Breakfast at The Alice House Queen’s Park

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A recent invitation to try the newly launched morning menu at The Alice House in Queen’s Park (its sister venue in West Hampstead has been serving breakfast for a while now) proved a great reason to get up early and enjoy that most important meal of the day recently. How do like your eggs in the morning? Go tell Alice.

My Americano (Coleman Coffee Roasters) was properly pulled and served. A Cullen skink omelette with horseradish cream and watercress was flavoursome and filling. Nevertheless, I was glad to have requested a side of Speldhurst sausage to accompany those haddock-y eggs. And a yellow pepper, carrot and lemon juice was delightfully zesty way to kick start the day.

I’d have brekkie at The Alice House again and wouldn’t be against visits during other times of the day to sample more from the kitchen focused on sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced ingredients.

The folks at this gastropub (or at least the person coming up with the wordage on the website) say theirs is a “glamorous yet intimate environment.” What I liked about the place was its lack of glamour. Exposed brick, industrial lighting, reclaimed wood – definitely en vogue with loads of London eateries if toned down and relaxed. It seemed like a lovely setting to meet, whether for breakfast, coffee, a beer or cocktails.

Service was polite and efficient during my meal.

Hardly more than a couple of skips away from Queen’s Park Tube, The Alice House is located at 53-55 Salusbury Road, NW6 6NJ. There’s a sister outlet at West Hampstead. Find out more at

The Alice House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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London Daily Photo: Wood

LDP 2015.10.10 - Wood

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Win a Free Pair of Zombie Slippers Novelty Footwear

Win a Pair of Zombie Slippers

Talk about the Walking Dead! These Zombie Slippers are perfect for creeping around your home in ghoulish style. If (like me) you feel like the undead before you’ve had your morning coffee, such novelty footwear is ideal fashion statement. Just in time for Halloween, the shoes are brilliant for greeting trick-or-treaters at your door. They’d make a really fun gift as well. Check out this chance to win a pair for free!

Available for £24.95 at, these hilarious oversized plush slippers look like undead heads. Simply slide your feet into the zombie mouths for the ultimate in at-home comfort.

To be in with a chance to win a pair of Zombie Slippers, simply tweet the following:

RT to win a free pair of #ZombieSlippers from @prezzybox, compliments of @tikichris: #zombies #halloween  

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I’ll pick one winner at random on Monday 19 October at 5.30pm BST. The winner will receive one pair of Zombie Slippers valued at £24.95. To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK where the prize can be delivered. Win a Pair of Zombie Slippers

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London Daily Photo: From Lewisham

LDP 2015.10.09 - From Lewisham

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5 Fantastic Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik (OneTravel)


Good reasons to head to the Croatian coast and enjoy the ancient city of Dubrovnik are plentiful.

But, especially in celebration of Croatian Independence Day, here’s a look at five of the best for making time to explore the Pearl of the Adriatic …

Read my complete post at OneTravel.

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London Daily Photo: Yellow, Red, Green

LDP 2015.10.08 - Yellow, Red, Green

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Lucio Fontana at Newly Opened Tornabuoni Art, Albemarle Street

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1964Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1964

More than 50 seminal works by Argentine-Italian artist and founder of the Spatialist Movement – Lucio Fontana – are on view now in the inaugural exhibition at newly opened Tornabuoni Art London in Mayfair.

Lucio who? Adherents of 20th century art should be well aware of Fontana’s self described “spatial concepts” and most keen to scope this show ASAP. Those with more of a casual interest in art might not recognise his name immediately but are probably hip to his contributions nonetheless, whether they realise it or not or fully appreciate the significance of the contribution he made to art through his simple yet radical gestures.

Fontana was the artist who, in the words of Italian art critic and historian Enrico Crispolti, “sought the possibility of a limitless dimension” by punching holes in and – most famously – slashing lines through his monochromatic painted canvasses. There’s a disregard to much of his work that suggests a frustration with the limitations of visual representation on flat surfaces and a desire to go beyond traditional physical and conceptual boundaries of art.

Attending yesterday morning’s press preview, I found the exhibition to be a captivating show and a fantastic opportunity to view Fontana’s work up close. Focused on Fontana’s work from the 1930s to his death in 1968, the show includes mostly canvas paintings alongside a rare sculpture and one of only four rhomboid shaped works that Fontana ever made.

Accompanying the exhibition is a hardback catalogue with essays by Crispolti as well as Luca Massimo Barbero, Associate Curator at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and British author, curator and critic Edward Lucie-Smith.

