Great Northern Hotel – Be trainsported to Art Deco luxury!

If I have a secret geek side, it has to be my love of trains in particular the golden age, art deco train travel. One of my top travel bucket list items is to travel on the Orient Express, ever since I read the magnificent Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. So imagine my delight when I found out the Golden Era of train travel had been recreated in a 5* hotel setting in central London! I was sure thus place would tick many of my ten things that makes a hotel luxurious – it was a place I just had to stay!  View Post

Eat, sleep, breathe Kings Cross, London 

Kings Cross is a place many people associate with journeys rather than as a destination in itself. But if you have a few hours to wile away waiting for your train or perhaps you want to explore a new area of  London then this guide to kings cross is for you!  View Post

We love a city break and the UK is filled with some great baby friendly cities! Some of favourite family travel bloggers have picked their favourite cities for family city breaks and have shared other parents to offer top tips, advice and inspiration for other families to take successful UK city break. View Post

COLD in London: A Review of the city of london distillery

Gin has been the drink du jour for the past few years in London. Served in teacups, jam jars and other weird serving methods, it has been the drink of hipsters and yuppies alike. The craze has not escaped me either and as part of my pre pregnancy birthday celebrations, Wandermust Daddy booked a special evening at the City of London distillery, or COLD as it otherwise abbreviated.

COLD was opened in 2012 and marked a 200 year absence of Gin distilling within London City limits where previously there had been over a thousand.

During the eighteenth century there was a period known as ‘the gin craze’. When there were gin shops littering virtually every street in London. Most famously, the craze for gin was portrayed in Hogarth’s Beer Street and Gin Lane . The print showed the dangers of drinking gin- suicide, madness and starvation being only a few of the consequences of gin drinking.

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Hogarth’s Beer Street and Gin Lane

There isn’t a gin shop on every corner anymore but the London hasn’t lost it’s taste (hopefully not to the extent shown above) for gin and COLD is bringing back the gin distilling tradition to the City of London.

COLD is tucked away in a basement just off Fleet Street, just below St Bride’s Church  in an unassuming building which could be easily missed. When you descent the stairs you are confronted with a large glass wall with the Gin Lab to one side. COLD organises tours of the Gin distillery for Groups where you can distill your own gin but also has a bar for you to enjoy gin tastings and an array of inventive cocktails at the other end of the basement.

the inventive cocktail menu

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Speedboating down the Thames – a photo journey of a Thames Rib Boat Experience

We had a pretty good idea that my 30th birthday might be our last sans baby! Therefore wandermust daddy organized a day of treats that you can’t do with a baby – the first being a speedboat down the Thames. View Post