Lunch at Zucca in Bermondsey

*Update: sad news but Zucca has closed its doors* My husband is Italian, which means most Saturday lunches revolve around eating Italian food. It also means that we are quite discerning when it comes to Italian cuisine and we have high expectations. Although we have our favourites in London, we do like to try new places and Zucca in Bermondsey near London Bridge looked like a good choice given its rave reviews. Thank goodness we booked the day before because the restaurant was full and even though our reservation was fairly late (2:15pm), people kept arriving until after 3 (lunch service…

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A long weekend in Berlin

Apart from a stopover in Frankfurt airport en-route from London to South Africa, I’d never been to Germany. So, for my birthday in February I decided this was my destination of choice and my husband booked us a long weekend in Berlin for my birthday present. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Potzdamer Platz, which was an ideal location to visit some of Berlin’s historical sites. It’s a short walk away from Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the very poignant Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The hotel itself is lovely and our room was quiet, large and luxurious.…

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The Harry Potter Studio Tour really is magical

I love Harry Potter. There, I said it. So when my sister and nephews were visiting from Canada and asked me to book tickets to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour, I was delighted! I’m not one of those Gryffindor scarf-wearing type of fans but I did blub my eyes out on the train to work when a certain character died (who I shall not name in case you’ve yet to read the books) and was not even slightly embarrassed about it. I’ll admit I’ve only seen the first two films because, quite frankly, they were not as good…

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Where would you travel if money were no object?

When I was a teenager, I used to have a pretty long walk to school. To entertain myself (this was pre iPhone days) I used to imagine winning the lottery and then plan in great detail what I’d do with the money. Fast-forward almost 20 years later and these thoughts still occupy my mind from time to time. Growing up in South Africa, I didn’t have the luxury of taking a gap year after school to go travelling but it didn’t stop me dreaming of far flung and exotic destinations. Now that I live in London, travelling is much easier…

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How to spend a long weekend in Barcelona

I love travelling and I loved Barcelona. Great people, food, architecture, weather…what’s not to love? With around a two hour flight from London and numerous airlines flying direct, there’s no excuse not to go. And if you’re on a budget, here’s some handy travel tips to help your money go further. Here’s what to do in Barcelona Hire a bicycle and go exploring Barcelona is a pretty good city to cycle in as it’s pretty flat and has cycle lanes. Hire a bicycle in the Gothic Quarter (or Barri Gotic) and cycle to Barceloneta (one of the beaches) and along the Passeig Marítim.…

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