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Cake in the Clouds: Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard

Afternoon tea is such a great British tradition but there’s only a few places in London that you can enjoy the treat with view of the city’s beautiful skyline. Aqua Shard is one such place, and not only are the views incredible, the food is excellent too. Ceilings soar above the seating area and the… Read more »

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A Unique Stay at Hotel Único Madrid

Sometimes a visit to a big city calls for a stay in a small, boutique hotel that delivers personal service and attention to detail – well I’ve got the one for you. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, Hotel Único Madrid is small in size but big in personality. This bijou… Read more »

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Picnic-Chic in the Park with Dukes London Hotel

There’s no better Great British tradition than packing up a wicker basket with some Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and a bottle of bubbly and heading to the park for a picnic. Never ones to do things by halves, Laura, Lauren and I had heard of a special picnic courtesy of Dukes London Hotel that seemed… Read more »

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Wine and Wellness at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

A unique and beautiful hotel and a Michelin-starred restaurant located in one of Spain’s most sought after wine regions…it really is no wonder that Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is one of the best hotels in Spain and an absolute mecca for foodies. The location of Ribera del Duero informs several aspects of the hotel and not only… Read more »

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Divine Gastronomy at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

Not only is Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine a 12th century monastery turned five star luxury hotel, is also a temple to gastronomy in the Spanish countryside.   Let’s start with Refectorio, the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant, located in an incredible room that was once the monk’s refectory. With soaring ceilings, Gothic arches and an original 17th century fresco… Read more »

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A Spiritual Stay at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine: A Monastery-turned-Luxury Hotel in Valladolid, Spain

In a world of branded chain hotels, consumed for ease and efficiency, it’s not always easy to find somewhere that’s totally unique and rare. But I’ve found a place so special that I don’t think I’ll ever get it out of my head…A two hour drive from Madrid lies Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine – once a… Read more »

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Dim Sum in the Sky: Northern Chinese Dining at Hutong at the Shard

There’s nothing quite like dining with a view and there really can be no substitute for eating incredible food in London’s tallest building. I fell in love with the food at Hutong at The Shard last year when I finally snagged a reservation for a double date with Lauren and Andy and this time I… Read more »

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The Kitchen Cookery School at Chewton Glen

The likelihood is that your earliest food memories will be of your mother’s cooking and food preparation. For me that was packed lunches for school, my favourite dinner of spaghetti bolognese and – growing up in a Jewish household – homemade chicken soup that could cure any lurgi. With an invitation to stay at our… Read more »

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A Mother and Daughter Escape to Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

I love spending time together as a family but it’s actually quite rare that we find some really good quality mother / daughter time. In fact, the only time I recall going away just my mum and I was about a gazillion years ago when we stayed over night in Exeter when I was there… Read more »

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10 Reasons To Visit Santorini

If the Greek Islands were a jewellery box, Santorini would be the prize diamond. Glittering brightly with white houses spread like pearls across the hillside, emerald blue seas and sparkling golden sunsets. I visited several of the Greek Islands as a child, and Mr S and I stayed on the fellow Cycladic Island of Mykonos… Read more »