Goode & Wright

Safe to say our morning plans did not go as expected! I bought a zone 1-2 underground pass (rather than a zone 1-6) as I knew we’d be eating in Central, but it was the type of ticket that you can only use once (so the ticket barriers swallow them up). We had to join the suuuuuper long ticket queue to exchange it for the right ticket and then we were served by our favourite ever member of staff. Continue reading Goode & Wright

Din Tai Fung

On our last full day in China we planned a spontaneous day trip to Shanghai. Some of my team had visited on Tuesday but I didn’t go with them, as I knew they’d want to spend a long time wandering round the markets to buy cheap designer bags and watches and I was mainly interested in exploring the food side of the city (shocker I know!) 😛 I wasn’t sure if I would go at all because it had taken two hours to drive to the city where we were staying from the airport in Shanghai, but when I found out there were fast trains that arrived in less than 20 minutes (and costed only around $4) I thought it would have been a shame to miss out on the opportunity to visit especially given that the chances of me returning to China would be extremely slim! Continue reading Din Tai Fung


Is it just me or does anyone else get really disappointed when they go out for a bad meal!? I’d had this on my list of places to re-visit for ages and although it was far from bad, it really wasn’t half as good as I remember. I don’t know if my taste has changed, if I bigged it up in my head or whether I’ve just been to a hell of a lot of other good food places since I first went but I was a little bit disappointed 😦 Continue reading Polpo


I’ve been to Caravan for brunch a couple of times now and it was amazing both times. The first time I went was a long time ago, just after we moved to London. I don’t remember it that well other than that we had to queue for quite a while as they’re very popular and they don’t take bookings on weekends but it was worth the wait! It’s a huge place so the fact that they’re always packed out really shows how good their food is. Continue reading Caravan


I was so excited to go to China as I’d never been to Shanghai before and I knew it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to play badminton against the best players in the world. One thing I wasn’t looking forward to was the food though – I’m not a fan of Asian food at the best of times and I knew coming here it would probably be all that was available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I was determined to make the best of it, and try as many new things as I could. Going away is one of the key times when I think it’s so important to remind yourself that consistency is key and being relaxed about nutrition is a vital part of the mental side of a balanced lifestyle – a week or two off will make zero difference in the long term. Continue reading China