Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park

Towards the end of November, Hyde Park ceases to be a peaceful haven of tranquility for walkers, joggers and cyclists and turns into the madness that is the Winter Wonderland.  Neon lights, fairground rides and attractions as far as the eye can see and we had decided to throw ourselves into the middle of it…

Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star – Homerton, London

Last night Dan and I decided to try the restaurant run by the Celebrity TV Chef Andi Oliver and her business partner Kelly.  Andi is a regular face on Saturday Kitchen and is taking over from Pru Leith as the host of the Great British Menu in the next series so I’m sure she will be…

Barrafina – Dean St, Soho, London

Another date night tonight and this time it was my turn to be treated.  A fabulous musical ‘Aladdin’ (which I highly recommend, *the genie was amazing* and even musical hater Dan agreed it was great) followed by dinner at Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas Bar, in Soho. We’d been to the old Soho Barrafina before but…

The Bleeding Heart Tavern, Bloomsbury, London

What a fabulous morning!  Full of colour, culture, celebration and fun, spent at the Sikh wedding of our friends Divya and Pradip.  Here’s Pradip with his best men – the outfit he wore was incredible and I think he loved the fact that he was allowed to carry a sword, a bit too much! Everyone had to cover…

Wine Tasting & Nutbourne Restaurant, Battersea (Girl’s night Out)

This evening I’d arranged for four of us to go to the annual Wine Show, held at Chelsea Old town Hall on a Girl’s Night Out.  We arrived at the wine show at 6pm and found that there were over 500 selected wines to taste from all over the world – right, time to get…

Dehesa, Soho, Date Night Dinner

Dan and I take it in turns every other month to take each other on a date night where we plan a special evening for the other person. Last time, he took me to The Ninth on Charlotte St (read about it here), a fairly new restaurant that’s actually just been awarded a Michelin Star, and tonight…

Balthazar Restaurant, Covent Garden, London

Having been treated to my birthday dinner out at Beach Blanket Babylon earlier this year, it was time to treat the other birthday princesses (Wioletta & Fiona) to a night out to celebrate their birthdays.  Knowing that neither of them had been to Balthazar in Covent Garden, I thought it would be a really fun place…

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern

Last night was the inaugural Great Northern Pub Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening.  We arrived at the pub to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and shown a list of the seven wines we were going to get a chance to taste that evening. Along with the champagne, there were 2 whites, 3…

Lure Fish Kitchen

Tonight was a dinner out with Dan’s family and as his brother Chris is due to have his baby any day now (and his girlfriend Emma-obviously Chris isn’t having the baby), it was suggested that they stay near home and we meet them at a local restaurant.  They picked the Lure Fish Kitchen near to them in Kentish Town…

The Great Northern Beer Festival

This weekend, the Great Northern Pub was hosting a 3-day beer festival and despite not being a beer-drinker myself, it was going to be a big party so we headed to St Albans to spend the afternoon there. We arrived to a pretty packed out beer garden!  This was the first nice sunny day we’d…

Granger & Co – Girlie Brunch

Knowing how much of a fan Matilda is of the avocado Aussie Brunch (we travelled together in Australia earlier this year – and ate many brunches!) I picked Granger & Co for a Saturday Brunch Treat.  I’d heard great things about the restaurant but never been there myself and they’ve just opened a new location…

Eggs Benedict

This morning was Sunday (I know these posts come a few days late) and Sunday calls for brunch and one of my favourites is Eggs Benedict.  There’s something about the Hollandaise that makes it feel really decadent and it’s even better when you make your own from scratch (avoiding all the thickeners and additives that…