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.


Afternoon Tea at Ham Yard | Piccadilly

Afternoon Tea at Ham Yard | Piccadilly

Forget the fussiness of the themed, overpriced teas at the bling hotels, at Ham Yard you will have the fluffiest scones at a far more reasonable price, all served on the cutest Wedgwood china.

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Seven Sisters, Beachy Head & Firle | East Sussex

Seven Sisters, Beachy Head & Firle | East Sussex

The dramatic white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and the iconic red and white striped lighthouse at Beachy Head make this one of England's most iconic walks.

Stop for lunch at the pretty village of Firle on the way home.

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Sunset safaris in the heart of London

Sunset safaris in the heart of London

London Zoo's Sunset Safaris are fast becoming our favourite summer Friday night out. It's not just for families, it's a fantastic thing to do for a date night.

Wander round with a a glass of wine and watch the animals settling down for bedtime.

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All about Imari

All about Imari

There is something so lovely about Imari plates. They give just the right amount of bling to your dinner table and work very well mixed and matched with modern china and glassware.

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Dartmouth Pottery Fish Jugs

Dartmouth Pottery Fish Jugs

These vintage fish jugs are one of the hardest working pieces in our kitchen. They are perfect for pimping a simple bunch of flowers or making your kids smile with their iconic glugging sound.

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Padella | Borough

Padella | Borough

Padella is a cute, fun little pasta bar on Southwark Street, right at the entrance to Borough Market. Everything is homemade and delicious and it is astonishingly cheap.

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Ightham Mote | Kent

Ightham Mote | Kent

Incredible moated manor house near Sevenoaks in Kent, owned by the National Trust. It's great for taking long walks with your dog through the pretty woods and then filling up Victoria sponge in the fabulous tea shop.

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Portrait at the NPG | Central

Portrait at the NPG | Central

The restaurant with one of the best views in London and some of the best food. It's perfect for a celebration or for lunch on a sunny day when you want to soak up the glorious view.

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Bibury | Cotswolds

Bibury | Cotswolds

A 2-hour circular walk around picturesque Bibury in the Cotswolds, described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in England'. 

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Barnsley House | Cotswolds

Barnsley House | Cotswolds

Barnsley House is a very lovely hotel with an especially nice spa but the really reason to go is to take in Rosemary Verey's famous gardens which are worth visiting even in the winter months.

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The Village Pub, Barnsley | Cotswolds

The Village Pub, Barnsley | Cotswolds

Less than 90 minutes from London, this authentic, sweet pub is dog-friendly, has excellent food and is just across the road from the fabulous Barnsley House.
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Burgh Island & The Pilchard Inn | Devon

Burgh Island & The Pilchard Inn | Devon

This tiny island in Devon with connections to Agatha Christie and Noel Coward houses the fabulous Art Deco Burgh Island hotel as well as a 700 year old smugglers inn.  

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