• You should always ask a local when you want to know where to get good food and, when I asked my friend where to get a great Italian near Greenwich Village, Corsino was the instant answer. Always packed, it is […]

  • My first memory of New York is being taken to The Mercer Kitchen when my friend and I were backpacking around America aged 18. My first time in the city and definitely in a place like this, we were staying […]

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    Unassuming from the outside, Greenwich Village’s Minetta Tavern is one of Manhattan’s hotspots.  A favourite over the years, the restaurant is seeped in literary history (the likes of Ernest Hemingway and […]

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    When we were in New York waiting to head down to club/bar Avenue for a party, we wanted to find a restaurant in Chelsea that was nearby. Walking past the bustling Cafeteria restaurant, we couldn’t help but be […]

  • ally wrote a new post, The Hudson, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago

    If you didn’t know where you were going you could easily walk past The Hudson Hotel in NYC -such is the exterior – which is why when you do go in, up the escalators, what you see is so much more impressive. […]

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    A spot of Britishness within Manhattan, Lillie’s Victorian in Union Square is a tribute to British hostess Emilie Le Breton who became one of NY’s most notorious society queens. Now an Irish-Victorian […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Babbo, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago


    Too many New Yorkers cite Babbo as their favourite restaurant for it to not be amazing and, sure enough, the little Italian on Waverly in the Village doesn’t disappoint. A short walk from Washington Sqaure […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Provocateur, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago


    One of Manhattan’s current hotspots, Provocateur in the Meatpacking District is a little tricky to get into but once you are past the clipboard nazis, expect a fantastic, if not totally bizarre and decadent, […]

  • There is no cheap way to experience Venice so if you are going to splurge on the holiday of a lifetime, there is nowhere more famous to do so than Hotel Cipriani. With Harry’s Bar across the water – the famous […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Harry’s Bar, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago

    If there is one bar whose name is synonymous with Venice, it is Harry’s. While the Venetians and Americans alike head there for the ambience, beef carpaccio and Bellini’s, the bar opened by the Cipriani family […]

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    If you are in Paris to shop, there is no better road to stay on than Rue st Honore. And, thanks to a fashion makeover worthy of a couture house, the newly refurbished Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is the ideal […]

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    It is tricky to decide where to stay in Paris. Do you choose style over function, history over style or location instead of anything else. Hotel Du Louvre is an institution in Paris, as the name suggests it is […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Hotel Costes, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago


    I have been to the Hotel Costes several times and attempted to go to the Hotel Costes more times to count and, having given the matter some thought, have decided it probably isn’t worth the effort. If you are […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Colette, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago

    Not content with a shop just being a shop, the not so new trend in Paris is for concept stores like Colette where you can shop for art, books, clothes or pop downstairs for a coffee or meal. A cult favourite […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Mama Shelter, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago


    Really hip venue slightly out of town it is in the new “happening” district of Paris. A bit of a dark, sultry place, it isn’t a great choice if you are on a business trip but if romance or partying are your […]

  • ally wrote a new post, Hotel Gabriel, on the site Definitive Cities 7 years, 1 month ago

    As cities go, Paris is up there with the most expensive and overpriced. There are the hotspots that go hand in hand with the fashion scene but there are also many little hotels, bars and restaurants that have […]

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    The scene of many crimes, Cafe de Flore is a literary and fashion institution in Paris and, considering everywhere has exhorbatant prices, we think you might just as well head here for one of the amazing […]

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    When trying to find a good restaurant in Paris that won’t break the bank, a little help is often required. So, after many a weary meal trying to find service with a smile (tres difficile) and good food without […]

  • Across from Bryant Park, the new Andaz 5th Avenue opens on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on the 5thJuly. The second Andaz property in New York (Wall Street opened in January) and the fifth in the collection, the […]

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    There are so many places to grab a bite in Manhattan that we thought we would tell you about our favourites. I have already written about the fabulous new Andaz hotel on 5th Avenue so while over here for […]

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