Author: Natalie Harris-Spencer

Afternoon tea at The Rosebery

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 …

Jimmy’s Secret Garden Summer Pop Up

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 …

Why Secretary spanks Fifty Shades of Grey

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 …

Meme for 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 …

Go Sober for October vs. Stoptober: Which is worse?

I’m not sure exactly what it is about the month of October that inspires personal challenges, but here we are, our social media streams inundated with give-up-do-gooders. I’m not one to talk of course; I’ve recently abstained from caffeine and squash with visible health benefits (teeth and tum). But October …

Top 10 tastiest 5:2 treats

If, like me, you’ve succumbed to the 5:2 diet fad – actually now becoming less of a fad and more of a lifestyle choice – you’ll have a pretty good idea of how best to hit your daily allowance of 500 calories without feeling like keeling over or lashing out …

Knightmare Live: Not for kids

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 …

Hydrotherapy heaven at 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 …

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