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Category: Lifestyle

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 »

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 »

How To Have A Hygge Christmas? November 23, 2016

How To Have A Hygge Christmas?

Denmark is often described as one of the happiest countries in the world and some put this down to the concept of ‘Hygee’. A word which we don’t have a proper translation for in English but which Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness...read more »

REVIEW: Popolo, Shoreditch November 18, 2016

REVIEW: Popolo, Shoreditch

WHAT? A tiny, minimal open kitchen peddling a rainbow of tapas-style Moorish, Italian and Spanish dishes. A photo posted by Popoloshoreditch.com (@popoloshoreditch) on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:20pm PST WHERE? Bang in the middle of buzzing Rivington Street...read more »

REVIEW: Malmaison Hotel, Charterhouse Square November 17, 2016

REVIEW: Malmaison Hotel, Charterhouse Square

As a student at the University of Leeds, I had the pleasure of visiting Malmaison Hotel when my parents opted to stay there while visiting for my graduation ceremony. I was immediately struck by the impressive facade and dark, moody decor – it...read more »

REVIEW: St James’s Hotel And Club November 16, 2016

REVIEW: St James’s Hotel And Club

Decades ago, such was the opulence and grandeur of St James’s Hotel and Club that it was not uncommon to see Sir Winston Churchill or James Bond author Ian Fleming lounging at the bar. Modern day celebrities from Elle Macpherson to Michael Caine,...read more »

REVIEW: Roots Collective Vegetable Blends November 1, 2016

REVIEW: Roots Collective Vegetable Blends

Silly season is here and that means carbs, booze, carbs, and did we mention booze? Time to think about offsetting some of those calories (because if you think we’re cutting back on ANY food and drink in December, you’re very wrong). Roots...read more »

REVIEW: The Metropolitan Hotel October 18, 2016

REVIEW: The Metropolitan Hotel

If you’re tired of boutique hotels trying slightly too hard, you’ll love the cool sophistication of the Metropolitan COMO, Old Park Lane. Clean, minimalist, fuss-free, there are no pretenses here  – 144 outrageously spacious rooms...read more »

REVIEW: Langdon Court Hotel, A Jacobean Mansion In South Devon October 12, 2016

REVIEW: Langdon Court Hotel, A Jacobean Mansion In South Devon

In the heart of the picturesque Devonshire countryside, this family-run Jacobean mansion is a tranquil spot to explore the outstanding natural beauty that South Devon has to offer. We were really blown away by the breathtaking scenery, rugged rural coastline...read more »

Coming up: Hoxtoberfest, Hoxton October 3, 2016

Coming up: Hoxtoberfest, Hoxton

WHERE? Bang next to Regent’s Canal in Haggerston, a stone’s throw from Hoxton (guess Haggerstoberfest wasn’t as catchy). WHY GO? To celebrate the fattening fabulousness of German sausage and beer steins in true style, minus soul-destroying...read more »