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Is Sabor Mayfair The Best Spanish Restaurant London Has?

Sabor London is a traditional Spanish restaurant which merges the flavours of different regions of Spain in a casual environment. One of the owners, Nieves Barragan, is famed for having been the Michelin-starred chef at Barrafina Restaurant London which has several...

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A Must-Try in Cornwall: Fun Facts About The Cornish Pasty

Everywhere you go in Cornwall in England, you can see a sign for the Cornish pasty.  So I wasn’t surprised to hear that the Cornish pasty industry adds £65 million into Cornwall’s economy. I am a big fan of anything encased in a pastry (Indian samosas, Jamaican...

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Why We Loved Fowey Hall, a Luxury Family Hotel In Cornwall

Have you ever wanted to live the English country house lifestyle but sadly you lack the requisite English country house?  Fowey Hall Hotel is perfect for you. A grand mansion comfortable decorated with dogs and children running around on landscaped grounds, Fowey Hall...

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Seven Things I Learned on a Street Art Tour of Shoreditch

Having always admired the street art in the Shoreditch area of London, I was excited to take a tour with Alternative London Tours.  These tours had been recommended by a friend who had previously taken the London Walking Tour by this company.  A group of us booked a...

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A Night to Remember: A British Museum Sleepover

I crept past the looming head of Amenhotep III.  His smirk gave away his thoughts on my midnight excursion through the gallery of priceless artefacts. Don't judge me buddy, I thought, you're made of stone.  You don't have mortal needs. The low rumble of the...

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Good Eats at Hawker House Street Feast London

It was Saturday night and the line for entry snaked around the building like we were waiting to get into a popular club.  I looked at my husband and he raised his eyebrows.  Although we have been to many food festivals previously, we have never stood in line to get...

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It’s More than All Right at Wright’s Food Emporium

You have to be a dedicated foodie to chase around the Welsh countryside in search of a specific restaurant as dusk gathers and the children are grumbling that they are hungry.  Sure, we could have stopped at any number of pubs that were in the area but we were in...

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A Luxury Weekend Away at A Solent Fort Hotel

As soon as we stepped off the catamaran which took us from Portsmouth harbour to No Man's Land Fort, I knew we were in for a treat at this Solent Fort Hotel.  The granite stone fort was weather-beaten and forbidding from the outside.  The wind whipped through the...

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The Lighter Side of Public Art with Lumiere London

An outdoor art festival, Lumiere London, was staged for a brief four days in London this past weekend.  Previously it has been held in Durham in the north of England in November.  Located in four different locations throughout London, it was free to the public and...

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Marketing Lessons: African Style in Hackney

I have to admit I stumbled onto Hackney Museum because we were early for a Christmas pantomime at the Hackney Empire theatre.  In fact, I didn't even know there was a Hackney Museum. But we were cold and the museum was heated (and free!). The Hackney Museum is having...

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Feasting on Dim Sum at Royal China in London

On a cold and rainy day in London, I was really glad I was meeting my friend for dim sum.  With its hot food which is not too filling for lunch and sharing plates  that encourage conversation, dim sum is comfort food for many people (and not just the Chinese!).  We...

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The Great Christmas Pudding Tradition

When I first brought Christmas Pudding home to the family in the United States (along with the British husband), everyone was very curious as to what it would be like.  After Christmas dinner, when we dug our spoons into the rich brown pudding covered in custard, my...

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Trishna, a Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurant in London

Britain has a love affair with Indian food which makes me very happy.  I love Indian food having grown up with an Indian mother who was an amazing cook.  Other than, of course, my mother's cooking, some of the best Indian food I've ever had has been in British...

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Medieval Grandeur at Beautiful Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle looks and feels like a fairytale castle set in the beautiful East Sussex English countryside.  Like many of the most picturesque castles now, it lies in ruins.  The National Trust though run an excellent job of preserving Bodiam Castle's history and...

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Old-Fashioned Fun: A Victorian Omnibus Tour of London

London has almost as many different ways of sightseeing as there are sights to see in the city.  I've been on duck tours, walking tours, double decker bus tours, cycling tours - you name it.  The one thing that I had not done until last week was the Omnibus Tour. The...

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Marlborough House: Recycling of a Royal Residence

Marlborough House in London has an enviable location right next door to St. James's Palace, around the corner from Buckingham Palace and backing onto St. James's park.  The house itself is massive and has extensive grounds considering it is located in prime London...

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What Makes Posh London Sweet Shops All Alike

I went from not having been to the posh St. James's area of London in almost a year to visiting 2 weekends in a row. I was in the neighbourhood for the Picadilly and Petits-Fours Tour as well as Open House London where some of the city's architectural gems are opened...

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10 Things I learned About St. James’s London

On a fine Sunday afternoon, the last of the warm and bright summer days, the kids and I decided to wander into central London for a walking tour involving history and sweet treats.  We took the Piccadilly and Petits Four walking tour of the neighbourhood around St....

