Masonic Temple in the heart of The City

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A chance to see inside – at Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street: I have to admit that I know next to nothing about the Masons. Theirs is a secretive world surrounded in mystery with rumours of strange rituals, funny handshakes, and dodgy deals being conducted in favour of fellow Masons. There has been a whiff of scandal […]

The House of Holi Returns to Cinnamon Kitchen

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Cinnamon Kitchen Play Holi in the City: It is the festival of colour, the festival of love.  And, amazingly good fun as I discovered last year at Cinnamon Kitchen.  If you missed Holi in the City last year then you’re in luck.  This year it has returned and you can join in the fun at […]

Make London your Home – Where to Find Work

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How to find your perfect job in London: When I first moved to London, straight after University, with all the naivety of of youth, I thought finding a job would be simple.  After all, I’d got my degree, I’d done ‘vocational’ things at Uni in addition to my degree course and I had even held […]

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 […]

Appleyard Flowers – My Secret #Valentine

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Flowers for Valentines or all year round from Appleyard London I love being given flowers.  It’s one of those things that seem just a little self-indulgent (though I must confess to using all sorts of excuses to buy myself flowers too).  A flower delivery to my door is always a treat and the ‘early valentines […]

The Wallace Collection and Restaurant, Marylebone

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Art and Food in Marylebone – The Wallace Collection: My first encounter with Peyton & Byrne, the restaurant group, was at the Royal Academy.  I’m a long standing friend of the RA, one of my favourite galleries in London, and can remember being delighted by supper after a late night viewing of one of the […]

Truffled Cream of Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup

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A 5:2 Diet Staple and Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe: Some time ago I tried making cauliflower cream.  The idea is to create something that has all the consistency of cream but none of the fat content or calories.  Or at least, FAR fewer calories. Blitzing an entire cauliflower actually makes rather too much for […]

Lindt Chocolate and Wine Tasting Event at Vinopolis

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Chocolate and Wine – a Marriage Made in Heaven? While on paper the combination of chocolate and wine might sound delectable – especially if you are a chocaholic like me who is also fond of the odd glass – the reality is that matching chocolate and wine is regarded as quite challenging. Add to that […]