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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

World Map

My world prior to children revolved around ‘pin the airplane on the world map’. Fast forward a few years and I’m happy to say we still play that game. Of course, the difference being that my offspring now put the kibosh on certain destinations. Drawing on my experiences of child-friendly hotels and holidays, then… Here is a round-up of my top five favourite European destinations with little ones in tow.

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Gymkhana, Mayair

A lot has been said and written about the Michelin starred Gymkhana in Mayfair. Naturally, there was only one place to head when a chance of a child-free night arose. That and the fact we’d already failed twice to nab a weekend booking. It’s the second restaurant from the team behind Trishna in Marylebone. Karim Sethi has more than proved he is no ordinary chef with his first endeavour, so high hopes were placed on this evening.

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Soho Farmhouse

How? Jeez! Wow! Are just some of the (cleaner) words that sprang to mind when our ten year wedding anniversary was just around the corner. Time flies when you’re having fun hey Mr S! To celebrate I booked a lush weekend at the most talked about ‘Londoner’s country paradise’ – Soho Farmhouse. View Post