The Red Book

Our thoughts and ideas on how to live with a little more adventure in your life and make the most of the world around you.


A tale of fire & ice: My year of swimming in a cold pond

A tale of fire & ice: My year of swimming in a cold pond

Last year I decided to keep swimming in the Kenwood Ladies' Pond through the seasons, whatever the weather.

Here is how I got on.

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Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Deborah Colella, the Dog Nanny, tells us why the circus means so much to her and why her Incredibly Clever Canine Circus is the most fun dog training class around.

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How to do Christmas shopping in London

How to do Christmas shopping in London

Shopping for gifts should be as enjoyable as giving and receiving them. Here is our guide to the best places to get your shopping nailed, for him, for her and for the other people in your life.

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How to Enjoy Christmas in London

How to Enjoy Christmas in London

Our guide to the most stylish and atmospheric things to do in London at Christmas to make the most of this magical festive period.

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Our Guide to the Columbia Road Flower Market

Our Guide to the Columbia Road Flower Market

The Columbia Road flower market is one of the best things to do in London on a Sunday morning, but it's something few Londoners do reguarly.

Click through to read our guide to making the most of your visit.

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Kenwood Ladies' Pond | Hampstead

Kenwood Ladies' Pond | Hampstead

Swimming in the ponds on Hampstead Heath is one of the most magical things to do in London in the summer, but is something few Londoners have actually done.

Click through to read our guide.

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The Brew House Café at Kenwood House

The Brew House Café at Kenwood House

Every good walk should have a destination, and Kenwood House is usually ours when we walk on the Heath. Click through to find out more.

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Jikoni | Marylebone

Jikoni | Marylebone


Jikoni in Marylebone is the prettiest restaurant in town. With its pale pink walls, Indian cotton tablecloths and patterned china plates it’s the perfect place for lunch with your interiors-loving girlfriends. 

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Greenberry Cafe | Primrose Hill

Greenberry Cafe | Primrose Hill

Without doubt our most visited London restaurant, Greenberry Café is a delight at any time of the day. It's a true neighbourhood eatery and is dog-friendly too.

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Dog-friendly Shops in Central London

Dog-friendly Shops in Central London

Sometimes you just don't want to leave your dog at home when you go shopping but it's hard to know where you can and can't take your dog.

Here is our tried and tested list of shops in Central London that will make your dog feel at home whilst you scratch the retail itch.

 

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The Best Dog-friendly restaurants in London

The Best Dog-friendly restaurants in London

Sometimes you really just don't want to leave your dog at home when you go out to eat. Here is a list of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in London that serve great food and love dogs.

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Climbing Big Ben

Climbing Big Ben

Climbing Big Ben is one of the most rewarding activities London has to offer, and the best news it's entirely free. Read our review about this surprisingly emotional excursion.

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