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Starters at Lina Stores
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Whether you’re just visiting London or you live in the city, here are 21 awesome places to eat. With a melting pot of cultures, you’ll find meals to suit every taste and budget. I have personally visited every single one of the places I’m recommending – some several times (even

Luigi the fiat 500
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We first came across Babbo, an Italian restaurant around the corner from The Ritz, a few years ago after it was on Masterchef the Professionals. We used to go fairly regularly until one day we arrived and there was another restaurant in its place…. I remember very clearly because it

Birthday girl
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Ten happy things – Feb 20

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Every month I look back and reflect on the month that’s past and choose ten things that made me happy and brought me joy. February is my birthday month so there was lots to be happy about! My birthday party I celebrated a milestone birthday and I honestly went round

view from Brooklyn Bridge
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Ten happy things – Jan 20

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Every month I look back and reflect on the month that’s past and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. Here are my ten happy things for January. Exploring New York We started the new year in New York, which is hands down one of

street art in Bushwick Brooklyn
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My husband and I just LOVE New York, which is why we’ve visited 5 times since 2012. We just can’t get enough of it! It’s definitely one of those cities we could see ourselves living in because it’s just got everything. Over the years we’ve seen and done a lot

Norma London
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I adore eating out. I mean, who doesn’t? One of my favourite things about travelling is researching which restaurants to try. Here are my top eating experiences of 2019 – most are in London, where I live, but there are a few further afield. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal My husband

Pile of books to read
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My goals for 2020

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I’ve deliberately not called these ‘resolutions’ because that means you’ve made a decision to do (or not do) something – and I personally find that hard to stick to as there’s not much flexibility. So I’m calling them goals instead because that implies something to work towards and will be

Verona
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Looking for some holiday inspiration? I’ve asked some of my favourite travel bloggers to share the destination they loved in 2019 and that they think you should put on your 2020 travel list. Get ready for some travel wanderlust! Tallinn by Bejal of BE-LAVIE The jewel of the Baltics and

Domino Park Williamsburg
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Ten happy things – Dec 19

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I can’t believe it’s been over a year now of doing my ‘ten happy things’ monthly posts! I really enjoy writing these as it makes me reflect over the month that’s past and to think of what brought me joy. I think it’s a great exercise to do. Will you

Lying on a hammock at Reethi Rah Maldives
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The Maldives really is a special place and unlike any other. Situated south-west of Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives is comprised of a number of atolls and 1,190 islands. There are 132 resorts to choose from and this time, for our second visit to the Maldives, we chose to

Tian Tan Big Buddha
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This year for our two week holiday we decided to combine Hong Kong with the Maldives. We do love our city break/beach holiday combos! I like to travel without that many expectations (probably so I’m not disappointed) so I wasn’t really sure what to expect of Hong Kong. One thing

Cycling at Reethi Rah
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At the end of each month I like to reflect on what happened that month and what brought me joy. November has been a fabulous month with lots of highlights and many things to be thankful for, so here are my ‘ten happy things’! A dream holiday in the Maldives

Seabird seafood bar
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My friend Mitzie and I met for lunch last month and she recommended Seabird in Southwark, which opened its doors in September. Despite being a food lover and eating out at least once a week, I’d not heard of it so I was excited to try it. It’s situated on

Street art in Edmonton
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Whenever I mention ‘Edmonton’, most people think I’m talking about North London. Nope, I’m talking about Canada! Although ironically it is actually named after its London counterpart. My sister and her family moved to Edmonton, which is the capital of Alberta, in 2007 and I’ve now visited three times. Edmonton

Ngong Ping 360 cable car
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Ten happy things – October 19

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Every month I like to look back on the month just past and choose ten things I’m thankful for and brought me joy. Here are my ten happy things for October. Trip to Brighton My friend Heather recently moved to Brighton and she’s a fellow freelancer like me. My other

Spending a long weekend in Vancouver
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Our family is one of those who live all over the world, which is both lovely but also not because it means we don’t get to see each other often. My mum and my sister and nephews live in Edmonton, Alberta, and I planned to visit them at the end

Edmonton Alberta in Canada
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It’s that time of the month again! Time to look back at the month that’s just passed and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Here are September’s ten happy things. Family time in Edmonton My mom and my sister and nephews live in Edmonton,

