Conde Nast Traveller Magazine feature – The Gold List

If you pick up a copy of the new Conde Nast Traveller’s magazine about The Gold List 2019, you’ll find my photo of the gold bathroom sink from the Nobu Shoreditch Hotel in London from when the #NetflixStreamTeam visited London in September 2017.

It’s a fantastically glamorous issue and I’m reminded of 1) how lucky I was to be invited to London and to have had the opportunity to stay in the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in the first place, and b) to have my photo included in this decadent travel roundup! You can pick up the current issue in all good newsstands [in the UK only, I believe] or you can purchase a copy of the online version here.

Thank you again Conde Nast Traveller for wanting to include my little picture!

Netflix recommendations (Canada and UK / Ireland)

Storm Emma has made herself home in western Europe this week and if you too are stuck indoors like so many of my friends and family, I thought there was no better time to share a list of my favourite Netflix shows and movies. As a member of the UK and Ireland #NexflixStreamTeam I can assure you I’ve put in the time, effort and countless hours of research to bring you a list of my favourite lesser-known Netflix features, all of which I’ve recommended within the past year to family and friends. Since moving to Canada, I now have access to the Canadian Netflix and have picked up some new favourites here, so I’ve detailed if each movie or show is available in Canada (🍁) or Ireland (☘️), or both! And if you can’t see those emoji’s from your device, you’re just going to have to guess which is which. Tough.

Schitt’s Creek (🍁 and ☘️)
Starring Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, a quirky and comically awkward show that you can easily binge over a few days. Moira’s wardrobe alone is a reason to watch.

The Little Hours (🍁)
A movie based in medieval times but with a modern dialogue and it is hilarious and very unexpected.

Rick and Morty (☘️)
Not a show for everyone, but if you like things that don’t make sense and are very out there or inter-dimensional cable, this is for you.

What We Do In The Shadows (🍁)
Easily one of my favourite movies now thanks to Netflix. It’s a movie I tell almost everyone about. It used to be on Netflix UK and Ireland but has recently been removed, but I’m hoping it comes back soon because it is something everyone needs to see.

Labor Day (☘️)
A very captivating and unexpecting movie with a really good story.

John Wick (🍁 and ☘️)
A violent and graphic movie that won’t be to everyone’s taste, but is very good and was made for Keanu Reeves.

Hidden Figures (🍁)
Funny, empowering and inspiring movie that I brought Cora to watch when she was teeny tiny. It became available on Netflix the day we moved to Canada and it was the first thing we watched here (and have watched it many times since).

Puffin Rock (🍁 and ☘️)
I can’t not throw a kids show in here and if I had to pick one it would be Puffin Rock. It’s so sweet and it won’t drive you insane as a parent. It’s narrated by Chris O’Dowd so you know it’s going to be good.

The Last Man on Earth (🍁)
We just finished the 3rd season and we can’t wait to watch the 4th. It’s an unbelievably good show and even better, it’s helping me curb my swears in preparation of Cora becoming ever more conscious of talking.

ADDITIONAL! A list of mainstream / popular movies and shows you may not have watched but I can attest are very good and are very popular for a reason (all of which are 🍁 and ☘️!) …
– Ozark
– Fargo
– Gilmore Girls
– Looper
– The Good Place
– The Keepers
– Grace and Frankie

AND FINALLY … What used to be on Netflix but aren’t at the moment but for the record, were some of my absolute favourites …
– The English Teacher
– The Help
– Life of Crime
… And hopefully they make a reappearance soon.

I hope wherever you are this week that you’re warm and have enough bread. And if you do try one of my Netflix recommendations, let me know! I always enjoy hearing if people think my recommendations are good (or bad!). And tell me , what’s been your favourite lesser-known Netflix binge these days? Or do you prefer to stick to more mainstream shows?

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, London, with the #NetflixStreamTeam

Last week when we traveled to London as part of the Netflix Stream Team, we [Becky, Nicci, Geraldine, Sinead and I] were treated to a nights stay at the Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch, London, and it was kind of really something else …  

The hotel was a contrast of dark and light with plenty of gold. Our rooms were beautiful and comfortable. I especially fell in love with the bathroom sink in my room. It was [almost] too beautiful to use, but I did at long last [after taking about 76 photos of it].

The small [mostly gold] details throughout the Nobu Hotel were beautiful. The morning we left, I made sure to give myself some time to take some photos [and was very nearly late because of it – oops].

On the Tuesday night during our stay, we were treated to cocktails in the basement bar [after champagne and Vietnamese food (not at the same time), which by the way, is so good that I want some right now] by Nicola. It was such a great 24 hours and I couldn’t have asked for better company or to have spent it in more beautiful surroundings.

If you’re ever staying in London and have the opportunity to stay in the Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch, take it.