Heart of Derbyshire

Heart of Derbyshire

Hiking has never been my calling in life, it (or, more precisely, hiking enthusiast friends) has often come calling but usually I pretend to be out of the house, busy with work or literally dead to avoid the strain of putting one foot in front of the other. As a...

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Made In Italy, 249 Kings Road

Made In Italy, 249 Kings Road

Welcome to the Tardis, where a small side-cum-front door (due to be changed shortly) apparently leads only to a few downstairs tables and a small open terrace above which can be glimpsed from the street. Then you notice the steps leading up to a mezzanine level from the ground floor,...

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Snowdrops fall from the sky at RHS London early spring plant fair

Snowdrops fall from the sky at RHS London early spring plant fair

The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair (13-14 February) returns for 2018 with striking displays combining the natural beauty of the season with design innovation and a never-seen-before hanging collection of snowdrops. Donated from gardens all over the country, the stunning installation will see snowdrops cascading down from the ceiling...

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Valentine’s at The Arch

Valentine’s at The Arch

Pop pickers might know this as the opening line from the Searchers 1963 hit, but it’s also very appropriate for Love Potion number 9, the bright red opening cocktail of the Valentines sensory eating experience at The Arch hotel. The first one comes out gushing ethereally, but this is for...

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The Railway Touring Company tours on offer

The Railway Touring Company tours on offer

The Railway Touring Company also offers many different destinations within Europe, including Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria and Germany and also further afield to destinations such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and South America.  One of our ever popular tours is the Swiss Bernese Oberland. The Swiss Bernese Oberland tour, offering...

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The Game Bird Restaurant, Stafford Hotel

The Game Bird Restaurant, Stafford Hotel

Sat in my plush blue velvet banquet, gazing round at a magnificent display of flowers I feel the soothing contrast from the ritual crawl of commuter time traffic that I have just been battling with. From the opening of the front door, to the reassuring flight of waiters setting my...

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The perfect Christmas drinks

The perfect Christmas drinks

Christmas is (or at least it should be) one of the most sociable times of the year, and as a result of spending so much time with family and old friends, it can often feel that one’s hands develop a life of their own and a quick trip to feed...

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Shop till you drop, breath…and relax!  Hunter 486 at The Arch hotel

Shop till you drop, breath…and relax! Hunter 486 at The Arch hotel

I`m not much of a one for forward planning at Christmas. It’s a combination of idleness, rebelling against the commercialisation of the season (though being a bit contrary I`m an avid consumer) and losing too many arguments about who should get what card etc. Lovely though she is, few battlefield...

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The Stafford London visits Chelsea Pensioners at The Royal Hospital

The Stafford London visits Chelsea Pensioners at The Royal Hospital

Staff members of The Stafford paid a visit to local Chelsea pensioners at The Royal Hospital this month, kick-starting festive celebrations for residents of the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary. The staff hosted a delightful Christmas Afternoon Tea Party for veterans of World War II and the Korean War, arranged as part...

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The ceremony of the Christmas cake at the Royal Hospital

The ceremony of the Christmas cake at the Royal Hospital

“Onward with pride and purpose” The Royal Hospital, founded in 1682, was designed by Christopher Wren and John Soane. It is the impressive, historical home of about three hundred Chelsea Pensioners, all of whom are veterans of the British Army. Many events take place there during the year, but at...

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