Spring tasting menu at Clos Maggiore


Clos Maggiore

Billed as ‘the world’s most romantic restaurant’, Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden has been on my bucket list for a while now. Let’s not pretend its main appeal is anything other than the spectacular downstairs conservatory, where low-hanging branches and blossoms encroach on diners like some kind of fairyland forest as they sample Provençal fare. […]

Meme for 2016


2016

While 2016 will be remembered as the ‘bastarding, legend-snatching death year’ for many, it was altogether a different kind of year for me. This was the year I married my best one and became a ‘Mrs’. I won’t try to pretend that it hasn’t been jolly bad luck that all these amazing talents keep dropping […]

Afternoon tea at The Rosebery


The Rosebery Afternoon Tea

It would be all too easy for The Rosebery at The Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, to fall back on the standard, over-priced London afternoon tea fare of crustless sandwiches, pastel macarons and plain scones. Instead, what they’ve come up with is a contemporary twist on an English classic, while still remaining unashamedly English (think Cotswold […]

Jimmy’s Secret Garden Summer Pop Up


The Secret Garden

The evenings are getting longer and lighter and I’ve just bought a spring coat, which basically means summer is here! Oh hai, summer. Imagine my delight then, when I caught wind of the latest London temporary summer eatery, The Secret Garden. Stockbroker-turned-chef Jimmy Garcia is opening an enchanted, immersive summer dining pop up experience, running […]

Why Secretary spanks Fifty Shades of Grey


Secretary

I may have a degree in English Literature, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I’ve also read all the Twilight books. Who doesn’t enjoy a good, trashy, sexy, rubbishy read now again, especially when you can shelter behind the comfort of your e-Reader, literally preventing people […]

Meme for 2014


2014

I do enjoy me a lovely, weird year. This one’s been at times a peach, and at others a bastard, although generally I’m quite happy with it. At any rate, I figured it was worth giving it a good meme. They’re fun and cathartic to do, but please don’t feel obliged to read if you couldn’t give […]

Knightmare Live: Not for kids


Knightmare Live

I’m ever so slightly too young to vividly remember the immortal ITV kids’ show ‘Knightmare’. Just as well really, or else I think I’d still be yapping on about the nostalgic, cultish, shambolic, bombastic, and, at times, awesomely manic Knightmare Live interactive theatre show that I saw at last week’s Udderbelly Festival. Mercifully, what I […]

Hydrotherapy heaven at SenSpa


SenSpa

For purity, silence and uncensored relaxation, you need to get your stressed, aching bones to the hydrotherapy spa – SenSpa – at the very English Careys Manor, New Forest. Boasting oodles of awards and accolades, this Thai temple of watery wonders is like no spa you’ve ever experienced. To start with, it’s huge. Once you’ve […]

Tuneful treats at the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival


Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival

I really never win anything. So winning a pair of tickets to a Saturday evening orchestral concert – the pinnacle of the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival – was quite the treat. Now in its second year, the Festival celebrates the best that Ealing has to offer, backed by a dense history of music, […]