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Travel: St Mawes

St Mawes, lovely St Mawes, where I escaped to for a few late summer days in early September. The small, historic old fishing village curls around the Roseland Peninsula, just around the shoreline of Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall. Picture-perfect white houses line the harbour at the mouth of the Percuil River, with rolling hills in the distance and the sea beyond. This is a place to take your time and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of bigger Cornish towns: stroll along the harbour and people watch, take a small ferryboat to the remote St Anthony headland opposite and visit the church and lighthouse, dip your toes in the water at its pebbly beaches, or simply take in a Cornish cream tea in the sunshine.   We stayed at The St Mawes Hotel on the waterfront in the centre of the village. With doors flung open onto the street, French cafe-style chairs to sit outside on and the aroma of fresh coffee, the place is immediately inviting. There’s also a slim balcony on the level …

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Travel: Hauser & Wirth and At The Chapel, Bruton

Last week I headed down to Cornwall for a much-needed break, stopping off on the way in the small town of Bruton. An unassuming rural Somerset town you might think, but Bruton is fast becoming a must-visit cultural destination, thanks to art gallery Hauser & Wirth and the stylishly-pared back restaurant with rooms, At The Chapel. There’s the newly opened Caro as well, a homeware and coffee shop, which also has covetable rooms for an overnight stay or two. (And that’s not to mention the host of celebrities that live in the small town: Cameron Mackintosh, Rhys Ifans, Sam Taylor-Wood, Phoebe Philo and Alice Temperley, to name a few…) Forget London or New York, this is the obviously the place to be. I’ve visited both At The Chapel and Hauser & Wirth before, once again on another stopover on the way south west – you can see my my review of At The Chapel here, and a post on when Hauser & Wirth first opened here. Hence, this post is much more of a photo story, sharing my most recent snaps and …

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Travel: A day out in Brighton

At the weekend I escaped the city (along with a lot of other Londoners on the hour-long train it seemed!) and spent a day out in Brighton with a friend. It was a lovely sunny Saturday, the sun was shining and the sky was a brilliant blue – we walked and wandered around, ate and chatted over coffee, and poked about the vintage shops in the Lanes. Once we got off the train, we headed straight to the seafront, taking in the views of candy-striped deckchairs and breathing in the sea air. It was a typically British seaside scene – ’99 cones, the smell of fish and chips, carousels and well, ALOT of seagulls… A trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete with a stroll along the pier, taking in a game or two, and a few pennies spent in the kitsch vintage arcade underneath the seafront arches. As it was busy and bustling, we escaped the crowds and headed to Kemp Town, a cluster of small antique shops and independent coffee shops to the east of the …

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Travel Guide: Bristol

As you might have guessed from my previous post and my instagram spam (!) I went to Bristol for the bank holiday weekend. Bristol, and the West Country in general, feels very close to home for me, my grandmother went to school in Bristol, then lived in Wells, and various cousins live in both Wells and Bath. Of all the cities in England apart from London, Bristol is the one place I can see myself living: it has beautiful Georgian architecture and character galore – a little bit edgier than its counterpart Bath – plus an arty crowd, picturesque quarters and lots of colour and greenery around every corner (in fact, it’s the 2015 European Green Capital and was the UK’s first cycling city in 2008).  We spent one night in Bristol, in the fabulous Number Thirty Eight Clifton (see the review here). The first day was a bit drizzly and grey, but it didn’t stop the city looking beautiful or us enjoying what it had to offer. Just two hours from London Paddington, we arrived, checked in and …

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Travel Guide: Stockholm

So here’s my (winter) travel guide to Stockholm – a sort of alternative guide to the city, off the tourist-trail – featuring design shops, art galleries, independent boutiques and of course, some of the best coffee shops in the city. We went last weekend, myself for the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and O joined in for the ride. It snowed relentlessly for the whole weekend, but that didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves and exploring the city. The last time I went to Stockholm was in the summer, about five years ago, when the sun was shining and the sky was blue. This time it couldn’t have been more different, but the city was still as beautiful as ever, with snow-topped roofs and softly glowing candles in all the shops and cafes. Below I’ve listed Places to See, Places to Shop and Places to Eat, all highlighted on a handy map made with Jauntful. See the printable, pocket-sized map here. PLACES TO SEE The little red houses, Master Pers Grand, Sodermalm. We trekked a little past all the shops and cafes to …

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Travel Guide: Amsterdam

Here’s my definitive guide to Amsterdam – a sort of alternative guide to the city, off the tourist-trail – featuring high-concept design shops, art galleries, independent boutiques and some of the best coffee shops. We went for my birthday at the weekend and had such a lovely time exploring the city, meandering around the canals and soaking up the atmosphere. There was something instantly relaxing about the water and the slow pace of the bicycles. Of course it did help that the weather was bright and sunny, but one of the best ways to get around was on foot or with one of the canal cruises (we did the hop-on hop-off orange line that took about an hour). There were certainly plenty of higgledy piggledy houses and pretty windowsills to photograph en route! So below I’ve listed Places to See, Places to Shop and Places to Eat, all highlighted on a handy map made with Jauntful. See the printable, pocket-sized map here. PLACES TO SEE Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1 This is the Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history, …