Thursday, 30 August 2018

A Blogger's Reunion at Harry's Dolce Vita, Knightsbridge.

Getting a large group of people together in London is an impossible feat in itself, let alone when one of those people (moi) has just moved back from the other side of the world and has every family member and friend to catch up with, as well as the death of two grandparents and a double-funeral to help arrange. But finally we managed it, and almost three months after I returned home to England, I finally saw my favourite blogging babes. 

These ladies have been in my life for about 5-6 years now, and every time I see them I'm reminded of just how special the blogging community is, and how it has enriched my life in so many ways. We chose Harry's Dolce Vita for our dinner. It was a Monday and many restaurants in London aren't open on Monday's, and as it's part of the Caprice Group, we knew it would be unlikely to disappoint. 


Thursday, 23 August 2018

One Day in Valencia, Spain.

Recently the family and I spent a week in Spain in a little town an hour south of Valencia, so we did a day trip to the city one day to soak up the beautiful architecture and eat paella! There isn't a huge amount to actually do in Valencia, it's more a place to wander around staring up at the buildings and visiting the stunning churches to escape the heat. It's such a pretty city though that I just had to share our day trip with you all!

Valencia Cathedral Entrance - One Day in Valencia Spain


Sunday, 19 August 2018

Flying Singapore Airlines Business Class Singapore to Dubai.

Oh, Singapore Airlines, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I have always had a penchant for flying with Singapore Airlines, which started at the grand old age of seven years old, back in the mid-90s when TVs in the backs of the chairs were tiny little boxes that didn't provide on-demand films. You had to sit there and wait for a movie you didn't like to finish before the next one began, and you couldn't rewind it or fast-forward it. The TVs often had lines running through them, and it was SUCH a novelty for us kids to be able to play games on the plane as it was before the days when my brother and I were allowed Game Boys (I finally got one when I was 10).

Over the years I've tested out many airlines, and many classes of travel, but I always end up returning to Singapore Airlines. And so, seeing as Singapore Airlines was the airline I first flew to Australia on way back in 1997, it seemed apt to depart Australia on them over twenty years later. But this time instead of mid-90s economy, it was 2010's business class, baby.


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Authentic Mexican at Ella Canta, Intercontinental Park Lane.

Every so often you find an absolute gem in London, one that really genuinely surprises you. Ella Canta (pronounced 'eya canta') is not in a particularly trendy location, it's tucked inside the Intercontinental on Park Lane, but rather than being your usual soulless hotel restaurant, it is anything but. With it's own separate entrance you can easily avoid the hotel lobby with it's hustle and bustle of well-heeled guests, and instead you instantly feel welcomed into the bosom of Mexican charm and hospitality. I don't think I've been anywhere in London which such friendly staff, and Edd and I quickly fell in love with it.


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Dukes Hotel MarTEAni Afternoon Tea.

It had been a while since my last afternoon tea. They don't really do them well in Australia (hello, no clotted cream!), and so I avoided them while I was living out there. So on my return to England I was desperate for tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off, beautiful cakes, and lashing of clotted cream on top of jam-coated scones. Thankfully right on cue, Dukes Hotel invited me along to test out their new MarTEAni afternoon tea, which is based on their famous Martini cocktail. Yes, yes you do get a martini with your afternoon tea...three in fact. 


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Flying Emirates First Class A380 Dubai to London.

At the very end of last year I told you all about my epic First Class Suites flight with Singapore Airlines, and how I was now saving up my points for a first class flight with Emirates on their A380! Well, I did it. 85,000 Emirates points later I was in the air from Dubai travelling to London in their A380 suite. And yes, I even had a shower on the plane!! So, seeing as my Singapore first class and Virgin Australia business class reviews were so popular, let me tell you more about my Emirates First Class flight and how it compared to Singapore's First Class offering...

Emirates First Class Suite on the A380 plane Review


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Hotel Review: Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch.

I'm not usually one for 'trendy' hotels. I tend to go for classic or contemporary luxury hotels, and as such there may be a slight lack of variety on this blog. So I've decided to shake things up a little, starting with a review of a very hip and trendy hotel in Shoreditch that recently launched an even trendier rooftop bar; Courthouse Hotel. This five star hotel has everything you could want from a boutique luxury hotel, from the historic building and architecture, to the huge swimming pool and spa, and of course, the rooftop bar.

Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch London


Thursday, 2 August 2018

Luxury in 48 Hours: Sydney, Australia.

Sydney is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I lived there for 18 months, and although there are a whole bunch of blog posts on here about different things I did and ate during my time there, I thought it would be useful to put together a quick 48 hour guide for those who may only be in Sydney for a short time. Sydney is one of those cities that people tend to just stop off in for 2-4 days unless they have family or friends there. Australia is such a big place and so varied, that you really need to make the most of it, so staying in a city for just a couple of nights to get a flavour of it makes total sense.

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