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Notes From A Tiny London Balcony Vegetable Garden

Last weekend, I harvested my first homegrown courgettes. Grown from seeds in a plastic propagator on my kitchen table, I dropped them just as the beginnings of tiny shoots had started poking out of the soil. The fact that I…

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Baking Bread: How a New Skill Has Made Me Feel Like Myself …

On what felt like day 435 of social lockdown, a friend text me to say she’d heard there was bread flour in her local supermarket. In less than a minute I had my coat and shoes on, was shouting across…

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Crab and Whisky for Brunch at Bistrotheque, Hackney

I’d read that Bistrotheque was the place to put east London on the brunch map which is ironic considering I walked past it three times before I found the entrance. A small alcove with festoon lights on a Hackney side…

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A Self Guided Walking Tour of Street Art in Bristol

“Have a shot every time someone tells you they know Banksy’, said a particularly sarcastic friend when I told her I was doing a day trip to Bristol on the way to a wedding on Devon. Bristolians are, rightfully so,…

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The Best Places to Eat in Lisbon, Portugal

You could easily survive four solid days in Lisbon on pastéis de nata and vinho verde – the iconic custard tarts and the sharp ‘green’ wine are everywhere in the Portuguese capital, and are well worth the indulgence. They were…

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A Disappointing Visit to Lake Bled, Slovenia

Our drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled was full of expectation, the excitement near to bubbling over as our pit stop in the tiny town of Skofja Loka showed us our first glimpse of quiet, rural Slovenia. Mountains crept into…

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How to Spend 24 Hours (Predominantly Eating) in Bristol, UK

I am at the age now where a large proportion of my weekends are starting to be taken up with weddings, and not all of them are close to home in London. When an invitation lands in my letterbox (or…

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A Solo Traveller’s Guide to Visiting Christmas Markets in Germany

It’s that time of year where a whole heap of us are tempted by cheap flights and the need to use up the last of our annual leave and head to central Europe for a festive fix. I LOVE Christmas…

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So, You Want To Do a Day Trip to Sintra From Lisbon

Of course you do. A day trip to Sintra from Lisbon is, after all, one of the most well known excursions from the Portuguese capital city, thanks to the colourful facades of Pena Palace, but we’ll get to that in…

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