Escape to Istanbul (Final Part)

Flanking Istiklal on either side is a treasure trove of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs and food stands. It feels like the kind of place that you could get lost in for 100 years and still come no closer to fully seeing everything it has to offer. The cobbled streets are shadowed by old ornate… Continue reading

Escape to Istanbul (part 2)

The famous domes of Istanbul rise and fall amongst the dynamic landscape the city rest upon. It is a vast, seemingly endless, urban sprawl, lying like a gauntlet over the boundary of East and West, reaching out in either direction. It is one of Europes fastest growing cities and has a population of over 15 million people. It long… Continue reading

Escape to Istanbul (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, a Covid grace period led to the lowest records of new cases and deaths since March, the world breath a premature sigh of relief, and I made my move. It was time to escape the confines of my dreary lockdown existence and visit a friend in Istanbul. At the time it felt like… Continue reading

Russian ‘Stolovaya’

Just before lockdown effectively decimated global travel, Russia had decided to make it easier for visitors to travel to St Petersburg, by giving tourists easy access visas to people looking for a short-term holiday in the Leningrad Region. The decision will eventually expose new people to a style of hospitality that only exists in Russia.… Continue reading

Soups and Shakes

The NHS will provide type 2 diabetes patients with a diet of soups and shakes, following the results from multiple studies that showed positive effects on the condition. The BBC reported that “5,000 diabetics will be given access to the year-long programme which includes ‘total diet replacement products’, such as specially formulated low-calorie shakes and… Continue reading

Things to do in London this Bank Holiday weekend

Finally, we are allowed out of our homes and into the sunshine (with restrictions, of course!). As some of our favourite places are opening up, here are the top things to do in London this weekend: Alexandra Palace Terrace - visit Enjoy socially distanced alfresco drinks in the sunshine at Alexandra Palace on their beautiful… Continue reading

Gordon Ramsay is on TikTok!

TikTok has become a new obsession for many during this pandemic, including Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay. He is known for Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen and Hotel Hell, where he uses his cooking expertise to judge other's cooking abilities. TikTok has become another platform for him to showcase his iconic TV persona- the rude, swearing and… Continue reading