A Trip to Lisbon

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    I’ve heard the word, ‘Lisbon’ so many times, but I’ve never got around to seeing it for myself then finally, I get the opportunity to go! Lisbon has risen from more simple beginnings as a suggested destination to visit, to being voted one of the best cities in the world. Did you know that it is one of the world’s oldest cities, pre-dating the likes of London, Rome and Paris by hundreds of years? You can feel its antiquity clinging to every corner, especially in the district of Alfama. This makes Lisbon a veritable banquet for history-hungry visitors. It was very nearly completely destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1755, but was thankfully patched together and revived.

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  • Sintra

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    Sintra is often described as a Disneyland for grown-ups, but simply spend time exploring the surrounding beaches, seafood restaurants, and woodlands, and you’ll find there is so much more to this historic town. Just 16 or so miles northwest of the Portuguese capital, with its fairy-tale landscape of mist-soaked forests, turreted palaces and castle ruins, Sintra seems a world away from the heat and hubbub of Lisbon. Lying in the wooded hills of the Serra Mountains, cooler temperatures have lured Portugal’s overheating royalty to sit out the summer in Sintra’s fabulous palaces and shady exotic gardens for centuries – these exotic gardens, with their magnificent views, offer the ideal setting for any occasion, however royal.

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  • The Hermès Hermessence Collection

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    This collection is emblematic of the signature of a house of creative freedom and of unique poetry for both women and men, collaborating with Ten Trinity Square Private Club, one of the leading members’ clubs located in historic Tower Hill, London. I chose Ten Trinity Square because it exudes an exciting mix of elegance and luxury, the perfect venue for the Hermès photo shoot in the newly renovated private club, adding that unmistakable luxurious extra.

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  • The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    On a fine sunny day, I have returned to the splendid spa town of Bath once again. Bath has always been one of my favourite towns, set in a valley countryside with its charming parks and rows of elegant Georgian townhouses and the exclusive Royal Crescent is one of the most prominent addresses in the world. I find myself standing in front of this iconic centre townhouse, marked only by a carpet at the front door, two bay trees and a subtle plaque which confirms the beginning of my stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa for the next few nights.

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  • St Martin’s Lane Hotel

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    Like most of us Brits, I do love a good staycation, especially when I’ve calculated that I probably spend more time in hotel rooms than at home – my poor plants are desperate for water..! I’ve spent more time in my dressing room deciding what to wear, than in the kitchen deciding what to eat – no wonder my kitchen is spotless. 

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  • Men’s Style – Spring/Summer Look

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    Hallelujah! Spring is here at last! Honestly, I do love autumn and winter, but my neck is screaming for some exposure where I have been forever muffled up in my turtleneck tops. My wool and cashmere jumpers are piling up with excessive dry-cleaning bills, so please let me say goodbye to my chunks of winter clothes for a while although, deep down, I know it won’t be for long because the rain can come back at any time and there is no time for hide and seek! Then it will be so long, once again, to cotton and linen – and I’d forgotten how unbelievably light it is.

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  • The Langham London

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    Don’t you ever wonder what it would be like to go back into the gilded age of 1865 when the legendary The Langham Hotel was born – one of London’s oldest grand hotels, located off Regent Street. An advert from the late 19th century declares that the Langham is situated in the “most healthy, convenient and fashionable position in London.” Today this still holds true, the hotel is smack in the centre of London, with the shops of Oxford Street, the village feel of Marylebone, Soho’s nightlife, the elegance of Mayfair, the gardens and zoo at Regent’s Park all on its imposing doorstep.

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  • Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to roam around the English countryside. This is one of my favourite seasons, where we get to see all the beauty of the new blooms and it’s a very special sign of new life. I often remind myself that there are so many beautiful places in England and we hardly ever stop to enjoy all the wonderful places on our doorstep – it seems all too easy for us to go for the holiday abroad total package deal. We Brits are pretty bad at exploring our own green and pleasant land, but with everything that’s been going on politically, it seems that staycations are on the rise.

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  • Firmdale Hotels – London Townhouse

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    After a few road trips all over the UK, finally London is calling once again and it’s always a “pinch me” moment as I call London my home. When you are caught up in a fast pace lifestyle, always on the phone, with the view restricted to the pavement while texting to someone, or a constant check-up on Instagram, it’s far too easy to forget to look up and see the beauty of the buildings, or even the sky.  I never really have the time to embrace everything around me – as if I’m wearing blinkers, just like a racehorse! 

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  • Masseria San Domenico

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    After a few days at the glamorous Borgo Egnazia, it’s time to check out another family-run hotel nearby, which we reach by taking the wonderful scenic route along the Adriatic coast. Embracing mud and water comes naturally at Masseria San Domenico hotel, hidden among some 60 ancient olive trees in Puglia, southern Italy, which location alone might tempt you to come and visit, leaving everything else behind to simply sink into an oasis of tranquillity and splendour. It’s one of Italy’s hitherto lesser-known tourist destinations, but nonetheless famed for its fantastic weather – a place where tourists can escape the crowds and the hustle and bustle of the country’s busier counterparts of Rome, Tuscany, and Naples.

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  • Borgo Eganzia

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    I think it’s time to get away from the English weather once again, after putting up with the rain, snow and freezing cold weather, despite the fact that it’s supposed to be Spring! I’ve been forever daydreaming about escaping to somewhere warmer, being refreshed by the warm Mediterranean air and enjoying the liberating feel of a light summer outfit as I walk barefoot in the golden sand. OK, so I think I need to book my flight and make my forever dream a reality.

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  • Interview with Camilla Rose Millinery

    by Nathan Rollinson
    by Nathan Rollinson

    Nowadays, fashion has changed dramatically and, over the centuries, many of the little accessories have slowly faded, such as gloves, scarves, jewellery, not to mention hats too. I have quite a few hats myself and I feel this is still an important part of a full ensemble, in the same way as we would complete the look with the bag and shoes.

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