All posts by Poppy Loves

Mind, body… and tea

Pic from www.californiateahouse.com

I’ve always known that my body and my mind are inextricably linked. From being small, worrying about my homework and getting a tummy ache… to later in life when I was anxious, stressed or under the cosh and my skin would become dry and flaky and my hair would turn brittle… the body and the mind are very clever. 

Now I know that when my skin is dry that it’s most probably down to something going on my life…so now I take a moment.

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A very magical 24 hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

“Dear Poppy,

We’d love to invite you to Edinburgh. To stay in the most beautiful hotel, eat delicious food, take part in a gin tasting, experience something utterly magical and extraordinary that takes place underground, at night, that will give you goosebumps. With more gin. And eat a delicious breakfast while overlooking one of the best views of the city. Oh and there will also be cake.

You couldn’t get me on the train fast enough.

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Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week
at DUKES LONDON

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This year’s Afternoon Tea Week runs from 12th – 18th August and establishments all over the U.K, from the quaintest tea rooms, to the most exquisite 5* hotels are leaping aboard with gusto, to celebrate this decadent tradition and possibly, my favourite pastime.

To celebrate, I headed to DUKES LONDON and indulged in a Champagne Afternoon Tea in their beautiful drawing room.

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Staying In In with Stoves at Longleat

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A couple of weeks ago I headed off to Longleat Food and Drink Festival in the heart of Wiltshire… I hopped on a train at Paddington early in the morning on Saturday and trundled along the tracks, sipping coffee…I left a grey and cloudy London behind me and arrived in a blaze of sunshine. It was utterly glorious!

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A Summer’s Lunch at Orrery, Marylebone

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What a treat for a warm and sunny Monday… lunch on Orrery‘s newly designed South-facing Summer terrace, up on the top of a converted stable block, overlooking St Marylebone Church gardens in the heart of Marylebone Village…

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Shopping Local
at Walthamstow’s Farmer’s Market

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I’ve always loved markets – loved loved loved – and the rise of Farmer’s Markets in London brings me huge happiness. My local Farmer’s Market in Walthamstow is on Sundays in the town centre and I am down there most weeks, picking up bits and pieces for the week ahead.

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The Brand New Barratt London Awards
(Oh, and I’m a judge!)

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London is full to the brim of hidden gems. Shops and cafes that are tucked away and surprise you when you stumble across them by accident…. and of course the streets, buildings and landscapes of this city. I love exploring and discovering new spots and cobbles I’ve not walked on before…

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