The Fifth Door of Mayfair…
Christmas Frocks, Winter Woolies
& the Best Coffee on Duke Street

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Entering the fifth door of Mayfair was a little bit like being Alice and entering Wonderland…

Jigsaw on Duke Street is not only full of the MOST gorgeous Jigsaw (*that* iconic British brand that you’ve simply always known about and makes you feel happy when you walk past its warm glowing windows) attire, but it’s also the home to its sister store, The Shop at Bluebird and the best (I think, and I stand by this) coffee on Duke Street.

And cake. Lots and lots of cake.

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The Fourth Door of Mayfair…
Perfect Eggs & Unlimited Prosecco
at Mercante

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On the 4th day of December I opened the door to the land of brunch heaven – Mercante; an authentic Italian restaurant that serves up a bottomless brunch on a Sunday, with eggs fluffier than Bagpuss and unlimited Prosecco. That’s unlimited.

As in, no limits.

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The Third Door of Mayfair…
Falling in love with Christmas Blooms

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There’s something about picking out flowers for Christmas that makes me feel as though I’m in an old movie with a perfect crooner soundtrack… I can practically hear Nat King Cole’s honeyed tones in my ears as I smell roses, select blooms for presents, and for making Christmas wreaths with…

The Third Door of Mayfair is the ever so pretty front door of Wild Things in Mayfair, and a prettier flower shop you’d be hard pressed to find…

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The Second Door of Mayfair…
Cheese & Wine tasting in Shepherd Market

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After much secretiveness and plotting, yesterday I was finally able to reveal my exciting real life advent calendar, Twelve Doors of Mayfair… and today I invite you to step through the second door with me, into the welcoming arms of the Shepherd Market Wine House – a stone’s throw away from the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, where I’d stayed the night before…

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Twelve Doors of Mayfair

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Each year I treat myself to an advent calendar of some description, usually a fairly simple one with a little tasty something behind each cardboard door… but have you ever wondered what it would be like to step inside a real advent calendar… with real doors made by real people,  concealing the most wonderful and special treats & experiences behind each one…? Have you?

Well, I bring good tidings, for you have just entered one.

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Snowed In with Harvey Nichols

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Imagine being inside your cosy abode, surrounded outside by a silent white blanket of snow while icicles form on your windowsills, snowflakes continue to fall outside, traffic has come to a halt, the trains aren’t running (*snort*) and there is nothing to do but curl up indoors by the fire under a cashmere blanket, coddle a hot chocolate laced with something naughty and listen to Ella singing about how cold it is outside…

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– Daylesford Cottages –
the perfect Cotswolds getaway

Daylesford Cottages

It’s taken me a little while to write about my time at Daylesford. This has nothing to do with how much I loved it. On the contrary, I loved this little jaunt to the Cotswolds so much, that finding how to put it into words has been more tricky than I’d anticipated.

There was a type of magic to it. A cosy enveloping wondrousness, that wrapped us up in beautiful threads and looked after us, fed us the best, best, organic food, recharged us and sent us on our way back home to London with warmth and calmness in our bones…

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10 brilliantly thoughtful
Christmas gifts from Groupon

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If you (like me) thought that Groupon was just a place to find a great deal on a manicure or leg wax, you’d be so very, very wrong.

I’ve been exploring the site and my chin plummeted to the floor of my living room when I discovered all the brilliant products and experiences they have on offer… and more to the point, when I realised what I’d been missing out on. For I do like a bargain (I do I do I do) and Groupon, it seems, is the capital of Bargain Town.

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Wondering what to see this Christmas…

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Christmas is officially coming. I know this because the television was shouting it at me this afternoon, via adverts about turkeys, crackers and mince pies. (I LOVE MINCE PIES).

I’m a big fan of heading to the theatre over the festive season and here are some of my picks for this fuzzy sparkles-filled time.

And if you didn’t know it already,  I bloody love Christmas.

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Tabun Kitchen
Jerusalem Street Food in Soho

Tabun Kitchen

If you haven’t got time to catch a plane to Israel, cheer with the rest of the passengers on your El Al flight as you land into Tel Aviv, board a bus to Jerusalem and seek out a cafe for lunch, don’t worry. Tabun Kitchen has arrived, here in Soho, serving up Jerusalem street food to knock your hummus lovin socks off.

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9 things that spark joy

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Plate: Anthropologie, Cutlery: Robert Welch

A few months ago I bought Marie Kondo’s book ‘Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying‘, because it was necessary. Let’s leave it at that.

The book arrived and then I very quickly lost it under one of the piles of papers Marie Kondo so desperately wanted me to clear out. Irony doesn’t even begin to cut it.

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Etsy Everyday Emporium

Etsy Everyday Emporium

You may recall how much I love Etsy and their ethos from my previous post, where I also beeped loudly about how excited I was about their forthcoming pop up and how you wouldn’t have to buy anything with actual MONEY but instead with an INSTAGRAM snap…

Well, last week saw their Etsy Everyday Emporium hit the streets of Fitzrovia, which was the source of MUCH excitement, some very long wiggly queues of people peering through fogged up windows before opening hours, and some narrowly avoided fisticuffs… (Not really, but is good for drama).

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Ponden Hall, West Yorkshire
(The house that inspired
Wuthering Heights…)

Ponden Hall West Yorkshire

My final jaunt as a secret judge for the Dorset Cereals Bed and Breakfast Awards, took me to West Yorkshire to the very beautiful Ponden Hall, much of which was built in the 1500s and which has some exceptionally special literary ties to those clever Brontës…

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The Dabbling Duck, Norfolk

Dabbling Duck

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My train from Hastings to Norfolk went via London, so I had a brief scamper from Charing Cross to Kings Cross, where I boarded a train to Kings Lynn – a 25 minute taxi journey away from Great Massingham in Norfolk, where I’d be staying the night at The Dabbling Duck as a secret judge for the Dorset Cereals B&B Awards

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Being a secret spy for the
Dorset Cereals B&B Awards
(Shhhhhh…)

Swan House, Hastings. Photo: Beautiful England Photos

Swan House, Hastings. Photo: Beautiful England Photos

This week was the closest I have ever come to feeling like James Bond. I’ve been a proper spy, with a backstory (which I kept fluffing up) a bullet proof suitcase (not exactly) and an Aston Martin. (Total lie. I went by train).

This week I have been working with with very gorgeous (and extremely oaty) Dorset Cereals, who you will almost certainly be familiar with. You may even eat Dorset Cereals for brekky every day, but did you know that they also have a brilliant relationship with B&Bs across the UK? Continue Reading…