Blondie's Kitchen Cookies London

Blondie’s Kitchen – The Milk & Cookies Pop Up Shop In London

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If you are a long time reader or follow me on social media, it’s no secret that I have a bit of a cookie obsession.  A visit to Blondie’s Kitchen Pop Up at Selfridge’s in London was going to be a treat on my continual quest to find a good cookie in London (it really […]

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London Sunday Roast Dinner at The Grazing Goat in Marylebone

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So I took a silly quiz recently to see “How British Are You” based on the list of British foods you’ve eaten.  It was a fun quiz and not surprisingly I scored “you are a picky eater” which made me laugh because I won’t eat haggis for extra points. One tradition I could finally check […]

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The Dorset Square Hotel Review: A Luxury Hotel in Marylebone

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When the taxi arrived at the Dorset Square Hotel, I swiped my credit card but the taxi wouldn’t accept my US chip card (chip/sign and not chip/PIN) and I had zero cash (unlike me, I know) so I left my bags in the cab and ran into the hotel to the front desk and said […]

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Review: Train Edinburgh to London First Class on Virgin East Coast

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For once in my travels, I actually missed a nightmare travel day because I chose to spend hours on the train Edinburgh to London rather than fly.  My First Class Virgin East Coast train ride would occur one day after the failure of the British Airways computer system in which thousands of flights were grounded […]

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Virgin First Class Lounge Edinburgh Review – Stylish with Free Biscuits

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Everyone knows about airline lounges at the airport but what about the train station?  I guess I never really thought about having a lounge at the train station since I’m generally arriving close to departure time figuring out how quickly I can toss my luggage onboard and find space.  Having purchased a Virgin East Coast […]

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A Room With a Castle View – Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel Review

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There’s a table full of Scottish shortbread cookies (and healthy apples) that I was drawn to in the lobby at check in – I knew I was going to like it here. Here was the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa located in Festival Square. My trip was a quick one with only a three […]

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Three Days in Edinburgh – Scottish Castles, a Hairy Coo and Lush Landscapes

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For my Memorial Day trip this year, I decided a quick three days in Edinburgh would be a perfect diversion from my normal London visit.  I would still go to London for two nights before flying home to see friend. With such a short visit to Edinburgh, you’d think I would have done advanced prep […]

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The Ampersand Hotel Review – Small Luxury Hotel in South Kensington London

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One of the toughest choices I face when traveling is where to stay.  I love staying at boutiques hotels but I also “fall in love” that I want to return to favorite properties so that’s the tough call – date a new hotel or go back to one of my old flames? In London, you’ve […]

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Art Surprises Abound at The V&A Museum London

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In all of my visits to London over the past twenty plus years, I’ve only ventured into two museums – the British Museum on a rainy day and the Tate Modern along South Bank at the end of the Millennium Bridge. I’ve been woefully ignorant of the many wonderful museum options in London such as […]

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Tower of London Tour with Context Travel – A Deep Dive Into History & Royalty

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The Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders) and the Ravens were all part of our Tower of London tour.  Each has a fascinating story to tell about the history of royalty, tradition and London and no first visit to London is complete without visiting the Tower of London. Seriously, if this is […]