The Oriental Essence Massage at The Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental Spa: A Haven in Knightsbridge, London If you’re a Condé Nast Traveller reader and you have a copy of the October issue, you’ll have read that The Mandarin Oriental Spa, Hyde Park…

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A Little Note About This Travel Blog

So, this is where I say hello world and welcome to The Travel Journo – a Lifestyle, Food and Travel Blog where you will find all things, er, lifestyle, food and travel! I started this blog initially as…

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The Enchanted Blooms Collection by Sanyukta Shrestha

Sanyukta Shrestha is the ethical fashion designer who designed the wedding dress for my Caribbean wedding. And she continues to push the boundaries with her new ‘Enchanted Blooms’ collection. While designing for ‘Enchanted Blooms’, Sanyukta was inspired by the…

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar: is this the coolest bar in the Caribbean?

I’ve been to sky bars, subterranean bars, bars made from ice and even bars located in former public loos (well, they’re all around London now aren’t they?). But until I’d been to Pelican Bar in…

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Passion Planner: A simple way to achieve your life goals

Passion Planner: Freelancers, this could change your life Being a freelancer is hard. Sorry, I correct myself, it’s bl**dy hard. Especially when you work from home. Not only do you have to be good at…

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Cabbages & Roses Afternoon Tea at The Montagu

There’s nothing more quintessentially English than holding an afternoon tea party. Especially if you are in a hotel named after Winston Churchill. I was invited to The Montagu restaurant to try the Cabbages & Roses afternoon…

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Thailand’s Agrotourism: Visiting the Ban Dong Bang Samunphrai Community

After our introduction to traditional Thai Medicine at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, it was time to discover the Ban Dong Bang village. I was intrigued to visit The Ban Dong Bang Samunphrai Community. Not only…

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An Edible story at St Luke’s Kitchen, LIBRARY

It’s a Saturday night in Covent Garden and we’re midway through our starters at St Luke’s Kitchen when I feel the crunch of a passion fruit seed in between my teeth. I can’t decide whether this belongs on a…

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Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital: Discovering Thai Traditional Medicine in Prachinburi

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how Thai Traditional Medicine came about, you’re in the right place. On my recent travels in Central and Eastern Thailand, we visited The Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital – the place where…

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Monday Inspiration with Philip Hammond, Designer Florist for The Dorchester & 45 Park Lane

This week’s Monday inspiration comes from Philip Hammond, the Designer Florist behind those gorgeous creations at The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane. From The Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon, to the festive Christmas displays with The…

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Wedding Venue Inspiration: Burley Manor, The New Forest

If you’re searching for a picturesque countryside hotel to host your English wedding, you might like to check out Burley Manor. Burley Manor is a grade II listed building that dates back to 1852 and…

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Hotel Review: The Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Before I visited Thailand and Cambodia, I had this idea of Bangkok being a mad, chaotic place with an oversaturation of high-rise buildings and barely any room to breathe. As with many cities in Asia,…

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What is it like to fly Royal Silk Class with Thai Airways?

Flying Business varies so much between airlines. While one can feel like being in a five star hotel, another may feel more like a three or four. Everything from the level of service, to the drinks…

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Review: The New Cottons Restaurant, Notting Hill

You know me and Caribbean food, I love it. So when I heard there was a new Cottons restaurant opening in Notting Hill, it wasn’t a matter of if, but rather when would I be visiting to try…

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What’s happening at Taste of London 2016? The Travel Journo Highlights.

Taste of London 2016 is back again for another year. And after a visit to the opening night last night, I think it’s fair to say, food fans are in for one helluva good few…

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Flavours of the Med @ Le George, Paris

After dining at Le Cinq, we didn’t think any restaurant could come close to the complexity of flavours and artistic flair we’d experienced from Christian Le Squer. But when we enjoyed lunch at Le George,…

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Find your dream wedding dress with David’s Bridal

In Association with David’s Bridal Finding the perfect wedding dress can be a long but exciting process, however brides who are on a budget can find it especially daunting. That’s why this week; I’ve teamed…

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An Energising Parisien Experience: The Spa at The Four Seasons Hotel, George V Paris

The spa at the Four Seasons Hotel, George V is a godsend when you want a bit of time-out from the busy streets of Paris. The morning after our epic meal at Le Cinq, we…

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Dining at 3 Michelin starred restaurant Le Cinq, Paris

You know when you’ve eaten a meal so epic, you put off writing about it because it feels like no words will ever do it justice? That’s me and Le Cinq, Paris. I’ve only eaten…

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Beautiful blooms by Jeff Leatham at Four Seasons George V Paris

Jeff Leatham has designed the floral decorations for luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen and Bulgari. His clients include Oprah Winfrey and the Kardashians and he even created the floral displays for Eva Longoria’s wedding…

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Q&A with Claire & Charlotte of Enrica Rocca London

This week, I’d love to introduce you to Claire and Charlotte Chapuis from the Enrica Rocca Cookery School. (You can read my review of their Venetian cookery class here). Here, the inspirational sisters tell us…

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A Stay at Marblue Villa Suites, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

At the end of our Jamaica honeymoon, Mr C and I checked in to MarBlue, a small set guesthouse in Treasure Beach. After an incredibly relaxing four days at Jakes Hotel, we didn’t think it was…

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20 Reasons to stay at Jakes Hotel, Treasure Beach

Jakes Hotel is the first hotel BC and I stayed at during our honeymoon on Jamaica’s South Coast and let me tell you, this place is incredible. Here are 20 reasons why. 1. Jakes Hotel was…

