Oxford is one of those cities that seems unaffected by the passing of time. Whenever we slip there for a day trip from London or a cheeky overnighter – or once for lunch – we’re always struck by just how beautiful it is. The ‘city of dreaming spires’ simply glows. The beautiful stone that makes up the majority of buildings almost emanates the years of learning that has gone on behind them, or am I… 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

48 hours in Bristol: Boats, Bridges, Brunch & Brunel

48 hours in Bristol: Boats, Bridges, Brunch & Brunel

Have you ever fancied 48 hours in Bristol? Over a decade ago when I explored the streets of Bristol on a weekend, the streets were slick with rain and it was long before we had Google maps guided our footsteps. A rain-drenched Kiwi wandered through the twirling lanes, with an England Lonely Planet guide in one hand and the other hand tucked in her pocket. Whilst I wandered all those years ago I still managed to… 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

Tate Modern: Contemporary Art and an incredible London …

Tate Modern: Contemporary Art and an incredible London View

Modern art tends to divide people. There are those that hate it, those that see deep meanings behind the canvases and those that aren’t bothered either way. The beauty of taking anyone to the Tate Modern, is that all camps are totally looked after. Confused? Follow me. The Tate Modern is quite some edifice, rising up from the Thames riverbank. A former power station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, it consisted of a stunning turbine hall,… View Post