Getaway House, Upstate New York

Getaway House offers a rare opportunity to escape everyday life. The company has handcrafted cabins for guests to visit outside of New York, Boston and DC… a chance to appreciate nature, switch off from city chaos and reconnect with your family and friends.

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After five days making the most of all New York city had to offer, the Getaway House in the Catskills Mountains was a welcome break for us.

Although there are few details provided before arriving at the cabin, all the communication was brilliantly efficient and organised. We received a full itinerary email the day before our stay, with driving instructions, tips on where to buy food nearby and a few handy facts about our forest getaway. Excited and eager to arrive at our wilderness abode we stocked up on groceries at Otto’s Market in Germantown (steak and vegetables) and drove to the specified secret location.

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We were very at home in our two-person cabin named ‘Hope’, there are also cabins available for four guests (with two Queen beds). The cabins are cosy but thanks to the clever layout don’t feel at all cramped. The natural materials blend perfectly with the beautiful surroundings, and there are plenty of windows to let in maximum light from the outside world.

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Inside the cabin we found everything we needed (two hobs, a fridge, and cooking utensils) and a few extra treats (s’mores for cooking by the campfire). The small bathroom is found at one end of the cabin with a shower and toilet. Extra basic provisions are also stocked in the cabin and can be purchased for a small fee. Before our dinner we had fun reading the books provided (Cabin Porn has a range of endearing tales) and flicking through the Getaway notebook, filled with poetry, games and quizzes. After a relaxing evening we switched off the light and drifted off to sleep under the moonlight.

I loved my time at the Getaway House. For me it offered an unusual occasion to relax, unwind and switch off from my busy digital-focused lifestyle. I can’t recommend this beautiful and remote hideaway enough.

More information and book a stay at the Getaway House here.

Viceroy Central Park, New York

It is never easy picking a hotel in a huge city like New York. Many of the options are overpriced for undersized rooms, but Viceroy Central Park have got the balance just right… offering stylish, comfortable rooms in the middle of Manhattan.

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The Viceroy chain has properties all over the world and is continuing to expand. Their New York hotel opened in 2013, a fashionable addition to the business-focussed accommodation in this central area of town. Found on West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, it is the ideal hotel for work or leisure trips. The 29-storey building features 240 rooms (including 42 suites) alongside a popular Rooftop bar with unrivalled views, and their signature restaurant, Kingside, on the ground floor.

We loved our 1920s style Park View Suite. Located on the 22nd floor, we had iconic views from our window, a real joy to wake up to each morning. In the bedroom, the custom-made bed steals all the attention, blissfully comfy with the softest bedding you could dream of. The spacious living room was tastefully designed with deco-esque velvet furniture and charming lamps.

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The bathroom was decorated in a dark and glamorous style, think black shiny tiles and brass gold details. A powerful shower (complete with circular window) was fully stocked with Roil Amanda George toiletries, and I took full advantage of the delicious smelling La Botega moisturiser, also found in our bathroom.

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If you’ve had a long day sightseeing, or a big night out on the town, there is nothing better than ordering breakfast to your room. I can highly recommend the pancakes with red fruits and maple syrup, enormous in size with the best fluffy, light texture… they were delicious. We had an Illy Espresso maker in our room, making it easy to fight off jet-lag with caffeine whenever needed!

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The Viceroy are clever to always consider every kind of traveller by providing amenities to keep all guests entertained… In our room I noticed the Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Sound System and a collaboration with Hunter wellies. Downstairs, the Kingside restaurant welcomes external visitors as well as those staying in the hotel.

Centrally located with a sophisticated personality, Viceroy Central Park will suit the style-savvy traveller, who’s out adventuring during the day and in need of a luxuriously restful sleep at night.

More information and book a room at Viceroy New York here.

London’s Best New Restaurants 2018

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to trust the hype on social media when it comes to which new restaurants in London are worth trying. Here are a few tried and tested favourites which have opened in the capital in the last few months, and are, in my opinion, deserving of your time and money.

