London has an abundance of food and culture. While none of us will ever get to try it all some of us may get very close. To refresh our memory we asked Angie the blogger about restaurants, the capital, and restaurants in the capital. Allow her to introduce herself.
Eight years ago, Angie began writing Silverspoon London, a Luxury Lifestyle and Travel Blog. When she started working on a freelance events management company website, this website was about food, travel, and personal stories. She was delighted to have her blog because she had long been an active reader of travel, food, and lifestyle. She was also influenced by her father, who had been writing since 2011. She realized she enjoyed writing and decided to keep Silverspoon London, a Luxury Lifestyle and Travel Blog, separate from the business. She continues to write as a hobby. She kept a restaurant diary when she traveled and visited new places.
Could you please tell us about your blogging process? Which comes naturally to you, the words or the pictures?
I usually begin by going through all of my photos selecting the ones I want to include in the post and then editing them. Seeing the photo inspires me and reminds me of the experience, such as the taste of a meal and memories of a lovely location. I enjoy writing and photography didn’t come naturally to me at first but I’ve worked hard over the last two years to improve my composition and style and I’m seeing great results.
I blog most weekdays, so I have to be pretty organised and follow a schedule. I keep an excel spreadsheet where I record every day of the week, what I’m going to publish, and which category it will fall under.
I blog most weekdays so I have to be pretty organised and follow a schedule. I keep an excel spreadsheet in which I record every day of the week for what I’m going to publish and which category it falls under. I like to keep my content varied but my schedule is pretty complex and I’m constantly shifting things around. If I’m going on a trip, I’ll write a lot of posts ahead of time so I don’t have to write on the fly but still have plenty of content to publish.
You’ve travelled the world tell us about the most unusual place you’ve visited and why?
Giraffe Manor was the most incredible hotel I’ve ever stayed in. You may have seen photos of it. It’s the Nairobi, Kenya restaurant where Giraffes join you for breakfast and afternoon tea. It’s more than that because it’s attached to a giraffe sanctuary.
We’ve also stayed in a treehouse in Thailand overlooking an elephant sanctuary where elephants take morning showers and a luxury tent in the middle of the desert where we watched the sunrise over Ayers Rock.
You enjoy the spa at Corinthia. What differs this from the others?
I adore plush surroundings and total luxury. That’s what you get at The Corinthia. Nobody is rushing you, so you can take your time, relax, and enjoy the facilities. But it’s difficult for me to relax. I usually have my phone out in the relaxation areas.
I generally prefer hotel spas because they are more private. I like Harrods’ spa, but it’s very open , so you can’t just walk around in a robe and slippers. My other top pick is The Dorchester Hotel’s gorgeous spa, which also includes the stunning Spatisserie restaurant.
What are some of your favourite London spots?
Victoria where I live is one of my favourite parts of London. People still think of Victoria as a transportation hub or a place full of offices, but it has recently been redeveloped, and there are many new bars, restaurants, and shops. I highly recommend Kouzu for sushi, UNI for Peruvian cuisine, and the stunning Goring Hotel for afternoon tea. Also visit the gorgeous pink bakery Peggy Porschen, which sells the best cakes ever. It’s where I bought my wedding cake. There are so many wonderful sights to see in Victoria, including The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace, that it’s a tourist’s dream.
What is the first destination on your list if you can travel again?
My priorities have shifted dramatically since Oscar arrived. My blog will be changing to focus more on luxury family travel, with an emphasis on hotels that can be enjoyed by both parents and children. I’ve already started looking into hotels that meet all of the criteria and that I believe would be appropriate for Oscar.
To be honest, I don’t care where we go right now. I’d go somewhere that wasn’t too far away, where we could have a nice room, a pool, good food, and nice weather for a week. My two favourite countries are somewhere like Italy or Greece. I’d also like to visit Croatia or Montenegro for a change of pace.