Where to stay in Rotterdam Netherlands: The James …

Where to stay in Rotterdam Netherlands: The James Hotel

With a couple of nights to explore, every time that I investigated where to stay in Rotterdam the newly opened luxury hotel, The James, kept popping up at the top of all of my searches.  Whether it was fate or clever Google remarketing, I’ll never know, but it was such a lovely stay that I’ll chalk it up to fate. (Ps. that’s what I’ll blame all my future booking choices on I think – fates… View Post

Where to stay near Stansted Airport: Hampton by …

Where to stay near Stansted Airport: Hampton by Hilton Hotel Review

We’ve all done it. Booked a crazy early flight, or a flight that lands so late that you’ll struggle to get the last train from Stansted Airport and across London to get home. It’s taken me years not to trust the ‘oh, it’ll be ok’ thought when booking and settle on one hotel where to stay near Stansted Airport. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to step off a plane late… View Post

St John’s Wood Restaurant Review: Soutine

St John’s Wood Restaurant Review: Soutine

There’s a special kind of magic when a group of people gather around a table – all the way from a humble cup of tea, through to intricate tasting menus that titillate the palates. Soutine is elegantly in the middle, a Parisien corner of Salon de thé, a St John’s Wood restaurant in a glorious period building. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the newly opened Soutine but as ever, all dreamy pastel metaphors are very… View Post

Where to stay in Cappadocia: Our Goreme Cave …

Where to stay in Cappadocia: Our Goreme Cave Hotel

Choosing where to stay in Cappadocia was a tough decision. I’m not being hyper dramatic when I say that I probably spent more time choosing this hotel than I did when I was choosing a wedding dress – and in the end, I made a decision via the less than scientific method of asking Mr Kiwi for two favourites, and flipping a coin. (The hotel, not the dress.) I love staying in quirky hotels –… View Post

Afternoon Tea Fit for a New Prince at …

Afternoon Tea Fit for a New Prince at the Shangri-La London (or in this case, two Princesses)

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the London skyline. It’s been a dozen years already, and my heart still thumps every time I get to admire the beautiful views of London town – even more when it’s accompanied by champagne and afternoon tea at the Shangri-La London. Disclaimer: We were guests of Shangri-La London, but all flute tinkling, fork twirling and London skyline admiration is pure, unadulterated me. Celebrating motherhood and the eagerly anticipated… View Post