Bath: eating cake and thinking about Jane Austen

Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit Bath with my family. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, but it’s not an easy (or short) trip from where we live in North Yorkshire, so not knowing when I’d be able to return, I made sure to appreciate the city fully. Bath is a beautiful…

Bath//eat: Wild Café

10a Queen St, Bath BA1 1HE If you’re looking for a delicious brunch, lunch or afternoon cake stop in Bath, then look no further than Wild Café, a quirky independent place tucked away down a back street in the centre of the city, serving fantastic food and a cheerful buzzing atmosphere. ‘Simple food made with…

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…