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Q&A with eco wedding dress designer Sanyukta Shrestha

Whether or not you see yourself as an eco-bride, I would love to tell you about the incredible designer behind my eco wedding dress. Sanyukta Shrestha runs the wedding dress boutique, Behuli by Sanyukta Shrestha in Fulham…

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Delicious Vegetarian Cuisine @ The Gate, Islington

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited The Gate restaurant, a place that claims to be the most successful vegetarian restaurant in London. Being a fully-fledged meat eater, I guess in some way, you…

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Pizza & Cocktails @ Escapologist, Seven Dials

Party like its 1899. That’s what the new Escapologist bar in Seven Dials is saying. I’m not sure they drank pornstar martini cocktails and ate peach-topped pizzas in the late 19th Century. But hey, there’s definitely a…

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Cooking Venetian Cuisine with the Enrica Rocca Cookery School

What I love about Italian food is what most people love about Italian food. It’s simple, fuss-free, fresh and most importantly, delicious. And aside from my love of Caribbean flavours (which I probably eat in…

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#MondayInspiration with Angela Eastwick, owner of Somewhere West, Jamaica

Ever thought about escaping the city rat race and setting up a new life on a Caribbean island? Sounds like a dream right? Well, that dream became a reality for Angela Eastwick, who left a…

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Competition: Win Tickets to The London Coffee Festival

This competition for tickets to The London Coffee Festival is now closed. Hopefully it is still useful in providing you with all the info you need for this fantastic annual event. The London Coffee Festival is…

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Weddingmoon Bliss at The Rockhouse Hotel, Negril

When we booked to stay at The Rockhouse ahead of our wedding in Jamaica, I knew it was going to be special. This luxury boutique hotel nestled subtly into the cliffs of the West End…

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A Dreamy Airbnb Stay @ Somewhere West, Jamaica

Serene, colourful and inspirational – that’s how I’d describe the three days leading up to our wedding in Jamaica – thanks to us finding Somewhere West. We’d ummed and ahhed about where to stay in the lead…

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10 of The Most Unique Wedding Venues in London

If you’ve started your wedding venue search in London, you’ve probably come across the handy website Unique Venues of London. This week, UVL has teamed up with Oh So Hitched to showcase 10 of the most unique wedding…

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A Historic Spa City Break: The Thermae Bath Spa

If you’re looking for a city break with added health benefits, make sure a trip to Bath is on the cards. During my visit to The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa earlier this year, I…

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My Wedding Traditions: Something Old, Something New…

I threw away many wedding traditions for our marriage in Jamaica (I had no bridesmaids, there was no real dresscode, Mr C and I saw each other on our wedding morning). But there’s one of…

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The Coconut Body Massage by MILK Beauty spa

We review the coconut massage by MILK Beauty… Coconut oil seems to be one of the biggest natural products in the beauty and spa worlds right now. From using it as a healthy cooking oil…

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My Caribbean Destination Wedding in Jamaica

A Caribbean destination wedding (and honeymoon) always sounded way too ambitious. But I’m proud to say, we successfully pulled off a wedding in Jamaica and it was the best day of our lives! It’s been a bit…

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Beauty: Review of Diamond Whites Teeth Whitening Kit

Follow Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links  There are so many blogs, websites and column inches out there telling us the different ways to get the perfect smile. From rubbing coconut oil on your teeth,…

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Monday Career inspiration: Q&A with Cherry Collins, Creative Director of Grabble

This week, I’m introducing you to Cherry Collins, the Creative Director of fashion app Grabble. She tells us how she got into a fashion career, what she likes about her job and what her perfect…

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Water resistant mascara – Review of 4 of the best

One of my biggest challenges when I was planning my make-up for my wedding in Jamaica, was to find a water resistant mascara that gave me perfect lashes, yet also survived the sticky Caribbean climate…

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Elegant dining in The Dower House Restaurant @ The Royal Crescent Hotel

During our recent stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath, we visited The Dower House Restaurant, which offers a luxurious in-hotel dining experience I’d recommend you try. Located at the back of…

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Venue: The Wedding Garden opens at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Brides looking for a luxury wedding in a ‘secret garden’ style outdoor setting will absolutely adore what I am about to show you. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa – probably the most famous hotel in the city…

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Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken at Rudie’s, Dalston

I’m lucky to have a few brilliant Caribbean restaurants on my doorstep in Brixton, but when the name Rudie’s popped up several times on my foodie radar, my ears perked up. I’d read on various websites that…

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A Luxurious Pamper at The Spa and Bath House, The Royal Crescent Hotel

The Spa and Bath House in the UK’s Historic city of Bath As you will know, Bath is famous for its spas. The Celts and Romans flocked here for the natural springs. And 2,000 years on, it’s…

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Colourful cuisine @ Cubana, Smithfield

If you can’t be in an exotic place, the best city for allowing you to pretend, in my eyes, is London. So when I fancied hopping over to the Caribbean for an evening, I visited…

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My Destination Wedding: Jamaica here we come!

