Exploring new places in London

I’ve lived in London eleven years and I’m still surprised when I discover new places. As the weather’s really nice this weekend, we decided to go to Brighton on Saturday. Until I remembered I had a hair appointment… So where could we go in London that was somewhere new, near water that had restaurants with outdoor seating? And then I remembered, St Katherine’s Dock near the Tower of London. I’ve only been to St Katherine’s Dock once for an event and didn’t see that much of it but I remembered there were a few places to eat. So, I Googled…

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A wonderful foodie weekend in Amersham

Years ago my husband and I decided to go to Amersham in Buckinghamshire on a Saturday after my friend Mandy suggested it for a day out. It’s the last stop on one of the branches of the Metropolitan line and only takes about 40 minutes from where we live. Amersham is a small market town and, as such, there are not a lot of dining options. We chose to eat lunch at a restaurant called The Artichoke. And we’ve never looked back. Over the years this restaurant has seen key moments in our life. We first went before we were…

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Five fun things to do in Miami

We visited Miami in October 2014 – combining it with a trip to Barbados and loved this vibrant, colourful and laid back city. We stayed at The Redbury, a five minute walk away from South Beach. It’s the sister hotel to The Raleigh, which means you can use their facilities (read: amazing swimming pool). So what’s there to do in Miami apart from lying on the beach? 1. Discover art deco gems I LOVE art deco and Miami is full of art deco buildings. They are mostly found along Ocean Drive and in around South Beach. Either walk or hire…

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Five free things to do in New York

New York is one of my absolute favourite cities. I’m lucky to have visited three times already – once in Spring and twice over New Year. Like London, New York can be expensive but there are lots of free things to do. Here are my favourite five: 1. Walk the High Line Admittedly, this is better to do during Spring or Summer when it’s warmer and you can sit at one of the pop-up bars, but it’s still a great walk even in the colder months. The High Line is essentially a public park that runs along an old rail…

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Review: Savage Beauty by Alexander McQueen

I was lucky enough to get tickets to Savage Beauty at the V&A, which celebrates the genius that was British designer Alexander McQueen. Advanced tickets are now sold out but you can still buy ‘on the day’ tickets – you better be quick as it closes this weekend on 2 August. If you don’t live in London or can’t get to the exhibition, be sure to take a look at the website, as there are videos with Alexander McQueen himself, a private view of the exhibition with Tinie Tempah and lots more. To describe this exhibition as breathtaking is under-selling it. The…

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