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Category: Lifestyle

On BLACKHEATH (SEPT 9-10): The Most Family-Friendly Music Festival Around? August 28, 2017

On BLACKHEATH (SEPT 9-10): The Most Family-Friendly Music Festival Around?

Festivals today aren’t what they used to be. Or, more to the point, what I look for in a festival has completely changed. Gone are the grungy, muddy, beer soaked days of hedonism – I can’t imagine anything worse then being trapped in...read more »

WORK|LIFE|ME: An Interview With Royal Milliner Rosie Olivia August 9, 2017

WORK|LIFE|ME: An Interview With Royal Milliner Rosie Olivia

Our WORK|LIFE|ME series looks at the inspiring lives of some of the UK’s most creative female entrepreneurs. From solo enterprises to large, international brands how these businesswomen manage to juggle the balance of work, life and home. In this...read more »

REVIEW: Bun House, Soho July 28, 2017

REVIEW: Bun House, Soho

WHY GO? Pillow-soft buns, interesting Asian beers and pickled *everything*. A secret Soho spot to keep up your sleeve… WHAT? A small, unassuming bun house in the middle of buzzy Soho, a couple of minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road...read more »

REVIEW: Zala Grill, Camden May 9, 2017

REVIEW: Zala Grill, Camden

Middle Eastern food is for sharing, groups of friends gathering to mop up delicious oils and sauces with freshly-baked flatbreads, then tuck into tender meat skewers, fresh fish, warming stews and flaky, sweet pastries. Zala Grill is Camden’s...read more »

REVIEW: Martello Hall Bottomless Brunch, London Fields May 2, 2017

REVIEW: Martello Hall Bottomless Brunch, London Fields

WHAT? For £15 per person, you can pick drinks from Martello Hall’s bottomless brunch bar for two hours. Where other bottomless offerings ask that you stick with your preferred drink for the duration, here you can hop between mimosas (Italian...read more »

REVIEW: 90° Melt, Stepney Green April 3, 2017

REVIEW: 90° Melt, Stepney Green

WHAT? A buzzy vegan and veggie restaurant on Mile End Road serving ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, cocktails and American comfort food with a twist. WHY GO? What’s better than a golden brown cheese toastie after a few pints? This casual...read more »

LIFE: Travelling Italy During Maternity Leave April 2, 2017

LIFE: Travelling Italy During Maternity Leave

Travelling Italy during maternity leave was a once-in-a-lifetime dream, discover what we got up to and where we went during Shared Parental Leave. You may have noticed a serious lack of posting from me over the last few months. Sorry about that! There...read more »

REVIEW: Stoke Park Hotel & Spa, Buckinghamshire March 29, 2017

REVIEW: Stoke Park Hotel & Spa, Buckinghamshire

WHY GO? This is just any grand old hotel. The spa is worth a visit alone – a huge gym is chock-full of equipment and there’s an extensive programme of professionally-taught classes all day, in everything from Body Pump to Hot Yoga. Finish with...read more »

LIFE GOALS: What makes us happy? January 30, 2017

LIFE GOALS: What makes us happy?

It’s the question we’re all searching for an answer for, right? But, if the recent hygee trend is anything to go by it’s the simple things in life that will bring the greatest pleasure. A crackling log fire, cosy blankets and a mug of hot chocolate.....read more »

REVIEW: St. Mary’s Inn, Morpeth December 11, 2016

REVIEW: St. Mary’s Inn, Morpeth

WHAT? The focal point of a new housing area being developed in Morpeth, just outside of Newcastle, this pub with rooms has true soul – warm furnishings, friendly staff and great food. WHERE? Seeking solace from bustling Newcastle we hailed a cab...read more »

REVIEW: Seaham Hall, County Durham December 11, 2016

REVIEW: Seaham Hall, County Durham

WHAT? A stunning spa hotel combining five star luxury, exquisite service and jaw-dropping history atop a ragged cliff edge in County Durham. WHY GO? A breathless recommendation from Jay Rayner brought FashionBite to Newcastle last month, ready for...read more »

Christmas Booze Guide: Where To Find The Best Gifts December 11, 2016

Christmas Booze Guide: Where To Find The Best Gifts

Joy to the world, Boozemas is here. Yes, the month where it’s totally acceptable to spike your morning coffee on a Thursday and get on the eggnogs at lunchtime, it’s December. We’re always on the hunt for presents of the alcoholic variety...read more »

REVIEW: Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle November 30, 2016

REVIEW: Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle

WHAT? The city of Newcastle’s answer to a country house hotel. It may be mere miles from the city centre, but wandering the beautiful, oak-panelled halls it feels for all the world like you’re in the middle of nowhere. WHERE? Encased in...read more »

REVIEW: Helio’s Cantina @ The Institute Of Light November 24, 2016

REVIEW: Helio’s Cantina @ The Institute Of Light

WHAT: A preposterously hip yet intimate restaurant/bar/cinema space in London Fields, where genial head chef Helio Fenerich serves up rustic Mediterranean food with Nigella’s stamp of approval. WHERE: The Institute of Light is Hackney’s newest...read more »

REVIEW: Coin Laundry, Exmouth Market November 24, 2016

REVIEW: Coin Laundry, Exmouth Market

WHAT? A relaxed, minimal dining space in the middle of pretty Exmouth Market, Coin Laundry goes big on the nostalgia. Think chicken kiev, pie, 70s revival cocktails and board games – plus a brilliant boozy brunch. We dropped in on a Saturday morning...read more »