A taste of Italy in Elephant and Castle

Amongst the bustle of London Bridge and the cultural hub of South Bank, you will find Elephant and Castle. Simply known as “Elephant” to the locals, it hangs in the shadows of its modern day neighbours with its post-war jumble of tower blocks and gloomy pedestrian subways. Despite its shabby appearance, Elephant and Castle is…

Megan’s By The Green, Fulham

There’s a new Insta-worthy brunch spot in south west London, well, Parsons Green to be precise. Megan’s by the Green is a cosy looking restaurant, right opposite PG tube station, with an impressive canopy of blossom and fairy lights dangling above the heads of the eager brunch goers below. This place screams romance, just look at it!

Peruvian Delights at Chicama, London

In the heart of London’s affluent borough of Chelsea, you will find one of the best Peruvian restaurants called Chicama. Named after a small coastal town in Peru, this restaurant offers all the very best in seafood and vegetable-based dishes. A sister restaurant to Pachamama in Marylebone, Chicama is also very pleasing to the eye….

La Granadella, Javea

If you’re wondering where to find the best beach along the Costa Blanca, it’ll be at La Granadella. Nestled between Javea and Moraira, the pretty cove is reachable by car as you follow a winding road down a pine tree-lined gorge. The scenery is like something you’d find in the north of Ibiza. The dusty…

La Bambula, Javea

As the sun went down on another beautiful day in the Spanish coastal town of Javea, we ventured out to the lively Arenal Beach which is home to a plethora of restaurants, cocktail bars and bargain shopping stalls. The Arenal is one of the few sandy beaches on the Costa Blanca and it’s easy to…

Grazing at Vall de Cavall, Javea

In search of a romantic spot away from the bustling crowds of Javea, I stumbled across Vall de Cavall in the valley of La Marina Alta. A traditional and rural restaurant at heart, you will find it set upon a plush equestrian ranch surrounded by rolling hilltops and stunning views of the majestic Montgo. Pictures…

La Siesta, Javea

In a beautiful Spanish town where the ocean meets the sky, you will find La Siesta in Javea. A vision in white and blue, the all-day beach club has the magical ingredients to keep you suitably relaxed throughout the sweltering heat of high season. Desperately in need of some sunshine, we decided to take up…

My Top Five Cocktail Bars with a View

Whenever I’m travelling, one of the first things I do is look up the local cocktail bars. Not just any though, the criteria is relatively strict. They MUST have a view – I’m famous for it! There’s nothing better than finding a table on the balcony, ordering yourself an Aperol Spritz and admiring the views…

Food-nastics at German Gymnasium

Lunch dates are one of life’s great rewards. When my Mum and sister came to visit, I leapt at the opportunity to book us a table at one of London’s most talked about restaurant openings, German Gymnasium.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason

Having a ‘cuppa’ tea is something of an English tradition. In fact, we drink 165 million cups of the hot stuff every single day and we love nothing more than popping the kettle on in a bid to solve life’s great dilemma. It’s a reason to break away from our desk at work for a…

Freddie’s Flowers

Who doesn’t love to receive a beautiful bunch of flowers on their doorstep? A short while ago as I rushed into Hurlingham Park, I was stopped and handed a posie of peonies in exchange for a quick chat. The peony people told me about the floral passions behind Freddie’s Flowers and I was hooked!

Discovering Thomas’s Café at Burberry

Famous for its trench coats, live streamed catwalk shows and iconic plaid, Burberry has a long history in fashion and a superstar following to prove its worth. Inside their London flagship store at 121 Regent Street, you will find Thomas’s – named after its founder – an all-day chic café serving a British menu of…

A New Chapter for Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station has been one of those easily recognisable landmarks of London throughout the ages. Having laid dormant since 1983, a major project has been under way to redevelop the historical site under the watchful eye of its new Malaysian owners. Despite work continuing on the power station itself (Apple are moving their London…

Rail House Cafe, London

One of the few positives to come out of the major refurb of Victoria in Belgravia, London, is the Rail House Cafe. They’ve joined a flurry of new restaurants and bars opening in the local area so I decided to cycle over and see what’s been cookin’.

Brunch at Coppa Club, Sonning

I’m a firm believer that a good ol’ natter with your friends is good for the soul. With my friend Tara having her baby in just a few weeks time, we headed to the beautiful riverside scenery of Sonning in Berkshire for some much needed girl time at Coppa Club.

