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London-Based Writer/Photographer

Which Caribbean Island Should You Retire to? (Going Places)

If you’re starting to plan ahead for retirement and wonder just how far your money can go in the Caribbean, then this list is for you. Continue reading

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The Rutte Route to Discovering the History of Gin and Genever

A little over a month ago I tagged along on a mini tour of The Netherlands en route to the Rutte & Sons Distillery on the tiny island of Dordrecht in South Holland. Continue reading

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Reducing Food Waste with Maille and OLIO

A recent event at the Maille Boutique on the Piccadilly highlighted delicious ways to reduce food waste compliments of Harry Lalousis – the world’s first and only mustard sommelier – and the free food sharing app OLIO. Continue reading

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Jose Gordon’s El Capricho Menu at The World’s End Market

King’s Road restaurant, The World’s End Market, has launched a new “Jose Gordon (El Capricho)” menu offering select cuts of extra mature ox meat reared and aged by Spanish grill master, ox farmer and Chef Patron of acclaimed El Capricho restaurant (and Netflix star), Jose Gordon. Continue reading

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Why You Should Retire to Thailand (Miles Away)

About to take the leap into retirement and thinking of doing so overseas? Your options are many but the argument for putting Thailand at the top of your list is strong. Continue reading

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Bottomless Brunch at The Vincent

The Vincent near Hackney Downs has launched a weekend brunch menu featuring bottomless coffee, cocktails and prosecco alongside a yummy assortment of breakfast and otherwise brunch-able dishes. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #69

Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Use the Power of the World Wide Web to Book Your Next Vacation

If you’re ready to do some traveling, now is the time. There has never been a better time to cure your traveling blues by making tracks across the globe. The power of the world wide web has made it easier than ever to book the vacation of your dreams. Continue reading

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8 Amazing Cities Not Yet Overrun by Tourists (Going Places)

To help you hit some of the world’s most awesome cities before they’re mobbed by everybody else, we’ve compiled this list of eight of the best that are definitely worth checking out. Continue reading

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Foodies Festival with Feeney’s Irish Cream

I’ve teamed up with Feeney’s Irish Cream to offer the chance for one lucky tikichris reader to win a pair of tickets to the Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace in London or South Parks in Oxford. Continue reading

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Last-Minute Trips You Should Take Before Your Kids Go Back to School (Miles Away)

Taking advantage of the last days of summer to get away with the whole family before school gets back in session can help ease the pain of adjusting to the daily rigors of an early start, tight schedule and demands of homework. A family trip before the school daze is a fun way to bond and make memories to last throughout your children’s academic year. Continue reading

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The London Pop-Up Guide

Here’s the lowdown on some of the best pop-up dining experiences starting this month. Continue reading

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New Cocktails at Great Northern Hotel

GNH Bar Head Bartender Harry Nikolaou’s brilliant creations beguiled as much as they refreshed, enticing as they intoxicated. Continue reading

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Llamb’s Day Dinner at Tom Simmons – Tower Bridge

Chef Tom Simmons of MasterChef – The Professionals 2011 fame has opened an eponymous restaurant (his first) at the south end of Tower Bridge, showcasing his admiration of British and French cuisine with an emphasis on his Pembrokeshire heritage and on sourcing high quality Welsh ingredients. Continue reading

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Official J&T of Juliette’s Interiors

So remember that Ginspiration Challenge I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well check it out: I won it! Continue reading

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Jazzgir, Canary Wharf

Jazzgir near South Quay brings Mediterranean cuisine with jazzy flair to the Docklands. Continue reading

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The Dayrooms Cafe

The Dayrooms Café – an “Aussie inspired café” in Notting Hill – is a pleasant spot for a casual meal and top quality coffee. Continue reading

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The Art of Traveling With Your Girlfriend (Going Places)

Going on a trip with your girlfriend can definitely prove to be a challenge. I mean, you do want to her to have a good time, but it’s also got to be balanced with some amazing experiences that the BOTH of you can share and enjoy. Continue reading

