I found this astonishing shop in Crouch End: Little Paris, which sells only french products. Vintage furniture and decoration accessories, parisian designer's jewels and fashion accessories.
Every item in this shop is so lovely!
You should go and have a look in this piece of France based in the animated area of Crouch End. You will go back home with something, for sure!
A small but lovely modern art collection exists on the upper floor of the newly refurbished Ashmolean Museum. It contains pieces by lesser known artists in addition to lesser known works by famous artists. I was amazed to see Tea Party in America, one of the first paintings by Howard Hodgkin, created when he was just 16! In addition, until 20 February there’s a special exhibition of sculpture by contemporary British artist Thomas Houseago, the Ashmolean’s first collaboration with Modern Art Oxford.
This authentic hammam is located in London's vibrant Turkish community, and is a brilliant place to unwind. I went on one of the ladies' days (Wednesday and Saturday) and was encouraged to spend as much time as I wished in the calm, marbled steam room. A foaming scrub followed, after which an 'anti-stress massage' of my back and legs left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, all for £35. Other packages include deep tissue massage and full-body aromatherapy.
I think this restaurant is new, this was my first visit. It is directly opposite the Zoo.
I went there early in the evening for what I hoped would be a quality steak.
Having eaten in most of Edinburgh's well known steakhouses I consider myself a good judge of quality. The Porterhouse didn't disappoint with a perfectly cooked sirloin in beautiful surroundings. The atmosphere was excellent and we recieved a complimentary bottle of red as we'd had to wait a few minutes for a table. Nice touch!
There is a nice, normal cafe, with the reassuring name, Porky's Pantry near Charing Cross station. Prices standard, food always freshly cooked, bread fresh, thick and crusty.
49 Chandos Place, City of London WC2N 4HS
+44(0)20 7836 0967
(nr Charing Cross station/ Traf Sq/ St Martin's)
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It is a tearoom which serves a most excellent breakfast in an area of very good walking and nature watching.
Alkborough, North Lincolnshire DN15 9JN
+44 (0)1724 720728
Google map: bit.ly/fhbmYb
Billie's cafe in Brighton definitely sells the best cooked breakfast in town. The jumbo breakfast is one of the cheapest in town and the most generous. Two bits of bacon, two eggs, two sausages, whole button mushrooms, two slices of toasted bread, beans, a whole tomato and excellent quality produce! Yes, I've been there a few times and tasted the comparisons. Run by a local family it retains the charm it has had since opening with the same folding wooden chairs, blue gingham PVC tablecloths, fresh flowers on the tables and in true Brighton style, local artwork on the walls. The prices and quantity have remained consistent as profit is not the objective, just a good honest breakfast. And if you don't fancy the classic, there are a number of delicious hashes to choose from. Literally a pile of fried potatoes with various toppings from beans and sausages to bacon and avocado. There are plenty of veggie options too. The best news is it is open on New Year’s Day. But get there early, this is a popular spot and the locals all know about it.
34 Hampton Place, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3DD
+44(0)1273 774 386
Google map: bit.ly/i77cIM
Full English Breakfast at a golf course set alongside the River Severn with lakes adjacent. Picturesque river valley overlooking golf course. Bring your binoculars to view the buzzards and wild birds. Patio and conservatory provision depending on the weather.
Brynllwyn Lane, Garthmyl, Powys, SY15 6RU
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This is a country house hotel, ideally situated if you have to catch a morning ferry from Plymouth. We stayed two nights for a family wedding and the food was excellent. The highlight however was the breakfast, the full English of course. Tasty sausages, organic eggs and properly cured bacon are all sourced locally. The breakfast was the best we've eaten anywhere and my husband is very fussy about his sausages! Excellent bread, a plethora of cereals and pastries and friendly service. The hotel isn't large - the term boutique springs to mind - and is set in pretty gardens close to the village of Plympton St Maurice. Apparently it was once a nunnery.
This is the best fry up I have found in the UK! Having toured a week around the Highlands, tucking into the creamiest, tastiest black pudding after a week of lashing rain was a rare treat. It was garnished with thick fat bacon and square sausage, accompanied with two fried eggs, fried mushrooms hash browns and beans. The bread too was divine. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. None of the reconstituted meat you get in most places, and all this was a bargain at £5-6. Despite the slightly tacky and oxymoron of a name: Kelly's takeaway SIT IN, the staff are friendly, atmosphere is good and the food is even better. The coffee there was pretty good to. Writing about it makes me want to brave the snow and run to Ullapool, sit down and tuck in. Highlands trip anyone?
