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December 14, 2016

On my latest trip to Belfast in Northern Ireland I had the pleasure of staying at the city’s newest hotel edition, BULLITT. This boutique hotel only open it’s doors a month ago and has been the talk of the city ever since. This establishment is owned by the same people as Northern Ireland’s famous luxury hotel, The Merchant so you can expect only the best service here – which is what I definitely received on my stay.

The Hotel Concept

Bullitt is focused on offering its guests an array of facilities to make use of in order to “Stay, Work & Play”. There is free wifi fitted throughout the hotel, three bars to enjoy, an espresso bar and superb restaurant. The hotel attracts a huge crowd at the weekend so if you’re looking for a city break with a place to stay that has an atmosphere Bullitt will not disappoint. The location of the hotel is also perfect for exploring the city center. It is positioned just meters away from Victoria Square where you can go shopping and try out the many restaurants and bars that Belfast has to offer.

The Room

There are 43 super-stylish rooms to settle into. I stayed in a “Comfy” room which is their medium sized room. I was really happy with it! It was spacious enough for two people and had all of the little extras you’d expect from a high end hotel – coffee & tea making area, hair dryer, plasma TV, air-conditioning and plenty of toiletries in the bathroom to add to your comfort. The hotel even offers free breakfast bags for their guests which are made up of a bottle of juice, a banana and a granola bar if you don’t have time to grab a proper breakfast during your stay!

The Restaurant

Dining at Taylor & Clay – Bullitt’s very own restaurant was one of the highlights of the stay. The restaurant prides itself on producing all of their dishes fresh from local produce, and the quality of the food is therefore excellent. Me and my guest enjoyed a selection of starters to share, steak for mains and two delicious desserts to finish off. I highly recommend ordering one of their grilled mains as the restaurant features a huge grill area in the kitchen that is visible to all diners allowing you to view the chef at work as they prepare your dishes.


Overall, Bullitt was my ideal hotel for a city break with friends. Within the heart of the bustling city, stylish rooms to get ready and relax in, and super popular bar and restaurant to start off your night in – what more could you ask for in terms of atmosphere and facilities! The staff are all extremely attentive and more than happy to help you out with anything you might need during your stay. I felt so welcome and at home within this boutique, gem of a hotel. I will definitely be staying again on my next visit!

For more information or reservations please visit their website below:

London, Restaurants, Reviews, UK


October 1, 2016

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After a morning of meetings and an endless amount of walking an afternoon of relaxation (and over eating) at OXO Tower Restaurant to experience their Afternoon Tea was just what I needed. Me and my friend arrived around 15 minutes before we were due to be seated and whilst we waited we were invited onto the terrace to enjoy the views of the city from over the River Thames.

The restaurant itself features floor to ceiling windows that flood in natural light from their stunning terrace area. If it wasn’t raining on the day I came for my visit I would have definitely sat outside so I could admire the city skyline. However, the indoor area was just as lovely! The decor is modern and minimal with a white and royal blue colour scheme.

There is an array of specialty teas to choose from, all of which are refillable and you can try as many as you like throughout your afternoon – this applies also to the food that is served. Once we decided on drinks the waiter brought over the first round of indulgent treats. The first level consisted of finger sandwiches filled with carefully selected ingredients. The second level presented a selection of “bites” such as mini Yorkshire puddings and OXO Tower’s scotch eggs with an interesting twist. The waiter on hand described each individual sandwich and snack in great detail, highlighting the different flavours and elements.

The next serving stand offered the traditional scones with clotted cream and jams, as well as a selection of rich desserts and cakes. The scones which were dusted in caster sugar were warm when served – a small detail I think really makes an Afternoon Tea all the more satisfying.

Overall, I really enjoyed my afternoon at OXO Tower. The service was smooth and faultless, the food was incredible and the venue is simply beautiful. The attention to detail with regard to how the food is prepared, put together and presented is extremely impressive. Every single ingredient that they use in the sandwiches, condiments and desserts is well thought out by the chefs making this Afternoon Tea stand out from the crowd.