Roganic

Roganic

The closure of Simon Rogan’s original Roganic pop-up was lamented by many… so it’s hardly a surprise that the new (permanent) Roganic in Marylebone is already a hit. The team features many of the original Roganic line-up, and the menu is blissfully fresh, seasonal and imaginative. Go for the £40 / five course weekday set lunch menu.

Llewelyns

Llewelyn’s 

There is a new reason to visit Herne Hill. Llewelyn’s is the perfect neighbourhood eatery with a stellar team. Ex-general manager from Rochelle Canteen, Alcides Gauto runs the floor whilst pastry chef Ravinder Gill (St John) and head chef Warren Fleet (Anchor & Hope) work wonders in the small kitchen. The light contemporary dining room is a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and Llewleyn’s evolving seasonal menu always delights.

Duddells

Duddell’s

This Hong Kong export arrived in London just before Christmas, finding a home in a spectacular restored and transformed church in London Bridge. The Cantonese menu is the creation of head chef Daren Liew… the dim sum is delicate and delicious but it was the succulent and decadent Peking Duck which won my heart.

Good Egg

The Good Egg Soho

Stoke Newington’s favourite Middle Eastern brunch spot has found a new home in Soho. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this friendly all-day dining spot has a range of tasty Jewish-inspired dishes. I love the tapas-style Jerusalem breakfast and the indulgent chocolate babka.

Core

Core by Clare Smyth

After nearly a decade at Gordon Ramsay’s three star flagship eatery on Royal Hospital Road it was time for Clare Smyth to open her own establishment, a platform to showcase her ideas and culinary skill. Unsurprisingly her solo restaurant, Core in Notting Hill is a hit served refined plates of irresistibly tasty food. It is expensive, but with food and service of this calibre it is worth the price-tag.

nuala

Nuala

Joining the Old Street restaurants is Nuala, a modern British restaurant with a Gaelic twist from chef Niall Davidson. The spacious concrete dining room has an impressive central firepit and a cosy bar space downstairs. We chose a range of smaller flavour-filled dishes, but I was also rather jealous of the next door tables’ ‘Suckling Pig to Share’.

Kudu

Kudu

I was delighted when Kudu arrived in my neighbourhood in South East London. The kitchen and floor is run by a couple team (Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams) who have plenty of experience of London’s restaurant scene despite their young years. The menu draws on Patrick’s South African roots with a range of a seasonal dishes, featuring locally sourced and foraged food. We loved the brunch offering and need to return soon for dinner.

Rochelle Canteen ICA

Rochelle Canteen at ICA

The newest outpost of Rochelle Canteen (in the more centrally located) Pall Mall, is just as good as the original. Expect hearty British classics, using the finest ingredients and served with a smile. After lunch here I left feeling full and very content.

Nest

Nest

This cute eatery opened up just before Christmas on Morning Lane in East London. It is the first restaurant from three lifelong friends, Johnnie, Luke and Toby, who all have a passion for showcasing the best British produce. We tried a selection of dishes to share, but I recommend visiting with an appetite and opting for the 7 course set menu, which at £28 is an absolute bargain.

Ella Canta

Ella Canta

A Mexican restaurant unlike any other. Located within the Park Lane Intercontinental this quirky and colourful restaurants showcases the signature dishes crafted by renowned Mexican Chef Martha Ortiz. A rare opportunity to taste authentic Mexican cuisine in London.

Pastaio

Pastaio

Stevie Parle’s cheap and cheerful pasta join Pastaio is Soho’s answer to Padella. Stop by for a satisfying bowl of homemade pasta in their colourful dining room. Queues may vary.

Sorella

Sorella

The Manor is Clapham has recently reopened as Sorella, a modern Italian eatery. Chef Robin Gill spent a considerable amount of time on the Amalfi coast, and the food here reflects the climate and character of this beautiful Italian regions. Start with the truffle arancini before relishing a bowl of comforting homemade pasta.

See more of my London foodie top tips on my Instagram page – @millykr.