I adore Marylebone. I spent nearly 5 years working in an office there before launching my freelance business and to say I love the area is an understatement. So, when I was invited to try the First Table services, I had to choose the new Boxcar Butcher & Grill – any excuse to visit my favourite area in London. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of First Table, but my thoughts and terrible puns are all very… View Post

The Malmaison Hotel in Oxford: a rather luxurious …

The Malmaison Hotel in Oxford: a rather luxurious prison stay

Most people spend their lives avoiding situations that would put them behind bars. But true to past form, I actively researched the best way to get Mr Kiwi and I locked into prison – but it was at the luxurious Malmaison hotel in Oxford, rather than at her Majesty’s pleasure. When I first saw Lauren’s gorgeous stay here last year, it stayed on my mind and at the top of my UK hotel bucket list… View Post

Hutong at the Shard: A 5th Birthday Taste …

Hutong at the Shard: A 5th Birthday Taste of Northern China

Every time that I’ve written about Hutong at the Shard, I’ve always started off with the amazing views of the London skyline, and actually, that isn’t fair. There are so many restaurants that bank so much on their views that they let their menu quality slip, but Hutong (part of the Aqua group) isn’t like that.  Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Hutong at the Shard, but my palette and misuse of ancient Chinese proverbs… View Post

A Royal Afternoon Tea: Rubens Hotel at the …

A Royal Afternoon Tea: Rubens Hotel at the Palace

To me, afternoon tea is all about spending quality time with someone special – taking time out of a normal day to enjoy a little indulgent luxury. Relaxing at Rubens Hotel in their Palace Lounge was just perfect after a busy, stressful couple weeks for both my lovely friend and I.  Disclaimer: We were guests of Buyagift but my (very many) thoughts and pinky raising are very much all my own posing. There’s an old… View Post

The Season of Flowers Cocktails at the The …

The Season of Flowers Cocktails at the The Polo Bar, The Westbury Mayfair Hotel

I’ve never yet made it to the Chelsea Flower Show. Somehow we always seem to be away, or busy, or some other reason which always seems important at the time. Luckily though, the team at the Polo Bar in the Westbury Mayfair Hotel have kept floral notes of the flower show in their Season of Flowers cocktail trio, available until the end of August. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Westbury Mayfair Hotel but my (very many)… View Post