So the day has finally come. As you read this, I will be boarding my flight from Gatwick and heading to my own destination wedding in the Caribbean! It’s been an amazing year or so, blogging about…

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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Irresistible Jewellery by QP Jewellers

In Association with QP Jewellers Roses are red, violets are blue.. I think you know where this is going. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is coming up and this week, Oh So Hitched has teamed up…

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Lakelovers’ 5 romantic stays in the Lake District for Valentine’s Day

In Association with Lakelovers For many couples, Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to escape and travel somewhere for a romantic weekend away. The options are endless, but if the English countryside beckons, a trip…

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A Five-Star Stay @ The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel and Grade I listed townhouse in Bath and is part of the Royal Crescent – a famous Georgian landmark in the city. It was built by architect…

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Win Tickets to The National Wedding Show 2016 in London, Birmingham & Manchester

This competition is now closed Can you believe it’s that time of year again? The National Wedding Show is back my lovely brides and this year, Oh So Hitched has the biggest giveaway ever. We…

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Five Dresses, Five Wedding Workouts with Barreworks, London

Barre or ballet based dance classes are huge in the fitness world right now. And when Barreworks contacted me with three fitness solutions to help you feel confident on your wedding day, I thought I’d…

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Catherine Deane: 6 Dresses from the ready-to-wear Bridal Collection

As you will know, I have now found my wedding dress which is incredibly exciting. But before I found ‘the one’ I also discovered some other great designers in London and I feel that it is…

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Competition Giveaway: Win tickets to The London ExCeL Wedding Show 2016

The London ExCel Wedding Show – the region’s biggest and one of the best wedding shows – returns to the capital this weekend! With more than 80 of the region’s leading wedding experts and suppliers, you lovely…

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Q&A with Freelance Make-Up Artist Mollie Whichello

If you’ve been following my recent posts on Oh So London, you will have heard (or read, rather) me talking about Mollie Whichello, a freelance make-up artist based in London. Mollie Whichello is an inspiration for many…

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In pictures: Taking a camel ride through the Desert of Qatar

Do you remember when Ben Fogle and James Cracknel took a very long camel ride through the Arabian desert? Following in the footsteps h f Wilfred Thesiger, they conquered a part of the Arabian desert known…

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Afternoon Tea (or should I say, evening tea) @ Muriel’s Kitchen, Soho

The first time I visited Muriel’s Kitchen was on one of my first dates with BC in 2012. It was a freezing cold February (or early March) night and we were en route to the…

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Tips for doing your own wedding make-up – advice from Mollie Whichello

As I’m getting married overseas in Jamaica, I’ve been umming and ahhing over whether to hire a make-up artist in the Caribbean for my big day, or to just brave it and do my wedding…

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Q&A with Helen Rimell of Gin Fizz Photographic

Meet Helen Rimell of Gin Fizz Photographic Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning. Get it wrong and your day can be spoiled. But get it right,…

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Review: The Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Qatar

Have you stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha? If you do, you’re in for a treat. The last – and only – time I stayed in a Four Seasons Hotel was in Sydney during…

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Sanyukta Shrestha: My Eco Wedding Dress Designer

Finding my wedding dress has been a long and emotional journey. It’s fun but stressful, challenging yet exciting. But after visiting a number of wedding dress shops in London, I finally found the one! The wonderful…

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A Swedish Massage on Harley Street by Mollie Whichello

I don’t think you can ever have too many massages. That’s the philosophy I live by, anyway. And so when I heard that professional make-up artist and spa and beauty therapist Mollie Whichello had set…

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9 Reasons to fly Business Class with Qatar Airways

The experience you get from flying business class can vary so massively depending on which airline you book with. On a recent trip to Doha, Qatar, I was lucky enough to fly business with Qatar Airways on my…

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Fresh and Exciting Dining @ The Shrub and Shutter, Brixton

We pay a visit to The Shrub and Shutter in Brixton and find a restaurant that manages to excite us in so many ways… Bangers and mash made with fish – sounds a bit left…

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11 things to do in Costa Navarino, Greece

Costa Navarino – The Highlights One of my most dreamy recent travel experiences was to The Romanos Resort at Costa Navarino, an eco-luxury hotel in Greece, in the Southwest Peloponnese. Built discreetly into the natural…

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Wedding planning: 10 Tips for the perfect wedding day

In Association with DCCC Today, Oh So Hitched has teamed up with the wedding planning team of Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC) who would like to share their 10 brilliant tips for planning the perfect…

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Guest Blogger Series Q&A: Jess, Eating East Blog

It’s Monday morning, which means it’s time for the second week of The Travel Journo’s Guest Blogger Series. For this series, I’m focusing on bloggers in and around London who write about food, travel and…

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The dazzling Diamond Experience Energy Facial by Perfect 10

I get an introduction to the Diamond Experience Energy Facial by Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty… At this time of year, I think everyone has the license to indulge in a facial. The wintry weather and…

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Festive Things to do in London this Christmas

In association with London Executive Offices From the lights that twinkle along Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, to the abundance of gingerbread and cinnamon in every café and this year’s Christmas tree display in Trafalgar…

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Guest Blogger Q&A: Natalie De Luca, South London Blog

Natalie De Luca of South London Blog tells us about her blogging life Today, I’d love to introduce you to Natalie De Luca, the founder and editor of the awesome South London Blog. I first…

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A festive Taste of London at Tobacco Dock

When I found hut there was a winter Taste of London, I was ever so excited. The summer festival in Regent’s Park was a sun, food and booze-filled extravaganza which I cannot recommend enough. (The Havana…

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10 Reasons to have a destination wedding abroad

Here’s why a destination wedding could be the best thing you ever did… More and more brides and grooms are considering having a destination wedding. (After all, did you know the average cost of a UK wedding falls…

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You will wince, squeal and laugh your socks off: La soirée is back!

