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Budapest Travelogue: Day Two

New York Cafe in Budapest

THE NEW YORK CAFE: When I heard that the ground floor of the Boscolo Budapest Hotel was home to a fin de siècle coffee house with interiors that haven’t changed since opening in 1894, I dragged my family there. Once abuzz with giants of the Hungarian literary scene, the interior of Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day One

St. Stephen's Basilica

Budapest in August is sweltering. Not London hot, but European hot. It is a different kind of heat altogether. It presses down on you, making even the act of strolling require the mustering up of energy. When I stepped off the plane late one August night the difference between the Read more →

Tower Poppies & a Town Hall: This Week’s Highlights

Poppies in the Tower of London

I plan to be at the computer for much of today. This is not my preferred way to spend a Sunday: I generally like to give myself over to eating enormous quantities of food at different restaurants/cafes/bars and dashing around London trying to find new haunts. But, alas, I’ve got a Read more →

London on a Sunday: Aperols, Exmouth Market & Clerkenwell

Exmouth Market

We Londoners have few days of warmth left. The knowledge that winter will steal the long days so very soon elevates the already precious weekend to sacrosanctity; those that are left cannot be squandered. They must be eaten and drunk in with rapacity to fortify our spirits for the long Read more →

Behind the Brand: Discovery Day at The Body Shop

The Body Shop HQ Littlehampton

On the walls of the headquarters of The Body Shop hang precious reminders of the five tenets that lie at the core of the company. Colourful and backlit, they’re impossible to miss. They read: protect our planet, support community fair trade, activate self esteem, against animal testing, defend human rights. Read more →

Madeleine Meets… Ellis Faas

Ellis Faas Interview

When Vogue deems a make-up artist ”one of the most influential of her time”, you sit up and take notice. Once you’ve taken a good look at Dutch born and bred Ellis Faas’s body of work, their high praise is understandable: Ellis plays with texture and light to push a Read more →

Photo Diary: Angel, Kenwood House & Rain, Rain, Rain

Angelica Retreat

My recollection of bank holidays as a child runs something like this: darting through sprinklers, walking to the petrol station for ice lollies, eating fresh watermelon, listening to grass being mowed and lying under a sun that was endlessly shining. This weekend couldn’t have been further from such joys, though Read more →

Review: FaceGym

FaceGym Selfridges Review

FaceGym: Gym for your face. Curious? You should be. Remember when I interviewed Eva Fraser and she hammered home the importance of giving the muscles in your face a workout to enhance structure and defy gravity? Well, think of FaceGym as a slightly lazier way to exercise your face muscles. All Read more →

A Lazy, Food-Filled Sunday in London

Macaroons at Melt, Notting Hill

Sunday mornings: tired, lazy, lie-in-bed-reading-the-newspaper time. This week, reclining with a cup of tea proved impossible. I had made plans. Thankfully, they weren’t too taxing… Brunch at The Wolseley Three friends and I just made the breakfast slot. We were seated up on the balcony of the renovated car showroom Read more →

A Tuscan Hotel of Dreams: Castello Banfi Il Borgo Review

Castello Banfi il Borgo Pool

I am losing count of the number of times I’ve attempted to write something about Banfi and failed utterly. The pieces I’ve had a stab at have either become absurdly floral in language with four or five adjectives in quick succession, or too dry, neglecting to paint the picture Banfi Read more →