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A Luxurious Guide to Victoria

In it’s previous incarnation, Victoria wasn’t particularly luxurious. It was a hub for business people who would leave their offices at lunch time to grab a sandwich from Pret, maybe have a drink in the pub post-work but would then leap on the train home to get out of the city. Victoria, does of course… Read more »

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A Day in the Life: Exploring Victoria

Of all the wonderful areas of London to explore, Victoria may not be top of your list. When I first moved here it was pretty limited in terms of places to eat and shop…there were two Pizza Expresses, Ask, Zizzi and the standard million Starbucks and Pret a Manger. But Victoria is undergoing a regeneration… Read more »

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Four Seasons in One Day in Istanbul

You may have noticed that there’s one hotel group that I absolutely adore and it appears often on my blog…I love the Four Seasons as I think they are unlike any other hotel brand, each of the hotels that I’ve visited is tailored specifically to suit the location. And Istanbul has not one, but two… Read more »

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Breakfast at The Dorchester #TheNewGrill

The Grill at The Dorchester has been a family favourite for years, back in the heady days of the infamous bread trolley, Yorkshire puddings the size of your head and retro desserts such as sherry trifle and black forest gateau…But the iconic grand dame has had a luxe face lift and there is a brand… Read more »

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My Top Ten New York

I love New York. It’s my favourite city (after London, of course!) because there’s just so much to do, see and eat! Last year, Mr S and I visited twice and I was really able to get to grips with the city more.   We had such a wonderful time, doing all the touristy things,… Read more »

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Something for Everyone at Riccardo’s

As my friend’s regard me as the London restaurant guru (translate as general group PA), I’m often tasked as the person to choose and book a restaurant. Nowadays, this is rather hard job with different tastes, dietary requirements and the need for somewhere child-friendly…enter Riccardo’s the one size fits all, perfect place to please everyone!… Read more »

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Dining at Altitude in Istanbul: Mikla and Vogue

Despite my fear of heights, many of my favourite restaurants are at high altitude: places like City Social, Gavin at Windows and SushiSamba in London. What is it about eating in a tall building with a great view of the city that makes the food taste so much better? In Istanbul, Anna and I visited… Read more »

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#ExploretheElements Travel Photography Competition

Thank you so much to Elle-Rose Williams for nominating me for the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements blog photography competition. I love Elle’s blog, and when I first discovered it, I had to do a double-take…we’ve been to so many of the same places both in the UK and abroad…it felt like I was looking… Read more »

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Bloggers’ Double Date at Bob Bob Ricard

Mr S isn’t used to meeting bloggers, so I eased him in gently to this crazy blogging world of mine and introduced him to fellow blogger Ashleigh, along with her boyfriend, Seth for lunch at Sake No Hana. But this time he would be hearing BlogSpeak in stereo on a double date with not one,… Read more »

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When the Menu Gets Lost in Translation

Have you ever noticed that your food or drink order can get lost in translation, even when you’re talking the same language? My caffeinated tipple of choice in the UK is an Americano with skimmed milk… When I tried to order this in Australia, I got a rather odd look…what I should be ordering is… Read more »