I saw La Soirée on my birthday last year and I’ve never laughed so much. I’m talking about the smile-so-hard-your-cheeks-hurt kind of laughter. It was a fantastic combo of daft slapstick and cheek-blushingly racy humour.…

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Lebanese tapas @ Lazeez, Mayfair

In those day dreams you sometimes have about your Plan B career, I float between opening my own cosy coffee shop where punters can peruse over shelves-upon-shelves of travel books and slice their forks into big…

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First visit to the Opera: La bohème at The ENO

In the five years I’ve lived here, going to an Opera has been on my London ‘to-do’ list. I hadn’t quite managed to achieve it though until the other week when I was invited to see…

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The World’s Best Honeymoon Boutique Hotels

The Boutique Hotel Awards has just awarded six boutique hotels, for excelling in romantic honeymoon travel. With literally hundreds of thousands of dreamy retreats existing all around the world, these gorgeous abodes must be doing something special to…

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An immersive Drinking & Dining Experience @ The House of Peroni

Last week, Oh So London joined the opening party of the seasonal and consistently popular immersive dining experience, The House of Peroni. The latest month-long residency is known as Vita all’Interno (a Life Lived Inside). And…

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How to plan a fun AND chic hen do in London

This time two weeks ago I was checking out of the most wonderful apartments at Cheval Three Quays. These beautiful serviced apartments were where I, and a party of my besties celebrated my brilliantly chic hen do in…

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Eating ‘Slow’ Sustainable Food @ Cornercopia, Brixton Village

We check out the green credentials of slow food Brixton Village restaurant Cornercopia… It’s not always immediately obvious that a restaurant is running with a slow and sustainable ethos. Many in Brixton Village are probably…

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Sparkly OPI Nails and St Tropez Tan with HTN Beauty

You will probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of mobile beauty. So when I heard about HTN Beauty – Hair, Tan, Nails – it was a service I had to try. HTN Beauty…

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Supreme Saturdays: Dim Sum & Cocktails @ Yauatcha City

During the week, Broadgate Circle is no doubt, packed with city workers and bigwigs. But visit this spot by Liverpool Street Station during the weekend and you’ll find the chic dim sum restaurant Yauatcha City is…

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Bride-to-Be? 6 Reasons You need Matcha Tea

It was once the drink of choice for 11th Century Zen monks. But now Matcha, a concentrated Japanese tea, has taken over the health world as the number one alternative to regular tea and coffee.…

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Highlights of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Collection by Jenny Packham

The Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired bridal collection by Jenny Packham has attracted a huge amount of attention. And when I got to see this series of fairytale-like dresses emerge from a glorious ‘Secret Garden’ styled…

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Q&A with Fabian of CLAW Food | Virgin Startup Foodpreneur

When you think the London food scene can’t get any more diverse, another entrepreneur, or rather, ‘foodpreneur’ pops up with a refreshing new take on our dining out culture. One such foodie is Fabian Clark of CLAW…

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VIDEO: Jenny Packham on her new Midsummer Night’s Dream Bridal Collection

I was incredibly excited to win a competition to visit the Brides The Show event in London recently. And if that wasn’t enough, my prize through Brides magazine included a front row seat to the Jenny…

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Time Out Love London Awards – My South London gems

It’s important we celebrate the independent businesses we have in our neighbourhoods. And when Time Out asked me which local businesses I liked the most, as part of their Time Out Love London Awards, I tell…

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Transatlantic Cocktails @ NY-LON Lounge & Bar, The 02

London and New York are my two favourite places. So of course I wanted to visit NY-LON – an airport themed bar and lounge at the 02 arena, devoted to these two fantastic cities. Virgin…

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Bachelorette Party in London

The time has come. After much umming and ahhing about whether or not I’d do the whole ‘hen party’ thing, I’m doing it. When else in your life do you get all the best friends in…

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A Q&A with Couture Wedding Dress Designer Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis is a South African wedding dress designer whose beautifully feminine and sophisticated bridal and evening couture has turned heads. Take a look at the collection by Elbeth Gillis and you’ll see why she follows the…

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The Rabot Estate, St Lucia: Chocolate Heaven from Bean to Bar

With those ethereal volcanic peaks, the glorious Caribbean climate and the emerald green landscape, St Lucia is the stuff of dreams. And just when we thought things couldn’t get any more photogenic, we arrived at The Rabot Estate…

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A Shaken Cocktails Masterclass at The Hoxton Hotel

Lauren heads to The Hoxton Hotel to learn a few mixology tips and tricks during London Cocktail Week… Once again London Cocktail Week has come to a close after what’s been a fabulous edition. Londoners have been…

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Hungry? Try Supper – The Wholesome Food Delivery App

Just when you think there’s no more space for yet another food app in London, another one appears and it’s actually, well quite good. Supper – Your Personal Chef – app has just recently launched…

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A cocktail night @ 155 Bar & Kitchen, Clerkenwell with About Time Magazine

It’s been a busy few months to say the least. So this post about a cocktail evening at 155 Bar & Kitchen with About Time Magazine is LONG overdue. But what better time to tell you…

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15 Questions with National Chef of the Year Judge Russell Bateman

He’s mates with Tom Kerridge and has worked alongside chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing. To say I felt privileged to be interviewing Russell Bateman is an understatement. If you don’t already know, Russell is the…

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*That* Jenny Packham Dress – ‘Poa’ @ Brides The Show

There’s always one wedding gown that stands out during a bridal catwalk show. Whether it be an unusual colour, an eye-catching fabric, or avant-garde design, there’s no doubt that when it floats down the catwalk, iphones…

