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.


Our enemy is normal

Our enemy is normal

We don't go a bundle on normal at Bleak House, in fact you could say it's our enemy. We are for anti-normal.
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Why we love Repton's Red Books

Why we love Repton's Red Books

Our newsletter is called the Bleak House Red Book and for good reason. We aim to inspire you in the same way 18th Century designer Sir Humphry Repton did with his iconic Red Books.

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Glamping Essentials

Glamping Essentials

The advantage of glamping is that everything should be provided for your stay. But you'd be surprised how often there is something critical to life that is missing or not up to scratch.

Here are the things we always pack, just in case.

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Why every British holiday needs a Land Rover

Why every British holiday needs a Land Rover

Hiring a Land Rover Defender could be just the thing to supercharge the fun on your UK holiday and connect you to your surroundings in a way no other vehicle can.

Click through to read more and watch our short video.

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How to add a little French chic to your life

How to add a little French chic to your life

There are just some things that the French do better than anyone else, here are our tips to bring a little French chic to your life.

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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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How to make a proper cucumber sandwich

How to make a proper cucumber sandwich

Forget those dainty finger sandwiches you get in fancy hotels, click through to read our secret recipe for hearty cucumber sandwiches that taste of English summers.

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Tips for Small Kitchens

Tips for Small Kitchens

It’s perfectly possible to make a small kitchen feel like a titchy version of the country kitchen we all want, it can be chic, spacious and full of all your favourite things. Here are our tips.

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Bleak House on the Small & Mighty Podcast

Bleak House on the Small & Mighty Podcast

Annabel and Sam from Social Mouth discuss transitioning careers, working from home, the importance of social media, and why big isn't always better when it comes to business.

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Middleton Lodge | North Yorkshire

Middleton Lodge | North Yorkshire

A bit of a secret gem, Middleton Lodge is the perfect dog-friendly place to stop for a night en route south from Scotland.

Forget motorway service stations, this is the most stylish pitstop anywhere on the A1(M).

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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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