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Krakow: Tips for a Weekend Break

Krakow Krakow is the perfect destination for a weekend break.  Flights aren’t too expensive (though you might have to swallow your pride and travel with Ryan Air) and it’s only 2 hours away (with 1 hour time difference).  It is a pretty, small city, where you can easily walk the main sights and where your Zloties (about 5.6 to the pound sterling) go a long way.  Ideal for those who […]

 

Worlds End Market, Chelsea

World’s End Market, Chelsea The ‘bottom’ end of the Kings Road is improving with leaps and bounds. Not only has Juice Baby – a cosy and delicious place to go for everything healthy – established itself in Worlds End, but now the grotty pub which has constantly changed hands has been transformed into World’s End Market.  Something, I hope, more permanent. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and maybe […]

 

Blacklock, Soho

Blacklock, Soho You wouldn’t think this new restaurant and bar was once a Soho brothel, but it was.  Now, the walls have a fresh lick of white paint, the colonnades are charcoal black with white crayon scrawls of the Blacklock menu and the lighting is subtle, in that trendy Soho way.  The whole place smells new, though sometimes you catch wafts of sensational grilled meat.  And then you know why you’re […]

 

510 Below, Fulham

501 Below, Fulham Hooray, there is finally an elegant, attractive cocktail bar in Fulham! This place is far removed from Fulham Broadway die-hards like Elk Bar (happy hour every hour, every day, anyone?) and Weatherspoons. In fact, it’s quite far removed from everything. And therefore also rather hard to find. This pretty little cocktail bar with a ‘gin accent’ is hidden underneath another favourite establishment of mine, Manuka Kitchen (grab […]

 

Favourite Cotswolds' Pubs

Favourite Cotswolds’ Pubs  The Cotswolds may be one of the most glamorous parts of the English countryside.  With its rolling hills,  gold coloured, well-preserved villages and stately houses and gardens, it is often seen as the perfect weekend get-away. Its proximity to London (an hour and a half or so drive or train ride), means that it is exceptionally popular with Londoners, keen to get some fresh country air and […]

 

Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia Writing that Berner’s Tavern is eye-catching is an understatement, and it’s really no wonder it has won a number of awards for its design since it opened mid-last year.  I remember when it first opened, the press obviously loving it, seeing countless photos in magazines, online and on Instagram: of a room with every inch of its walls covered in paintings and with a feeling of grandeur few […]

 

Mission E2, Bethnal Green

Mission E2, Bethnal Green After enjoying Hoxton’s popular wine bar Sager & Wilde, I was delighted to hear of the owners Charlotte and Michael Sager-Wilde’s newest venture: Mission.  Again, the focus is on wine – particularly Californian wine – but, unlike Sager & Wilde, the food here is as important as the wine.  Which is lucky, because I went for my birthday brunch, and felt more like a Bloody Mary than […]

 

Cocktail Trading Co, Oxford Circus

Cocktail Trading Company, Oxford Circus I always get excited when new cocktail bars open in London, especially a conveniently located one.  The Cocktail Trading Club is a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus, tucked away in the basement of Central & Co (making it quite hard to find unless you actually know this). Its logo, the owl, is what caught my eye first when reading about it online.  I love their […]

 

The Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

The Boundary Rooftop Bar & Grill, Shoreditch Those of you who know this Rooftop Bar, may well count it as one of their favourite summer drinking hangouts.  And I can totally see why; the Rooftop has a wide, expansive terrace, fire pits and comfy seating.  The views are great, but don’t count on getting in any real London landmarks.  You can see Shoreditch House though (might not be quite so […]

 

Top 8 Healthy London Eateries

Top 8 Healthy London Eateries Tanya’s Cafe myhotel Chelsea 35 Ixworth Place This place has been ridiculously popular, and for good reason.  Not only does this raw food cafe offer seriously inventive and delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners but their raw and sugar free cocktails are my absolute favourite (they’re Europe’s first superfood cocktail bar).  Finally a place where you can enjoy a cocktail without feeling too guilty.  Their raw […]

 

