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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It was a hot, summer’s day in 1997 when our Mum returned from work with two copies of the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The following week was spent lying in the shade of the garden (summer holidays were actually hot back then), glued to the story of this unsuspecting wizard. Far removed from our suburban home and looming return to an…

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The Best Things To Do At Universal Studios, Orlando: Hidden Gems

In January 2017, we spent one incredible week at Universal Studios, Orlando. A theme park that perhaps rivals any other for its sheer size, attention to detail and visitor experience, it was a week that we will never forget. Although we have written separate blog posts on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the details of Universal Studios, this article focuses on those lesser publicised parts…

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A Festive Trip to London

Home for us is Milton Keynes. The utopian dream of left-leaning architects and city planners, the town is neatly divided within a grid system, all conveniently accessed  by traffic-free roads and 124 roundabouts. It’s very efficient. However, efficiency has its downfalls. Visit Milton Keynes and you’ll notice that one thing is missing: a town centre. It seems that somewhere amongst all the enthusiastic plans for…

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Searching for Miniature Amsterdam

Tucked away in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a dollhouse. Placed within a carefully carved cabinet, this Lilliputian home boasts nine meticulously decorated rooms, marble floors, specially-commissioned artwork and intricately decorated Chinese porcelain. The creation of talented silversmiths, glassblowers, artists, basket-weavers and cabinet-makers, this beautiful dollhouse was the vision of Petronella Oortman, the wife of a wealthy seventeenth-century Dutch merchant. A miniaturised version of her own home,…

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Paris House, Woburn: a festive competition

In 1878, Francis Russell, the 9th Duke of Bedford, fell in love with a house. The incident happened as he walked through the ‘Streets of Nations’: an ambitious exhibition  showcasing domestic architecture from across the globe. Belonging to the wider ‘Exposition Universelle’ – Paris’ glittering display of engineering and architectural marvels – the ‘Streets of Nations’ was the exhibition’s crowning triumph: a boulevard featuring entire houses, created…

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A Luxury Stay at The Landmark London

In a recent blog post on our night at the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards (also known as the night that I devoured my own fortune), I mentioned my love for London. Not the London with the angry sirens, irked commuters or dark corners that smell like urinals, but the London you see in Mary Poppins or Love Actually. You know – the largely fictional London. This…

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The Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards 2016

Sat quietly in the back of our taxi, we wound our way through the streets of central London. As the rain poured outside, people rushed past each other, taking it in turns to raise their umbrellas to avoid any clashes. They were perfectly synchronised – like extras from ‘Singing in the Rain’ – creating a crowd of gently bobbing umbrellas. With Christmas decorations already starting to…

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