Only a stone’s throw from beautiful Kensington Palace, the Baglioni Hotel is all marble floors and glamorous setting – the perfect place to spend a few hours with good people. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Baglioni Hotel but all preponderances are resolutely my own. In fact, I’d go so far to say that Brunello restaurant is somewhere to go only with good people – aka. the kind that are willing to share their dishes with… View Post

Conrad Hotel St James | Afternoon Tea

Conrad Hotel St James | Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea. It once was the preserve (apologies for the pun) of high society ladies and has of the last few years been reinstated as a luxurious way to spend quality time with people that you adore. So, no surprise then that when I was recently invited to try the new Spring tea at an old favourite, the Conrad London St. James (then known as the Intercontinental Westminster)… Disclaimer: I was honoured to be a guest… View Post

The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

This may surprise you, but allegedly London is one of the greenest cities in the world. The reason? The Royal Parks which are under The Queen’s protection, and the small but mighty patches of green that fit slip between the brick edifices like The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries. At first glance, this is just another garden centre, curved around the corner from Warwick Avenue underground station, snugged between two terraced houses. 

Chiltern Firehouse | A Rather Sumptuous Monday Lunch

Chiltern Firehouse | A Rather Sumptuous Monday Lunch

We did something naughty. With snow foiling our plans for a day trip out of London, an IRL friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a fun day in London, and we ended up in the achingly Instagrammable Saint Aymes Cafe and then for lunch in the Chiltern Firehouse, being escorted by our salt and pepper hued date (complete with a waggly tail). Spoiler alert: both were delectable, and adored Olly our canine companion, almost… View Post

The Ikigai Menu at Aqua Kyoto | Restaurant Review

The Ikigai Menu at Aqua Kyoto | Restaurant Review

You know that indescribable moment, that subtle bliss when the sun shines after an unexpected snow storm? The Ikigai menu at Aqua Kyoto is a sliver of that; a light, delicious 3-course selection of delicacies, served with a cocktail and petit fours sweetbox that will surprise and delight. No storm necessary. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Aqua Kyoto but my (very many) thoughts are only ever mine – repeat visits on my own dime time… View Post