So if you are looking for an experience that offers impeccable quality food as well as an awe-inspiring venue to enjoy it all at then I recommend booking in at OXO Tower Restaurant. For more information or reservations please head to their website below:

Bars, London, Reviews, UK


September 6, 2016

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable evening of pure indulgence where you can enjoy the finest cocktails in the world (literally), then Artesian is the place come to. Located within The Langham off of Regent Street, Artesian is a cocktail bar that oozes class and sophistication attracting a casual, yet up-market crowd that enjoy the exclusivity that it offers. Winner of “The World’s Best Bar” for four years running it didn’t take long for me to realise why this particular bar, out of all of the bars in the world, really was “the best.”

Me and guest ordered a cocktail each upon arrival – our choices guided by the head barman who also bought us over two lovely little samples of their “You’re So Gangsta” cocktails for us to try. Whilst we waited for our drinks to be expertly created the waiter bought over bar snacks for us to enjoy – one pot of cashew nuts and another pot of lightly salted potato chips.

We were more than impressed with our first drinks! I had a gin based cocktail called “Chameleon Crystals” and my guest ordered a classic Espresso Martini. My cocktail was served in a wooden box, I was told to make a wish and then the wonderful barman opened up the box to reveal my drink. Thick white smoke came billowing out and it smelt amazing. Highly recommend you try this one!

Next up we ordered the “Anti-Hero” and “Suspended In Time”. One came served in a giant lego elephant (yes, I know how that may sound), and the other came served with an eye-catching blue ring attached to a white net which wrapped itself around the rounded glass. Placing on the ring on my guest’s finger the glass was dropped and the whole idea behind the name of the cocktail became clear!

The creativity of the cocktails at Artesian are simply genius – its like a magic trick every time they bring your cocktails over. The bar’s cocktail list and concept changes every so often to offer it’s guests new and even more exciting drinks – they already have a fantastic collection of cocktails, so I’m sure the bar men have their hands (and minds) full trying to come up with new ideas.

Overall, despite the bar’s impressive awards and prestigious location Artesian is actually a very fun and relaxed place to drink. The bar men are extremely humorous and the waiters & waitresses make you feel more than welcome – offering their recommendations with precise knowledge and politeness. If you want to impress someone or have an evening filled with surprises Artesian wins hands down. I will come here every time I am in London now just to see what’s new!

For more information or for reservations please visit their website below.

London, Restaurants, Reviews, UK


August 2, 2016

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The Ivy Market Grill is located right in the center of the bustling area of Covent Garden. The Ivy collection restaurants are renowned all over London and at select places across the UK for their impeccable service and their quintessential British cuisine. I was invited to their all-day dining restaurant for dinner and I was more than impressed with The Ivy hospitality.

The interior of the restaurant is warm and welcoming. It’s decor is made up of dark wooden furnishings, brass fixtures and an impressive bar that takes center stage within the restaurant where you can watch the barmen whip-up some of The Ivy’s superb cocktails. At first it reminded me of an Irish pub, but as I was led to my table and took in my surroundings the elegance of the venue was apparent.

To start, me and my guest had a cocktail each followed by our starters of mozarella with asparagus and seared scallops. The cuisine on offer here is mostly classic British dishes such as Sheperd’s pie and fish & chips, but the menu does span over to some European dishes such as chicken Milanese. There is also a huge range of high quality seafood options which were highlighted by our waiter. However, the grill section of the menu is what really caught my attention – after all it is named the “Market Grill”.

For the mains we ordered fillet steak and salmon fish cake both with side portions of their amazing truffle chips – which we quickly realised we didn’t need after a few bites as we both got extremely full. We only really needed one portion of the chips, if that! The dishes were served to perfection and looked great – totally “Instagramable” so don’t dig in straightaway.

