Spaghetti House – Goodge Street

Pasta - Spaghetti House

An Original Italian in Goodge Street – Spaghetti House:   While I’m not quite old enough to have been around when Spaghetti House in Goodge Street first opened in 1955, to my generation foods like pizza and spaghetti (the long sort rather than the stuff that came in cans from Heinz) were exotic and in […]

Vault 2015 – Waterloo – Preview

VAULT Festival 2014 Credit Jack Abraham (4)

Vault Festival 2015 – Waterloo Tunnels: Today is the first day of Vault Festival – a creative, multi-arts event happening in Waterloo Tunnels.  If you’ve never been, Waterloo Tunnels is one of those venues that you SHOULD explore – a labyrinth of  Victorian arches that spread over nearly 30,000 square feet under the Waterloo Station […]

Tropical Modernism – Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka

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Lunugana, Geoffrey Bawa and Channa Daswatte: For the first time my driver is confused.  We’ve navigated Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to the North Central district, back down to the South East coast and, despite some precarious climbs and circuitous routes to enable me to see tea plantations and spice gardens along the way, we haven’t […]

Jumeirah Carlton Tower – Cocktails in the Rib Room Bar

Steak and Chips Rib Room Snack

Post Christmas Cocktails, Rib Room Bar, Jumeirah Carlton Tower: That time of year after all the Christmas celebrations are over can be just a bit bland.  You know – from a diary full of fun it’s all too easy to end up staying in, detoxing and trying your best to cut the calories and the […]

Five for Five – Recipes for Oxfam

Jack Monroe for Groupon's Five for Five campaign, offering 5 recipes for a £5 donation to Oxfam-01

Raise Money for Oxfam and Save Money Yourself: Groupon are teaming up with food blogger and campaigner Jack Monroe this January to offer a deal of 5 exclusive recipes costing less than £5 to make, to Groupon customers, raising money for Oxfam. Jack has created 5 delicious, budget busting, healthy recipes to help you get […]

Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

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One Pot Tarragon ‘Meat-Free’ Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes including sausages, chicken escalopes, steak pies, burgers and chilli, there are also packets of quorn ‘meat’ which you can use as a substitute for beef or chicken in a range of dishes. […]

The Other Kind of Goodwood Revival

Southdown Sheep Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood – A Perfect Country Retreat: Chichester, a fine Cathedral City in West Sussex is around 60 miles from London.  A few miles from the City Centre, set in the rolling hills of the South Downs, is Goodwood House and Hotel.  Most of us know Goodwood for sporting events; horse racing, golf and the […]

Hedone – Fine Dining in Chiswick

Flame Grilled Dorset Mackerel - Hedone

Ticking off my Wishlist – a Visit to Hedone, Chiswick: I eat out a lot; restaurants that stay on my wishlist for any time tend to be expensive, out of the way or have a frighteningly long wait list for a table.  Hedone may be close to Chiswick Park tube, but it’s not an area […]

Guildhall Art Gallery – Victoriana and More

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Relaunch of the Guildhall Art Gallery: For a while I was based in the City of London, working in Love Lane. Literally a minute from the Guildhall, I can remember looking around the buildings from the outside and being taken into the Guildhall building itself by one of the taxi drivers who worked for LTI […]

Burns Night Supper with IWSC and Think.Eat.Drink

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Toasting The Bard Just A Bit Early – Burns Night Preview: With a great grandfather from Skye and a whole host of relatives on my father’s side hailing from the west coast islands it’s hardly suprising that I love Burns Night.  Originally held to commemorate the great bard’s death, at a certain point the supper […]

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