Valentino’s Ristorante, Isleworth, TW1

People are surprised, indeed even shocked, when I tell them that my book group meet once a week. Most book groups meet once a month to discuss a novel, so for most people the idea of having to read a book a week is a bit much. But then I explain it’s not quite like […]

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A Walk from Eel Pie Island, Twickenham to Richmond Bridge

Most people associate Twickenham with rugby. As home to England Rugby with a stadium that seats a crowd of 82,000 for a big match, it’s most visitors’ reason for coming here. However, Twickenham has other claims to fame and just a fairly short walk along the Thames from Eel Pie Island, just off the high street in […]

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An Autumn Morning Walk in Kew Gardens

It’s been a glorious Sunday morning here in SW London and a perfect day to head to Kew Gardens for a walk and to see the beautiful autumn colours as the trees and bushes turn from green to golds and reds. I walked round the gardens for about an hour and a half and took […]

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Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond

There are places I go to for great food or great coffee, and there places I go to because the setting is so fantastic. I’ve always loved sitting on the covered terrace of Hollyhock Cafe in Richmond’s Terrace Gardens with its view over the Thames. Like so many things, a once frequent habit of heading there at […]

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A Morning Walk Along the Thames

Lyndsey and I thought it would be fun to take Freddie across the Thames at Marble Hill Park on the Hammerton’s Ferry. There’s been a ferry there since 1908. I’ve known of it since my late teens when I visited my friend Tina in Twickenham where she was at college. Later, when married with kids […]

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Restaurant Review: Osteria Pulcinella

It’s nearly 4 years ago that one warm summer’s evening, Antonio and I stood in Church Street, Twickenham and deliberated over whether to eat in Masaniello or, on the opposite side of the road, Osteria Pulcinella. I can’t remember why we finally decided to go into Masaniello (click here for review) but I liked it so […]

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Photo Post: Morning Walk From Twickenham to Richmond

It was such a beautiful sunny morning. I couldn’t resist going out for a walk and headed down Twickenham high street towards the river. I went via Corto Italian Deli for a coffee and then from the far end of Church Street, went down on to the riverside and towards Richmond. There was the view […]

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A Morning Walk in Kew Gardens: December 2015

With only days left in the year, I thought I should take advantage of the sunny morning and head to Kew Gardens to write the last post in my A Year in Kew Gardens series. It was a fairly spontaneous decision to start the project after a visit here in January but it’s brought me unexpected joy […]

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A Sunday Morning Walk in Kew Gardens: November 2015

I’ve had a cold for a week so my energy is a bit depleted, but I couldn’t resist heading to Kew Gardens this morning for a walk with the sun shining brightly in the crisp wintery air. I was also running out of time to do the November post of my A Year in Kew […]

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A Quiet Sunday Morning Walk in Foggy Richmond

When I left the house this morning to head into Richmond to enjoy a coffee and croissant in Paul bakery and buy my Observer newspaper, the air was thick with fog. It was also very quiet. There’s something about fog that makes everything quieter. Although, I think it was probably also due to the end […]

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