Gastrovino & Bar8, Chelsea

Gastrovino & Bar8: the latest culinary adventure by Italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo and the Made in Italy group comes to King's Road, Chelsea, offering affordable seasonal menus of authentic Italian food by chef Andrea Pesenti and a selection of 20 Italian wines and 8 unique cocktails. 
THE BEST OF IL BEL PAESE 'THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY' AT
June 06, 2016

Gastrovino & Bar8, Chelsea

  THE BEST OF  IL BEL PAESE  'THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY' AT GASTROVINO & BAR8    •    257 KINGS ROAD SW3 5EL

10 Surprising Things I Learnt About Russia

10 Surprising Things I Learned About Russia from my trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg

CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF RUSSIA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS BLOG OF POSH, BROKE, & BORED
*wow, a Borat and The Hobbit reference in one heading - I'm on fire.
June 03, 2016

10 Surprising Things I Learnt About Russia

CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF RUSSIA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS BLOG OF POSH, BROKE, & BORED *wow, a Borat and The Hobbit re...

35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone


Democratised dining at 35 New Cavendish Street, a Marylebone private members club with a new menu where everything is £20 and under.
A MARYLEBONE MEMBERS CLUB WITH A MENU UNDER £20
The Cavendish at 35 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia

Despite the average champagne socialist's assertions that the antiquated class system (caste system?) is still very much the oppressor of those who dare to dream, the truth is that we live in a world where social mobility is the wind beneath the wings of the bold and the busty (have you forgotten that display at Grand National? Yes, I'm also trying to). Luxury has become increasingly democratic, as exemplified by head chef Douglas Santi's new 'everything £20 or under' menu, launched yesterday at refined Fitzrovia establishment 35 New Cavendish Street.
June 01, 2016

35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone

A MARYLEBONE MEMBERS CLUB WITH A MENU UNDER £20 The Cavendish  at 35 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia Despite the average ch...

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho


THE LAUNCH OF  MYKI SAND BAR AT ARCHER STREET, SOHO
May 26, 2016

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho

Arty Amsterdam: 5 Must-See Museums

What To See in Amsterdam : Five Museums you Can't Miss including Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Museum Van Loon, Venustempel Sex Museum, and Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution.
SWOOP IN ON THESE FIVE AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS YOU CAN'T MISS

The four things you must do in Amsterdam is to tiptoe through the tulips at Keukenhof, check in at the uber-hip new W Hotel, enjoy these unexpected and luxurious culinary experiences, and of course soak in the best of Dutch art, design, and culture. From classic to contemporary to downright raunchy, here is my pick of the 5 Must See Museums in Amsterdam. You can easily, like I did, cover all of these in two days. Entry to some of these museums are free or discounted with the I Amsterdam City Card which also offers free unlimited public transport - but with a city this scenic, why not explore on foot?
May 08, 2016

Arty Amsterdam: 5 Must-See Museums

SWOOP IN ON THESE  FIVE  AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS YOU CAN'T MISS The four things you must do in Amsterdam is to tiptoe through the ...

Does my (travel) privilege look big in this?


FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS - #TRAVELBLOGGERS EDITION
aka 7 Reasons Not to Date a Blogger or "You don't have to be a masochist to work here, but it helps"
May 04, 2016

Does my (travel) privilege look big in this?

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS - #TRAVELBLOGGERS EDITION aka  7 Reasons Not to Date a Blogger  or  "You don't have to be a masoc...

3 Luxury Restaurants To Try In Amsterdam

3 LUXURY RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN AMSTERDAM
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Whether you've got the munchies or are just plain ravenous from tip-toeing through the tulips, if you're seeking a gastronomical experience that is refined and just a bit unexpected, I've got just the three restaurants for you. Fuel up, buttercup...
May 02, 2016

3 Luxury Restaurants To Try In Amsterdam

3 LUXURY RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN AMSTERDAM __________________________ Whether you've got the munchies or are just plain rave...

Arriving at The W Amsterdam



HERITAGE & HAUTE MEET IN AMSTERDAM AT THE UBER-HIP NEW W HOTEL
On Wednesday I arrived in Amsterdam to one of my favourite homes away from homes - W Hotels. As I did in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I stayed in the latest bijou offering from one of the world's sleekest hotel branches. The brand arrived to Amsterdam only last October, and I couldn't have been more excited to review the spanking new W Amsterdam!
April 29, 2016

Arriving at The W Amsterdam

HERITAGE & HAUTE MEET IN AMSTERDAM AT THE UBER-HIP NEW W HOTEL On Wednesday I arrived in Amsterdam to one of my favourit...

clueQuest: Revenge Of The Sheep (giveaway!)


WITH MY INGLOURIOUS BAAAAAH-STERDS AT CLUEQUEST: REVENGE OF THE SHEEP 

It's official - should the end be nigh, it's neither the Rick Grimes nor the Batmans (Batmen?) of the world who will swoop in to save your sorry souls. The real heroes, my friends, are the curious breed of hardcore social-media addicts you call bloggers - not just because our savvy for all things tech and trending will come in handy for breaking codes, although you can be damn sure that any live updates on the apocalypse will be extensively shared on Snapchat - but because, as Professor Blacksheep will attest when we foiled his dastardly plans with 12 minutes to spare, bloggers do it better. Can I get a 'Squad, squad'?
April 27, 2016

clueQuest: Revenge Of The Sheep (giveaway!)

WITH MY INGLOURIOUS BAAAAAH -STERDS AT CLUEQUEST: REVENGE OF THE SHEEP   It's official - should the end be nigh, it's ...

Fendi Flowerland & Keukenhof

April 24, 2016

Fendi Flowerland & Keukenhof

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods


When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience

WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PAN-ASIAN CUISINE
WHERE: CHAI WUHARRODS FIFTH FLOOR, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

I have a theory about the Overseas Chinese: that when it comes to gastronomical pilgrimage, our motherland either exists in a Bermuda Triangle or possesses the ability to bend light in to a cloak. Why else would otherwise perfectly sane Malaysians (including yours truly & family), Singaporeans, Australians etc. in search of the Chinese food of their dreams and heritage completely bypass China, instead seeking outposts far in the land of the white man?! From the accents that staccato the air outside Four Seasons in Bayswater you'd think that you can't get roast duck anywhere else in the world, honestly. Take it from this Malaysian Chinese who by the age of 12 had dined in no less than 21 Chinatowns across 3 different continents: the children of the Orient can't resist our food calling to us from foreign places. Have Chinese food, will travel - now that's an Asian Persuasion.
April 22, 2016

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods

When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PA...

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

TWO LUXURY LOVERS, ONE ALDYWCH

Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where every horror story you've ever heard about London traffic (both the four-wheeled and two-legged variety) crawls past some of the city's most iconic landmarks: whether it's the tired and touristy (London Eye) or the underrated yet quintessentially London (basically every pre-war building with a view of the river). At least the view makes for an interesting distration from the ever-climbing taxi meter, yes? Steadfastly self-employed as I am (read: works from bed, attends Skype meetings wearing crispy linen blouse + sweatpants) you'd have to move heaven and earth to get me to venture out of my pocket of East London and into Covent Garden. F/29/Shore-bitch. Will haul arse for: the opera (or Lion King, depends on how long we've been friends), London Fashion Week, and of course the promise of cracking company (I mean, her surname is Lux. Spirits don't come more kindred than that.) + beautiful beverages + good nosh. Because the best things in life are free. I see your contempt for bloggers and raise you my complimentary cocktail.

April 19, 2016

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

TWO LUXURY LOVERS,  ONE ALDYWCH Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where ev...