Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016


A date in Mayfair, London: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 Blogger's Evening, dinner and drinks at The Wolseley and Sake No Hana.


A BLOCKBUSTER DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR THAT STARTED AT 

Call me the Alexander Petrovsky of date night. And before any of you shake your fists at me with cries of Team Aidan! or Team Big! (Team Berger? No? Darn right, he was a real wet towel), hear this Sex And The City-binge-watching-sister out. So maybe I'm neither composing 'Ick!'-inducing love songs on my grand piano* nor waltzing in couture** at the local Maccy D's, but if you want me to show you a good time you gotta get your art on (and get to grips with chopsticks - you'll see why in a bit). And as far as London art exhibitions go, it doesn't get bigger than the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Every year, this world-class institution of art hosts its legendary open-submission summer show, with an eye-watering exhibit of over a thousand works within the Palladian-mansion walls of Burlington House. Because either you go big or you go home. Jack Berger, I'm talking to you...
#RASUMMER

 *but I did compose a painting for my intended...
**although I was wearing Valentino, does that count?

June 19, 2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

A BLOCKBUSTER DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR THAT STARTED AT  THE  ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2016 Call me the Alexander Pe...

Ciao, Milano! Fondazione Prada, Milan




THE (ART) HOUSE THAT MIU MIU BUILT: THE NEW MILAN VENUE OF FONDAZIONE PRADA

June 15, 2016

Ciao, Milano! Fondazione Prada, Milan

THE (ART) HOUSE THAT MIU MIU BUILT:  THE NEW MILAN VENUE OF FONDAZIONE PRADA

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