Cinque Terre//photo diary

The Cinque Terre (‘five towns’ in Italian) is a collection of five small fishing villages perched on the steep west Italian coast. Historically inaccessible except by small tracks, they are now extremely popular with tourists and are connected by trains which tunnel through the cliffs. Though very crowded in summer, their beauty makes them definitely…

Review: Anna Karenina

4 STARS Leo Tolstoy, 1878   ‘It’s like this. Suppose you are married, you love your wife, but you are attracted by another woman.’ ‘Forgive me, but I really find that absolutely incomprehensible… It’s as if… as incomprehensible as if, after a good dinner here, I were to go into a baker’s shop and steal…

Review: Murder of a Lady

3 STARS Anthony Wynne, 1931 “There’s something wrong with this house.” Republished for the first time since 1931 as part of the British Library’s ‘Crime Classics’ series, this cleverly plotted novel harkens back to the ‘golden age’ of crime writing, when mysteries like these were simply puzzles to be worked out by the reader, rather…

Wandering Around London (15 free things to do)

‘Seeing the sights’ in London can quickly become very expensive. But the fact is, every street in Central London is just so jam-packed with amazing places – be it luxury shops, beautiful parks, huge galleries or some of the most famous and important buildings in the country – all of which are free to enter,…

London//visit: Wimbledon

All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Church Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE From the moment you disembark at Wimbledon train station, there’s a magical feeling in the air. The local high street is buzzing, every shop window decorated with tennis paraphernalia, as a stream of people make their way through the suburban streets on…

London//eat: Cicchetti

215 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9HL and 30 Wellington St, London WC2E 7BD Dining out in London doesn’t get much better than this: authentic Italian food served tapas-style! With two locations in London, this upmarket restaurant is hotly in demand for both lunch and dinner, so make sure you book ahead! But on to what…

London//eat: Afternoon Tea at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Royal Horseguards, 2 Whitehall Ct, Westminster, London SW1A 2EJ Afternoon tea is such a lovely way to spend a leisurely afternoon; it’s designed to be eaten slowly over a couple of hours, so it’s the perfect accompaniment to a good in-depth catch-up with a friend! And if you’re looking for a luxurious afternoon tea…

Review: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

4 STARS Muriel Spark, 1961  ‘Attend to me, girls. One’s prime is the moment one was born for. Now that my prime has begun – Sandy, your attention is wandering. What have I been talking about?’ ‘Your prime, Miss Brodie.’ This short novel, set in the Edinburgh of the 1930s, is a brilliantly structured portrayal…