Utopian Design – A look back at the inaugural London Design Biennale

(Chakra View, India, image: Ed Reeve) Back in September Somerset House became a homage to contemporary design from 37 countries in a new annual exhibition called the London Design Biennale. The theme was Utopia By...

A cool riverside café in Barking that even Instagrammers haven’t discovered yet…

There’s nothing quite like ‘discovering’ a new secret part of London that no one, not even Instagrammers are raving about. But then how far do all these famous London travel bloggers really go? You’ll...

Nicosia, Cyprus has a seriously cool café called The Gym…

Truth is once you leave behind the small labyrinth of markets filled with tourist tat that greet you in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, you’ll find yourself in what could be a high street...

Holy Cow inspired money box

When I was in Pushkar, Rajasthan last year I spotted these donation boxes outside the temples, all handpainted with cows. I saw a lot of cows too. In fact one in particular had its...

Does design matter more than experience? Visiting Hamam Omerya, Cyprus

Sometimes design overpowers an experience and I felt that visiting Hama Omerya in Cyprus, here's why... The first time I went to a hamam was when I was in Morocco. I'd previously chickened out of...

Daytripping in Winter: Dreamland Margate ticks the boxes

British summer time and seasides make for the perfect daytrip, but does it still work as a December activity? Since it opened back in May this year following a £25 million investment, the oldest surviving...

Hotel review: Why I want to live inside Haymarket Hotel

Is Haymarket Hotel an art gallery or a hotel? I’m going with both. A colourful, creative, oasis of sheer delight, Haymarket Hotel (run by the Firmdale group) takes sleeping away from home to a...

Colourscape is coming back to London: it’s a must visit for #colourlovers

Ever since I watched Pulp's video for Lipgloss, back in 1995, I have been completely obsessed with inflatable tubes. There’s was called an ‘Eggopolis’ and consisted of four giant egg shaped inflatable rooms linked...

Where to fulfill a chocoholic’s fantasy: Choccywoccydoodah’s Secret Garden is the stuff of dreams…

I don’t think any of the 15 girls present at my friend’s hen party actually thought there was such a thing as too much chocolate. Within just a few bites of the fantastical spread...

#Sofacrush: Rajasthani embroidered furniture

Having total #sofacrush. Upholstered with Indian Rajasthani embroidered fabrics (which you normally see in home furnishings like wall-hangings), it's the kind of two seater that drinking red wine on is most definitely banned. A work...

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