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3 unusual restaurants you have to experience in London

3 unusual restaurants you have to experience in London

London is packed with restaurants and there are so many culinary delights to sample, but these three restaurants are on another level entirely – you’ll realise this from the moment you walk in.  If you are visiting London, or you are already a resident, here are three dining experiences that will blow your mind… Shaka […]

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

This week’s recipe is from North-Eastern China, a region famous for its delicious jiao zi (dumplings). Small parcels of minced meat spiced with sesame oil, ginger and Soya sauce are wrapped in a wheat flour pastry case. Jiao zi are served with a traditional Chinese sauce – light Soya sauce with just a dash of […]

5 great European short breaks by private jet

5 great European short breaks by private jet

There’s a saying; ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey getting there’ – but with a short break by private jet, you truly can have the best of both worlds. Weekends away often sound appealing, but when you have factored in travelling time, antisocial airline timetables and queues, you find that it can take a day […]

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the few positive things to come out of these straitened economic times is a rediscovery of many of the cheap but tasty cuts of meat. Such meat often requires a little more effort – which costs nothing, of course – but rewards you […]

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Location is everything. So if you want to enjoy the royal lifestyle why not start by choosing the right spot. We don’t think it gets any better than staying in a palace formerly owned by a prince.  Perched high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Cote d’Azur is the very regal Château Eza. Now transformed into a […]

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel […]

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Competitors from across the UK are being invited to make a splash at the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championships, being held at Wicksteed Park, the home of children’s play, this Autumn. The Kettering park was founded by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage […]

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

In less than four hours you could be living the idyllic British sporting life. In less than four hours, a sleek train could whisk you from the bustle of central London to the quiet green banks of the crystal clear River Tweed, where the only sounds are the swish of your salmon line and the […]

The world's best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve […]

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime honeymoon trip to Europe or are a celebrity and only the best will do for you and your entourage, you’ll want not just a 5-star hotel in a great location, but a suite, preferably one with a fantastic view. Here are my picks for the best luxury […]

Afternoon tea - 13 choices

Afternoon tea – 13 choices

Afternoon tea is thankfully a Great British institution and it is very unlikely to ever go out of fashion. It also blends 2 very good quotes and so as a result it must be something that needs to be taken often? 1. Henry James: there are very few hours in life more agreeable than the […]

5 ways to indulge in London during October

5 ways to indulge in London during October

Are you planning a visit to London this month? The month of October in England’s capital city isn’t just about dressing up as a pumpkin and eating witches’ broth from a cauldron – there are some far more sophisticated pursuits on offer. Here are some of the best, from cocktail tasting to bicycle polo. London […]

Recipe of the week: Roast loin of Dorset lamb and braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’

Recipe of the week: Roast loin of Dorset lamb and braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’

This delicious plateful of local Dorset lamb is a fine example of an English dish rejuvenated with a modern European twist. Lovingly braised shoulder gives the traditional shepherd’s pie an opulent twist, encased in a golden potato ring and topped with melt in the mouth potato foam. A generous portion of roasted lamb loin on […]

3 walks in SW Cornwall and 3 good lunches

3 walks in SW Cornwall and 3 good lunches

I’ve written about my love of Cornwall before, much of it related to my own mining heritage and exploring the county with my husband rather than just for short family visits to see my grandparents.  This October we stayed at Umber, BoHo Cornwall – a 1 bed self catering apartment on the outskirts of St […]

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Last year Forbes Magazine added London to the group of cities blessed with its exclusive Travel Guide Star Ratings. Only five hotels among the city’s scores of palatial guest quarters received the lauded Forbes fifth star, while a sixth hotel was brought into the fold in September. This group includes some of the most famous […]

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Harrods. For some, the dark green and gold cascades cement their image of London.  From dawn until dusk, the hoards gather to bask in the glow of this iconic landmark, where harmonious Knightsbridge streets, visions of red brick, mellow mews’ and sleepy, (albeit, impeccably maintained) window-boxes, form her hinterland. And this is where The Capital […]

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