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 […]

The return of the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival 2016


Ealing Music & Film Valentines Festival

A couple of years ago, I thought I’d do my bit to support the local arts by popping along to the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival, where I enjoyed a glorious classical concert performed by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra. Now back for its fourth year and clearly burgeoning in popularity, this lovely, unassuming event […]

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 […]

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 […]

Less is warm: Layer down this winter with free HEATTECH clothes from UNIQLO


UNIQLO, HEATTECH, clothes

Working for a Japanese technology company renowned for its staggering array of ‘world-firsts’, I’m pretty used to neat, innovative kits from my overseas colleagues. It’s not with surprise then that I can say that the mighty Japanese inventors have done it again, but this time in the world of textiles for staple brand UNIQLO. Rather than […]

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 […]

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, […]