Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 17 Sep 2018

    China: A History

    China: A History is an excellent and authoritative tome by an author who brings this enigmatic land to rich and colourful life. John Keay illustrates that phrase ‘To know who we are we must know where we come from’ or, and perhaps of more interest to us in the West, ‘We must know where we...

  • 14 Sep 2018

    Theatre – Murder, She Didn’t Write

    Degrees of Error & Something for the Weekend present: MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE: THE IMPROVISED MURDER MYSTERY NEW WEST END RESIDENCY AT LECIESTER SQUARE THEATRE FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL SUMMER RUN   “Hilarious, interactive improv show…the show is a riot” Scottish Daily Mail (Edinburgh Festival 2018)   Photo Credit: Jamie Corbin “This is a fascinating take on...

  • 14 Sep 2018

    The Bartender’s Book

    This is a little gem of bartending support. The Bartender’s Book, or to give it its full and impressive title The Bartender’s Book: The Essential Guide for Mixologists, by Dave Broom, is something of a barman’s/woman’s almanac. The cover gives a sense of the early 20th century, when cocktails became fashionable. The book offers excellent...

  • 13 Sep 2018

    TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

    TWG Tea has arrived in Knightsbridge, perhaps the classiest neighbourhood in London. I could not be happier, as I am a tea drinker and I love Singapore. Yes, those two topics are indeed very much associated. This luxury tea brand was established in 2008 in Singapore, in celebration of the island’s great history as a...

  • 12 Sep 2018

    Bonnet Jujurieux Silk Factory Museum

    This is a charming museum, and it seems to encompass most of the original Bonnet silk factory in Jujurieux, a small town in the department of Ain. The hub of the silk-production industry was Lyon. C J Bonnet founded a company in that city in 1810 and established this factory at Jujurieux in 1835. The...

  • 10 Sep 2018

    Abokado for Bento

    I am constantly amazed at the prices charged for Japanese food in London. I am usually disappointed by the portion sizes, too. That doesn’t make a positive gastronomic statement, in my book. But then there is always Abokado – they offer reasonably-priced Japanese food and plenty of choice. Abokado is a small chain and I...

  • 07 Sep 2018

    Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

    There are several popular varieties of cocktail cherry. Most of them are bright enough to read a book by and sticky enough to become the candy of choice of any 5-year-old with a sweet tooth. No, not all cherries are created equal, so it’s worth doing some homework and buying the best. That would be...

  • 05 Sep 2018

    One Aldwych – Trays of Treats

    One Aldwych has, over many years, ticked numerous culinary boxes (read my reviews here). The hotel’s location makes it an ideal spot for both business and leisure, for families and lone workers. Back in 1907, this building housed the offices of The Morning Post. It has theatres on its doorstep and Covent Garden is a...

  • 04 Sep 2018

    Timeless Travels Autumn Edition

    Here is the next edition of one of my favourite print magazines. Timeless Travels offers insights into destinations far and near and puts them into contemporary context. You’ll see my article on Japanese temples, and lots more reading for the autumn. Here is the line-up in this edition: South Africa: Saving Past Traditions, The Netherlands:...

  • 30 Aug 2018

    Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

    Maison 54 Pét Nat was a totally new wine for me and it was a revelation. If this is the quality of naturally sparkling wine, then sign me up for a case or two! But firstly, what’s in a name? The name ‘Maison 54’ gives a nod to the address in Paris where surrealist artists...

  • 28 Aug 2018

    St Pancras Brasserie 150th-year of Travel Anniversary Dinner

      Timeless travel across 150 years of St Pancras: St Pancras Brasserie hosts the station’s Golden Age of Travel Anniversary Dinner Relive the very best of English railway and trading port history. In celebration of 150 years of St Pancras Station, one of London’s most iconic landmarks, St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys is hosting a...

  • 27 Aug 2018

    Cafe Loren for Shakshuka

    Café Loren is a restaurant that offers vegetarian and vegan food in Camden, located in the Stables area in the heart of popular and often crowded Camden Market. This market is an eclectic mix of purveyors of Tee-shirts, ethnic jackets, surprisingly good jewellery, and eateries of varying quality. It would be hard for the untutored...

  • 25 Aug 2018

    The PNY Family Car Charger

    PNY, a company celebrated for its small technology innovations, presents The Family Car Charger. This could be the solution to LONG rides punctuated by frequent enquiries of ‘Are we there yet?’. This nifty gadget will be welcomed by the whole family, including those in the front. This neat device has four universal USB ports and...

  • 23 Aug 2018

    Steenbergs for Summer Drinks

    Steenbergs is a delightful company and probably better known for their selection of high-end teas and organic goods. But they offer more drinks than the expected cuppa. It’s summer: ask most people about their favourite memories of this warm season and it’s likely going to revolve around simple things like family days out, picnics in...

  • 21 Aug 2018

    The Lebanese Bakery

    Oh, deep joy! I have found my perfect spot around the corner from the throng which is Covent Garden. Don’t get me wrong: I welcome visitors to this lovely city of ours, but it’s important to have a little corner of peace and quiet that one can call one’s own, with some great food at...

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