Tornabuoni Art London, Lucio Fontana, 8 October-5 December 2015[14]

In addition to enjoying the chance to admire the art, I thought the gallery itself was a more than adequate space for viewing such pieces.

Opening just in time for October’s Frieze Art Fair frenzy, the exhibition and its setting promise to delight the art world scenesters soon to descend upon London and to carry on impressing fans of contemporary art until the show closes in early December.

Tornabuoni Art London is the seventh in the Tornabuoni portfolio. Specialising in Post-War Italian art and International 20th century Avant-garde masters, Tornabuoni Art was founded in 1981 by Roberto Casamonti with a first gallery in Florence followed with galleries in Crans-Montana (1993), Milan (1995), Portofino (2001), Forte dei Marmi (2004), and Paris (2009).

Launched under the direction of Ursula Casamonti, who has worked closely alongside her father Roberto for two decades, the gallery features two floors of viewing space and is based on designs by Ursula’s brother/Roberto’s son, Marco Casamonti. Future exhibitions will include a group show of Italian Masters from the 50s and 60s, an exhibition of the works of Alighiero Boetti, and the first show in London of Luca Pignatelli’s work, as well as solo exhibitions by Arnaldo Pomodoro and Francesca Pasquali.

Lucio Fontana at Tornabuoni Art London runs from 8 October to 5 December 2015. The gallery is located at 46 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JN. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Sclater Street

LDP 2015.10.07 - Sclater Street

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Coverture Launches Emma Greenhill: A Winning Way to Wrap Up!


Maddie Salters pays a visit to Coverture & The Garbstore in Notting Hill for the launch of Emma Greenhill’s Matchmaker line of scarves.

A colourful, pop-art window greets guests at Coverture & The Garbstore, a Notting Hill transplant that has grown and flourished since its relocation from King’s Road. Nestled into a quiet but hip street a stone’s throw from Portobello Market, it is a fashion and lifestyle haven where authenticity comes first, and a carefully selected group of designers brings together womenswear, mensware, kidswear, and home ware in a cohesive, stylish collection.

I visited for the launch of Emma Greenhill’s scarf line, Matchmaker, newly added to the mix. When I entered the shop, I was surprised to find a typical London townhouse re-imagined as something straight out of Vogue meets Through the Looking Glass. The shop only stocks clothes made of sumptuous fabrics, in keenly elegant cuts, with more than a dab of luxury showing through. But, refreshingly, none of it takes itself too seriously. There’s a bouncy, fun nature to the odds and ends around the shop (from tableware with grumpy fruit painted on, to bright yellow back-to-school backpacks pinned to the wall) that’s warm and welcoming. At the center of it all, the new Emma Greenhill display.

Emma’s scarves ring with bubbly fun. Presented front and center, the scarves were hanging from the ceiling and draped across the railings, and their main display table was covered with flowers and children’s cut-and-paste paper art. Made from cashmere and modal, feather-soft to the touch with impeccable threading, each design reverberates with color. Bright poppy reds and electric violets splash eclectically along the length of each, and unfolding one will reveal an entire painting, frantic with shapes, energetic with lines, and representative of the artist herself.

Emma Greenhill, and irrepressibly friendly artist, paints all of her designs with gouache on canvas first. Then, she painstakingly photographs her work to be screenprinted onto the scarves in Italy, at the same factory that produces the likes of Alexander McQueen. When I asked what she was inspired by, her answer was “Gertrude Stein, Cartier, and my Grandmother.” The combination couldn’t be more clear in her blend of high-quality raw materials and personal themes, with splash portraits that recall Stein’s Luxembourgh gallery, once laden with vibrant works by Matisse and Picasso. Her favourite in the new collection, Iris, bares a bright portrait of the grandmother who it was named for.

The whimsy of the entire evening was bolstered by Traveling Gin, a drinks duo who parked their bicycle-come-bar right inside the store and were on hand to sling fizzy, tangy blackberry-and-thyme cocktails infused with their gins. Paired together with rawfood cheesecake bites, decorated in edible flora, gave even more of that Wonderland charm to the evening. ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ done deliciously.

Coverture & The Garbstore is a must visit for any London local looking to spruce up their wardrobe this season with a blend of artisan craft and high-fashion. The Emma Greenhill collection certainly adds a powerhouse element to this, with scarves that would look at home at the cafe or the National Opera. Their bright, sunny mien will be especially welcome for bringing a bit of springtime back to us, as we finally plunge into autumnal weather.

