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Five Rasons to hang out in Marylebone: the Natural Kitchen / Wallace Collection / 106 Baker Street / Roots and Bulbs / Nordic Bakery

Five Reasons to hang out in Marylebone: Natural Kitchen / Wallace Collection / 106 Baker Street / Roots and Bulbs / Nordic Bakery I don’t spend enough time in this part of London.  So when a free Saturday appeared, I chose to spend the day discovering more of what Marylebone has to offer. Breakfast at the NATURAL KITCHEN Yes, it’s a chain, but there are three main reasons why I love […]


The Fish & Chips Shop, The City

The Fish and Chips Shop, The City Don’t be put off by the name, for this is no normal chippy. Des McDonald, head chef at the Ivy in his younger years, and now successful restaurant owner himself (he also owns Q Grill, the Holborn Dining Room and recently did a collaboration with Selfridges to launch a very successful On the Roof with Q ‘pop up’) is expanding his restaurant empire, […]


Canvas Bar, Shoreditch

Canvas Bar, Shoreditch You’d never know this lively, creative bar was once the grottiest of pubs.  Located just off Old Street roundabout, it’s a short stroll from the City (no more than 15 mins max) and you’re on the edge of fun-filled Shoreditch and beyond. The name gives the game away – this is no normal watering hole. Instead, it aims to combine a high standard of cocktails with art […]


Fire and Feathers, South Kensington

Fire and Feathers, South Kensington Instagram is a useful tool to learn about new London restaurants.  My Instagram showed me that two celebrities (of very different calibers) were a fan of Fire and Feathers (which opened in June this year) and that it was close to home.  What’s more,  the menu had friendly prices and the cocktail menu also looked enticing.  So I took an American friend whom I had not seen […]


Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca When it comes to five star European summer retreats, I think there are few more talked about hotels than the Belmond La Residencia. Built into the foothills of a stunning Mallorcan mountain range, with views of the sea of one side and of the picturesque town of mountain town of Deia on the other, La Residencia truly embodies understated luxury. We were lucky enough to come here […]


St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia Earlier this month I was lucky enough to go on the most wonderful trip to St Petersburg.   While Russia has a lot of bad press at the moment, and I’m certainly not a fan of their politics, this did not take away from the startling beauty and cultural wealth that St Petersburg has.  What I loved most about the city was the immense role that water […]


St Clements, Parsons Green

St Clements, Parsons Green I’ve found my new favourite brunch place.  A bold statement to make.  And it’s not because it’s round the corner from my house (though that does of course help).  These are my reasons: 1) The Location It’s not actually on Parsons Green, but more on Eel Brook Common.  Which means it is far less busy than places like Hally’s (if you haven’t been, definitely check it out), […]


The Social Eating House, Soho

 Social Eating House We meant to go to the Blind Pig for a cocktail, but when we found out we had accidentally booked a table at the ‘sister restaurant’ the Social Eating House (located under the Blind Pig), I was overjoyed.  This beautiful restaurant had long been on my list of London restaurants I desperately wanted to visit. When I had read that week that Time Out voted it the […]


Tapas Revolution, Shepherds Bush

Tapas Revolution, Shepherds Bush Shopping malls are not usually my favourite place to eat, but I must say Westfield makes an exception.  Not only is it convenient to be able to grab a bite to eat after a long afternoon of trawling through shops, but the range of restaurants Westfield offers makes eating here a real pleasure.  While I’d eaten at Wahaca and Byron Burger, I never tried the Tapas […]


Best Brunch places in South Kensington

Best Brunch places in South Kensington South Ken is a great place to meet up with people – for many reasons: – It has convenient Underground connections (Piccadilly, District & Circle) – Its proximity to some of London’s best museums: the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum – It has some great restaurants and bars It’s probably for the latter reason that I often get asked where it’s […]


