Luxury Hotel in East London: Town Hall Hotel …

Luxury Hotel in East London: Town Hall Hotel Bethnal Green

It was a grey old day in London, one of those ones where the leeching rain gets under your collar and into your bones – but actually, we didn’t care. Splashing through the pavement puddles, we were bound for a luxury boutique hotel in East London – the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. I have to come clean – I’d forgotten that I had booked this Friday night stay in – I’d booked it… View Post

Sea Containers Hotel on the Southbank: A London …

Sea Containers Hotel on the Southbank: A London Staycation

It probably sounds a bit random that we love a London staycation, but actually it’s many of the best things about travelling without the frustrating downsides. It was the Mr’s turn to pick, and as he fancied a modern stay, we picked the Sea Containers Hotel on the Southbank. I’ve popped in a few times for cocktails with friends (at this Mr Kiwi rolled his eyes ‘of course you’ve been here before’) but it was… View Post

Where to Stay In Rheims | Champagne, France

Where to Stay In Rheims | Champagne, France

On this trip to Rheims, instead of simply visiting as a day trip from Paris, we stayed overnight in the Continental Hotel, a very short walk through beautiful gardens from the train station. I was a guest of the Régionale du Tourisme Grand-Est and I would 100% stay in this beautiful hotel again on my own. Where to stay in Rheims We wheeled our suitcases straight from the train station – so fresh from Paris you… 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

Overnight in Oxford: A Whirlwind Trip as sweet …

Overnight in Oxford: A Whirlwind Trip as sweet as Honey

The honey-stone walls of Oxford city centre conjure all kinds of wishes and whimsy – and each time that I’ve stayed overnight in Oxford, it’s like slipping into an architectural Narnia. Disclaimer: On this visit I was an invited guest of Mercure Hotels and Experience Oxfordshire, but all thoughts and laboured literary metaphors are very much my own. Oxford is one of those cities that seems unaffected by the passing of time.