Coverture & The Garbstore is located at 188 Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Nottin

LDP 2015.10.06 - Nottin

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4 of the World’s Best Cities for Pizza (OneTravel)

Pizza Month

October is Pizza Month, so we’ve compiled a short list of where to get the best in the world. Now, where did I leave out and where do you think the world’s best pizza can be found?

Should your hometown, favorite beach resort or the place where you went to college be on the list for world’s best pizzerias? Where’s your favorite pizza?

Read my complete post at OneTravel.

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London Daily Photo: Tradesmans Entrance

LDP 2015.10.05 - Tradesman Entrance

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Create Your Perfect Pizza at PizzaBuzz, EC2


Custom-create your own pizza pie at newbie pizzeria, PizzaBuzz, on Worship Street (about halfway between Old Street and Moorgate Stations). While you’re there, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, have a beer, some burrata and maybe some homemade ice cream too.

Whether you rely on PizzaBuzz’s own pre-designed menu of “Worship Street Loves” ideas for your pizza or go with your own assemblage, odds are you’ll be pleased with the results. I was happy with my meal and would have no qualms heading back again. I found service to be speedy, and the setting to be good for a short lunch break or a laidback casual dinner. Prices were kind to the budget conscious and – most importantly – the pizza was delish.

The PizzaBuzz Margherita (crushed tomato, fresh mozzarella and Parmesan) costs a reasonable £4.95. From there you can stack it with a vast variety of toppings starting at £1 each for veggies and up to £2.50 each for premium proteins and cheeses. Other bases include the no-cheese Rossa (crushed tomato, garlic, oregano, olive oil, £4.25); the no-sauce Focaccia (fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, oregano, olive oil, £5.50); the Verde (pine nut basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, £5.95); and the Bianca (white sauce, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, rosemary, £5.95).

During my dine, I went with a Margherita as my base topped with an assortment of meats – half fennel salami/half pepperoni with especially delicious veal meatballs. That would certainly have been ample for a meal but the chance to sample a bowl of burrata with Parma ham and chilli flakes (£5.50) proved too much of a temptation. I was not disappointed. Nor was I let down by a small serving of almond milk ice cream (£1.95). I like my bottle of crisp and light Gladiator Spelt Beer (£3.50), and would be inclined to order it again.

PizzaBuzz is located at 2B Worship Street, EC2A 2AH. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Parade

LDP 2015.10.04 - Parade

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Llamas: From a Limerick to the Lake District


To celebrate the launch of its Peruvian Amarillo Chilli Sauce, Encona held a “Taste Tripping” blogger event sauce back in the summer with London-based Peruvian street food trader Julio Brujis of Panka Peruvian Food ( I had a great time attending … and also participating in a fun little “llama limerick” competition put on by Encona and offering a prize trip for two up for a llama trek in the Lake District to the poet with whose limerick was deemed best.

Yeah, llama trekking in England. Hey, why not? And guess who won that limerick competition?!? Yep. Yours truly.

Wanna read my rhyme? Of course you do.

There was a young llama from Peru
Who hoped to go trekking with you. He wrote a nice rhyme
And had such a great time
That he said “hey bai, can I be your long necked wooly bully quinoa crunchin’ boo?”

I was finally able to redeem my prize a couple of weeks ago; apparently llama trekking is a super popular summertime activity as much of July and the whole of August were fully booked. Kemey and I heading up to Penrith on the train and made a relaxing weekend out of the opportunity.


Our trek was with Lakeland Llama Treks. I loved every second of the experience and would highly recommend it (and the pros at Lakeland) to anyone. I had no idea taking a walk with a couple of llamas would be so amazing. Both Kemey and I led a llama each on a scenic stroll from the Llama’s Pyjamas B&B to nearby Brougham Castle (and back). Domesticated by the Incas some 4,000 years ago and a lot cuddlier than you might imagine, they are a pleasure to be around and are as calm as they are calming.

Find out more at


When not hiking around with llamas, we had a great time exploring the northern bit of the Lake District around Penrith.

Dinner at the Beehive Inn in the quiet village of Eamont Bridge was lovely – and the staff could not have been any more welcoming or accommodating Great burgers too!

