Travel tips, city breaks, hotel reviews and beach breaks

This City Life started off as a travel blog, but then life happened and travel had to take a bit of a back foot. I still love to take trips every now and then, so here’s where you’ll find all my recommendations – from hotel and food reviews to city break ideas and long holidays in the sun.

 

The latest city break ideas

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

There’s no excusing visiting Lisbon and not tasting one (or four) of Portugal’s signature pastry, Pastéis de Nata, and there are no …
A day trip from Bratislava to Vienna

A day trip from Bratislava to Vienna

The beginning of May brought an unexpected and very last minute trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. Me and colleague went to work in-house with a client …
A little Manchester break – brunch, books and Gotham

A little Manchester break – brunch, books and Gotham

I’ve lived in the UK all my life and it took me 28 years to make it to Manchester. I know. But I got there …

 

The latest beach break ideas

Sri Lanka photoblog – Sri Lanka honeymoon in pictures

Sri Lanka photoblog – Sri Lanka honeymoon in pictures

Last month, Lonely Planet ranked Sri Lanka as the top country for travel for 2019. We honeymooned in Sri Lanka back in 2014 and it’s honestly …
Maldives photoblog – Maldives honeymoon in pictures

Maldives photoblog – Maldives honeymoon in pictures

I never thought I’d get to the Maldives, so when we were bouncing honeymoon ideas around with the travel agent and it came up, …
Climbing Sigiriya Rock – lions and cobras and wasps! Oh my!

Climbing Sigiriya Rock – lions and cobras and wasps! Oh my!

When I told people we were off to Sri Lanka for our honeymoon, almost everyone said that we had to tackle climbing Sigiriya Rock. Now, …

 

All about hotels

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

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

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

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 …
Hotel review: Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya Sri Lanka

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 …

 

City life reviews

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

There’s no excusing visiting Lisbon and not tasting one (or four) of Portugal’s signature pastry, Pastéis de Nata, and there are no …
Bistro Soho Bratislava review

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 …
Review: Afternoon Tea at sketch London

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 …

 

Travel tips

My travel preparation list for the panicky traveller

My travel preparation list for the panicky traveller

If you’re anything like me, you’re the sort of traveller that gets in a flap over making sure everything is absolutely, positively, completely …
Would you visit a country with a bad human rights record?

Would you visit a country with a bad human rights record?

It was reported this week that Somalia has joined the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), which prompted the BBC World Service to ask: Could …
How to travel with anxiety

How to travel with anxiety

When people say they love flying, I have to wonder why. What’s so fun about suspending yourself in the middle of the sky in …