Back to cold (but fab) Melbourne after an amazing trip overseas to see my family, catch up with friends, enjoy some warm sunshine and of course a take a well-deserved break! I love going overseas, there is always something new to find, be it a restaurant, a hidden shopping strip, a historic site, a new person or a new experience. This trip sure had plenty of these. I started off in Dubai for a few days where I took the time to work on my tan and enjoy the amazing restaurants on offer and of course shopping! It was great to escape the cold and just enjoy the hot weather and relax by a pool. That is my idea of bliss!
When in the UK, how can you not visit Kensington Palace. I need to see those crown jewels!!! The tour takes you through where Queen Victoria grew up and it tells the story of her life through quotes from her own diary and letters. The architecture is so beautiful (being married to an architect I now pay even more attention to the detail of a building!) and the gardens are sublime. I could spend hours wandering around them, sitting in the grass and just taking in the peace and tranquillity of a special place like this. I highly recommend it.
As an ambassador for The Shane Warne Foundation, I was also fortunate to go to Lords and watch Australia win the second test against England. That is a bucket list moment! The atmosphere was electric! What an amazing day. I got to meet lots of interesting people from all walks of life and yes, even the former Prime Minister John Howard!
I also attended a charity dinner in The Long Room for the Shane Warne Foundation which raised over $200,0000. It was an amazing night of generosity, laughs, fine food and friends. Shane Warne was honoured for his career in Cricket and of course we know he is a legend, but sitting there and listening to his achievements, I was blown away by what he has done for sport.
The evening was hosted by the wonderful Piers Morgan and I got to hang out with other cricketing legends including Glenn McGrath, Sir Ian Botham, Merv Hughes, Ian Healy, Andrew Flintoff, Mark Taylor and Darren Gough. I had to pinch myself at times, it was a honour to be there surrounded by all these amazing people.
For all those Housewives lovers, I ventured up to Cheshire to visit my gorgeous friend from the Real Housewives of Cheshire, Dawn Ward- and YES she is even more beautiful in real life (can that even be possible?!!) She is hilarious, full of life, a great cook (and we all know I love to cook!) and an all-round wonderful person. Hanging out with her and her husband Ashley was hysterical. I loved visiting Cheshire. Its somewhere I have never been so I always enjoy exploring somewhere new. It is much quieter pace than the hustle and bustle of London. It was good to have some time out, sample the foods at some traditional London pubs and eat traditional English roast- yum!!
Ok so here comes my recommendations for London.
Piccollino - A beautiful Italian restaurant that focuses on using seasonal ingredients. Located in Mayfair just of Regent Street we came here for lunch after a morning of shopping. The food is wonderful and fresh and there is a cute terrace you can sit out on in summer. A must do!
Sketch - A trendy restaurant meets bar meets gallery, sketch serves up modern fusion delights. The walls are adorned with David Shrigley sketches, hence the name, so I highly recommend dinning here if you are into food, design or both! Make sure you check out the bathrooms – they are a highlight (sounds odd but trust me!)
Novikov – features two restaurants (either Italian or Asian) but I went for the amazing cocktail bar. Travelling means cocktails and good tunes and this place attracts amazing DJs. So add it to you list for a fun night out.
But no matter how much fun, or no matter how interesting things were I really missed Mr Norbury and Mr Figaro and I am glad to be home. xx