The Tenth Door of Mayfair…
Silver Shoes, Sparkle
and a Birdcage Afternoon Tea

Birdcage Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Afternoon tea is always a gorgeously decadent treat, no matter where you are… But there’s something about the Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, with its stupendous Art Deco features, harp player (yes) and crackling fires, that takes afternoon tea to a whole other glamorous, stylish and fabulously elegant level…

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The Ninth Door of Mayfair…
Dinner in a Winter forest
and an unexpected snowfall

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My ninth door of Mayfair is the extraordinary ‘Sketch‘ – born out of a dream to launch a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music, was brought to life by  “Momo” Mazouz  over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street in the heart of Mayfair, London.

I visited Sketch for dinner, and the silk Jigsaw dress I’d seen when in their Duke Street Emporium came in extremely handy…

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The Eighth Door of Mayfair..
Hunting for Christmas Presents
in a Sparkling Promenade

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The eighth door of Mayfair reveals one of the oldest covered shopping arcades in London. It’s beautifully glamorous at the best of times, but on the home stretch to Christmas  Burlington Arcade is looking more sparkly, shiny and irresistibly festive than ever…

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The Seventh Door of Mayfair…
Cocktails and Snowmen
at Smith & Whistle

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When you have finished a long day at work and you just want to find a cosy haunt with a slice of glamour, a twist of the 1920s and barmen who REALLY know their stuff, where you can kick back with friends and sip inventive and delicious cocktails…head to Smith & Whistle, my seventh door of Mayfair.

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The Sixth Door of Mayfair…
Scotch Eggs & Sherry
at the Oldest Pub in Mayfair

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The Coach & Horses, established in 1744 (think about it – that is old) is the oldest pub in Mayfair. It used to be a coaching inn providing rest and recuperation to passing noblemen, along with food and water for their horses…. and more recently it provided me with the most unbelievably good Scotch Eggs and delicious sherry, in December 2016….

Welcome to the sixth door of Mayfair…

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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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What you do today…

What you do today

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There is something about the word ‘sustainability’ that I’m sure confuses people. I hear it so much – on the news, on documentaries – it’s in the papers and advertisements… and wonder how many people actually haven’t got a Scooby Do what ‘being sustainable’ actually means.

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– Daylesford Cottages –
the perfect Cotswolds getaway

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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

Zoo keeper for a day

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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