn’t often that you visit an incredibly popular tourist attraction and find an afternoon of peace. The Kinderdijk Windmills were designated a UNESCO world heritage site and I was visiting for the heritage – but what I hadn’t counted on was glorious sunshine and a quiet fishermans nook to spend an afternoon in. Kinderdijk is situated in the Alblasserwaard polder at the coming together of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder,… View Post

Favourite Travel Memories: Silver Screen Edit

Favourite Travel Memories: Silver Screen Edit

When we picked this month’s travel linkup topic, about movies, books & TV series that have inspired travel or visiting set locations in a certain destination, I knew exactly where I wanted to write about.  Over the years we’ve been inspired and surprised by so many places – Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle), The Big Bang Theory set at Warner Brothers studios in Los Angeles, we found an unlikely Batman location near Heathrow Airport, obviously everything Harry Potter in London,… View Post

If we were having coffee…the London heatwave …

If we were having coffee…the London heatwave edition

In London it’s been hot. We’ve been teased mercilessly that it’s not that hot, but trust me, during a London heatwave, being in the city is not the place to be in 35°C+ temperatures. It feels more like the surface of the sun: the concrete edit. So, if we were having coffee right now, it would be an Affogato served with a few generous scoops of rich vanilla ice cream. July has been filled with some… View Post

Hever Castle – Childhood home of Anne Boleyn

Hever Castle – Childhood home of Anne Boleyn

Forget snow-white steeds tossing their manes and knights in chain mail, baring swords. All the modern princess of today needs is a train ticket, a great friend with exquisite taste in music and a glass of bubbly in the sunshine. Disclaimer: we were guests of Hever Castle. Leaving London quickly behind (it’s only a 40-minute train ride, the perfect day trip from London Bridge Station.) 

108 Brasserie, the Marylebone Hotel

108 Brasserie, the Marylebone Hotel

I adore visiting favourite old haunts, especially when the sun is out and some of my favourite people are gathered about me. So, when the chance to have all three of these things lined up, you know that I lept at it – and once our diaries aligned, lo and behold, we gathered around a marble table top at 108 Brasserie in the Marylebone Hotel for a leisurely repast in the sunshine. Disclaimer: We were… View Post

People Watching in London: A Hobby

People Watching in London: A Hobby

Sometimes I’ll just pause in the airport or a train station, and simply watch the world go by. Usually armed with headphones and sunglasses that obviously render me invisible, I won’t stare, but I love people watching in London through bite-size glimpses and making up all kinds of tales that are completely improbable. As I type this, it’s almost rush hour at a busy London station, and a very sweet middle-aged man stands waiting just… View Post

Where to stay near Stansted Airport: Hampton by …

Where to stay near Stansted Airport: Hampton by Hilton Hotel Review

We’ve all done it. Booked a crazy early flight, or a flight that lands so late that you’ll struggle to get the last train from Stansted Airport and across London to get home. It’s taken me years not to trust the ‘oh, it’ll be ok’ thought when booking and settle on one hotel where to stay near Stansted Airport. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to step off a plane late… View Post

Nine Amazing European City Breaks

Nine Amazing European City Breaks

My shortlist of nine amazing European City breaks was both incredibly hard to write and a lovely walk down memory lane – distilling all the sights and sounds over the years into just one list was tough. Honestly, I could have made this a 42 destination long post, but ain’t nobody gots time for that, amiright? So, on with the (potentially controversial) shortlist of amazing European city breaks.

Bombay Bustle: A Taste of Mumbai Brunch in …

Bombay Bustle: A Taste of Mumbai Brunch in Mayfair

One of the best things about living in London is the ability to travel around the world by simply hopping on the Underground and crossing beautiful restaurant thresholds. Take for instance Bombay Bustle in the heart of Mayfair – on paper their Samosas Dosas and Mimosas brunch menu is intriguing, but once you pick up your fork, it’s a whole new world of brunch flavour. Disclaimer: We were guests of Bombay Bustle, but all enthusing… View Post