REVIEW: Polpo, Notting Hill, London

With its menu of Italian small plates, excellent flavour combinations and candle-lit, relaxed ambience, Polpo is one of my favourite options for a casual dinner in London. 

I’ll admit I’ve been to Polpo a few times before, but never this branch. The Soho restaurant is in my top five when it comes to tasty food that won’t break the bank. So when I had the opportunity to review the Notting Hill branch, I couldn’t wait!

With six branches in London plus Brighton, Bristol and a new opening in Exeter soon, something is clearly working. Polpo’s creator Russell Norman’s formula is all about stripped-down interiors, flickering candles, exposed brickwork, and weathered furnishings. It’s not stiff or polished, quite the opposite in fact, and that’s what makes the experience so comfortable. Continue reading REVIEW: Polpo, Notting Hill, London

Win A Trespass Adventure Travel Bundle Worth £150

Get kitted out in all the gear you need to hike volcanoes, trek to waterfalls, or just explore the countryside near you, with an adventure travel bundle from Trespass worth £150!

Spring is finally starting to show its beautiful face, and with that comes the motivation to get fit, spend more time outdoors and go on a few adventures.

But what adventurous plans have you got? Last year I hiked a volcano in Bali, zip-lined through the Caribbean rainforest and hiked around the valley of the moon in Chile! Are you heading abroad for some chill time, but might spend a day trekking to a beautiful viewpoint? Perhaps you want to hike to a waterfall? Or perhaps you’re keen to explore some of the beautiful British countryside in the Lake District?

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Upcoming Adventures And How I’m Feeling

Hello itchy feet. Is it time for another adventure…?

It’s a while since I wrote something personal. I never know if anyone’s interested in the real stuff! You probably just want to click on a blog about Hawaii, find out why it’s awesome, and then go make a cuppa… No?

Just occasionally though, I feel like it’s therapeutic to share, plus it gives a bit of context to the adventures I write about! I’ve written a few really personal posts before. In Girl Quits Life To Travel And Lives Happily Ever After I revealed a little about the dark side of travelling for a living. The lonely times, the misunderstandings, the fears.

In Frequent Travellers And Wow Moments I lifted the lid on trying to keep up the momentum and excitement and not fall into blasé habits of ‘been there, done that’.

So first things first… what’s been going on? Well I kicked off the year with an incredible video project in Hawaii. Video production company Travelspective invited me to be in front of the camera for a feature they’re making for tour company GoBe. It’ll be a while before the video is ready but trust me, this one is worth the wait!

So many waterfalls to explore in Hawaii
So many waterfalls (so little time) in Hawaii

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Amersham, Buckinghamshire: The Perfect 24-Hour Break From London

Top restaurants, charming cafes, historic architecture, pampering, shopping and did I mention it’s even on the tube? It’s not difficult to see why Amersham makes a perfect 24-hour break from London!

Gardens of Remembrance, Amersham
Gardens of Remembrance, Amersham

Just over half an hour by train from London is the beautiful, historic market town of Amersham. Divided into a new town and an old town, it lies in The Chilterns – one of 38 areas of outstanding natural beauty in the UK.

Amersham old town will always be special to me as it’s where I went to primary school. It’s historic and has that quintessential English feel with 13th Century church St Mary’s at the heart of it. I spent many happy afternoons playing in the field, and teenage nights trying to get served in the pubs! So heading back was a real trip down memory lane. Continue reading Amersham, Buckinghamshire: The Perfect 24-Hour Break From London

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