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A picnic, bowling and ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’
(Oh, and kids go free!)

Painted Hall Greenwich

Last week I had the great fortune of being invited to Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. They’ve recently introduced Kids Go Free tickets (kids = up to 16!) and so I and a few other mums and dads descended for a delicious sunshine-drenched riverside picnic in their grounds and a very special tour of the stunning grounds and sights to celebrate…

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Mind, body… and tea

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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

Afternoon Tea Dukes London

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


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


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


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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