Author Archives: Natasha Blair

About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.

Dog friendly B & B in the heart of the New Forest

  Built in 1627 the Grade 2 listed Thatched Cottage Hotel in the heart of  Brockenhurst  is a pretty, thatched, dog friendly bed and breakfast with 10 bedrooms. Mine had an open fireplace and timber-beamed ceiling. Brockenhurst has a mainline … Continue reading

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Dog-friendly Holdsworth House Hotel

  On the edge of Halifax, Holdsworth House is a pretty 17thcentury Jacobean manor set in three acres of grounds. Dating back to 1633, the family-owned 38 bedroom 4* hotel has open fires, beamed ceilings, oak paneled halls, and mullioned … Continue reading

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A play worth seeing – The Best Man

Martin Shaw stars in the hit production The Best Man, a play that warrants discussion after you have seen it. Written by Gore Vidal, the play is set in 1960, and examines the behind the scenes machinations of an American Presidential … Continue reading

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Chic Dog-friendly Hotel in Cowes, Isle of Wight

North House, a Grade 11 listed townhouse in the conservation area of Cowes Old Town, and a member of the Mr & Mrs Smith stable, has been converted into a fourteen bedroom stylish boutique hotel. My room with the decor … Continue reading

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Romantic, dog-friendly La Poule au Pot Restaurant in Victoria

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Champagne

If at no other time, champagne is usually the drink of choice at Christmas, and certainly for the New Year. According to Francoise Peretti, Director of the UK Champagne Bureau, the UK is their number one client, with sales of … Continue reading

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Impressionist view of London at Tate Britain

Impressionist Art seems to be everywhere. Opening today at Tate Britain is an exhibition of French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904). With the theme Impressionists in London, the exhibition containing over 100 paintings and sculptures highlights what life was … Continue reading

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Cézanne at the National Portrait Gallery

Cézanne  – Portraits of a Life Cézanne is well know for his landscapes, but less well known is that he also painted over 160 portraits. A major exhibition of over fifty, from collections around the world opens at London’s National … Continue reading

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New Sainsbury Wing at the V&A opens with Opera Exhibition

This year’s must see exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics opens this Saturday at the new Sainsbury wing of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London’s South Kensington. There are several reasons to go. Firstly to see the new Sainsbury … Continue reading

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The Royal Mews and Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace

#Buckingham Palace is a must-see for everyone whether a Londoner or a tourist. Sadly the Royal Mews and the #Queen’s Gallery, which are part of the Palace should be included, but are often overlooked. As a Londoner, although I was … Continue reading

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