Pick your own lavender in Hitchin

As the wind blows, the calming scent of lavender pours in through the open car window. We’re close. We drive a good few metres forward and then we see it. A gigantic field speckled with the colour purple. Rows of lavender roll on for miles. It looks even better than the pictures on Google. We’veContinue reading “Pick your own lavender in Hitchin”

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Step into the home of Charles Darwin at Down House

A visit to the gorgeous, sprawling estate in Downe, Kent, makes for a wonderful day out. Once home to Charles Darwin and his family, the beautifully restored, classically English Down House is a short journey from London. Whether you know much about the father of evolution or not, it doesn’t matter, for you will leaveContinue reading “Step into the home of Charles Darwin at Down House”

Time to play at the board games café

Fed up with hearing about gimmicky hipster cafés? Me too. But here’s one without the gimmick that’s worth hunting down: London’s first (and only) board games café, Draughts. If the thought of Monopoly, Cluedo, Hungry Hippos, Articulate, Scrabble, Game of Life and 400 other games excites you, you’re well overdue a visit. This place isn’tContinue reading “Time to play at the board games café”

Tired of adulting? Head to the grown-up ball pit bar BallieBallerson

When you feel tired of adulting in London, there’s an amazeballs place you should go. It’s where you’ll find all the big kids (note: actual kids aren’t allowed), and it involves a DJ, retro-sweet-themed cocktails and, most importantly, a ball pit for grown-ups… Very fitting for a #throwbackthursday, this bar and underground ball pit goes byContinue reading “Tired of adulting? Head to the grown-up ball pit bar BallieBallerson”

Beer and Buns in Liverpool Street

Japanese beers (and sake) and fluffy buns (and wings) are the order of the evening at Beer & Buns. And they come with an extra side of fun – foosball and pinball tables… and sake bombs. Sake bombs (pictured left) require a little bit of explanation – a shot of sake arrives balanced on chopsticks aboveContinue reading “Beer and Buns in Liverpool Street”

Anyone for a crafty surprise?

Craft has become cool again. What was once resigned to the classroom has been reinvented and given a grown-up twist thanks to the likes of Drink Shop & Do, I Knit London, Print Club London, Homemade London and co. For those wanting to dip their little toe in the craft revival, Homemade London has recentlyContinue reading “Anyone for a crafty surprise?”

Glamping: how to survive and what to take camping

Glamping is camping with added glamour and luxury. It combines the fun and freedom of camping with a few home comforts, so it’s great for ladies who can’t do without their hairdryers, and fellas who can’t go a night without their electric toothbrushes. With glamping, you can bypass the long, fiddly process of setting upContinue reading “Glamping: how to survive and what to take camping”