My Life in England

On checking out for a week…

April 5, 2016 My Life in England

(About as close I got the countryside last week – the view from my bedroom at Old Walls cottage, Thyme, in Gloucestershire.) Whilst I seem to catch more than my fair share of hideous colds, (you know, the ones that turn you into a running river of snot, leaving a trail of scrumpled tissues in […]






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Christmas 2015: Food, Family & Dog walks…

January 7, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

I took a different approach to Christmas this year. I had planned to bugger off to Thailand again (last year’s trip was so glorious), but work conspired against me, and I had to cancel at the last minute. So I had to think again, and this time I decided that the way forward was to […]






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Hotel Review: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

January 6, 2016 LLG Travels

Towards the end of last year I realised that I had barely seen my sister: with trips to Rwanda, Tokyo, and New York under my belt in less than eight weeks, our contact had been pretty much limited to WhatsApp and my dropping off and picking up Lettice from Holly’s doorstep. Which is ridiculous when she […]






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Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2015 LLG Food

New Year’s Eve and Champagne are synonymous – it’s all about celebrating tonight, both the past year and the promise of the next. Whilst I adore very cold Champagne served straight up, it’s also nice to add a spin with a Champagne cocktail, the most classic of which is called simply – yes, the Champagne […]






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Christmas Treats: Wreath Making and Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

December 29, 2015 LLG Food

In the week before Christmas I decided to go all out on the festive fun front: taking my mama to the theatre, having lunch with my father and sister, and ending the week by having afternoon tea at The Ritz with Lucy. There is always something a little bit magical about London’s big hotels in […]






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Christmas Treat: The Drawing Room salon, Guys & Dolls & The Delauney

December 23, 2015 LLG Food

(My mother and I next to the Boodles Christmas tree at The Savoy last week.) Last year, I decided that Christmas was going to be all about treats. Of course, presents are lovely, but I do think it is good to take a break from the quotidian grind, and do something sparkly and special. And, […]






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London: Going Bowling at Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays

December 1, 2015 My Life in England

Dear Sasha – would you like to go bowling on Friday night with some friends to celebrate Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays’ £350,000 refurbishment? HELL YEAH. So would, it turned out, Hannah, Mark and Chloe. Here’s Chlo in her shiny new Donna Ida Sadie boiler suit.






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A Walk through the Grounds of Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

December 1, 2015 Art & Artists

I try to walk with Lettice, my miniature Dachshund, for at least two hours each Saturday and Sunday. My London apartment is a five minute walk from Regents Park and a short drive from Hampstead Heath so, on a good weekend I visit both, trying to exploring a new part each time.  At the moment I […]






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Visiting Kelmscott Manor, the home of William Morris

November 18, 2015 My Life in England

A limestone manor house in the Cotswold village of Kelmscott in Oxfordshire, this beautiful building which dates from around 1570, was the country home of William Morris, artist, philosopher and political theorist, one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the Arts and Crafts movement,  from 1871 until his death in 1896. When Morris first saw […]






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EVENTS. Vita all’Interno: The House of Peroni London 2015.

November 4, 2015 My Life in England

Italian food, beer, art, cocktails, nonnas, and laundry: Last week, The House of Peroni opened up the doors to Vita all’Interno (a life lived inside), its latest month-long residency in the heart of east London on Brick Lane, designed to bring the heart of the Italian home to London. There are a series of distinct […]






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