Mads About Town

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: 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

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

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 →