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Barnbury

  Yesterday morning Barnbury opened its doors for the very first time. Barnbury is the brainchild of two young designers who are inclined to change the rules. You may know of them as the owners of No.32 Imperial Square, Cheltenham. 32 was a very upmarket design led boutique B&B. Barnbury is again design led. It more…

3-4 days in Paris – Part I

    25/04/14 – Lunch I had selected two new restaurants from the FT colour supplement that sounded interesting. I had checked them out online, which had only served to make them more appealing. Having lived in Paris for three years 1998-2001, whenever we go back, its memory lane stuff, visiting all our favourite haunts. more…

The Retreat

It has been a very long time since I had lunch at The Retreat. During the week it has always been a good place especially if you wanted to talk. Kathryn told me they have a new chef and menu, she was singing his praises. So after the viewing on Thursday (the Gallery is now more…

ART in Aid of Aids
at the Gardens Gallery

19th to 23rd February Exhebition, Workshop & Demonstrations   Demonstrations in Water Colour, Acrylic and Collage by well-known artists. Commission a PORTRAIT with specialized artists. Workshop event for 8 to 12 year olds: be “wowed” by the resulting canvasses! Evening talk: “Social inclusion through art” Helping those living with HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Cape You more…

Martins Cheltenham
Private Collection Sale

SAT 8TH, SUN 9TH & MON 10TH FEBRUARY. 10AM TO 4PM After 11 years at Imperial House, Martin’s Gallery is closing in order to downsize.  We are therefore holding a sale of various items from our collection, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, silverware, clocks and more. All at Bargain Prices For further details contact us or more…

Late Summer in London

The Prom on Friday evening was a very full programme 7.30 to 10.40. Rachmaninov No. 3 was tremendous (as usual) with Tchaikovsky No 5 as a very able supporting act (as far as I was concerned). Next morning I checked our bag in with the hotel concierge (great hotel, but a very long time since more…

A. Wong

Late on Thursday night we booked a secret hotel with Last Minute.com for Friday night, it turned out to be the Meridien in Piccadilly, it’s a haven of sanity in the hubbub that is Piccadilly.  We drove to Little Venice, and then took the tube, checked in, unpacked and went for lunch. We have always more…

Byron Hamburgers

We were staying just off Kensington High Street.  We had walked back from the Prom.  Ravel’s Bolero was magnificent.  We’ve now seen it played in Perth(Australia),Paris and now in London.  It being Santiago de Compostella day (festival) the very front part of the stage was taken by a troop of Spanish Dancers.  The conductor (Spanish) more…

Honey & Co – July 2013

Last time we came I didn’t have a camera with me.  This time we had popped into Tate Britain to see the three current exhibitions Lowry, Gary Hulme and Patrick Caulfield.  For me the main draw was the Lowry, I’m a great fan and we’ve been to Manchester (to see the Lowry) where I started more…

Wright Brother revisited..

  We were in London for a Prom.  Having done what we needed to do it was close to lunch time, Chris suggested, why don’t we go to the road parallel to Regent Street on the edge of Soho where Wright Brothers is.  It wasn’t a difficult decision, with a predictable outcome.  We tended to more…