Little Bird, Battersea

After spotting these guys on Instagram, I’ve been looking for an excuse to dine here for a good few months now. Well, that time arrived when a cure for holiday blues was only to be remedied by the Asian-inspired palm tree paradise of Little Bird on Battersea Rise.

Meat-Free Dining at Ethos, London

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a hot topic of discussion amongst us Londoners. It often becomes a mind maze when knowing where to graze while on the go. As someone who regularly includes meat in their diet, I was a little hesitant to try out a vegetarian restaurant for lunch but I was pleasantly surprised.

Taste of London

Whether you’re a budding foodie, a cocktail enthusiast or gastronome extraordinaire, Taste of London is the perfect festival to add to your summer calendar. Rolling through the gates of Regent’s Park every year, the four-day festival is a paradise full of tasty food bites and refreshing tipples put on for you by some of London’s…

Brunch in Battersea Park, London

With British Summer Time in full swing, there’s nothing better than grabbing a bite to eat in the sunshine with your friends. I happily give you one of the newest outdoor hotspots in the heart of London’s Battersea Park. After a refurb during the winter, Pear Tree Café has been brought to life by Annabel Partridge and…

Beachhouse, Devon

Devon is just one of those happy places where you take a big gasp of sea air and forget all of your worries. We recently made a quick dash for the coastline and checked ourselves into a lovely cottage in South Devon before deciding on where to go for lunch. Devon is all about fresh…

A Floral Safari in Chelsea

Going on safari in South Africa has been one of my favourite experiences in life so I was delighted to see that it was the theme of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Grab a map and a pair of bins at the makeshift Safari Lodge in Sloane Square and take…

THE BEST BURGER IN FARNHAM

Scarlett Johansson once said, “I still eat a burger at a counter with ketchup dripping down my face.” A girl after my own heart! Anyone who knows me, know’s that I’m a HUGE fan of burgers. There’s nothing quite like a medium/rare cooked beef burger cushioned between a lightly toasted brioche bun. It also needs…

Our Wedding at Babylonstoren

I can’t believe it! Nearly three months have passed since our fairytale wedding in South Africa at Babylonstoren. We’re forever looking over photos from the day and whenever a bottle of South African red is opened, it transports us right back to those sun-drenched, centuries-old vineyards set amongst the most incredible Cape Dutch architecture.

The Anchor Inn, Hampshire

With the prospect of a rare weekend to ourselves, we decided to swap the chaos of London for Hampshire’s rolling green. Nestled between a quaint little village called Bentley and Lower Froyle, you will find the Anchor Inn, just a ten minute drive from Farnham. The Anchor Inn is part of the Epicurean Collection who also…

Double Decker Carrot Cake

If you want to dazzle the crowds with your home baking skills, then this is the recipe for you! It’s the perfect time of year for afternoon tea (ignore the constant downpours for now!) so get the mixing bowls at the ready, give your finest chinaware a good ol’ dusting and set the oven to 180c/ 350…

Wedding Planning: Five things To Know

Having made the big decision to get married in South Africa after we got engaged in the same country, we began the rather daunting journey into planning our big day. I’ve worked in Public Relations for ten years and ran countless events across Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Without a passing thought, I was…

Love La Petite

One of my favourite spots in South Africa! La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek (just one hour’s drive from Cape Town) has been running for many years now and these guys have hospitality down to a tee. We first visited over a year ago and took one of their Manor House suites for a few nights. We…

Dining at Delaire Graff

If you’re taking advantage of the Cape Winelands wine route, be sure to stop at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate, nestled between majestic mountains and lush vineyards. It’s one of South Africa’s finest vineyards in Stellenbosch and was acquired by Diamantaire and visionary Laurence Graff in 2003.

THE KITCHEN AT MAISON

With over 160 vineyards in the Franschhoek valley, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in the Cape Winelands. We collected our car from the airport and headed straight to one of our favourite restaurants, The Kitchen at Maison Wine Estate. It’s just one hour’s drive from Cape Town Intl taking…

BABEL AT BABYLONSTOREN

Housed in an old cow shed with a farm-to-fork philosophy, Babel at Babylonstoren offers plenty of wonderful menu options which is entirely driven by the season and local produce growing on the farm. Their winter menu (South Africa is just starting to show the early signs of Spring) had a range of coloured salads with…