Then finally to finish, I had the Strawberry shortcake sundae and my friend had the classic chocolate dome – you know the one every restaurant has where they pour over the hot sauce… I’d highly recommend the strawberry sundae and my only regret is that I didn’t leave enough room to finish off this dessert, it tasted so good!

Overall, The Ivy Market Grill was a fantastic place to come for an indulgent three-course meal. The seductive interior, impeccable staff and wide-ranging menu are all worthy of the iconic Ivy name. I would most definitely be dining here again if I were in the area.

For more information or for reservations please head to their website below:

London, Restaurants, Reviews, UK


August 1, 2016

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On the second day of my London trip I headed over to the elite area of Mayfair where I was invited to experience one of the best Afternoon Tea’s in the city and in one of the most interesting venues I have ever seen.

sketch is located at 9 Conduit Street and the building has a long history associated with architecture, design and art. It was formerly the Royal Institute of British Architects and then later became the London Atelier of Christian Dior. There are a number of different rooms within sketch consisting of the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade, the East Bar, and the Gallery.

The very fashionably dressed staff seated me and my guest in the Gallery for our afternoon tea. The Gallery is a dimly lit, but playfully decorated room that looks almost like an up-market American diner. The walls are lined with interesting art work by David Shirgley (239 pieces to be exact) and everything around you is pink and velvet! At the top of the room there is a bar and the tables are presented beautifully. The tableware such as the tea cups, plates, sugar bowl and tea pot are all designed by the artist David Shirgley which all bare interesting little words – completely Instagrammable by the way!

A selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jams were included in the afternoon tea which are all refillable. Then finally after all of this you have the little pastries which look far too good to eat. A wide choice of teas are also offered which again, you can have as much as you want. By the end of the afternoon me and my guest were extremely full. We couldn’t say anything bad about the service or the quality of the food – it was amazing! Even the toilets are amazing! You just simply have to go.

For more information or reservations please see sketch’s website below.

Hotels, London, Reviews, Travel, UK


July 31, 2016

Although I have lived in the UK all of my life I had never ever been to London – except on school trips when I was a child. So I was so excited to head down and see what all the fuss was about. I was invited to stay at K West Hotel & Spa for one night and this urban style hotel with an array of celebrity guests to its name was the perfect way to begin my three day trip.

The Hotel Concept

K West Hotel & Spa in 2014 was completely redesigned internally to reflect its musical ties with many rock ‘n’ roll superstars of the past such as David Bowie, The Kinks and also Bob Marley & the Wailers. Due to its proximity to music venues such as O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and the Apollo it continues to attract its celebrity guests – so make sure you keep your eye out when you stay here as you never know who you could bump into in the lobby or the lifts!

Also it is well worth mentioning that the hotel has an award winning spa located inside – it was awarded ‘Best Spa in London’ at the Good Spa Guide Awards 2015 and winner of a World Luxury Spa Award. There is a wide range of treatments available and the facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room to name only a few!


Location & Getting About 

The hotel is located in the west of London in a busy area called, Shepards Bush. It is within walking distance to notably popular areas such as Notting Hill, Portobello Road and Kensington. It is also right next to Westfield – one of Europe’s biggest shopping centres with over 240 shops! I arrived from St. Pancreas international train station and found it quite simple to jump straight on the tube from there all the way over to Shepards Bush. You will find the underground station which is closest to the hotel is via the Central line and from there it is a 3 minute walk to the hotel, which is so convenient when you have a heavy suitcase with you or if you want to go exploring the city.


First Impressions

Upon arrival the door was opened for me and I was lead over to the check-in desk. The lobby area is a sleek white area that is connected to the bar which was full of hotel guests and business people holding meetings. There was definitely a vibrant atmosphere within the hotel and it seemed like there was so much going on. I was quickly checked-in and given a brief run through about the hotel’s facilities, asked if I needed help with my luggage and pointed in the direction of the lifts. The staff on reception were extremely helpful – I was expecting a delivery that afternoon and I also needed to change the time of my dinner reservation in which both tasks that were dealt with efficiently so I didn’t have to worry at all!


