Category Archives: Out & About

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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Meet me in (St) Lewes

If you’ve never been to Lewes, then this blog post may come as a surprise to you. The pretty winding streets, the delicious smell of wood burning stoves as you step off the train, the picture book cottages, the generous sprinkling of antique, gift and book shops,  the sounds of seagulls and the faint taste of salt on your lips…

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A very glamorous sleepover
at Paddington Station

A few weeks ago LM and I headed off to Cornwall for a (very much needed) relaxing break. The train was leaving fairly early from Paddington station, and it would normally take us around 45 minutes to get there from Walthamstow… This would have meant getting up very early, in order to get there on time, heaving heavy suitcases up and down escalators, wiggling ourselves onto busy Saturday trains, arriving all sweaty and grrrr and NOT getting our relaxing break off to a very relaxing start.

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A festive jaunt to Cambridge and
My Christmas Travel Hack – It’s AMAZE!

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The lead up to Christmas can become so manic that in the final days of the Big Countdown, when everyone is rushing around like a lunatic and you’re trying to find the PERFECT present that is sold out but you’re determined to find it anyway and it’s all completely fruitless and why didn’t you start your Christmas shopping earlier, I can feel myself turning into the Impatient Furious Christmas Monster.

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The Twelfth Door of Mayfair
Glamour, Grandeur and
where The Queen Learnt to Dance

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I can’t quite believe that I’m opening the twelfth and final door of my real life Mayfair Advent Calendar… but I am.

And this door is one of the most magical doors I have ever stepped through, not only in Mayfair, but anywhere in London…

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The Eleventh Door of Mayfair…
Bobble Hats, Hot Chocolate
& a Winter Stroll in Green Park

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There’s something about strolling in London parks, when the weather is sunny and crisp, when you’re wrapped up like a cosy bug and when you have a warm and comforting hot chocolate in your hand, that allows you to properly shake the day off and blow the pesky cobwebs out of your mind…

And the eleventh door of Mayfair – that beautiful grand entrance which leads into Green Park, always does just that…

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