Moments in Monaco

Charming and chic, old but new, Monte-Carlo is unlike anywhere else in the world…. We were in Monaco at the weekend for work. I was there to see and write about the annual Rallye Monte-Carlo 2017, as well as generally get a sense of this unique city. And I took R along to explain things…

Finding your Festive Spirit

Lovely things to do with big and little people… Take your Friends A Very Cowley Christmas: A lovely festive event at beautiful Cowley Manor, created in conjunction with Space.NK, Harvey Nichols , Whole Foods and Taittinger. There’s the expected Christmas shopping, but also a fashion show, several festive skincare and makeup masterclasses, as well as…

A London Adventure

Last week, we were lucky enough to be able to house-sit for some family friends in Putney, giving us six days back in the big smoke, mixing business with pleasure, showing Munchkin the big city, visiting our old stamping ground in NW London and seeing lots of friends. It was a lovely change from normal…

Woodland Retreat

A few months ago I interviewed the owner of The Lakes by Yoo near Lechlade for a magazine feature. This modern country retreat estate is an incredible example of how to bring urban style and convenience to a country setting, while looking after the local environment. The lakeside homes are hidden from view and the…

Fresh Fish & Hot Coffee

Every time I travel to another country, I get frustrated about our ability to use what is local and to enjoy what is seasonal. In many ways, Oslo was no different. One morning we headed down to the harbour at 7am to buy fish fresh off the boats as they came in. There was a…

Fjords & Vikings

We were in Norway at the weekend, visiting my sister who lives in Oslo… Crikey, it’s a beautiful country. That stereotypical idea one has of the fresh crisp Nordic scenery, the biting cold, the green water and white mountains…. well, it’s a stereotype for a reason. Everywhere you look the land and the scenery – whether…

A little luxury….

Another London jaunt, another gorgeous London hotel… This time The Dorchester. What an institution, what a piece of London history – and deservedly so. There’s always a real danger with the ‘grande dame’ hotels that they’re trading on their name, and in actual fact the service and quality leaves a lot to be desired. Not…

Checking out…

A day of indulgence… As any parent will know, it’s very rare to get a day that feels all about you. But sometimes you’re in desperate need of one. We were lucky enough to be gifted such a rare treat this weekend, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. For 24 hallowed hours, we…

London Life…

We were married four years ago, just before Christmas… …and so our wedding anniversary always takes place in a flurry of festivities just before the big day itself. It’s actually rather lovely having one day, just before Christmas, where you take a moment to think about something other than tinsel and turkey, and – being…