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Category: Travel

REVIEW: Sofitel, St. James November 6, 2017

REVIEW: Sofitel, St. James

Behind a stunning neoclassical façade just along from Trafalgar Square you’ll find the smart and effortlessly continental Sofitel London St James hotel. The perfect embodiment of Parisian elegance, the hotel pulls together fine French cuisine...read more »

REVIEW: Down Hall, Hertfordshire October 9, 2017

REVIEW: Down Hall, Hertfordshire

WHAT: An imposing country house hotel on the Essex and Hertfordshire border, boasting rolling green grounds, ornate interiors and a seriously luxurious (if little) spa. WHY GO? For some blissful hours spent massaging aches and pains in the indoor whirlpool,...read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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: 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: 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 »

REVIEW: The Athenaeum hotel September 8, 2016

REVIEW: The Athenaeum hotel

  Right off the bat, let’s put it out there: The Athenaeum is in a pretty special location, steps from The Ritz and Buckingham Palace Gardens. Dripping with wealth and history, the area is always alluring, but aloof – an air of the...read more »

REVIEW: One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells August 19, 2016

REVIEW: One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells

WHAT? Originally a brewery and school house, One Warwick Park is now the trendiest place to stay in sleepy Tunbridge Wells. Clever architecture and painfully modern interior design has turned a series of unconnected structures into one unified...read more »

Party Like A Princess With Zoo Loos At Glastonbury June 17, 2016

Party Like A Princess With Zoo Loos At Glastonbury

Camping for up to five days with no creature comforts to speak of strikes fear into the hearts of many girls and we think it’s a crying shame that this could rob them of the festival experience of a lifetime. But how about this – we’re...read more »