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Matilda themed afternoon tea & Matilda the Musical @ the Cambridge Theatre

Food is absolutely everywhere in Roald Dahl’s stories, from enchanted sweets and rivers of chocolate, to giant, fibrous fruits. Anyone who’s read, seen, or simply heard of Matilda, will probably agree that Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate…

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Why You Should visit Frank’s Cafe, Peckham, this weekend

On 27 September, the unique Frank’s Cafe prepares to say goodbye to summer and shut up shop for the autumn / winter season.  Here’s why you should whizz up the 10 flights of stairs of this landmark carpark and…

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Travel Photography: Top Panoramic Shots of the Summer

If there’s one kind of photography I’ve fully embraced this year, it’s definitely the iPhone panoramic shot. I’m gradually beginning to realise that the iPhone really is an asset for travel photographers if you learn…

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cost of Weddings

We all know that getting hitched can be the most costly time of your life. But what impact does a wedding actually have on ours and our guests’ bank accounts? Here are 10 rather eye-opening facts…

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South East Asian Flavours @ Ekachai, Liverpool Street

Lauren heads over to Liverpool Street to check out Southeast Asian eatery Ekachai’s new look and try the latest menu additions.  Tucked away in a covered walkway just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station…

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Competition: Win 2 x VIP Tickets to The National Wedding Show, London

The National Wedding Show in London is back again for another year on 25-27 September 2015 and I am oh so excited to share this competition, offering the chance to win 2 VIP tickets for…

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Vintage Glamour @ The Goodwood Revival Festival

Oh So London gets into the spirit of vintage fashion and racing at The Goodwood Revival. Situated in the West Sussex countryside is the idyllic Goodwood Estate, which is where Oh So London spent our weekend delving…

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It’s that time of Year Again! The National Wedding Show, Special Offer

In Association with The National Wedding Show It’s that time of year again, The Autumn National Wedding Show is back! It’s the UK’s biggest wedding show of the season and it’s where you will find catwalk shows…

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Carsten Höller, ‘Decision’ @ the Hayward Gallery

Sophia visits The Southbank Centre to see Carsten Höller, ‘Decision’ – the Belgian artist’s largest UK exhibition to date… Before arriving at the Hayward Gallery, I knew very little about Carsten Höller’s latest exhibition. My reason for…

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Oh So Beautiful Lace Dresses @ Katya Katya Shehurina

Trying on beautiful lace dresses at Katya Katya Shehurina… So the newsflash right now is, I’ve ordered my wedding dress! And while I thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of lovely wedding dress designers, and trying on gowns from all…

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The Vintage Glamour ‘Silver Reviver’ cocktail @ The Savoy

We head to the American Bar at The Savoy Hotel to get the lowdown on the exclusive new Silver Revival cocktail, in honour of this year’s oh so glamorous Goodwood Revival… When Oh So London were…

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Italian Food with Finesse @ Gusto restaurant, Manchester

Italian food, best friends and spending time in my old home of Manchester; just three of my favourite things. So when you combine these together in the ever so cool setting of Gusto – a…

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Moroccan style Hammam & Massage @ The Spa – Dolphin Square

We indulge in a signature Moroccan Hammam at The Spa – Dophin Square… And breathe…. that moment when you walk into a spa and you know you can forget deadlines, responsibilities, and unfinished chores that are…

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Oh So Virtuous Dining @ Redemption Bar, Notting Hill

It started as a pop-up and proved so popular with health-conscious Londoners, the healthy-eating dining spot Redemption Bar has now opened on Notting Hill’s Chepstow Road. Oh So London’s new writer Lauren pays a visit to find…

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A Q&A with wedding dress designer Katya Shehurina

Oh So Hitched meets Katya Shehurina, the designer and founder of the vintage inspired wedding dress label KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA. A graduate from the highly coveted ESMOD fashion design school, Katya talks about her home of…

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Jewellery: The Bridal Collections by The Diamond Store, London

In association with TheDiamondStore.co.uk Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, especially when it comes to her wedding day, right? So when I discovered the award-winning TheDiamondStore.co.uk – the one-stop shop for bridal jewellery, it only seemed right…

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Russian Volume Lashes by LashLab, London

Looking for the perfect wedding lashes? We review the Russian Volume Lashes by Lash Lab London… If there’s one make-up item I can’t leave the house without wearing, it’s definitely my mascara. And when it comes to…

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Q&A with Tony Kitous, Founder of Comptoir Libanais

If you haven’t yet eaten in Comptoir Libanais, get it on your London restaurant to-do list. With hot and cold mezze platters, fresh salads and steaming tagines served in a souk-like setting, they provide Lebanese dining that’s…

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Culinary Adventures in Budapest

sites Written by former Travel Journo contributor, Sophia Think of Budapest, and chances are, goulash will be one of the first things that springs to mind. It was for me, at any rate. Thick, meaty,…

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Q&A with Chic Ibiza Villas: Beautiful Balearic Weddings

If you like the idea of a chic setting, beautiful Balearic sunsets and oodles of VIP treatment, Chic Ibiza Villas could be just the place. We carried out a Q&A with Nick Reid, Co-Owner of these luxury…

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Life Charms: A Beautiful Gift For Bridesmaids, Flower Girls & Mums of the Bride

Gift inspiration with Life Charms When you get married, it’s lovely if you can thank your flower girls, bridesmaids and maid of honour for sharing your big day with you. So when I came across…