The Executive Room

The room I was booked into was extremely spacious with a lounge area, work desk, huge king sized bed, coffee and tea making section and a small bathroom. The decor was a mixture of dark blues, purples and greys creating a modern, luxurious feel. I felt like I had my own office with the desk area which came complete with a hotel tablet that you could use to order room service, read about the facilities and various other helpful things.

In the lounge area there was artwork of the late David Bowie and a selection of magazines. I was also greeted by a bottle of ice cold champagne which was amazing! The room was well lit with natural light streaming in from the huge windows that spanned the length of the room and the bed was enormous. The bathroom was simple and clean, and the hotel also offers its guests “The White Company” toiletries that smell gorgeous. You don’t have to worry about calling reception for things such as hairdryers and ironing boards as the room comes fully equipped.

In the morning I was delivered my breakfast of scrambled eggs with salmon, a bowl of cereal and literally no end of pastries! Also included was a pot of tea, bottle of fruit juice and condiments. There was so much to eat! You could definitely feed two people with this breakfast – unless of course neither of you like pastries.


The Restaurant 

As part of my stay I was invited to dine at the hotel’s restaurant – Studio Kitchen. The menu is inspired by New York style food such as burgers, mac’ n’ cheese but also available are European style dishes. The venue is ultra sleek – keeping up with the standards of the rest of the hotel decor, but  at the same time it is very casual. The restaurant is a place to come and relax if you’re on a business trip or have had a long day exploring the bustling city. Across the back of the restaurant is a long, wavy cushioned seating area with floating style lighting hanging from the ceiling creating a very artistic feel to the restaurant. Me and my guest enjoyed a wonderful three course meal with a bottle of red wine. I opted for the pork belly and my friend tried out the steak, and both were fantastic! I’d highly recommend the squid and bread board to start alongside a glass of wine.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, my stay at K West Hotel & Spa was an effortless retreat where I didn’t have to worry about anything at all. I had everything that I needed provided by the room and I felt like I was really looked after by the staff on hand. The modern, rock ‘n’ roll theme was refreshing and staying here makes you feel like you aren’t missing out on anything as there is such a “buzz” all around the hotel. It’s great for both business and leisure, and if it’s good enough for all the musicians it’s good enough for me. For more information or to make a reservation please head to their website.

Manchester, Restaurants, Reviews


July 22, 2016

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Manchester has always been one of my favorite cities to visit. During the summer when I was visiting the area I never wanted to leave and especially whilst working as an air hostess getting rostered in for a Manchester flight was exciting for me – everyone else wanted to swap it for somewhere more exotic. But I loved jumping on the train into this vibrant city with the crew and trying out all the little cocktail bars and endless restaurants that fill its streets. Australasia is regarded as one of the best restaurants in this city and has prime place within the area of Spinningfields – “the place to be” in Manchester, or so I’ve been told.

The restaurant is located just off Deansgate and identifiable by its stylish glass entrance. Once inside you will see light brick walls with matching trees that sit between the tables along with lots of hanging lights and lanterns. It’s definitely a romantic hot spot given all of the other young couples that were dining there whilst I was, and note that it got really busy around 7pm and this was mid-week!

To begin the meal, myself and my boyfriend had a cocktail each and browsed through the menu. The menu at Australasia is Australian cuisine fused with Asian. There are tapas style dishes, Sushi and also main courses. We opted to have a tapas style experience and ordered six plates which all looked divine when they arrived at our table. For the Sushi they even grind out the Wasabi fresh from the stem which is really interesting to watch. Overall, I enjoyed the food and felt full after about the fourth dish, but I would highly recommend the BBQ Lamb Chops!

For dessert, I opted for the chocolate dome and Chris ordered the chocolate and raspberry souffle. The chocolate dome included the usual spectacle of the pouring of the hot sauce over the dome that reveals the tasty inside – a little trick that never ever gets old and of course, makes the perfect SnapChat video.

