Mads About Town

TRAVEL // BMW + A Chauffeur + A Chateau

Chateau de Vault de Lugny Swimming Pool

I have an embarrassing admission to make: I can’t drive. Scratch that – I can drive, I just haven’t passed my test. There is a difference: while I feel perfectly comfortable being in control of moving a car, other drivers bother me immensely – like walking down Oxford Street, I Read more →

Isn’t It Pretty? Portugal Photo Diary


Now that I’m thoroughly over the excitement of getting back to London, I’m kind of wishing I were back in Portugal (I know, the sun is always goldener…) so am indulging in a session of looking at the photos of my holiday instead and thought I might share some for Read more →

REVIEW // Cherry Woods Facial

Cherry Woods Facial Review

Noticed that I’ve slowed down a touch on recommending facials? This isn’t a sign of my having given up trying all and sundry, but rather of my exacting standards when it comes to facials; this blog is my place, dictated by none and I can accordingly set the barometer very high indeed. Cherry Read more →

BOOKSHELF // Five Great Reads

Book Recommendations

The final chapter of a good book presents a dilemma: to continue to read at breakneck speed through the denouement, or to slow right down in the hope of prolonging the joy of reading something so very absorbing? It helps, of course, if you’ve got your next great read lined Read more →

PHOTO DIARY: Elvis Hits London

Elvis Presley's Wallet

I know – I’m a bit behind on this one: despite being an ardent Elvis fan, it’s taken me a good few months to go to see the exhibition of around 300 of his personal artefacts. The reason for my delay? I honestly had misgivings about the slightly macabre nature of Read more →

Three of the Best: Mobile Beauty

Mobile Beauty Reviews London

A combination of the close proximity of strangers, the lack of signal and fact that I cannot see the driver makes tube travel very disagreeable to me. I have, however, found a coping mechanism: spa music. Ah yes, an orchestra of woodwind classics that conjures up the happy memory of being Read more →

A Sojourn to the Seychelles

A glimpse of the Indian Ocean through the trees

Prior to visiting, whenever I told people I was heading to the Seychelles for work my declaration that it would most certainly not be a holiday was met with incredulity. While there was little time to kick back (shooting seven stories in nine days is a tall order), I totally Read more →



Yes, this is my third visit to Budapest in a year. And what of it?! I see no reason to abstain; the city still has me in its thrall. In fact, now that I’m back in London I fully intend on finding another excuse to visit in the next few Read more →

REVIEW: Gazelli At Home Facial

Gazelli At Home Facial Review

I recently bought a house. In the long-term, I know that this is a move of the most advantageous variety and that, to borrow the most hackneyed expression when discussing the ‘housing ladder’, getting a foot on a rung is a feat in itself. In the short-term, however, it means Read more →

REVIEW: Alexandra Soveral Facial at The Mondrian London

Alexandra Soveral Facial Mondrian London

Alexandra Soveral’s been on my list of uber Facialists I want to see for yonks. Her skincare philosophy: use organic, seasonal products to harness the power of nature applied with energy to encourage blood flow, drain toxins and render skin bouncier and more contoured, which is essentially all my favourite Read more →