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Jinkx Monsoon of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Leicester Square Theatre

Season 5 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon returns to the London stage this October with a short string of nightly shows at Leicester Square Theatre as part of the drag performers UK tour. Continue reading

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Win a Free Copy of Gesmay Paynter’s The Secret Life of Bananas Cookery Book

Gesmay Paynter’s recipe book, The Secret Life of Bananas, features a bunch of delicious recipes with bananas as the main ingredient. I’ve certain found it to be an a-peel-ing read, and I’m sure you will too. Continue reading

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Free Wine Pop-Up in Soho: The Grand Cork Experiment

Multi-sensory experience designers, Bompas & Parr, have teamed up with the Portuguese Cork Association to launch a corker of a pop-up running today and tomorrow in Soho. Continue reading

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Mr Black’s Espresso Martini Festival

Coffee liqueur company, Mr Black, is launching London’s first festival dedicated to the espresso martini. Mr Black’s Espresso Martini Festival will run from 10 to 12 August at a range of bars, cafes and restaurants in London. Continue reading

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California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum

The California: Designing Freedom exhibition at London’s Design Museum takes a look at America’s most populous state and its most popular contributions to design. Continue reading

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Get a Free Cocktail at Barsmith in Farringdon #BarsmithGoesTiki

Popular Farringdon watering hole, Barsmith, has “gone tiki” for the summer. The bar has gone generous too with an exclusive offer of a free cocktail to 50 tikichris readers. Continue reading

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Tickets for London Restaurant Festival Go on Sale

London Restaurant Festival will celebrate its 9th year of foodie fun this October. Tickets are now on sale for the month long citywide festival (with some of the biggest events already sold out or soon to be). Continue reading

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Recipe: Cloudy Cider Wings | #WingingIt

Refreshing to drink, Thatchers Haze Cloudy Somerset Cider can be great as a food ingredient too – adding its crisp sweetness to chicken as a marinade. Continue reading

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Percy Pig Turns 25

Percy Pig, model for and namesake of Marks & Spencer’s popular fruit flavoured gummies, turns 25 years old this month (23 July to be exact). Continue reading

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Good Stuff #68

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

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6 Great Ideas for Trips to Take with Your Parents (Going Places)

Planning a vacation with your parents can provide the perfect opportunity to catch up, reflect and have a lot of fun together. Continue reading

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Cocktail Recipe: Juliette’s Garden G&T

Fancy a refreshing gin and tonic with a light floral bouquet and a hint of island spice? Try my recipe for Juliette’s Garden G&T. Continue reading

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Looking for a Destination to Cool Off This Summer? Go South of the Equator! (Miles Away)

Well, here we are in the middle of summer, that time of the season when the heat and humidity turns all the excitement you’d bottled up in the winter months to sweaty anticipation for fall. If it’s too hot in your hemisphere, you just need to head south – way south – to the Southern Hemisphere. Because while summer sizzles up north it’s Winter on the other side of the Equator. Continue reading

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The Wigmore Opens at The Langham

Luxury HQ, The Langham London hotel, has opened a pub. Set at the original entrance to the hotel (and most recently the former lobbly of the hotel’s spa), The Wigmore is a spacious, high ceilinged place for drinks and casual dining. Continue reading

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Southern Comfort: Exploring the Atlanta Food Scene (Going Places)

Part of the reason Atlanta is such a stand-out city is its sizzling hot food scene. If you’re in town, you know you’re going to leave with a heaping portion of southern hospitality topped with a healthy slathering of southern flavor. Continue reading

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Bombay Sapphire: Destination Delicious

I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences along The Grand Journey with Bombay Sapphire as much enjoyed sharing them to you. Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Solo Trip Like a Pro

Travelling is a hobby for few, but for others, it is their passion. They want to travel the whole world, meet different people, known about different cultures and take it all in. But seldom have such travel junkies had a partner to share their love of travel. Continue reading

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