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The Eclectic World of Townhouse in Spitalfields

Spitalfields has come a long way from the time that Jack the Ripper used to linger in its shadows.  Even 17 years ago when I used to work a couple of streets away in the glass-tower blocks surrounding Liverpool Street Station, the area was pretty dodgy.  I remember...

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A Dinner With A View at Oblix

"Did they run out of steel to finish the top of the building, mummy?" asked my daughter.  She was looking out the back of the taxi as we weaved our way through London traffic.  On a Saturday evening, the vendors at Borough Market have closed and the party crowd have...

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Summer in London: A Taste of London

Summer in London for me invariably means going to A Taste of London in Regents Park.  My friend and I have been regular attendees at this four-day food festival since it kicked off in 2004. Usually we go to one of the evening sessions for dinner with our husbands....

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Why I Love London Street Fairs

One of my favourite things about London are visiting the street fairs that occur periodically in different parts of the city.  At the street fairs you really get a sense of the string of villages that were put together to create London as we know it today. A couple of...

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McQueen's Savage Beauty in London

The music starts and a piece of gauzy white fabric floats upwards.  As a figure rises slowly, you realise it is Kate Moss clothed in the gauzy white who is artfully channelling both pride and pathos in her baleful gaze.   She floats above the stage, a spectre of...

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The Picturesque Ruins of Minster Lovell Hall

After 530 years, King Richard II is finally getting a burial fit for a former king of England in Leicester this week.  In 2012 his body was found underneath what is now a car park.  He had fallen in a gruesome attack at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 to Henry Tudor....

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Family Fun at Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent England

Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII.  More recently, Hever Castle is renowned for its gorgeous gardens and its family-friendly attractions.  Now run as a private enterprise, we discovered there is lots of...

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The Legendary Bleeding Heart Restaurant in London

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day which like many married couples my husband and I will ignore. If you are in London, however, and feeling loved up, I have got a gem of a romantic restaurant for you. The Bleeding Heart Restaurants The Bleeding Heart Restaurants are a group...

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This Is How The Lord Mayor of London Rolls

The Lord Mayor of London puts on a magnificent spectacle once a year in November called the Lord Mayor's Show. As with many things in England, the Lord Mayor's Show is steeped in history.  In 1215 King John (of Magna Carta fame) gave the City of London the right to...

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Seasonal Christmas Cheer at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens in Southwest London is known for its family-friendly night time Christmas illuminations.  Of course, Kew Gardens is well-known generally for being the largest botanical garden in the world. Sprinkled amidst its 132 acres are lots of pavilions and other...

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Dreaming of a White Christmas for Harry Potter Fans

In the Harry Potter world, Hogwarts at Christmas would be really magical especially for a love-deprived, orphan child like Harry Potter.  The Warner Bros Studios, located 20 miles outside of London in Leaveden, have really gone out of their way to capture some of that...

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The Stories Behind the Warfare at the Imperial War Museums

I went to the Imperial War Museum in London last week as part of pre-Christmas get-together with some bloggers I know that are a part of BritMums.  I'm glad the event was at IWM because frankly I would never have visited this museum otherwise.  With the words Imperial...

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Feeling Festive at London Southbank’s Winter Festival

You don't really think of Britain when you think of Christmas markets do you?  It's mainly a Germanic tradition.  London's Southbank is trying to get in on the act though because, let's face it, there's money to be made in Christmas shopping and festivities. We went...

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On The Paddington Trail in London

To promote the new Paddington bear movie being released (in the UK at least) at the end of the week, there are 50 statues of Paddington bears designed by artists, designers and celebrities sprinkled throughout London. The story of Paddington Bear began when the...

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Touring The Houses of Parliament in London

Did you know that as a resident of the United Kingdom you could tour The Houses of Parliament for free?  You need to be sponsored by a member of Parliament or the House of Lords.   There are also guided tours of Parliament for non-residents but these tours you have to...

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Real Food on London’s Southbank

The Real Food Market is a weekly food market showcasing some of London's best street food.  The market is held weekly on Friday through Sunday on the Southbank Centre right behind the Royal Festival Hall. There are approximately 40 food and drink vendors selling both...

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Rye In East Sussex, Just So Darn Cute!

A few weeks ago, we meandered our way through the East Sussex countryside with its charming oast houses and rolling hills on the way to Rye.  This formerly-strategic port town is now located 2 miles inland and is part of 1066 country and the lore of William the...

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Sixteen Centuries of History at Pevensey Castle

I took my daughter to see Pevensey Castle, an English Heritage property, in East Sussex.  We were in the area and I thought it would be a nice way to spend some mother-daughter time.  Much to my chagrin, she has little interest in history.  She does like the romance...

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Its all about ME

I had a chance to tour one of London's newest hip designer hotels, the 5 star ME London, as part of the Meet the Blogger Conference a couple of months ago. The hotel was designed in its entirety by Foster + Partners (of Lord Norman Foster fame) and is sleek and...

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