• We are redefining what living well means: Savoring our meals, laughing over a glass, and appreciating the joy of life through travel.

Food: A night at the Laguna bar and kitchen

James Lawrence swops the bright lights of London for Wales’ proud and dynamic capital, Cardiff. When it comes to great food, the many varied delights of Wales are often overlooked by the fashion conscious London crowd, who refuse to believe that anything of interest could be found outside their beloved city. And while it’s clearly the case that London remains the centre of the UK’s...

Food: The Gastro-pub phenomenon

James Lawrence reviews The Jolly Gardeners Pubs in the UK have evolved quite a bit from their original incarnation as (largely) males only affairs, today they come in all variety of guises from local boozers, to snug country inns and trendy city bars. The whole concept of a local pub has been turned on its head over the past twenty years, not least in terms of the food offering. Suddenly ploughman’s...

Food: Bar Boulud – Mandarin Oriental Hotel

James Lawrence experiences a stellar brunch at the glamorous Mandarin Oriental Hype Park Hotel, London If there is one foodie trend that is here to stay, then it’s the revived popularity of having brunch with family and friends. Once predicted to be a one week wonder fad, the enduring popularity of this institution is evident by the number of restaurants and cafes increasingly offering special...

Festivals: Last minute Christmas shopping - luxury festive food & drink gifts

James Lawrence suggests some delicious wines, bottles of fizz and others gifts that are perfect for any Christmas celebration.  Don’t worry, it may be 22 December but there is still plenty of time to hit the shops and get your loved one a special gift for this Christmas. Indeed, now that the chaos of the weekend has passed, it may be the perfect time to pick up perhaps a special bottle of Champagne...

Food: A great British staycation – The Pig near Bath

James Lawrence examines the revival of the UK’s hotel segment. Let’s collectively banish the tired cliché of British hotels as poorly run, crappy guest houses and country hotels where whispering is obligatory and the level of starch is palatable. The last fifteen years have seen a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of British hotels. Pioneers like millionaire industrialist...

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