Banya No.1 is a traditional Russian spa, located on Micawber Street, a 5 minute walk from Old Street tube station. RBJ and I were invited by Banya No.1 to enjoy an afternoon at the spa, accompanied by a traditional "parenie" and scrub treatment. Having never been to a banya before, I had no idea what … Continue reading Banya No.1 – London’s Russian Spa
Tents, muddy fields, portaloos, wet wipes.... when you think of a UK festival these are the sorts of things that would normally come to mind. However Wilderness Festival in Charlbury is a festival on a whole different level. Wilderness takes place in the forests, lakes and parklands of Oxford's nature reserves and is an amalgamation … Continue reading Lakeside Spa, Wilderness Festival
They say in the Azores that you can experience every season in one day. So you can imagine our surprise (and smugness) when every day for the first five days we woke up to blue skies and sunshine. However finally on day six our luck ended and we experienced the true Azorean weather - of … Continue reading Ponta da Ferraria, Azores
There are two main springs to visit in Furnas: the large pool at Terra Nostra Gardens and the individual pools at Dona Beija. Naturally we visited both (!!), with my favourite being the pools at Dona Beija. I've reviewed both below so you can decide for yourself which to visit if you don't have time … Continue reading Furnas Hot Springs, Azores
Everywhere in the world has what I call its "postcard picture": for France it's the Eiffel Tower, for Peru its Macchu Piccu, for London its Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Well for the Azores it's Sete Cidades, the famous blue and green lakes on the west side of Sao Miguel: We visited Sete … Continue reading The Fire Lake, Sao Miguel
When I told my friends and family that we were going to the Azores on holiday this year, generally I was met with a puzzled "where's that?" Which isn't surprising considering the Azores still don't seem to be a very popular holiday destination for people in the U.K, probably because of a lack of direct … Continue reading Where are the Azores?
Hot springs a plenty, amazing dive sites, incredible seafood, some of the most beautiful volcanic scenery, its own vineyard... my list of why I love the Azores just goes on and on. Then when we thought it couldn't get any better, we discovered that whilst we were there, the island of Sao Miguel was hosting … Continue reading Red Bull Cliff Diving, Azores
Last week RBJ and I were lucky enough to spend a few days at Soho Farmhouse for a friend's wedding. The Farmhouse is part of the chic Soho House group, which has hotels around the world including London, Istanbul, Miami, NY and Barcelona. As it's a members only club, they only do weddings on Thursdays … Continue reading A little bit of luxury @ Soho Farmhouse
I first stumbled upon Siam Beauty as a recommendation from one of my sisters. She had been living in Wandsworth for a year before RBJ and I moved to our first London flat in Clapham and told us about this place on Lavender Hill where you could have a one hour Thai or Swedish massage … Continue reading The cheapest massage in South London?
This year RBJ and I spent New Years with a big group of friends and family in Arran, an island off the west coast of Scotland. We celebrated Hogmanay with a dinner party at our cottage, followed by drinks and dancing at the fabulous Pier Head Tavern in Lamlash. Then on New Years Day, we … Continue reading The Douglas Dook, Arran