Diva With A Bar Tab

Cocktails. Bars. Bars. Cocktails.

Let’s face it, I’m obsessed.

Whether I’m at home in London, or away on a trip you know I’m hitting twitter to find the best cocktails in town – and who’s making them.,

It’s not about getting wasted – there are much cheaper ways to get that job done – it’s everything else

It’s about the discovery: finding something or somewhere new with your friends, or on your own. About not knowing whether you’ll be in there for the night… or running for the door within 5 minutes

It’s about the occasion: to celebrate something, for a special treat, to commiserate a bad day at work or, you know, because it’s Tuesday.

It’s about the experience: sipping slowly, savouring the craftsmanship, taking in your surroundings, relaxing into the vibe, appreciating the conversation. See, hear, smell, touch and taste.

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36 Hours in Prague

What could be more festive than Prague in December? The Christmas markets, the promise of snow, the steaming cups of mulled wine… the poker (I’ll explain later)? With a couple of flexible days in my schedule, I figured it was time to get my Christmas ON with another of my “36 Hours In…” cheeky weekend breaks.

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Travel Advent Calendar 2016: Part 4

Ever since this year’s calendar went live, people have been asking me about my amazing year of travel. Cartagena, Milan, Copenhagen, Tulum, Singapore, São Paulo, Dubai, Rio, Trinidad, Koh Phangan, Hawaii, Laos, Porto, Paris, Jericoacoara, Nicaragua, The Hunter Valley, Mérida, Taganga, Monteverde, Punta del Este and Bogotá in one year? I WISH!!!

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Travel Advent Calendar 2016: Part 3

After part one and part two … part three. For the uninitiated, I’ve been searching through all of my travel pics from the past few years and have selected a few of my favourites to share over the Festive Season as my ‘Travel Advent Calendar’. The world moves so fast, we’re in a constant state of finishing up one thing and jumping on to the next, so it is a bit of a treat to be able to pause and reflect on trips past…and get a little inspiration for whatever comes next!

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Travel Advent Calendar 2016: Part 2

Back again for the second installment of my 2016 Advent Calendar round-up. Just to re-cap, I’ve gathered together a selection of my favourite travel pics and stories from the past few years and have been posting them daily in honour of the Festive Season – and for your viewing pleasure, of course. Catch-up with part one here , parts 3 and 4 to follow…

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Travel Advent Calendar 2016: Part 1

If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Twitter, you’ll know all about my 2016 Travel Advent Calendar. If not, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!!!

Kidding…

This year, as in 2015, I’ve been rounding up my favourite travel pics and stories in honour of the festive season. Haven’t done a lot of travel this year (she says, packing for Prague this weekend…), but there is nothing like a good rummage through my hard drive to remind me of all the amazing places I’ve been lucky enough to travel to over the years, the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met… now I’ve come over all nostalgic *sniff* Continue Reading →

The London Staycation: Hoxton Holborn

staycation

steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
 a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad

 

Just because you can’t get away AWAY, doesn’t mean you cant get away (…if you get my meaning?).  If you’re short of cash, short of time or just in need of a change of scene. Even if you are only going a few stops down the tube line, you can still have a mini holiday in your hometown.

My impromptu little overnight came about as those meanies at Virgin Flying Club threatened to expire all 69,431 of my miles as I haven’t flown with them for a very, very long while (first they take away my Silver Status, now this. Oh the humanity!). Continue Reading →

#TBT: San Juan del Sur, December 2013

This is the view of the sunset from poolside at my hostel – yes, HOSTEL – Casa de Olas in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

High on a hill, palm-thatched dorms skirt the edge of an infinity pool, perfectly positioned to catch the sun as it sets over the town and beach below.

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The Budget Trip: 36 Hours in Copenhagen

Could I spend 2 days in über-expensive Copenhagen on a budget of £100? Am I crazy? (Spoiler Alert: yes and YES)

Copenhagen is one of the world’s top ten most expensive city break destinations, but this should come as no surprise. Tales of the high cost of living in Scandinavia are almost folkloric – you’ll have little trouble finding someone who’ll tell you about the time they spent £8 on a pint in Stockholm. Even I can bore you with the time I went to Oslo on a work trip and ended up spending £17 on a quick snack in a 7/11 (it was literally a bottle of water, a pastry and a packet of crisps. I paid with my corporate card and didn’t realise the ugly truth until I came to do my expenses. Should’ve chosen something healthier…)

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Sunshine on a Rainy Day: Making the Perfect Caipirinha

I learned to make green curry in Thailand and how to make macarons in Paris so naturally, when I wanted to learn how to make an authentic Brazilian caipirinha, I went to…Kingston-upon-Thames.

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