October 4, 2018

This morning at the hotel I sat in my preferred breakfast seat in front of the servery. The two tables there are outside the dining room proper. It's fun watching the chefs and kitchen hands assembling the dishes, pushing completed plates to the front edge of the bench...

September 25, 2018

I loved seeing the very sophisticated Petersham Nurseries shop at Covent Garden - I tried to walk in before it even opened! But I was just as eager to see the one in Richmond yesterday. It's casually rustic with a dinky-di nursery and a glass house restaurant. 


September 24, 2018

That's the gist of what Samuel Johnson said way back in 1777. I couldn't agree more! So when I woke on Saturday to grey skies and drizzle, I grabbed my brolly and swept up Park Lane as if I owned it.

As soon as I saw the Dorchester I knew I had to call in.  Many years a...

September 23, 2018

Picture a chef standing in front of you shucking ice-cold Mersea Island oysters as fast as you can eat them. That was Thursday night, although if I have to be strictly truthful, I wasn't the only patron. Youngs Brewery owns this pub The Coach and Horses, and the compan...

September 19, 2018

I've been looking forward to searching the archives at Kew for so long I could hardly believe that the day had finally arrived. I was so nervous that I took a wrong turn twice and was only saved by directions from friendly natives.

​It's only a 10-15 minute stroll from...

September 17, 2018

The weather in Cork was just brilliant the whole time I was there but today it dawned drizzly, windy and foggy!

It wasn't a pea souper though - before takeoff I could see trees in the distance.

I was hoping for a nice foggy shot from the window on takeoff. This is it.


September 10, 2018

I've heard so much about Petersham Nurseries that I was determined to see the shop in Covent Garden. These hydrangeas grandiflora were having a collaborative show off in the centre of the courtyard. 

It's a very nicely curated collection of flowers, plants, fu...

September 10, 2018

Thursday was another miserably ghastly London day! -:) I took the circle line to Green Park, and on my way past, dropped in at the Ritz, pushing through the front door with all the confidence of a regular guest. Except it was actually the street door to the high roller...

September 7, 2018

Like Frida I've had two significant events since I wrote last. On Wednesday I went to Portsmouth, and on Thursday I lost my phone at the National Portrait Gallery. 

The first one was just delightful. I'll probably develop PTSD from the second.

This is my photo which...

September 4, 2018

I almost burst but not quite - 22,000 steps and 16 kilometres. I know because I looked at my watch. It's not easy being a tourist. I might run a marathon tomorrow.

Not quite sure when I'll fit  it in - I have to leave the apartment at 6am, only for a day trip, so I'd be...

September 3, 2018

I've always wanted to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's only a five minute walk from here, so I left home early and wandered the neighbourhood to fill in time.

I was reminded of Soane's mausoleum when I saw the red telephone boxes - there seems to be one every...

September 2, 2018

I knew from my trip prep that the tube line I'd be using most in London is the circle line - it goes round and round the centre of London, so you can't really end up in the middle of woop woop. Which I'd prefer not to. But when I popped in to Gloucester Station on Frid...

September 1, 2018

I love London society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. 

An Ideal Husband, OSCAR WILDE

I think I've met both today!

Sinking into my bed last night was like climbing...

August 31, 2018


With hanging flower baskets like this?

I've suddenly been transported into a game of Monopoly!  Mayfair and Pall Mall, The Strand and Marylebone are real places! A land of red telephone boxes and double decker buses, quaint black cabs and private garden squares w...

August 26, 2018

There's a lot to be said for the ease of having a travel agent put together an itinerary for you. On the other hand, from my perspective, there's more to be said for spending months roaming the internet, canvassing fellow Instagrammers, putting your own programme toget...

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"I never travel without my diary.  

One should always have something

sensational to read on the train."  

                                - OSCAR WILDE

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