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A Day at Westfield Stratford City

A Day at Westfield Stratford City

Westfield Stratford City has quickly become my go to place for shopping and a fun weekend day out.  It’s conveniently close to where I live (just three Overground stops away) and I appreciate having access to an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and entertainment without having to deal with central London [...]

February 21, 2014 × 0 comments
Miyako at Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul

Miyako at Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul

Swissotel The Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s largest five star hotels, elevated on a on a hillside, overlooking leafy Maçka Park and the stunning Golden Horn. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the contemporary luxury hotel is just a short distance from the Dolmabahçe Palace, the chic Nisantasi [...]

February 19, 2014 × 0 comments
Daisy Marc Jacobs Delight Spring Editions

Daisy Marc Jacobs Delight Spring Editions

Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about a fresher, lighter perfume for the brighter season. The prettiest new spring release has to be the new Marc Jacobs fragrance duo – Daisy Marc Jacobs Delight and Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Delight.  Based on the [...]

February 17, 2014 × 0 comments
Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

My recent trip to Paris with my mum was set to be a real foodie tour with a daily pilgrimage to a leading Paris patisserie scheduled each day.  I briefed her on just how much cake she was expected to eat (hardly a chore) and the first stop on our [...]

February 13, 2014 × 2 comments
Bunnychow at Boxpark, Shoreditch

Bunnychow at Boxpark, Shoreditch

Bunnychow brings South African street food to east London with its delightfully named, and incredibly tasty, ‘bunnies’. Based at Boxpark in Shoreditch, Bunnychow is the place to come if you fancy something a little different for lunch and its concept is refreshingly unique. Bunnychow started out as a food truck [...]

February 12, 2014 × 2 comments
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Turkey’s oldest European hotel, is steeped in history and full of old world character and charm. Opened in 1895, the Pera Palace was a glamorous destination for the passengers of the Orient Express.  Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express while staying at the belle [...]

February 10, 2014 × 0 comments
Qbic Hotel London City

Qbic Hotel London City

Qbic Hotel London City is the city’s most exciting new affordable design hotel, with an innovative room concept and budget-friendly prices. Founded in Amsterdam, Qbic Hotels take a fresh look at the budget city hotel experience with only the essential amenities, plus lots of convenient extras to make a stay more relaxed [...]

January 31, 2014 × 0 comments
Vintage Boat Tour of the Seine, Paris

Vintage Boat Tour of the Seine, Paris

When I stayed at Shangri-La Paris, we spent the first afternoon on a fabulous private cruise along the Seine in a vintage Venetian water taxi, operated by Seine Avenue. We embarked just a short stroll away from the hotel, close to the Eiffel Tower and got settled in the seats at [...]

January 27, 2014 × 0 comments
Dining at Shangri-La Paris

Dining at Shangri-La Paris

Shangri-La Paris is one of the city’s most exciting luxury hotels for dining and the Michelin Guide has been quick to acknowledge the high standard of its restaurants. During my stay, I was lucky enough to dine at all three restaurants and enjoy a glass of Champagne at the pop [...]

January 23, 2014 × 0 comments
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Covent Garden

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Covent Garden

Denmark’s high end Japanese chain Sticks ‘n’ Sushi quietly arrived in Wimbledon last year but its second London location in buzzing Covent Garden is already a popular spot. Sticks ‘n’ Sushi cleverly pitches itself as ‘a sushi restaurants – even for those who don’t like fish’, however even the most [...]

January 22, 2014 × 2 comments
Brooklyn Bowl London

Brooklyn Bowl London

New York’s bowling alley and music venue Brooklyn Bowl London opened last week with an epic party at The O2 Arena in North Greenwich. Brooklyn Bowl opened in Williamsburg in 2009 and has since hosted concerts from the likes of Guns N Roses, Kanye West, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Elvis Costello, N.E.R.D, [...]

January 21, 2014 × 0 comments
Menu Tasting at Oslo Hackney

Menu Tasting at Oslo Hackney

After years of sitting empty and unloved, the big building next to Hackney Central Overground is now shining bright as restaurant-bar-music venue Oslo. Housed in a former Victorian ticket office, the atmospheric two-floor destination includes a dining room and bar, plus a slick upstairs 350-capacity music venue. Designed by the house [...]

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January 19, 2014 × 0 comments