A round trip steamboat cruise on Ullswater (with a stop off for a woodland stroll around Glenridding) was idyllic as well:


Oh and that new Peruvian hot sauce from Encona? It’s tasty – and really has a kick (unlike docile llamas). But for all its fire, it’s equally flavoursome. Look for it at your local food store and find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Choppers

LDP 2015.10.03 - Choppers

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The Bell & Brisket Kitchen Takeover at The Barley Mow, Shoreditch


I’ve known Bel Shapiro – owner of The Bell & Brisket – for a number of years now and have been a fan of her “seriously pimped up salt beef bagels” all the while. I’ve also very much admired how she’s resisted any trendy urges to “go burger” along with the hipster tide and rather has looked to more local gourmand traditions to come up with something yummy that’s no less “street” and certainly just as zeitgeist-y as any other London grub you’re apt to sink your teeth into.

With her kitchen takeover at Shoreditch stalwart pub, The Barley Mow, now is an excellent time to have a taste of Bel’s meaty and award-winning mega sarnies.

In addition to the bagels, Bel’s doing black rye buns now too. They’re tasty. But what’s even more scrumptious is what her bagels and buns are chockfull of. Consider if you will the following nosh-able menu items filled with salt beef or ale braised brisket (£7.50 each):

  • The Lord Rupert (with pickled cabbage, Dijon mayonnaise, melted Cheddar and Vadasz Deli dill pickles;
  • The Duke (with tomato chipotle sauce, pickled onions, melted Monterey Jack, jalapeno sour cream and Vadasz Deli Hot Roots; and
  • The Baron Beethoven (with pickled beets, fresh horseradish cream, melted Cheddar, English mustard and dill pickles.

I especially love the Baron (on rye) and its symphonic ode to flavour.

That’s not all though. Less carby dishes include pickle platters (sans bread) . There’s a smoked mackerel option as well as a grilled halloumi veggie sandwich or platter and a variety of fries to ensure satisfaction for all.

Word is Bel’s gonna start delivering soon and that her takeover at The Barely Mow is an indefinite one.

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Find out more about The Bell & Brisket at

The Bell & Brisket @ The Barley Mow Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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London Daily Photo: St Mary Axe

LDP 2015.10.02 - St Mary Axe

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Flying to Your Campsite? Carry On These Tips.

Fly to Camp

When was the last time you went camping? It’s been awhile for me too. But I’m hoping to have an adventure or two off the grid this autumn. I’m considering heading out to an outdoor destination that would require taking a flight to reach. Not really any sort of logistical challenge, flying to go camping means a little extra planning ahead. So, I’ve started a list of things to keep in mind for my trips.

How about I share a few points from that checklist with you?

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London Daily Photo: King’s Cross

LDP 2015.10.01 - King's Cross

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L&Q Round Table: Is Shared Ownership a Viable Option?

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Yesterday morning I sat in on a round table discussion about affordable housing at the soon to open Thurston Point apartments in Lewisham. I was joined by a few other “media type” folks and some reps from L&Q London Housing Association. One of the UK’s leading housing associations and one of London’s largest residential developers, L&Q owns or manages more than 70,000 homes in London and the South East. Key to the talk was the topic of shared ownership.

At the L&Q hosted table with me were Rebecca Thomson of Greenwich Mums; Lindsay Keith aka Ophelia Bottom of Refinery TV; Mariette Immaculate of UK lifestyle and fashion blog, To follow the highlights (the most tweet-able ones anyway) from our chinwag, have a look at the #LQSOWeek2015 hashtag on Twitter. We all came to the discussion with different perspectives and experiences: a couple of home owners (me, Lindsay) feeling relieved to be on the London property ladder but nonetheless overwhelmed and amazed by the housing market; a mother (Rebecca)with a husband and small children renting but aiming to buy soon; a young single Londoner (Mariette) worried whether she’ll ever get a chance to buy a place of her own in the city where she grew up – no matter how much she saves or how successful she becomes.

For my part, I found the opportunity to chat about shared ownership to be enlightening. Although I didn’t go the shared ownership route a few years back when I bought my first place in London with my partner, my experience has been that just getting a toehold on that fabled property ladder was a smart financial move (if not the smartest I’ve ever made). Thinking about how much the cost of a one-bed flat and the average deposit have become leaves me wondering if I could even be able to own property in London today if I hadn’t had bought already.

Shared ownership seems like a good option to (at the very least) consider if you’re want on the ladder, but don’t have the average £70,000 to cough up for a deposit. It’s not too far fetched to secure quarter ownership with a down payment of £5,000 or maybe slightly less. From that you can buy more ownership, keep the situation as is or sell out and move on.

And in addition to owning a little bit of something tangible, shared ownership also affords you the security of a more fixed and stable monthly budget and no fear of a landlord shoving you out after a year’s lease. If I wasn’t already in my happy home, I certainly would be looking into shared ownership.

