Mt. Cook, Aoraki, New Zealand

“Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia.” “By…

The Wine Trail, Blenheim, New Zealand

Sunshine, cycling and wine as far as the eye can see. Sound like paradise? Well it certainly did to us as we grabbed a wine map, teased our rather squashed, rented tandem bike from the back of the campervan and wobbled off into Blenheim’s wine country. Regimented rows of the precious grapes cover thousands of…

The Baglioni Hotel, London

‘An Italian heart beats in the heart of London.’ This luxurious haunt has an undeniably Italian flavour. That’s not to say that when you arrive you’re surrounded by Italian stallions calling you amore mio and trying to persuade you back to the family pad for a bit of how’s your father before mama comes home,…

Old Kings, Cocktails and Tea at The Dorchester

Cocktails had a bit of a moment in 2013 as they were transformed from that cheeky pre-night out tipple into sophisticated, everyday concoctions. The term mixologist suddenly began to regularly feature in my vocabulary, connoisseurs started throwing everything from smoke to bacon flavours at booze and racing to see who could knock wine off the…

Wildflower Café , W2

What is it they say about restaurants and buses? Those searching for a new food haunt around W2 can call off the search, because two places have opened up within staggering distance of each other in as many months. Ex-Masterchef finalist Marianne Lumb opened her bijou, eponymous place in September at 104 Chepstow Road and…