Family travel with flair

10 bars every American should visit in London

In every world-class city across the globe you can find great places to have a drink. What makes going out in London special is the particular style of drinking. You can lift a glass in a room of bedecked in period lavender cornicing or in a historic music hall that references several eras of its history all at once. For Americans, these drinking hotspots showcase the grand buildings, the hidden societies,...

Video: Visiting St James’s Club Morgan Bay

We loved our recent trip to St James’s Club Morgan Bay — our first experience with a Caribbean all-inclusive resort. (You can read my written review of the resort here along with some pictures.) I’ll be posting soon about some of the amazing excursions we took around the island, from visiting an old plantation to snorkeling to making our own chocolate at Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Estate. But I...

The tastiest sausages for Christmas

A few weeks ago a woman arrived at my door with a big box of meat. I wish this kind of thing happened more often, frankly, especially when the meat comes from a place like Todenham Manor Farm. The story behind Todenham Manor Farm is lovely, if a bit odd. Irayne was a London mum with a 5-year-old and a baby when she and her husband bought a rundown farm in Gloucestershire along with the surrounding land and, er,...

Photo Friday: Roundabout in Cadaques

This past week my daughter and I traveled to Costa Brava on a press trip to explore the region. One of the places we visited was Cadaques, a former fishing village in Northeast Spain, Catalonia. Salvador Dali often visited the city during is childhood, and you can easily see why. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with a shingle beach in the middle of town and cobbled streets that wind up the hills. The day we were...

#margaritaparty: My pomegranate margarita recipe

I love to throw TexMex dinner parties in London. Everyone raves about the food, which tends to be cheese, smothered in cheese and topped with sour cream. It also helps if you force a margarita into their hand the minute they walk through the door. That was (kinda) the premise to the margarita party I held today with my BritMums co-founder Susanna, our BritMums Live ladies Maddy and George and a group bloggers. The...

5 best things to do with kids in Isle of Wight

I’ve blogged before about the sheer awesomeness of Vintage Vacations, a spot in Isle of Wight near Ryde where you stay in vintage Airstream trailers in a sylvan field (am I overdoing it now? I can’t tell. I love it so much). We cook our meals on the tiny gas stoves in the trailers and eat on the rainbow striped picnic tables; spontaneous cricket and football games are the order of the day. The holiday...

Brixton Village Market for families

  Our quest for the best burger took us today to Brixton Village Market, to try Honest Burgers. It’s drawn raves from The Observer’s Jay Raynor, Metro and TimeOut, among many others. In the olden days, before children, this is the kind of place I would have strategised to visit with my friend R. before the first magazine or newspaper write-up. These days, we’re lucky to get someplace while it...

Launching the UK’s ONE Mum blogger programme

Over the years I’ve become pretty jaded about charity appeals. I don’t question the need for people to extend help to one another for all kinds of reasons, and many organisations do many good works. But I question whether the influx of money to poverty-stricken areas is used to greatest effect and whether it simply creates a reliance on international aid. One of the latest initiatives by the charity ONE...

Mum blogger video review: Four Seasons Park Lane

We recently visited the Four Seasons Park Lane, bordering Hyde Park and Green Park, for an overnight stay away from the kids. It’s a city hotel, which usually means more compact facilities and an urban feel. Here, the lobby is sumptuous, the spa has prime position on a high floor with wraparound views, and the bartenders dispense cocktails with hospitality and warmth imported from their native Italy. Plus...

Family day out: Midcentury Modern, Dulwich

Take a seat, or maybe a desk or a vintage vase. In truth, you’ll want to take them all home from Midcentury Modern this Sunday, the best fair I’ve found to see, touch, and – frankly – oogle fabulous midcentury furnishings. All year long I look forward to the Midcentury Modern fair, where close to 100 vintage dealers sell absolutely gorgeous ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, even...

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