Hotel and Spa Review: The Runnymede on Thames

Working and living in London can get pretty hectic sometimes, for all it’s perks – great restaurants, shops and entertainment, occasionally it’s nice to get away from it all and retreat to the good ‘ole British countryside.

With this in mind we decided to book ourselves a little weekend away. Our criteria being: close proximity to London and easily accessible without a car, lots of things nearby to do/see (country walks, pubs, sports e.g. bike rides, tennis etc) and good value for money.

After some initial searching through various websites and search engines, we came across the Runnymede-on-Thames hotel, a four star hotel and spa in Egham – just 40 minutes outside London. Situated next to the river Thames it looked like the perfect place for a weekend retreat offering spa treatments, a tennis court, a swimming pool and even boating excursions.

First impressions did not disappoint, friendly staff greeted us in the spacious reception, the highly modern decor creating a grandiose vibe, yet the vast grounds backing onto the river laden with aged canal boats meshed the old with the new – think hunter wellies mixed with bistro glam. Inside its pops of orange, tiled mosaic decor and classic brown leather sofas and a wall of miniature rubber ducks.


We quickly checked into our room which was clean and cosy, with Espa products in the bathrooms. The steamy pool was another draw where stressed out city folk and local families lounged in white dressing gowns waiting for spa appointments.


After an afternoon of strolling along the autumnal river side path, it was time for a well deserved glass of Chablis in the lounge before dinner.

As part of our room offer*, our rate included dinner in the Leftbank restaurant with the promise of ‘an extensive buffet with a twist’. Buffet options included a five course menu of pretty much everything you could ever imagine. Definitely one of the best hotel buffets we have sampled. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


Over all we had a great hotel experience and would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxed and convenient weekend away from the city.

*We paid £183 for a Saturday night stay including dinner in the Leftbank restaurant.


Closing London Fashion Week

…And that’s a wrap to London Fashion Week. I was lucky enough to attend the Oliver Spencer show – the very first men’s only fashion show offering fashion straight from the catwalk to be purchased at the click of a button.

Opening the show was the lovely Jim Chapman who gave an introduction to the click-to-buy concept through a revolutionary new app – Vero. Simply sign up and have the fashions of the evening available to be delivered the next day!

All in all a great show to close the chaos that is LFW. Other celebs on the front frow included Daisy Lowe, David Gandy and JP from MIC.


Book recommendations

There’s nothing better than getting lost in a book, that feeling when you discover a great read that you just can’t put down.

I’m always looking for great book recommendations, asking friends what they’ve been reading and searching online for titles that might take my fancy.

So I thought I would share some of the books I’ve been loving lately…

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is my most recent read, a recommendation from a friend. At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to be my kind of thing, but I can firmly say it’s probably the best book I’ve read all year.
Sterotypically, you could describe it as a ‘coming of age’ story. A plot that brings up topics of race and identity, following a young couples journey from Nigeria to America. The author tells the tale in such a captivating and throught-provoking manner that I was still thinking about his book weeks after I’d finished.
Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your find of story I would urge you to give it a go…

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A story with a twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is a page turning read that makes you not want to put it down. I’d say this book definitely falls under the ‘thriller’ category, it keeps you guessing till the end and is a nice easy read.
A story told from the perspective of Cadence, a teenager from a rich American family, a family with secrets. At the end of the summer something takes place – an incident, accident or illness but she can’t remember what happens or why. The plot slowly unlocks the past, revealing an intricate web of lies with a twist you don’t see coming!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

After all the hype around this book this summer, I’d be surprised if most of you reading this hadn’t heard of this book. Having been on many best-seller lists, I had to give this one a go.
This was a great summer read, a tale of young love and family relationships.
Maddy is allergic to the outside world and is confined to her house where a nurse and her mother take care of her. However, everything changes one day when a new family arrives next door and Maddy starts to get to know her good-looking teenage neighbour. A tale of how millennials interact over emails and texts with a heart warming ending that will leave you with warm fuzzies.


Favourite Instagram accounts

It probably comes as no surprise that scrolling through Instagram on a daily basis is one of my guilty pleasures! Inspired by other posts I’ve seen, I thought I’d share some of my favourite accounts to follow.

1) Tash Oakley
If beautiful destinations and stunning swimwear is your thing then you will LOVE Tash’s insta. This Austrialian beauty travels the world and we get to see her edit of it – beautiful sunsets, turquoise waters and gorgeous clothes. Her year-round tan will make you want to get the tanning mit out pronto!

2) Jacqueline Muktua
This Swedish fashion blogger has an insta to die for. Her photography is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen on Instagram with each image using the same filter and lighting style creating a matrix of Vogue worthy visuals. One to check out for fashion and photography inspiration.

3) Murad Osmann
This is one of the most incredible accounts I’ve ever seen! It’s quite an iconic one so chance are you will have heard of it already. Video producer Murad lets his girlfriend lead him through some of the most beautiful places around the world. Fairly hard to describe – you’ll have to take a look to understand what the fuss is all about!

4) Live Green Healthy
If healthy food inspo is what you’re after then this account provides mountains of inspiration. From a million ways to eat avo on toast to yummy pasta and creative salads. *Warning: be prepared to be hungry as soon as you look as you open the page up*


Amalfi Coast


Without a doubt my favourite holiday to date. No need for me to explain why I loved this Italian coast line so much as the pictures speak for themselves, showcasing the breath taking views and tranquil settings.

The Amalfi Coast is every bit as beautiful as the pictures portray it to be and offer so much more than your average beach holiday. Pompei, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento… So many places to visit for those that want to get out and about as well as the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen!

If you are looking for your next European adventure I can’t recommend it enough.

I’m already planing my next visit…