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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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OSL 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 out 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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OSL Travel: Culinary Adventures in Budapest

sites Our new writer Sophia, gets a flavour of Hungarian cuisine in the ‘Bites and Sights’ tour around Budapest… Think of Budapest, and chances are, goulash will be one of the first things that springs to mind.…

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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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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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