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

Aqua Shard Weekend Brunch Review

Aqua Shard Weekend Brunch Review

Come with me to a rather special place in amongst the clouds of London. It’s a modern temple of gold and charcoal – and has heavenly city views. Oh, and the menu? The Aqua Shard weekend brunch array is as opulent as the surrounds. [Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all flowery descriptions, leisurely lingering and repeat visits are very much my own.] It was the first out of the house lunch… View Post

Life as an Expat During a Global Pandemic

Life as an Expat During a Global Pandemic

No-one really ever expected this would happen. (I don’t really know why I wanted to write this post about life as an expat during a global pandemic, but this is my online journal and sometimes we just have to have a heart to page occasionally.) The world is topsy-turvy thanks to the widespread carnage of a virus, families have been torn apart both permanently and temporarily and who knows how long this will have ramifications… View Post

The Laundry Brixton | Review

The Laundry Brixton | Review

There isn’t anything so delightful as sitting with a friend in sunshine, with a glass of rosé in hand – and it’s one of the things we all missed so much during lockdown. Since it opened The Laundry, Brixton has been right at the top of my ‘to visit’ list, so much so, that it’s the first place that I wanted to go when lockdown began to ease. The scene was perfect – sun out, terrace… View Post

If We Were Having Coffee | The March/April …

If We Were Having Coffee | The March/April Coronavirus Edition

If we were having coffee, with the peculiar situation that the world is in right now, we would be sitting in our own homes, probably having a catch up over video. Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been officially internationally declared a pandemic, we’re all sheltering in our homes to help reduce the infection rate and New Zealand’s Prime Minister offically declared the Easter Bunny a key worker. Sadly families around the world have been affected by this… View Post