Kozu, Parsons Green

Kozu, Parsons Green I’ve walked past this alluring restaurant more times than I can remember.  Its black painted exterior (and  awning) with a few tables outside and huge pots of white flowers has always made me want to eat here.  Its Japanese menu has too.  So when two friends and I were wandering around Parsons Green one evening looking for a place to eat, we decided Kozu was the place for us. […]


Tuscan Highlights

Tuscan Highlights Having spent a week in a villa in southern Tuscany – in between Siena and Arezzo, it was impossible not to do some sightseeing and visit some of the stunning towns in the surrounding area.  These places were my favourites (again, this will be photo heavy): AREZZO Arezzo is one of the highlights of southern Tuscany, not only because it’s a beautiful town, but also because it lacks […]


The River Cafe, Hammersmith

The River Cafe, Hammersmith A few weeks ago my father was in town.  It was one of those weeks where the sun was surprisingly relentless and London was well and truly basking in it. The plan was to go for dinner, but with the conditions that we eat outside and in the Fulham area.  The River Cafe sprung to mind; a much loved Italian restaurant with a Michelin star (which it received […]


Siena, Tuscany

Siena, Tuscany After Florence, Siena is Tuscany’s most famous city.  Indeed, Siena and Florence were once rival cities, and thus built the most beautiful cathedrals, churches and squares to show off their power and status (read the fantastic ‘The Pursuit of Italy’ by David Gilmour for more on this).  For us tourists this is a true blessing.  In my mind there are few places as aesthetically pleasing as Siena. I […]


Lima Floral, Covent Garden

Lima Floral Peruvian food. It’s everywhere. All the rage, and for good reason. Ceviche, Andina and Lima Fitzrovia are three of London’s most popular, with Nikkei food (Japanese Peruvian) at restaurants like Chotto Matte not far behind.  Londoners are lining up not only for the fresh flavours, colourful potatoes (in my case) and original dishes, but also for the names.  These are trendy restaurants, with good reputations.  Ceviche and Andina are […]


Ronda, Andalucia

Ronda, Andalucia Those who aren’t that familiar with Spain will probably never have heard of Ronda.  But those who know and love Andalucia, will know that Ronda is a town of understated beauty, balancing perilously on the top of the Tajo canyon, which splits the town in two.  Puente Nuevo (the ‘New Bridge’) spans the canyon, towering 120 metres above the canyon floor. It is by far the highest and most […]


Budapest: A weekend break

Budapest: A weekend break When Twin Turtle (Joanna van Lynden) flew to Budapest for the weekend as a birthday treat from her boyfriend, she was so taken by the city that she couldn’t stop talking about it upon her return.  Here she shares some of Budapest’s highlights: Stay Brody House Recommended to me by a friend who knows the city very well, this is the place to stay in Budapest. […]


Forte Village, Sardinia

Forte Village, SardiniaLast weekend Mini Turtle and I flew to Sardinia, one of Italy’s stunning islands famed for its sandy beaches (which Italy itself mostly lacks) and mountainous interior.  It was our first time on the island and, despite a 3:30am wake up, we were very excited when we landed in her capital, Cagliari (also worth a visit apparently).We were collected by the shiniest Mercedes I have ever seen, who drove us […]


Harwood Arms, Fulham

Harwood Arms, Fulham Tucked away amongst the charming backstreets of Fulham, you will find the Harwood Arms.  It’s close to Fulham Broadway but you’d never know it.   The pub looks simple from the outside – inviting – but simple none the less.  Little would you know if you passed it that this is London’s only Michelin-starred Gourmet pub and Fulham’s worst kept secret.  Hence it’s damn hard to get […]


Three great London rooftop bars

Three great London rooftop bars These days London seems to be all about its rooftop bars and restaurants.  Which is totally understandable considering London’s amazing sky line, which is constantly changing, with brand new sky scraper landmarks popping up like daisies.  Now is the best time to go, with summer well on its way and the weather finally showing its kind side. This week I was lucky enough to visit […]