A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending the evening with local blogger friends at the newly reopened University Arms hotel in Cambridge. From sampling signature cocktails to a peek at some of the best hotel views in the city, it was a wonderful night. We topped it off with a stunning meal in their new bar and brasserie Parker’s Tavern. I’m still thinking about the food now, I can’t wait to show you! Built in 1834, the University Arms is a landmark in Cambridge city centre’s history. However for the past four years it’s been closed whilst…

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I often see people tweeting about how easy it is to turn vegan and that they didn’t find it a struggle at all. In my experience however there’s a lot more to being vegan than just cutting out certain foods. In this post I want to give you an insight into some of the everyday challenges that I face as a vegan and ways to deal with them. Outside Influences I’ve been vegan for 8 months now and I get variations of these same questions and comments all the time: “But what about bacon/cheese/Christmas?” “You need dairy for calcium, aren’t…

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A little while back Oliver and I made our escape from the city for a relaxing overnight stay at The Bull and Swan at Burghley. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Stamford, a charming and quaint town a mere 20 minutes drive from Peterborough. If it were not for the cars and some of the more modern shops and bars, it could be something straight out of a Jane Austen novel. There are  plenty of pretty stone fronted boutique shops, bars and restaurants to explore (I love The Cosy Club). The town is also home to the…

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If you’re planning a visit to London and want to stay somewhere a bit more edgy than the regular tourist traps, I’d recommend taking a look at hotels near Shoreditch. Colourful street art adorns the walls, trendy eateries like The Breakfast Club, Bike Shed Motorcycle Club and CookDaily all lie within easy walking distance of Old Street tube station and if you like shopping there’s plenty of independent goods on offer at Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane and the BoxPark popups. Then, of course, for something a bit more boozy and a LOT more silly, there’s Bottomless Brunch at Ballie…

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As well as running this blog I also co host a podcast called The Prosecco Sessions which explores some of the common issues and dilemnas that we face as we navigate through modern life. We’ve found ourselves talking about sleep several times on the show as a factor effecting everything from our health to our productivity and even our relationships. I feel grumpy and sluggish when I don’t get enough sleep which makes me much less productive and I’m also much more likely to respond to things negatively. It’s a vicious circle because I then worry that I’m not sleeping…

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