Is shared ownership ideal or the perfect solution for anyone’s housing needs? No. But neither is the London housing market ideal, and everybody’s got a different story when it comes to making a living and finding a home. Obviously, loads of research needs to go into any search for housing – no matter what you’re situation is or your hopes may be. But don’t gloss over anything you come across related to shared ownership, it might turn out to be just right for you or someone you know.

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London Daily Photo: Park

LDP 2015.09.30 - Park

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Win a Case of Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Vallate from WineTrust

Win a Case of Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Vallate from WineTrust

Online wine retailer, WineTrust, offers discerning customers a “ruthlessly edited selection” of wines from small independent wine makers whose products have “character and deliciousness that over-perform for their price.” Sounds good to me! So when the opportunity to pop the cork and collaborate with WineTrust presented itself, I raised my glass high to such delectable ambition and suggested we find a way to pass the bottle on to you lovely readers.

WineTrust is dedicated to sharing a constantly refreshed selection of the best wines, for their price, from all over the world. The Masters of Wine behind WineTrust have also dedicated themselves to sharing an entire case (six bottles) of Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Vallateto one tikichris reader. Feeling bubbly? Here’s a chance to enjoy a fine quaff (and ample amounts of it) for free!

Here’s what WineTrust has to say about Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Vallate:

A lovely example of fully sparkling “Spumante” Prosecco, from Veneto, North East Italy. Wonderful storm of bubbles and delicate lemony, floral nose and palate, with a nice touch of cream soda. Off-dry, really zesty and quaffable. A real crowd pleaser.”

Fancy winning a case of prosecco? Enter now before this sparkling competition runs out of fizz!

To be in with a chance to win a case of Vallate Extra Dry Prosecco from WineTrust, simply tweet the following:

RT to win a case of prosecco from @WineTrust100, compliments of @tikichris: #FeelingBubbly #SpumanteSpirit

Please take a moment to read the terms and conditions before tweeting!


I’ll pick one winner at random on Sunday 11 October at 11.30am BST. The winner will receive six bottles of Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Vallate (valued at £9.95 each). To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK where the prize can be delivered. Obviously you also need to be of legal drinking age to receive this alcoholic product and must be able to show ID that proves your age.

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London Daily Photo: Wick

LDP 2015.09.29 - Wick

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Recipe: Root Beer Chilli con Carne

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Hungry? Here’s another Root Beer Reboot recipe – this one for a rootsy chilli con carne that’s especially excellent for upping the yum factor on a hot dog.

 I ain’t saying this recipe is as good my usual chilli recipe, but I’m more than pleased with how this experiment turned out and will be sure to make it again. It’s a cinche to make and despite the minimal effort and ingredients has a deep flavour and a bit of a kick. ROOT BEER CHILLI CON CARNE Yum


o 450g lean mince
o 1 chopped white onion;
o 4 minced cloves of garlic;
o 2 tablespoons of vinegar (I like cider vinegar for this recipe);
o 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil;
o 4 tablespoons sea salt;
o 2 tablespoons of chilli powder;
o 2 tablespoons of ground cumin;
o 330ml cans of root beer (any’ll do but might I recommend Soda Folk root beer?);
o Freshly ground black pepper to taste.


• In a large saucepan, brown the mince in vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of sea salt;
• Pour in the vinegar and mix well;
• Add the onion and garlic;
• When the onion starts to go soft, add the chilli powder, cumin, and the rest of the salt;
• Pour in the root beer and mix well;
• Bring to a boil and let everything cook at a low boil for about an hour;
• After simmering for 30 minutes it’s ready to eat, but the longer you can let it simmer the more integrated and fuller the flavour will be;
• Before serving add freshly ground black pepper to taste and gently stir into the chilli.


I think of this chilli more as a sauce than a dish on its own. Think it poured over a hot dog or in a burger. Just be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand and maybe try not to wear your best shirt.

Soda Folk

I’ve teamed up with Soda Folk, an American craft soda maker supplying the UK, for Root Beer Reboot, a short series of posts exploring some of my all time favourite American foods and flavours. Stay tuned for more posts from me and find out more about Soda Folk at

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London Daily Photo: Box

LDP 2015.09.28 - Box

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A Quick Look Down Under (OneTravel)

Down Under

Australia’s not just a state of mind but a broad nation comprised of six federated states spread across its own island continent “down under” in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here’s a quick look at the six states to use as a reference for planning your big Aussie adventure.

Read my complete post at OneTravel.