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The Perfect pre-holiday glow: St Tropez Spray Tan by Spa by Car

If you like the idea of a golden glow that’s going to look great for the start of your holidays, but also good few days afterwards, you might be interested in the REN exfoliation and St Tropez spray tan…

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Luxury Travel: The Plaza Premium Airport Lounge, Heathrow T2

Did you read the recent post on Flying TAP Portugal from Heathrow to Fortaleza in Brazil? If you did, you will know that this journey began with a luxury travel experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge, the…

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10 Reasons to have a Chateau Wedding at Lou Casteou

If saying ‘I Do’ in a historic French Chateau sounds like your idea of wedding heaven, feast your eyes on Lou Casteou – a dreamy chateau villa set within the Esterel mountains in the Côte d’Azur. This 15-bedroom…

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Monday Inspiration: Q&A with Digital Journalist Louise Dewast of ABC News

I love meeting journalists who work in different fields. And as I started my career in newspapers, I find it especially interesting when I cross paths with someone like Louise Dewast, who works in the…

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Counter: A (very good) Reason to Visit Vauxhall

We review Counter restaurant in Vauxhall and discover an edgy New York-style brasserie that’s making us want more… I wouldn’t normally head out to Vauxhall for dinner. It’s always been that stop on the Victoria line…

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10 Alternative Engagement Rings by Annina Vogel

Annina Vogel bought her fist diamond ring aged 11, at an antiques fair in New York. So it comes as no surprise that this lady knows how to wow brides-to-be with her uniquely designed engagement rings.…

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Flying Business Class with TAP Portugal: Heathrow to Fortaleza

Want to fly Business Class to Brazil? Try TAP Portugal. Here’s my review… I love the excitement of a long-haul flight. But once you’ve read that day’s newspapers, eaten three meals and flicked through numerous…

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Glorious Goodwood: A fantastic VIP Day out at the Races

Glorious Goodwood. That was the trending hashtag on social media as we watched the gee gees hurtle down the beautiful Goodwood racecourse on Saturday. The Goodwood Estate is located just outside of Chichester in West…

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Be Featured on The Travel Journo

Are you a travel blogger or writer and do you want to feature on The Travel Journo? You may by now be familiar with the content on The Travel Journo (formerly Oh So London) and if you’re…

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Friday Night Nibbles @ Pennethorne’s, Somerset House

You can’t beat that Friday feeling. And if you’re not quite ready to zip straight home come 5 o’clock, a café bar like Pennethornes is not a bad place to begin the weekend. A part…

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A Bliss Out Brazil Honeymoon Part 3: A Stay at Vila Galé Hotel Cumbuco & Dune Adventures

In the third and final part of our Bliss Out Brazil Honeymoon features, we visit Vila Galé Cumbuco and share the high-adrenaline adventures that honeymoon couples can enjoy in this paradise corner of Brazil… Vila…

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Ping Pong Soho: Summer Cocktails and Tasty Dim Sum

Dim Sum and Taiwanese steamed Bao are definitely the Chinese food à la mode. I can’t keep up with the number of places that specialise on these tasty little morsels in London. Ping Pong is a…

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Scotch & Soda at London Wonderground: Kooky Acrobats & Beatnik Jazz

We head to the Southank to review Scotch and Soda at London Wonderground…  If you picked up TimeOut London this week, you may have had a nosey at the little contribution I made to their…

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A Bliss Out Brazil Honeymoon Part 2: Culture, Luxury & Paradise Beaches

Someone once said to me before I flew to Brazil that this is a country that ‘gets into your soul’. When I arrived at the beautiful beach of Praia do Lagoinha – a beautiful destination…

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10 Things to Do in Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza, a sprawling city of 2.5m people is the fifth largest city in Brazil. But it’s often overshadowed by the bigger, more tourist-heavy cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador. A 1,200 mile leap north…

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Moral Fibre: Guilt-Free & Healthy Snacks that actually taste good

Recently, I met Jenny Moloney the founder of Moral Fibre – a range of nutritious sweet and savoury snacks that are gluten-free, dairy-free and equally important, guilt-free. As a bride-to-be with a sweet tooth, I welcome…

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Cocktails! The BLOOM Gin Rooftop Garden Bar @ Vista, The Trafalgar Hotel

When the sun is shining and you’ve spent all day cooped up in an office, being able to zip up to a rooftop bar to sip a cocktail in the open air is definitely a…

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A Bliss-Out Brazil Honeymoon, Part 1: Praia do Lagoinha

Oh So London visits Praia do Lagoinha, where a Brazil honeymoon translates to a time-stood-still vibe and beaches that stretch for miles… As the high rise buildings turned into a hotchpotch of roadside shacks selling yukka and jelly…

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OSL Travel: Paris in (iPhone) Pictures – Part Deux

You may remember a while back I posted Paris in Pictures. Well, I thought it would be nice to revisit some more of my favourite Paris photos and share them with you. With its pavement…

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Wedding Dress shopping @ MODE Bridal Private Studio, Hove

If you read my interview with Jana Svalbe, you’ll know she has a wonderful wedding studio, MODE Bridal, at her home in Hove. The special thing about buying your wedding dress from a private studio…

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Simon Boyle & Beyond Food Foundation Launch Brand New Supper Club

Food has the power to do amazing things. It brings people together, it’s at the core of momentous occasions, and now, in London, it’s helping inspire people who have experienced homelessness, to make a change in their…

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OSL Travel review: Hilton by Hampton Hotel, Waterloo

