Fine dining is edgy and wonderful at Smith’s Bar & Restaurant in London’s Paddington

by Maryam Zanouzi, Special Correspondent Smith’s Bar and Grill is described as a traditional British and modern-European eatery with a modern edge. Located in Paddington Basin overlooking the Grand Union canal. It has a large light-filled restaurant and an all year terrace with outdoor heaters. We visited in the evening … more

Famous literary family, the Sitwells, put contents of Weston Hall up for auction

The contents of Weston Hal1, home of the famous Sitwell library family for more than 300 years, are to be offered at auction later this year. The auction, being run by Dreweatts, which will take place on November 16th, 2021 comprises art works, furniture, ceramics, silver, militaria and a huge … more

Waddesdon Manor unveiled as the fairytale setting for Cinderella

The release of a new trailer this month reveals Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire, England, will play a starring role in the upcoming Amazon Prime Video adaptation of Cinderella, streaming September 3rd. Inspired by the châteaux of the Loire Valley, Waddesdon was built in a French-renaissance … more

Amersham’s newest restaurant revealed – Pluma serving Spain’s finest tapas

Amersham’s newest restaurant, Pluma, is co-founded by local Spanish/British couple Charlie and Arantxa. It’s a brand new site on the high street, with a dark wooden bar, high tables for nibbles and beers, an open kitchen to watch the Spanish chefs in action and an outdoor courtyard for al fresco … more

Hallmark – 3* & 4* hotels in great places

Hallmark operate 28 hotels across the UK. All of the hotels are 3* or above. Each one is unique and offer excellent facilities including award winning restaurants, event spaces and leisure facilities. Find out more about current special deals at these lovely hotels by clicking here.

Countdown to the Battle of Evesham on 3 & 4 August

It’s only a few weeks until the Battle of Evesham takes place inWorcestershire; the countdown has begun! Taking place on Evesham’s Crown Meadow on the 3 & 4 August, the mediaeval, free to attend popular festival will feature a camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine plus the battle re-enactment … more

Champagne break from £89 pp for 2 nights

Britannia Hotels’ champagne break offers guests the perfect opportunity to feel fancy whilst enjoy a weekend of leisure. Each package includes two nights’ accommodation with bed and breakfast, as well as a complimentary bottle of champagne and room upgrade! See all the deals on Britannia’s website

Child sunburn warning as new heatwave is due to hit UK next week

With a heatwave expected next week and temperatures forecast to soar to 30 degrees centigrade children will be at risk from sunburn, according to a news story on the BBC. So timely then that Boots own suncare range Soltan has recently launched a campaign to educate UK primary school youngsters … more

Fancy Crab in Marylebone – review

Is there a useful way of disposing of old ageing males? Well at least us humans have found an answer for one creature – a certain species of crab – the giant Red King Crab. So being in two minds about whether its really ethical to eat this sea creature, … more

Malmaison – special offers at special hotels

We love Malmaison hotels because they offer charm, character and effortless style in ultimately unique surroundings, from the converted prison in Oxford to the Episcopal Church in Glasgow. And they do it at great value for money.  Malmaison always dares to be different and has achieved this again and again … more