“A restaurant and design exhibition rolled into one.” Elle Deco
Afternoon tea at Sketch has been on my London ‘to-do’ list for a while. Previously I’ve found it impossible to get a booking in the summer but this year I finally got to sample it with a good friend and it just happened that our visit was during National Afternoon Tea week.
“Something Different Around Every Corner.” Oxo Tower Wharf
London is jam packed with restaurants and bars in high rise buildings that offer dining and drinks with spectacular views. The Shard, SkyGarden, Duck & Waffle at the Heron Tower to name a few but one of the more established venues that offers dining with a charming vista is the Oxo Tower at South Bank.
“People love to see a landscape from above. Anyone who’s ever visited the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building or the London Eye knows that a bird’s eye view of a famous city is a sight that never leaves you." David Marks
The Brighton skyline has changed forever last week with the opening of British Airways i360, the world’s first vertical cable car. So what is this futuristic feat of architecture and engineering?
“A place where a kid off the street could walk in one door an unknown and go out another a star.” Berry Gordy
Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes and of course Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 are among many artists that changed the shape of music back in the sixties and seventies with one thing in common, the Motown label.
“Bean & Hop was created under the consideration that London roasts the best coffee & brews the most amazing beers, so why not have a local where you can enjoy the best of both worlds under one roof!” Bean & Hop
Tucked away on a corner in London’s SW18 is a wonderful independent coffee shop called Bean & Hop (formerly The Earlsfield Deli). Good coffee, craft beers and seasonal fresh food are served seven days a week.
“Wander the corridors of royal power and pleasure.” Hampton Court Palace
If there’s one thing us Brits do well it’s history. Love them or hate them our Royal Family is legendary and so are our historic palaces and royal residences. I found myself in Hampton Court last weekend and with a few hours to spare so decided to explore Hampton Court Palace as my last visit was a school trip many, many years ago.
“Who would have thought, 20 years ago, that Liverpool would be a tourist destination?” Paddy Smith
I’m a fan of boutique hotels and even though it’s part of the IHG chain, Hotel Indigo has perfected the unique concept of converting old city buildings into modern hotels. Each establishment embraces the history and culture of its neighbourhood in its interior design, accessories and menus.
“A boutique hotel with a truly unique feel.” Hotel Indigo Edinburgh
Packing for ‘summer’ in the UK always involves a variety of outfit choices to cover the unpredictable British weather, from flip flops to boots and all manner of options in between (packing light is impossible, quite frankly I’m not very good at anyway).