Oh So London reviews The Hampton by Hilton hotel in London’s Waterloo. It’s simple, stylish and convenient, with excellent views over the city… It’s great to take a staycation in your own city now and…

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Cyrus Todiwala’s fusion of four cuisines at Assado, Waterloo

We review Assado, the fusion restaurant by celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala… Cyrus Todiwala is one of my favourite chefs in London. Not only does he talk about the food from his Parsee heritage with passion, he’s…

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Eating our way through Taste of London

I couldn’t contain my excitement when Taste of London came around again this year. And I couldn’t believe after five years of living in the city, I’d never actually been to this annual event. Things…

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Lusting after…. these beautiful wedding shoes by Rachel Simpson

If you like vintage style wedding shoes, you will love Rachel Simpson. This designer has had a pretty good year, and I can vouch for that, because every wedding fair or event I’ve been to, I…

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Eating Our Way Around Malaga: A Foodie’s Guide

As I mentioned in my recent Airbnb review, Malaga is definitely becoming recognised as a food lover’s destination this year. I must confess, I did very little research on this Spanish city before we left for…

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Bridal Catwalk: The Beautiful 2015 Berta Bridal Collection

This week, I had front row seats to the 2015 Berta Bridal catwalk show – how exciting. The event was hosted by Brides Magazine and The Wedding Club and they couldn’t have picked a better setting – the beautiful…

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Spark Your City: Global Movement kick starts in London to Brighten Up Our Monday

Love Mondays? Nope, thought not. And that wasn’t helped by it being particularly grey and drizzly this morning. But things soon brightened for commuters when they were greeted with a super cheery Gemma Cairney and a…

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The Eagle Eye Cocktail at GONG, Shangri-La

This week I was invited to GŎNG, at the Shangri-La, London, to sample a special cocktail called The Eagle Eye. The story behind this drink is it’s made with a limited city edition of Johnnie Walker Blue…

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Travel Review: A sunshine City Break in Malaga with Airbnb

I recently spent three very lovely nights in the Spanish city of Malaga hosted by Airbnb. Most people know Malaga as the city they fly into en route to resorts dotted along the Costa del…

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What Does Your Coffee Say About You?

In Association with Doppio Coffee What does your coffee say about you? Most of us can’t go a day without it… a good old cup of Joe, a spruced up cappuccino with extra chocolate on…

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Brunching @ Balans Soho Society, High Street Kensington

I visit the newly revamped Balans Soho Society in High Street Ken,  for a seriously mouthwatering brunch…. If someone says the word brunch, Balans is actually up there in terms of the places I always…

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The Polo Bar: Decadent cocktails @ The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair

I’m sure you’ll agree, London transport can send you over the edge sometimes. So when it took me more than two hours, yes TWO hours to get from my apartment in Brixton, to Polo Bar…

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Author Kendra Bailey Morris on The Southern Slow Cooker & why Richmond, Virginia is a Top Foodie Hotspot

Richmond, Virginia, has popped up my radar recently as it’s fast becoming a foodie destination, thanks to innovative chefs like Kendra Bailey Morris. If you haven’t already heard of her, Kendra is an American cookbook…

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TruBe: An On-Demand Personal Training App

On demand mobile phone apps are brilliant (when they work) and gold dust to the people who always finds themselves saying ‘Im too busy to…’ (yes, I’m guilty of this). Which is why I jumped…

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Fine Dining at Colette’s restaurant, The Grove

You know that moment when you walk into a fine dining restaurant and it’s ever so hushed, and perhaps a little nervy? It’s similar to how I felt when walking into Colette’s restaurant – the…

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Brunching, NY-Italian style @ The Montagu, The Hyatt Regency, The Churchill

Did someone say brunch? I made a bee-line to The Montagu at the Hyatt Regency- The Churchill to try their five star weekend feast… The words ‘Bottomless Brunch’ are being flung around the foodosphere left,…

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‘Never Give In’ – Decadent Cocktails inspired by Winston Churchill

A smoky odour filled my senses and was quickly ‘extinguished’ by a fresh and herbal kick. The Never Give In cocktail at The Churchill Bar certainly looked pretty with its mint green glow and sprig…

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Quirky London: Afternoon Tea on The Airbnb Floating House

It’s been a funny old week for crazy pop-ups. You know you’re in London when you see a floating house on the River Thames or when there are people paying to go and eat breakfast in…

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Quirky London: The IKEA Breakfast in Bed Cafe & How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

I had a booking for this on Monday. I was going to get out of bed, get on the tube to East London and then walk into a cafe to get into someone else’s bed for breakfast. Alas, I…

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The Grove Hotel – Five-star chic in Hertfordshire

You may have already heard of the The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire. As the place where Cheryl Cole and various other celebs got married, it’s earned itself quite a reputation as the five-star venue of choice…

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Should You Get A Life Coach? #MondayInspiration with London Life Coach Dionne Edwards

2015 is most certainly the year of the Life Coach. In the modern day world where we’re constantly faced with work and life pressures, slotting in some ‘me’ time to get professional help across careers, relationships and emotional…

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Newsflash! I brave a polo lesson with Chestertons Polo in the Park

Chestertons Polo in the Park is one of the most exciting British sporting events of the summer. If you don’t know about it, Polo in the Park is now in its seventh year and takes place at Hurlingham,…

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Chocolate Ecstasy Tours: A Cocoa & Coffee Pilgrimage of Notting Hill

