My Travels

Travel: A week on the West Coast. California or bust

February 7, 2016 My Travels

(The beach at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego on Saturday.) I arrived at LAX from Heathrow last Sunday evening around 7pm. It was dark, bloody freezing and extremely windy. Turned out I’d caught the tail end of an El Nino storm: as I drove my tiny rental car towards Los Feliz, I could see […]






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December in New York: Some Christmas-y pictures…

December 24, 2015 My Travels

(The Peninsula. Still one of my favourite New York Hotels. (My post here.) Heavenly, heavenly New York! Emerging from Central Park, walking past the Plaza,and down Fifth Avenue, always gives me the thrills. When I lived on Manhattan I only ever went uptown for meetings, but now that I am a visitor to the city […]






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Travel: Visiting The Blue Lagoon, Iceland (& what to take & wear)

November 27, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

It really is blue, properly, quite disconcertingly blue. And quite, quite wonderful.






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Iceland: For God’s Sake, Don’t Call Them Ponies

November 24, 2015 American Shops

These very small horses are not ponies. Horses-not-ponies are a sensitive subject in Iceland, as I discovered on Ayla’s and my epic trip earlier this year. Sadly for me, I grew up around ponies, and I now know that apparently my mouth is hardwired to shout LOOK! PONIES! when I see beautiful small horses. Like […]






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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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Travel: New York, September 2015

September 17, 2015 LLG Fashion

I’m here in New York on a dual mission: talking about my cookbook Friends, Food, Family, (which came out in the US on 01 September), to anyone who’ll listen, and to attend some of the shows and presentations at New York Fashion Week. (Above: at the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation on Friday afternoon.)






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Travels: A Long Weekend in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Part One.

September 1, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

Rachel and I had been muttering at each other for some weeks about the upcoming August Bank Holiday at the end of the month. The muttering was along the lines of: “Don’t feel like Carnival this year“; “need to get away from London”; “can’t face getting on another plane“; “sea air, I need sea air“; […]






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Port Eliot Festival 2014

July 31, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

Port Eliot in Cornwall is my absolute favourite-est festival. Last year I was invited down by my friends at Bumble + Bumble, who had a fantastic tent set up to give festival goers wonderful hairstyles throughout the weekend. Lovely Stephen Jones, milliner extraordinaire was also on site with Bumble and I was lucky enough to […]






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Travel: The Moonraker Hotel in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

July 28, 2015 LLG Food

I can’t believe it’s a year since Hannah and I packed our camping gear into a huge rental car, and set off for the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall (which takes place this coming weekend). On a good day, it’s a five hour drive from London, on a bad one you don’t even want to […]






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Dyrhólaey Lighthouse Iceland: The Incredible Stopover experience by Icelandair

July 23, 2015 My Travels

Can you imagine how glorious it would be to stay here, in this beautiful lighthouse on Iceland’s south coast, coddled in luxury, with nothing around you but the clean, fresh air, and the swirl of the birds on the wind?






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