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The Print Room


On a warm summer’s evening, grab a bar stool overlooking the Covent Garden piazza where magicians entertain the crowds. Order a Mango Bellini or a refreshing Taryntini cocktail. Enjoy the bonhomie, the view, your fellow pleasure seekers dressed up for a night out or relaxing after a day at work. If this sounds like your kind of place then make
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Tower Bridge, London

The Brasserie at The Tower Hotel


You know the feeling – arriving back to your hotel, exhausted from a day of seeing the sights, hungry but just too tired to go further than the in house restaurant. Usually one wishes one had not. Well, The Brasserie at The Tower is an exception to the rule. Blessed with an enviable location, surely one of the best for
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Display unit, Iberica

Iberica Farringdon


Walking into Ibérica Farringdon on a hot London day, one could be forgiven for imagining that the underground had travelled further south than Farringdon station which is situated only steps away. This is testament to a good design team who have imported the furniture, even the panelling on the bar, thus lending an authentic Spanish feel to the interior. A
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Graffiti Brick Lane

Eating London


When travelling to foreign cities I always investigate the food tours on offer. I relish the idea of walking around with an entertaining guide, being introduced not only to snippets of information about the area, but also a local’s knowledge of where to find some of the best food. Often these are places off the beaten track of the tourist
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Driftwood Cumpultitu

Sardinian Beaches – Cumpultitu


  Every now and again one happens upon a beach that will be used as a benchmark against which to compare others one is yet to discover. One such is Cumpultitu, on the west coast of Sardinia, between the towns of Alghero and Bosa. The coastal road between these two towns is worth driving even if you are not planning
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Nuraghe in field, Sardinia

Sardinia’s Nuraghe: Travelling Back in Time


Drive any distance along a Sardinian road and you cannot fail to notice strange stone structures dotted across the landscape. These are prehistoric dry stone wall dwellings called Nuraghe (Nuraxe) and there are some 7 000 scattered across the island. Once you start to look out for them they appear everywhere – sometimes dilapidated, often missing their roofs, occasionally so
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La grenouillere dessert

La Grenouillere


My visit to La Grenouillere, a Michelin starred restaurant in a village called La Madelaine Sous Montreuil in Nothern France, had a certain resonance. My husband and I first visited on a bitterly cold day in late winter, the trees along the river Canche bare to the wind. We had come to celebrate my 35th birthday,yet I felt unusually sad.
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Mosque, istanbul

Eating in Istanbul – Ciya Sofrasi


On the last  day of our stay in Istanbul we made a pilgrimage to Ciya Sofrasi. Situated on the Asian side of the city, Ciya has become known as one of the best restaurants in the city so we were expecting a great lunch. Part of the joy in visiting Ciya is the ferry ride across the Bosphorous, from Karakoy
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Tiles Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Eating in Istanbul: Lokanta Maya


The food scene in Istanbul is as hot as the politics right now. There is some seriously good food to be had if you know where to get it. Lokanta Maya is a very popular restaurant in Istanbul and allegedly hard to secure a reservation. Yet I had simply emailed a few days before and received a speedy response confirming
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Istanbu Skyline

Off The Beaten Track in Istanbul: Vefa Bozacisi


Some of the most interesting eating experiences happen off the beaten track in neighbourhoods not frequented by tourists. Often this exposes the traveler to how ordinary people are living which, in Istanbul, took us to some sadly derelict areas. Poor neighbourhoods nestling alongside mosques of grandeur and splendour, abodes that appear to have survived an earthquake yet still housing families.
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