Fine dining Thai at Patara Hampstead

My husband and I love Thai food. In fact, I could eat it pretty much every day – I just love the sweet, salty and sour flavours and the way their food is always so beautifully presented. I was invited to the launch of Patara in Hampstead last month but unfortunately couldn’t make it as I was attending an awards ceremony so I decided we’d go for dinner instead. We’ve been going to their Maddox Street branch for years but I was really excited to hear that Patara had opened in Hampstead as it’s much closer to where we live.…

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Summer in London – how to make the most of it

I’m delighted to share with you all that I’m the new London correspondent for Culture with Travel and my first post is all about how to make the most of summer in London. Let’s face it… summer in the UK is tempremental to say the least – it is so true that you can actually experience four seasons in one day! But when it is good, it’s very good! In my post I offer tips on al fresco dining options, where to find rooftop bars, beautiful parks to picnic in and more. And if you’re visiting London, check out my post on…

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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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