Forty eight hours later: London in a nutshell  

This is a guest post by my friend Rebecca, who spent an action-packed weekend in London for her birthday. Enjoy her recommendations of some unusual places to eat, drink and see! This month, I was lucky enough to be treated to a mini-trip to London for my thirtieth birthday by my wonderful wife, Laura. So, what to do with our precious time? Having visited the city many times for work in the past year, I wasn’t in a rush to get to Westminster. In fact, we actively set out to avoid the tourist traps, opting instead to seek out some…

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Manuka magic with Holland and Barrett

I’ve been thinking about going sugar-free for a while now as I keep reading about all the health benefits – plus I have a friend who’s been sugar-free for ages and she looks amazing! So I bought Davina’s 5 weeks to sugar-free as I didn’t want to cut sugar out cold turkey style, but rather wanted to ease myself into it. It’s amazing how many hidden sugars there are in food – white bread, being one. I know it’s not going to be easy… but I’m determined to give it a real go. So when Holland and Barrett approached me…

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Sumptuous seafood at The Summerhouse

I’m sorry but Summer in the UK is usually a non-affair. As a South African who has lived here since 2004, I feel I can say this with some sort of authority on the matter. But last weekend? Amazing! Problem is… everywhere with outdoor space in London is usually crammed or you simply can’t get a table. We recently discovered The Summerhouse in Warwick Avenue and it’s (as the name suggests) the perfect place for lunch when the weather is favourable as it’s situated right on the canal, near Little Venice. We took a punt and arrived without a booking,…

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How moving home helped me declutter my life

We’ve just moved house after nine years in our last place and I didn’t realise how emotional it would be. Apart from the house I grew up in, it’s the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere and it was really home. So many memories (good and bad) are wrapped up in that flat… it’s where my aunt called to say that my dad had had a stroke, It’s the last place my sister and her family stayed before they moved to Canada, it’s where my husband proposed (in the kitchen) and we got married whilst living there. I was prepared for…

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Contemporary Italian lunch at Osteria

As an avid foodie, I subscribe to Foodism’s newsletter as I love to be kept up to date with new restaurant openings as well as reading reviews and articles. Whilst reading one of their latest emails, I spotted an article about Osteria in the Barbican centre. If you’re a regular reader of my blog,  you’ll know how often we eat Italian food as my husband is Italian so naturally I booked it for lunch. Osteria is a new restaurant by chef Anthony Demetre, who is the Chef Patron of both Arbutus in Soho and Wild Honey in Mayfair. Oddly enough, we had been…

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