Mads About Town

Pubs, Greece and the Countryside: I’ve Been…

The Crooked Billet Pub Oxfordshire

Reminiscing… With Kylie. Yes, the Kylie show wheeled back into town in its newest incarnation: the Kiss Me Once tour. With Kylie the formula is this: Dolce & Gabbana outfits, a smattering of new songs, a hefty dollop of nostalgia in the form of old songs and a lot of Read more →

Review: Sisley Facial at Liberty London

Sisley Essential Facial at Liberty London Review

While I’ve been babbling on about Budapest here in the blogosphere I’ve continued to dizzy myself in running around London and beyond in order to amass a wealth of new recommendations. My abundance of shopping, restaurant and travel notes will have to wait, however; I want to kick the new Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Seven – Baths, Wandering & A VLOG

Andrassy Avenue Budapest

Two things occurred to me upon waking on my final day in Budapest: first, how very much I’d seen and second, how very much I still had to see. As it was abundantly clear I wouldn’t be able to tick everything off my list, I prioritised the famous thermal baths Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Six – Ruins & Courtyard Bars

Budapest Street

My skin always decides to stage a little protest when I’ve been on a city break for a few days. Whether the result of a nightly glass of wine or just the rigours of travel, by day six in Budapest I couldn’t ignore the nascent spots that threatened to explode Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Five – Hotels, Sloth and Dancing

Breakfast at The Corinthia Budapest

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GRESHAM PALACE: City breaks always entail a lot of toing and froing, don’t they? Without really knowing the layout of a city I tend to meander around, using the hotel as a base to drop things off/pick things up before embarking on the next expedition. It is Read more →

Cooking with Natasha Corrett: An Alkaline Evening

Alkaline Cooking Lesson with Natasha Corrett

I’m pausing my Budapest travelogue for a few days for two reasons: first, I’ve been called on a last minute press trip to Greece and will be eating and exploring there for the coming days (I know: tough job), and second because I am simply desperate to regale you with Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Four – Buda, Buda

Castle Hill Budapest

Buda and Pest comprise Budapest. Each side straddles the Danube neatly, affording one another the little distance that allows for totally different atmospheres: Pest is urban, busy and far more like London than hilly, historic Buda. As our hotel was in Pest, on our fourth day in the city, we Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Three – Laziness and Spas

Kempinsky Spa Budapest Review

THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL SPA: My third day in Budapest was pretty darn amazing. After a workout to trick myself into feeling virtuous after all those cakes at the New York Cafe the evening before, I trotted down the sweltering Andrássy Avenue in the direction of the Danube to spend a few Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Two – The New York Cafe & Dohany Street Synagogue

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, Menza & Pest

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 →