Reviews

From cities and travel destinations to hotels and restaurants, here are my reviews of all the places and spots all over the globe I’ve loved (and not so) visiting. All the reviews from this city life.

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon
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Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belé…

There’s no excusing visiting Lisbon and not tasting one (or four) of Portugal’s signature pastry, Pastéis de Nata, and there are no lack of places to find them. The most famous of them all is Pastéis de Belém, which sounds an awful lot like ‘blame’ – exactly what you’d need…

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Bistro Soho Bratislava review
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Bistro Soho Bratislava review

Since me and R were in Bratislava for two weeks, we asked around for some restaurant recommendations for when we couldn’t be bothered to cook. We’d rented an AirBnB apartment for the whole of our stay so managed to cook most nights, but some days we’d worked such long hours…

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How sweet it is at Mr Scruff’s Teacup Kitchen, Manchester
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How sweet it is at Mr Scruff’s Teacup Kitchen, …

We spent a weekend in Manchester recently (yay for being close to everything in the north now!) and I noticed that there are so many lovely tea shops in the city. One caught my eye though – Teacup Kitchen. It’s owned by music producer and artist, Mr Scruff. And it’s…

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A night at Gotham Manchester (aka The Hotel Of My Nerd Dreams)
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A night at Gotham Manchester (aka The Hotel Of My …

I’m not going to lie, the fact that this hotel’s name is Gotham pretty much sold it to me before I caught a glimpse of the pictures. But then I did look at the photos and I fell in love with the place instantly. Gotham Manchester is the design hotel…

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Review: Afternoon Tea at sketch London
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Review: Afternoon Tea at sketch London

On our recent trip back to London to catch up with friends and watch the incredible Ratatat raise the Brixton Electric roof, I decided we should treat ourselves to something I’d wanted to do for years – Afternoon Tea at sketch. We lived in London for six whole years and…

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Hotel review: Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
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Hotel review: Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

“We try and pluck the darkest leaves,” she said. “The darker the leaf, the stronger the taste.” We were being given a tour around the Heritance Mini Tea Factory, learning about how the hotel plucks, makes and sells their own special brand of tea. The Heritance Tea Factory hotel used…

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Review: Bianco Latte Milano
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Review: Bianco Latte Milano

On my recent trip to stay in Bergamo with friends, we took the train to Milan for a day of sightseeing. I’d never been to Milan before and wasn’t really sure what to do there, but Katherine recommended a cute café close to the train station for some lunch –…

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Hotel review: Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya Sri Lanka
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Hotel review: Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the most beautiful country I’ve ever visited, and I can’t stop telling people about it! In September 2014 we flew there for our honeymoon – 9 days of touring a completely new country with our own driver and a packed itinerary of amazing sights. We had some…

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Aperitivo at the Baglioni Hotel London – You Me & Luxury
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Aperitivo at the Baglioni Hotel London – You Me & Luxury

It’s so close to Christmas I could cry with happiness. I’m so excited to go home to my parents’ and see my family, enjoy dinner with my grandma and give my little cousins a squeeze. But before I start heading for the train home, I caught up with friends for…

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Beekeeping in London at St. Ermin’s Hotel
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Beekeeping in London at St. Ermin’s Hotel

A typical Saturday for me involves a lie-in (with compulsory cat cuddles), at least four cups of tea, a DVD box set, and plenty of tinkering on this here blog. Last Saturday, however, involved bees. Nope, I wasn’t trying to remove a swarm from my roof insulation. And I wasn’t…

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Hotel review: Blakes Hotel London
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Hotel review: Blakes Hotel London

When my now husband asked which hotel I’d most like to stay in after our wedding, I must have reeled off a hundred fancy hotels on my wish list. During the whole planning process, I proved awful at making decisions, so I called on Hotel Belle, Annie Fitzsimmons, to help…

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Hotel review: The Bucuti Aruba
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Hotel review: The Bucuti Aruba

I’ve raved about the Bucuti Aruba so many times on this blog because it really is the best hotel I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. And I’d go back in a heartbeat. In fact, if I had to pay to live anywhere in the world I’d pick this…

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