The wild Isle of Jura sits just off the Scottish coast. The landscape is barely tamed, with the three 'paps' rising above the island. To get to Barnhill, you drive north along the only paved road which wends its way along the east coast of the island - driving as far as possible. If you park your car where the road ends, a well laid out trail in front of you heads further on. Several miles down the track the cottage of Barnhill stands before you, a single white mark in a sea of gorse and heather. This was the place where George Orwell wrote 1984. Distant. Remote. There is simply nothing else around it. It is easy to image Eric Arthur Blair gazing over to the mainland and imagining the society that could evolve there, where, unlike Barnhill, Big Brother would always be watching you.
We visited the only pub on the island - the Jura Hotel in Craighouse - on the way home to sample the local Jura whisky, which helped shake us back into normality again!
Isle of Jura. Find the only road and drive north.
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When my husband and I go home to Belfast we always go to Maggie Mays for breakfast. My husband loves the bumper breakfast which consists of two eggs, beans, sausages, bacon chips, mushrooms, potato and soda bread at a cost of £6.00.
A fab restaurant serving great American-style breakfast e.g. french toast pancakes, steak and eggs. Huge portions on large plates. Well worth a visit.
18 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Google map: bit.ly/fsSZt8
A tiny little cafe in the heart of Liverpool's studentville, Adam's Cafe will not be beaten on providing the ultimate Great British Breakfast for £3.50. Grilled not fried, two of everything, pot of fresh coffee or pot of fresh tea, fresh orange juice, spankingly clean. A traditional, little British breakfast cafe, which keeps it clean, simple, hearty and plentiful and amazing value. And somehow still manages not to be overrun. Definitely worth the 10 minute bus ride out of the city centre and the perfect New Year's morning solution - when venturing back into the centre of town is the last thing you'd want anyway.
210a Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 3
+44(0)151 735 0717
Google map: bit.ly/fI4MWp
The Elephant House is a gourmet tea and coffee shop nestled on George IV Bridge in the heart of historical Edinburgh. Opening at 8am everyday of the week, treat yourself to every tea, coffee and hot milk blend imaginable from your regular Espresso to the exotic 'Banana Bounty'. Not only can you enjoy a unique tea and coffee experience but you can indulge yourself in the variety of cakes and bagels on offer. The cafe's central location makes it ideal to stop by for locals and travellers alike.
Henry Williamson, best known as the author of Tarka the Otter, (published in 1927) lived in North Devon and is buried in the churchyard at Georgham. Williamson loved Exmoor, and during his time at Skirr Cottage in the 1920’s he roamed the moors and cliffs between the Taw and Torridge rivers while researching the local wildlife and gaining a reputation as a gifted, although eccentric, writer. It is possible to follow Tarka’s fictional wanderings around North Devon and over Exmoor on The Tarka Trail, a 180 mile long walking and cycling route based around Barnstaple. Look out for glow worms, art installations, interpretation boards - and otters.
From ‘farm to fork’ may be expecting a bit much for a city farm but with responsibly sourced, lovingly cooked food and a farmhouse setting - breakfast at Hackney City Farm is not just about the grub. We love coming with friends, to enjoy a top quality full English, though it's great for families too. The animals (and the farmyard smell) make you feel one step closer to the countryside which beats any greasy spoon I know! On a Saturday follow breakfast with a visit to Broadway Market or on Sunday, Columbia Road Flower Market is always colourful.
As generations of unenthusiastic schoolchildren would affirm, nothing is more literary than a Shakespeare play. The best place to convert a reluctant student is Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Embankment, built in the original open-air Elizabethan model. Try a lively production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and defy even the sulkiest teenager not to laugh; or Macbeth, where this summer naked, bloodied bodies writhed out of tarpaulins from amongst the standing audience. Tip, if you are sitting, hire cushions, and try and avoid seats in the full sun.
The "Sylvan Wye" flows through the valley in this jaw-droppingly beautiful spot. It's not hard to see why Wordsworth immortalised the Abbey and the vale that surrounds it. Walking the grounds brings a sense of peace and a slight but not unpleasant unease as one often feels in empty stone ruins. If you lie on the ground beneath the huge beech trees and look up, you'll be transported to vistas of imagination seldom experienced in these days of pervasive technology and noise, and feel at one with nature, as the poet once did.
Set beside the River Alde, Snape Maltings is so picturesque and lots of shops and things to do for the whole family. This weekend they have the Christmas Farmers market with lots of Suffolk producers and they often hand out free mulled-cider. My most favourite thing is when Father Christmas arrives on the barge that sails up the river with carol singers, bell ringers and real reindeer standing by the quay. Can't wait to take my little one this weekend to enjoy it and see his face light up.
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