Exploring San Vito lo Capo
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Our summer holiday this year combined two places in Sicily (well three as we stayed a night in Palermo) – Cefalù and San Vito Lo Capo. As well as being on opposite sides of Palermo, they are very different to each other, which made it a great holiday! Cefalù is

Cefalu in Sicily
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Cefalù – a charming Sicilian city

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If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that we spend our summer holidays in Italy. Sometimes we go to places we’ve already been and other times we like to explore new places. This summer we chose to holiday in new places, one of which was Cefalù. Cefalù is located around

Vancouver skyline
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Ten happy things – August 19

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Every month I like to look back and reflect on the month just past and what brought me joy. Here are my ten happy things for August! Floral day out with Fee I was invited to explore Covent Garden as part of a brand sponsored post so I took along

The Grand Duchess floating restaurant
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Over the last few years, Paddington Basin has had a major revival and there are now lots of bars and restaurants along the Grand Union Canal, making it a really vibrant, buzzing place. I was walking along one day and spotted a new edition – The Grand Duchess. It looked

Naples
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Naples in less than 24 hours

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In June we visited Procida, an island near Naples, for four nights. Due to the time of our flight back home, we needed to stay a night in Naples. We’ve flown into Naples countless times over the years en-route to the Amalfi Coast, Capri or Ischia and the most we’d

Cefalu Sicily
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Ten happy things – July 19

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There’s much in my life to be grateful for but it’s also easy to get carried away with day-to-day life and forget to be thankful. That’s why at the end of each month I look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy. Here are my ten happy

Neal's Yard courtyard Covent Garden
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I remember first visiting Covent Garden when I was 18 and on holiday from South Africa. It was then, and still is, one of my favourite areas of London. If you’re visiting the capital, it’s a wonderful area to explore as well as a great location to stay, with many

Giraffes in South Africa
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If you live in Europe or North America, then you luck out with the exchange rate for South Africa so why not make the most of your money and visit this majestic country? South Africa is a land rich in natural beauty and diversity and offers something for everyone, no

Riserva dello Zingaro in Sicily
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Back in 2015 I blogged about five of the best Italian beaches. Four years later I thought it’s probably time to update the list since I’ve visited loads more! Suffice to say some haven’t made this new list, although they’re still pretty amazing so check out the other post too.

Couch to 5k
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That was the question I asked myself when I downloaded the App onto my iPhone about 3 months ago. I’d heard great things about it but there was a nagging feeling in my head telling me, ‘Kirsty, you’re not a runner! Never have been, never will be.’ but I was

Procida island in Italy
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Procida is an island around 40 minutes by ferry from Naples in Italy. You may recognise its iconic colourful buildings or if you’re a fan of Italian films, it’s where Il Postino (The Postman) is set. If you’re looking for an Italian island getaway that’s still quite rustic and not

Procida island
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At the end of each month I look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Here’s my ten happy things for June. Pizza for losers At the beginning of the month I attended Pizza for Losers, an event that celebrated failure and

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Exploring historic Rochester

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Last month I found myself with a day off and fancied getting out of London for the day. I didn’t want to go too far and remembered on the way to Margate last year, passing Rochester which looked lovely from the train window. I actually have a book, called Escape

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I think it’s so important to actively think about things that bring joy to your life. That’s why every month I look back and write about ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. This is May’s 10 happy things! Lunch with Fee in Chiswick I first

Couch to 5k a review
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Thinking of giving Couch to 5k a go? I’m officially just over half way now and really enjoying it. Here’s my honest thoughts on the programme and how it’s working for me. A couple of months ago I decided I was going to start running. Part of my motivation is

Nyhavn in Copenhagen
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I love the Easter weekend because it’s one of the few Bank Holidays my husband doesn’t have to work, which means that we can go away for a few days. Over the years we’ve spent Easter in different parts of the UK and further afield like Rome, Madeira, Lisbon and

Lunch at Casse-Croûte in Bermondsey
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At the end of every month I look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy. Here are my Ten happy things for April! Dinner at Aqua Shard Earlier in the month I had dinner with a friend I’ve not seen for ages. I met Mignon years ago

Bristol coloured houses
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A weekend in Bristol

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In March I travelled to Bristol twice for work and stayed overnight. Having only been to Bristol once before on a day trip for work, it seemed the perfect opportunity to stay the weekend. Here’s what we got up to. For work I stayed at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

