Category Archives: Out & About

Hunting for balls in Soho
(And other stories)

Balls-Bros-Soho

Balls: Balls Bros | Sunnies: Chanel

I often find myself running around Soho for various meetings and whatnot, and I’m lucky that I have a few dear pals who work in the area, who can skip out of their offices and come and meet me on their lunch breaks…

I am therefore always on the hunt for new spots for lunch in Soho, and love hearing about new cafes that have popped up (and always sad to hear when one has popped down).

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The Emerald St Literary Festival
10th June, 2017

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I first discovered Emerald Street a few years ago, and pretty much fell in love instantly.

It was a proper girl crush. With a website. Which was weird. But not weird at all. Because Emerald Street is like having a bestie by your side. A chum in crime and the best kind of girlfriend, who’ll tell it to you like it is. Like it actually is. “No, that dress doesn’t actually do anything for you, you should stop wearing it” kind of friend.

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The ease of travel

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On Tuesday, I introduced you to Lintenair – a wonderful way to travel.

City centre terminals, no baggage weight limits and no ticket collection queues necessary… You may have thought it too good to be true, but I can now reveal, that it absolutely isn’t.

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Summer’s Coming…

Maple & Kings

There was a moment today, where I felt warm. Outside. There was a proper shift in the weather and I felt the sun on my face for more than just a couple of accidental minutes.

There was still a considerable breeze and it definitely wasn’t warm in the shade, but the fact remains that the sun said a proper hello and it looks as though it’s not going away any time soon. Hip pip.

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Travel has never been easier…

Travel with lintenair

A few days ago I started to plan a little trip. The trip was going to be full of fun, exploring, food & fashion. I was going to wander streets I’d never wandered, discover little cobbled streets with cafes, and generally have a very lovely time.

But then I felt a cloud appear above me as I started to think of The Big Faff. The epic journey, either on the tube or by taxi, to get to my terminal, the long queues to pick up my tickets, more long queues while I wait to board, the limits on my baggage, the emptying my water bottle only to buy another just before I board…

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The London Coffee Festival
With Alpro (They’ve gone pro!)

London Coffee Festival

I love the London Coffee Festival. It’s vibrant and exciting and fun and so LONDON. I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but I just can’t imagine the festival feeling the same in any other part of the world. There’s something about the understated vibe, the eclectic bunch of folk, the wackiness, the passion and the whole relaxed swagger of it that makes me feel incredibly proud to be a Londoner.

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Book & Brunch Sundays
at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Book and Brunch Sundays

Books, brunches and Sundays are three of my favourite things. In fact, they might even be my top three things. Add in beautiful Belgravia, supporting an independent book shop and delicious food and I’m literally in heaven.

Book & Brunch Sundays at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen are adding a little literary bliss in Belgravia, by teaming up their gorgeous brunch with local indie book shop Belgravia Books, who include a brand new paperback specially selected by themselves, as part of the brunch, for you to keep.

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Artist Residence London

Artist Residence

Sometimes, only a staycation will do. A night away from normality. From routine. A short teeny tiny holiday in a massive bed with a massive bath where people bring you breakfast in bed and leave you a mini bar full of biscuits and naughtines. And even though you are only about 30 mins away from your own front door, it still means everything. It’s a total wind down – forget about the world – give yourself a hug – treat.

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A Luxury Gastro Tour of Covent Garden

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There are only so many smelly candles you can buy your mum on Mother’s Day, and this year I was determined to not wander down that well trodden road again.

Instead, I got my lovely mummy (and she really is, very very lovely) a foodie experience in one of her favourite parts of town – Covent Garden. I found Celia Brook’s Covent Garden Gastro Tour over on www.notonthehighstreet.com, and because the gift is for two people…. well, I thought I’d go along for the fun too.

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My Seattle Foodie Bucket List

Seattle Food

As well as exploring Seattle‘s neighbourhoods, shops & boutiques, I merrily ate my way around the city. Seattle is a foodie’s dream, with everything from the freshest of fresh seafood and oysters, to the *best* coffee and doughnuts.

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Sleepless in Seattle

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When I was younger, it seemed very easy to sling on a rucksack, hop on a train or plane and arrive somewhere new to explore… In fact, it was encouraged; Gap years, 6th Form Summer holidays, post-uni mini breaks before Real Life kicked in – friends flew off to rescue turtles in Costa Rica, pootled around Eastern Europe in clapped out vans, or went to learn diving in Thailand… After my A levels I went inter-railing through Italy and Greece… with no mobile phone, no internet and 4 pair of pants.

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Lip smacking deliciousness at
Tandoor Chop House, Covent Garden

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A couple of minutes walk from The Strand, lies the new scrumptious venture from Ennismore – the very very gorgeous Tandoor Chop House – a collision of a classic British chop house and a North Indian communal eatery…

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A foodie adventure in Birmingham

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I do love an adventure. And culinary adventures around the UK, discovering some of the country’s hidden foodie haunts and gems, are some of the best.

Especially when they involve a snazzy journey on a snazzy train on a Friday evening, whizzing me out of London and straight to the curry capital of the UK – hello Birmingham.

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The Crown, Old Amersham –
The Perfect Valentine’s Staycation

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The Crown is not your average boutique hotel. No no no. It is something very special indeed. It’s a timber-framed, 16th century property in the heart of Old Amersham, a pretty cobbled market town. What was originally a whole day’s horse ride from central London is now a half hour tube journey from London, and we made the most of this a couple of months ago, when we scooted off to The Crown to luxuriate in our own roll top bath and stroll around the grounds and indulge in some wonderful English fayre.

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It’s good to share

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The Village Bakery, Walthamstow Village

For so many, getting a foot well and truly on the property ladder seems impossible. Nearly every single person I know who has managed to buy a home, has had financial help from somewhere, usually an older family member or through inheritance.

So often though, this just isn’t an option and trying to raise funds to buy a flat or a house anywhere in the UK, let alone London, can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

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