Decadent Chinese at Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan was founded in London in 2001 and now has locations across the world. In fact, the first one we visited was in Miami in the fabulous Fontainebleau hotel. We’ve been to the one in Hanway Place before and it’s probably this reason that I got the location wrong! I’d actually booked the one in Mayfair but just assumed it was the one in Hanway Place (although I did think it odd that they’d called it Mayfair) so when we arrived they of course didn’t have our booking. This obviously happens a fair few times as it was quickly worked…

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Relaxation and me time at Akasha spa

For years my husband bought me gift vouchers to the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden as part of my Christmas present and I always went around my birthday in February. I loved it! If you’d ever been, it was such a magical place and a wonderful way to spend a day just relaxing and being pampered. Sadly they closed a couple of years ago and I’ve not been to a day spa since. Until now. My husband did a bit of research (ie, asked his colleagues) on spas in London and for Christmas I was presented with a voucher for…

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Delicious modern tapas at stylish Barrafina

You know when you stumble upon a restaurant and you think, “Ooh I like that look of that!”? Well that’s what happened when I met my friend Frederique for lunch in Covent Garden just after Christmas. We decided to make our way to the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn for a drink in the fabulous Scarfes Bar and it was then that I stumbled upon Barrafina, tucked away on a nondescript corner on Drury Lane and away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. A few weeks later, I suggested to my husband that we try it for lunch. They…

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Iceland – a land of spectacular natural beauty

Holly Barradell is a drama education specialist, living in London. She visited Iceland for New Year with her family and shares her tops tips.  It’s great to able to write a guest blog for Kirsty and I love the fact that I can write about somewhere Kirsty hasn’t been to… yet! Plus my travelling over the last 18 months has changed focus somewhat, I now travel with a one-year-old. So Iceland, first of all it isn’t as insanely cold as some might think and we went over New Year. Planning your trip to Iceland You do of course need to…

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Awe and wonder at Cirque du Soleil

We first went to a Cirque du Soleil show a few years ago (a birthday present from my husband) and I remember thinking I wasn’t really going to enjoy it that much as circus-style shows aren’t really my kind of thing. We saw Totem and we were both blown away by the production! So when my husband bought tickets to Amaluna, the latest show by Cirque du Soleil, for one of my Christmas presents for Thursday 21 January, I was delighted. It’s a long time to wait to enjoy a Christmas present but the wait was worth it! The show…

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