They had me on the word chocolate, but when I heard that Chocolate Ecstasy Tours’ Notting Hill tour also included a discovery of the finest coffee in West London, it was an opportunity I couldn’t…

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Run or Dye: London’s Most Colourful 5K run

Run or Dye – London’s most colourful 5k run – is taking part in the capital next month. And as you may know, this rather unique event is inspired by the Indian Holi festival. So as…

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Lobster Kitchen: A piece of New England in London’s West End

Lobster shacks are all the rage in London right now. So I popped my lobster shack cherry recently with a trip to Lobster Kitchen in Fitzrovia It’s oh so hidden behind Tottenham Court Road on Great…

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London Sketchbook by Jason Brooks

This month saw the launch of London Sketchbook, Jason Brooks’ fabulously whimsical take on the Big Smoke. This fashion illustrator whose work has largely appeared in Elle and Vogue presents a beautiful series of drawings, quotes and anecdotes that showcase the fashion, architecture…

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Cuban cuisine at Versailles, Miami

If you read my piece on 12 cool things to do in Miami, you’ll know that a trip to Little Havana is a must for first-time visitors. Aside from the lively Cuban bars, the quirky…

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Afternoon tea at The Eccleston Square Hotel

During our stay at the Eccleston Square Hotel, we thought it would be rude not to try the afternoon tea. After all, it’s claimed that Princess Victoria once enjoyed this very British tradition with her…

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Hotel Review: Eccleston Square Hotel, London

If you have a penchant for personalised, boutique hotels, you might like to check out the Eccleston Square Hotel. This family-run hotel located in SW1 opened in 2011 when Olivia Byrne decided to create one…

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Life Update: London, I’ve left you

It’s been a whole month since I moved out of London to live in Hertford. And wow, the time has flown. I guess, that’s why I’m only really talking about it on the blog now.…

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12 cool things to do in Miami for the first-time visitor

There are so many cool things to do in Miami but it’s a big city, so where do you start? I spent just 48 hours in the Magic City, but you’ll be surprised at how…

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Piece for TTG | The Florida Keys bounce back

When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and the southern states of America, it caused devastation in all sorts of ways. The Florida Keys were no exception. This archipelago of a thousand coral islands is no…

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Piece for Tidlrs | The Versace Mansion, Miami

You’ve no doubt heard of the Versace Mansion? This former home of Gianni Versace boasts a swimming pool lined in 24-karat gold mosaic tiles, décor inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. And it’s now a…

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Exploring The Wynwood Walls, Miami

If there’s one thing you must do in Miami, it’s visit The Wynwood Walls and surrounding Wynwood Arts District. This inner city zone, south of Little Haiti and north of Downtown Miami and Little Havana,…

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Piece for Weather2Travel | Review of EAST Miami, USA

If you’ve been following the blog recently, you’ll know that I enjoyed a weekend at the EAST Miami Hotel in the USA (read full review here). This five-star hotel situated in Brickell, Miami lies within the…

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Piece for Tidlrs | 10 cities where the world’s richest people love to live

Where in the world do the richest people live and which cities do the ultra-affluent find most appealing? If these are questions you’ve ever found yourself asking, you might like to check out this piece…

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10 of the most instagrammable places in Miami

My mission to travel with more wonder really went to pot in Miami. This cool metropolis in southern Florida is one of the most instagrammable cities in the world. So if you plan on taking a…

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Asian-inspired cocktails at Sugar rooftop bar, EAST, Miami

If you read my review of EAST, Miami, you’ll know that one of the highlights of this sophisticated hotel is the stylish rooftop bar, Sugar. After 24 hours at this hotel, we had already crammed…

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A walking tour of the Art Deco Historic District, Miami

The Art Deco Historic District, or Old Miami Beach Historic District as it’s also known, is one of the most iconic images you think of when someone mentions the city of Miami. Over the water…

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Guest blogger Q&A | Aftab Pathan, Fresh And Fearless

Today, I’m super pleased to have Aftab Pathan on the blog. Aftab is the founder of the luxury travel and lifestyle blog Fresh And Fearless. And if you already follow Aftab, you’ll know he posts…

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Quinto La Huella, Miami | A stylish urban outpost from Uruguay

Quinto La Huella, had me intrigued with its name alone. And that’s before I’d even looked into what this restaurant was all about. This signature eatery of the EAST Miami hotel sounded cool, exotic and probably…

Our meal at Quinto La Huella was complimentary.

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A stylish stay at EAST Miami

EAST Miami, have you heard of it? If you’re a first-time visitor to Miami, I’d hazard a guess and say this high-end hotel in the heart of the city’s financial district has never really been…

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5 Reasons I couldn’t take a mystery holiday

The Mystery holiday trend seems to have blown up recently. The concept of booking a holiday yourself and knowing your travel plans, itinerary and, most importantly, your destination, are so yesterday. The coolest travellers are turning…

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Piece for Escapism | The Drive of your Life, The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most incredible natural phenomena you’ll see in Eastern Africa. As you might have read in this post I wrote on the blog, the Ngorongoro Crater was formed 3…

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5 ways to reclaim your sense of wonder in travel

I wrote a piece for the Virgin entrepreneur blog last year called An Open letter to travellers – let’s reclaim our sense of adventure. It was something I’d been thinking about writing for a while, so…

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Freelance Journalism: How I became a travel writer – Part 2

This is a continuation of How I became a travel writer – part 1. If you haven’t yet read the first part, you can find it here. How I became a travel writer Part 2…

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