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London Daily Photo: Pitch

LDP 2015.09.27 - Pitch

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Good Stuff #46

Lazy Arm

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

Lazy Arm

With its 700mm gooseneck flexible extension with a mounting clip on one end and a phone grasping clip at the other, my “Lazy Arm” mobile phone holder has been something of a Godsend since I picked it up from Genie Gadgets (suggested retail price of £8.95). If you need to access more than one screen at a time or to see what’s on your phone but have your hands free for something else, keep the Lazy Arm in mind.

Happy Birthday to Young’s Pubs

Young’s Pubs turned a spritely 184 years old last week. I tagged along to one of the group’s best (and best loved) venues, The Ship in Wandsworth. It was a fun time in an excellent boozer. A few of my favourite pubs are in Young’s impressive portfolio. It was great to celebrate the milestone with the brand and enjoy a couple of London Stouts while doing so.

The Duke

This “big red wine” is a flavoursome and silky blend of Tempranillo, Shiraz, Merlot and Garnacha An easy drinker and a safe bet for pairing with meaty meals, find it at Morrisons for around £7.


Here’s the quickie synopsis for Convenience, a new feature film opening in cinemas 2 October and starring Vicky McClure, Adeel Akhtar and Panthaki with appearances by Anthony Head and Verne Troyer: two convenience store robbers screw up the crime and end up working there for the rest of the night. It’s worth keeping in mind if you like hair-brained situation comedy.

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London Daily Photo: Necks

LDP 2015.09.26 - Necks

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See the Sights at a Hotel near the Castle Museum York

Castle Museum York

You may be taking a trip to York for a number of reasons – a business trip or conference, visiting family or someone going to the university, or you are just passing through the area – but you want to make sure you take some time while you are there to see some of the wondrous sights the city has available.

York has some fantastic historical venues that you may want to see along with all kinds of great entertainment of all kinds that you may enjoy. When you know you are coming through the area you may want to arrange to stay at a budget hotel in York so you can be sure to save some money on your trip so you can spend some time seeing the sights.

Find the Popular Attractions

Planning ahead of your trip can be a big help to you when you are coming to York. Take a look at the many different places available for you to visit so you can decide on places you might like to spend the most time. For some people, this may mean looking at historic York University. Others may want to spend time shopping at the Monks Cross Shopping Centre. Perhaps you want to see the National Railway Museum or York Minster. Note the places that interest you the most and then try to choose a hotel that is central to the locations so you can get to each place with ease. Finding a hotel near the City Centre can make this easier since the Centre is close to the major attractions and gives you access to public transit should you need it. If you want an affordable hotel near Castle Museum York, a must see attraction in York, the Holiday Inn Express York is the best choice for you.

Enjoy the Fun and Your Stay

The Holiday Inn Express York is close to all of the best attractions in York so you have the opportunity to enjoy all of the fun spots you want to see most. For hotels near York Race Course, one of the top horse racing venues in Britain, the Holiday Inn Express is the ideal spot. The hotel lies only a few miles from the City Centre so you can get to everything easily and see all of the sights you want and be able to get back to the hotel to relax in just minutes. You will be staying in one of the forty-nine rooms of this modern facility that has been recently refurbished to feature all of the amenities you want most and give you the clean, comfortable and affordable stay you are looking for.

Take advantage of your time in York and see as much as you can in the area. Staying at the Holiday Inn Express York will make this easier for you as you will be c lose to all of the action in the city and have a place to stay that is well-suited to any budget.

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London Daily Photo: Kingsland

LDP 2015.09.25 - Kingsland

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Infographic: European Food Guide

European Food Guide

Hungry? You will be after having a look at this super nifty infographic put together by the folks at CurrencyFair, the world’s first online person-to-person foreign exchange marketplace, to help you decide what delicacies you should spend your money on next time your travels take you to Europe.

From the bratwursts of Germany to traditional Greek moussaka and Spanish paella, Europe is home to a fantastic selection of culinary delights. Set your taste buds tingling as you join us on our tour of Europe’s finest food festivals.

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London Daily Photo: Cloudy Sky Boat

LDP 2015.09.24 - Cloudy Sky Boat

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Online, In-Flight? Lufthansa Says Yes. (OneTravel)


German airline Lufthansa has announced it is to offer high-speed internet during short and medium-haul flights from 2016 onwards.

From early summer 2016, Lufthansa will be the first network airline in Europe to make such an offering, allowing passengers on continental flights and flights within Germany to go online with “wide bandwidth above the clouds.”

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