The Bean Millennium Park Chicago
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Chicago, in Illinois, is the largest city in the Midwest and was home to the first ever skyscraper. Chicago is a city with a lot of water – from Lake Michigan to the Chicago River that runs through the city. As such, you can see how amazing it must be

Bristol coloured houses
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Every month I like to look back at the month just past and choose ten things that made me happy. I really like doing this as it helps me to be reflective and reminds me to be grateful. Here are my ten happy things for March. A spa day at

Making a parmatini
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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a cocktail making class with Parmigiano Reggiano at TT Liquor in Shoreditch. We were going to get to make a cocktail and then enjoy a three course meal, with a Parmesan theme, with matched cocktails. It sounded fabulous – and

Who the hell is Hamish podcast
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Over the last year or so I have REALLY gotten into podcasts. I listen to podcast episodes at least once (but sometimes twice) a day and I’m always searching for the next binge-worthy series to add to my library. I love how you can listen to them on the go,

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At the end of every month I like to look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. February is my birthday month so there was lots to be happy about this month! A trip up to Edinburgh Earlier in the month I

Thompson Chicago Hotel bar
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Having never been to Chicago before, we were looking for a hotel that was in a good location, had a spacious room, was decorated well and had a good bar. We found all of this and more at the Thompson Chicago when we stayed six nights over New Year. Situated

Lullaby book
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Ten happy things – January 19

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At the end of each month I like to look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Here’s my ten happy things for January! Ringing in the New Year in Chicago We spent New Year in Chicago and loved it! What a

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For our two week holiday last year, we visited Mumbai and then the Seychelles. We stayed six nights at the Four Seasons Desroches and then one night at the Four Seasons Seychelles on Mahé as we had an early flight home the next day. Here’s what we thought of our

Fresh pasta dishes from Lina Stores
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I’ve been wanting to go to Lina Stores for ages but every time I went to book, they didn’t have any availability! That’s how popular it is. I finally managed to get a table for lunch on Saturday, so was it worth the wait? Lina Stores, the deli on Brewer

Seychelles Desroches beach
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Growing up in South Africa, the Seychelles or Mauritius was always a popular holiday destination for people as they’re only about a five hour flight away, yet I’d not been to either. In November we combined Mumbai with a week in the Seychelles – a bit of an odd choice,

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At the end of each month, I look back and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. Here are my Ten Happy Things for December. Blogosphere Festival At the beginning of December I attended my first ever Blogosphere festival, which was at the Landmark hotel

Living room Four Seasons Mumbai suite
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Hotels

Mumbai luxury at the Four Seasons

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We did a fair amount of research when looking at hotels in Mumbai and the Four Seasons stood out for its style, elegance and value for money. I read a few reviews and every one of them was really positive and many said how great the location was so we

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai
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Exploring Mumbai like a local

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Mumbai is unlike any place I’ve ever visited! It’s such a busy, bustling city crammed full of people, cars (and even animals) everywhere you look. The way people drive is … interesting to say the least and it’s definitely a 24 hour city that never sleeps. Although there are buses

Staff at Masque Mumbai
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Ten happy things – October 18

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I am so late with this post but better late than never! October was a busy month and here are ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Cooking with Parma Ham I was invited to a Parma Ham workshop at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking

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Events

Cheese heaven at The Mac Factory

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Last week I was invited along to the launch of The Mac Factory pop-up in Debenhams on Oxford Street. I absolutely LOVE mac and cheese so I was excited to go along to try it out. I took my lovely friend, Genevieve, with me as my guest. The Mac Factory

Brooklyn in New York
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Three reasons to revisit a place

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Travel is all about exploring, adventure and experiencing something new. When you visit somewhere for the first time, it’s exciting! But it can also take a lot of planning and research to make sure you see everything you want to see, as well as find great restaurants, bars, coffee shops,

Oktoberfest with German Kraft
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This month has been reeeeeaaaaally busy! Hence why I’ve not posted much on my blog at all… oops. Anyway, here are ten things that happened in September that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. We finally sorted out our holiday Last month I had a bit of a

Tropea beach from above
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We’ve recently returned from a holiday in Tropea, Calabria and I can’t wait to share with you what a beautiful part of Italy it is. Tropea is a fairly small but bustling seaside town with an impressive coastline. So impressive it’s called the Costa degli Dei or the ‘Coast of the