Brunch at Hubbard and Bell, Holborn

Hubbard & Bell, Holborn It seems like having brunch in hotels is now the done thing in London.  More and more cool hotels are opening which, aside from perhaps a ‘fine dining’ restaurant, also tend to have a more laid back, casual, all day dining restaurant.  One which is accessible to to those with average salaries like me; with fair prices and excellent brunch menus.  I name but a few […]

 

Snaps and Rye, Notting Hill

Snaps and Rye, Notting Hill My love for everything Scandi continues, as does the expansion of Scandinavian restaurants and cafés in London. People just cannot (understandably) get enough.The new kid on the block is Danish Eatery Snaps and Rye. It opened on the scruffy but lively Golborne Road two months ago, and, apparently thanks to good reviews in the Evening Standard and Time Out, has been thriving. We went for a […]

 

Sky Garden, City of London

Sky Garden, City of London Having shamefully not been up the Shard yet, arriving on the 35h floor of 20 Fenchurch Street and walking into the stunning expanse of the Sky Pod Bar, I was taken aback by the uninterrupted views of a twinkling London at night. It is a serious ‘wow’ moment, especially because this newly opened bar – which is part of the ‘Sky Garden’ complex – makes […]

 

Amsterdam revisited

Amsterdam revisited. On a crisp clear winter morning I continued my exploration of Amsterdam.  Since I’ve never lived here it is a city that I’m familiar with, but one I still don’t know intimately.   I find myself drawn, again and again, to the ‘grachten gordel’ – the canal district.   I love how the facades of the houses are all so unique and, despite their beauty, are far from perfect.  Some […]

 

Juice Baby, Chelsea

Juice Baby, Chelsea After the influx of juice bars and healthy cafes in Soho and Marylebone, finally some new establishments have opened in South West London to join the healthy ranks of South Ken’s Good Life Eatery. The Fulham Road now boasts CPress Juice (similar to Roots & Bulbs and Raw Press), Tanya’s Cafe round the corner is a huge success, and Juice Baby opened a month or two ago […]

 

The Goat, Chelsea

The Goat, Chelsea Once the much-loved Goat and Boots – a fun old pub, but in dire need of a refurb – last year it was fully renovated and turned into a more upmarket gastro pub/restaurant, with two bars on the first floor.  And a shortened name. For Chelsea fans, it’s a good choice for a pre-Stamford Bridge match (it’s a 10 minute walk). That’s how I ended here with my […]

 

Bar Termini, Soho

Bar Termini, Soho A small blog for a small place.  But definitely worth writing about, as it’s very cute and charming, even at 11am on a Saturday morning. Why I liked it: 1)      It reminds me of Italy  The main station in Rome is called Termini, and this very Italian establishment, clearly done up in a ‘railway bar’ style (I love the suitcases tucked away above the sofa), takes me straight back to Italy.  It […]

 

The Pear Tree, Fulham

The Pear Tree, Fulham Our dining room in Vienna was round and for that reason (and perhaps also for the stunning views of the Belvedere Palace) it felt very unique. There is something about round rooms that adds a certain intimacy and coziness that a standard cornered room fails to achieve.  And so The Pear Tree lucks out: it is primarily a large round room, with dark blue walls, large windows […]

 

New Tom's & Westbourne Grove Shopping - Notting Hill

New Tom’s & Westbourne Grove Shopping – Notting Hill There are few London shopping streets more lovely than Westbourne Grove in the heart of Notting Hill.  While, especially on a weekend just before Christmas, it’s buzzing with people laden with beautifully branded shopping bags, it is miles away from the heaving, horrifying nightmare that is Oxford Street.  Westbourne Grove is sophisticated, atmospheric, colourful and – most importantly – a place […]

 

Afternoon tea at Ham Yard, Soho

Afternoon tea at Ham Yard Afternoon tea is something so English, yet we never really seem to make time for it. The only times I have been were at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath (a serious delight – am still saving up to stay there) and at the Langham Hotel behind Oxford Street for a Hen Do.  Both were fun experiences, quintessentially English and highly calorific. i The latest addition to the […]