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Tate Modern Switch House

Art lovers rejoice there is a new soaring building in town to inspire the pants off you. Five years in the making the Tate Modern’s new 10-storey Switch House has opened to much hype. Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron originally designed the conversion of the Tate Modern from the Bankside Power Station.  Their twisted pyramid-shaped extension has become another impressive visual marker on the London skyline.

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A new restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue is cutting against the grain of the usual fare seen on the Indian restaurant circuit. Bringing a world of exciting flavours and dishes through a concept termed as ‘half plates’. Ex-Benares chef Sameer Taneja has created a menu making Indian the new tapas. Along with the fabulous cocktail list on offer it was the perfect place for a long overdue meet-up with a childhood friend.

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Hale Country Club & Spa

On a fast train back to my home land, I arrived at Manchester airport train station not to board a plane but head to a luxurious spa day. Beyond excited was a slight understatement as I joined my dearest friend celebrate her big 4-0. The festivities began at Hale Country Club and Spa located in the glorious Cheshire countryside and a mere five minutes taxi ride from the airport station. View Post

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

It was the week of biblical rainfall and watching numerous weather apps with an intense will of ‘please don’t rain on Sunday.’ Luckily the gods listened and the rain stayed away, even the sun decided to show its face for a very special Father’s Day picnic I’d arranged from Dukes London.

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My excitement levels when I heard Jason Atherton was opening another eatery not far from my stomping ground were pretty high. It’s billed as an Izakayu-style restaurant (posh Japanese pub in other words): I was further intrigued as it was a far cry from his usual ventures. Pollen Street Social being my personal favourite.

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Yayoi Kusama exhibition

I can’t remember the last time I had a day date with myself. Since kids entered my world, alone time is very precious or to be more precise, non-existent. So when the opportunity arose to visit the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery on Wharf Road, I grabbed it with two hands and ran!

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Dickie Fitz

Honestly, it was the name that enticed me to book this restaurant for my bimonthly catch up with Ms Mitchell. Quickly followed by wanting to re-live through my tastebuds my trip down under some (ahem) 14 years ago!  View Post