I’d definitely return to this ultra-stylish venue for both drinks and food. It’s extremely versatile, being suitable for both lunch and dinner.  Have a catch up with friends or have your date night here – it’s a win-win for everyone and for any occasion.

For more information or reservations please head over their website.

Dubai, Hotels, Reviews, UAE


July 6, 2016

After spending nearly two weeks back in what feels like my second home in Dubai I was so excited to be spending my last two days with Sofitel Luxury Hotels. After exploring the glittering city, shopping constantly and eating out at some of the most amazing restaurants in the world Sofitel’s incredible resort located on The Palm Jumeirah was the perfect way to end my trip. Here is my review of the hotel:

Location & Getting About

Located on the eastern crescent of The Palm Jumeirah Island it is around a 40 minute drive from the airport, 20 minutes drive from the Dubai Marina and 30 minute drive from Downtown Dubai. Upon check-in we were given a timetable of the hotel shuttle bus that operates to these areas and also to the main malls in the city. This service is great if you want to get out and about without the cost of taxis. However if you prefer to make your own way around the city at the front of the hotel you will find friendly hotel staff who are always on hand to wave over a taxi for you and get you on your way.

First Impressions

As soon as me and my guest stepped out of the taxi we were greeted with a very happy, “Bonjour!” from the staff who made sure our car door was opened and our luggage taken inside. The reception area was impressive with its marble flooring and high ceilings. Overall, the check-in process was smooth and hassle free – we arrived slightly earlier than expected and had a little wait for the room, but we were happy to be pointed to the restaurant by the pool for a quiet coffee whilst we waited.

The Room

I was booked into a Junior Suite at the resort and once I stepped inside it felt like I was inside an apartment. The entrance was mirrored and led straight into a lounge room complete with a working area, sofa and flat screen television. In here I also found a selection of fruit and a gift box of lovely decorated dates laid out on the table which I thought was extremely thoughtful of the hotel.

Through some sliding doors came the bedroom featuring a king-sized bed and another television. Both the bedroom and the lounge room had access via French doors to the huge balcony that overlooked the Arabian Gulf with seating areas where you could watch the sunset after a long day. However, what caught my eye the most was the gorgeous bath tub situated beside the bedroom!

The bathroom was extremely spacious and complimentary Elemis toiletries were provided which created that extra added touch of luxury to the suite. Other amenities included in the room was a wardrobe area, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and a coffee/tea making area.DSC_2675_1


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The Pool & Beach

After breakfast you could head down to either the main pool area or the Sofitel’s private beach. The beach area is a long stretch of white sand with hundreds of chairs lining the shore. The beach has amazing views of the Dubai Marina skyscrapers – a backdrop which you’ll want to photograph over and over again! The main pool area has a variety of seating options from right beside the pool in your own little exotic hut, to beds within the lush greenery or simply along the poolside. The pool is temperature controlled which is perfect for the intensely hot summer days and there is also a Jacuzzi area.

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Porterhouse Restaurant

During my short stay I was invited to dine at Porterhouse, the hotel’s steak house restaurant. The staff were extremely efficient and accommodating, and more so, the food was exceptional. Myself and my guest tried the Waygu rib-eye steak with several extras to compliment it and we were both very impressed. The manager even brought out special steak knives for us to eat our steaks with! The atmosphere is relaxed and the dim lighting makes it ideal for a couple’s romantic dinner.


Final Thoughts

The Sofitel The Palm was a mini getaway that did not let me down. It is in every aspect a fantastic luxury resort that offers some of the best service in the city – all the way from the meet and greet staff, to the waiters/waitresses in the restaurants. The plush green surroundings make it seem like you are on a tropical island and the location is amazing for seeing Dubai from a different perspective which is away from the hustle and bustle, but still offers that “wow” factor that you come to this city for.

Sofitel delivered beyond my expectations and I would definitely stay here if I was to return to Dubai for a holiday. For more information and reservations please head to their website.

