Snow is my second most favourite weekend weather, it will never beat those rare hot summer’s days, but it has the power to transform a city into a winter wonderland and make most of us Brits smile. As this weekend was the first snowfall of the winter I was pretty excited to get out for a nice long stroll.  One of the great things about London is its parks, for such a big city there… View Post

I’m fascinated by the skill of wildlife photographers and the lengths they go to capture spectacular moments in the wild.  I was gripped by the BBC’s Frozen Planet series and so I couldn’t miss visiting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Similarly to Frozen Planet, the exhibition shows that skill and determination is definitely required to capture wildlife on the ground, underwater, in arctic conditions and the hot African… View Post

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one of those rare places which gracefully meets expectations.  I love places with history, character and an air of romance and, as a 19th century building brought back to life after 26 years of neglect, I was not disappointed. Lunch in the Booking Office Restaurant provides a great opportunity to take in the building’s gothic architecture without paying the 5 star hotel bill.  Its former life as a ticket… View Post

As a multi-cultural capital city, London celebrates most of the world’s great events, some of them brilliantly, some of them not so brilliantly.  I think Chinese New Year might be one of those which didn’t leave a great first impression but may be worth a second chance. I’ve not written it off completely as I think we learnt a lesson in the need for more careful planning today.  Arriving after the parade from Chinatown and… View Post

What better way to celebrate the last Friday of January and the end of pre-payday blues with a cocktail hour? Our venue of choice, The London Cocktail Club, has a name which said there was no messing that cocktails would be their specialty. There are two in town, the original on Goodge Street and the newly opened New Oxford Street.  Being a fan of trying out new things and a good rum cocktail, the “tattoo… View Post

The 1920s is in fashion, from this year’s spring/summer catwalks, to the much anticipated film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.  The Candlelight Club is the perfect place to relive the sophistication and glamour that’s got everyone hot under the collar. This clandestine pop-up cocktail bar opens up one weekend a month in a secret London location, revealed to ticket holders a few days before.  I believe it’s the same venue each time but in the… View Post