Dubai, Restaurants, Reviews


June 23, 2016

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Here at the Armani Hotel in Downtown Dubai is yet another must visit restaurant called, Amal which serves Indian cuisine. I visited for dinner and as soon as I walked through the lobby of the hotel I knew this was going to be a world-class dining experience. As you enter from the lift you walk into a lobby area with a stunning Indian-inspired backdrop and centre piece, our welcome drinks were enjoyed in the bar area and me and my guest were seated for dinner very shortly after.

The ambience of the restaurant is very mellow and sophisticated, I’d definitely recommend dressing up for this venue as it is just beautiful and you will want to take no end of pictures. To start we enjoyed a cocktail whilst we looked over the rather extensive menu – there are a number of set menus to consider, however we went for simply choosing our own dishes from the main menu. After choosing we were served with the traditional popadoms and sauces, and we also had a very small pre-starter dish delivered to us.

For the started I chose the spicy shrimps and my guest ordered a vegetarian option – both were incredibly well-flavoured and the waiter was very aware of the ingredients when describing the dishes to us before we ate which of course, is always impressive. For the main courses we both chose a traditional curry dish each served with rice and naan bread, the waiter is always on hand to serve out your food for you – I don’t think I lifted a finger once to plate up more food! The service here is just amazing.

Finally for the desserts the Head Chef presented to us Amal’s most traditional Indian desserts for us to try – I really loved this as I had never tried any Indian desserts before and I am all about new experiences! The Head Chef also presented us with their chocolate dessert made from the best chocolate in the world, I believe he said, from Vienna. This was delicious and by this point it was time to enjoy the fountains out on the terrace.

Here at Amal they have front row seats to the famous Dubai Fountains and the restaurant sits within the world’s tallest building, right at the foot of it. Taking in the views and the sheer size of the Burj Khalifa was, again, such an amazing experience and so romantic – after seeing this restaurant you will want to bring all of your friends, family and loved one here next time you are in Dubai. I can imagine it would also make the perfect setting for a proposal or a very special occasion which you want to remember forever.

Highly recommended.

For reservations or more information please visit their website here.

Restaurants, Reviews


June 14, 2016


I joined Gordon Ramsay’s Dubai edition of Bread Street Kitchen at The Atlantis for dinner and drinks, and I have to say I was extremely impressed. If this stylish restaurant located on The Palm isn’t on your list of places to go eat in Dubai then add it on.

The Experience

The menu showcases a wide range of quintessentially British dishes which of course are all made with the best ingredients. When I first arrived me and my guest were invited to have cocktails at the bar before dinner and we were presented with a really creative selection of both classic and signature cocktails. Both of our choices were incredible and the bar tender was happy to help us choose – asking us what we liked and making suggestions based off of that.

After pre-dinner drinks it was time to enjoy dinner and we decided on the octopus and the chicken wings to start. The waiter (Alistair) was extremely attentive and welcoming, answering any questions we had with ease. Alistair really helped us make up our minds about what to pick from the extensive menu where you want to try everything! Whilst we waited with our red wine, bread and butter was delivered to the table and presented in a branded basket. I love when restaurants do these extra things like bring you bread and offer you nuts with your drinks, it really makes a difference to the overall experience.

For the main course we decided on trying out Gordon Ramsay’s iconic beef wellington made for two people to share. The presentation was beautiful and it came served with a range of extras such as, Yorkshire pudding and mash potato to compliment the beef. Dessert was by far my favorite part of the meal at Bread Street Kitchen. The Head Chef and our waiter delivered to us ALL the different desserts on the menu to try out and the Chef described each one in detail. I would highly recommend Gordon Ramsay’s version of the British classic – Bread and Butter Pudding.

The Verdict

Overall, the experience was perfect. The staff were friendly and engaging, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great – after dinner you feel like want to carry on the night on a high, not crawl into bed and watch a movie. 100% recommend.

For more information or reservations please go to their website.