Museums at Night Ahoy!

Ahoy, maties! Welcome aboard the Cutty Sark– or as auto-correct would have it, the Curry Shark-  the lastest ever Tea Clipper (launched on 22nd November 1869) and fastest ever, completing her globe-spanning journey in an astonishing and record-breaking 73 days. I have a go at breaking this record, but more on that later. But what am I doing…

Say Hello to my Not-So-Little Friend

It was one day during my holidays that I had the urge to visit one of my all-time favourite museums – the Horniman Museum. The fact that if was founded by a tea merchant just adds to the reasons of why I love it and apparently you can still buy Horniman Tea in Spain… I…

Time for Tea…

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” said C.S. Lewis, probably on a rainy day, with nothing to do but drink tea and read books. I’m inclined to agree with him. I’ve used the buckets that a certain coffee house claims to be mugs…

Time for Tea

“I’ll have a triple-shot-extra-huge-extra-skinny-lattechino” barked the woman in front of me in the queue in the world’s most famous coffee-chain-named-after-a-character-from-Moby Dick. The poor, overworked barrista smiled and set to work. Elaborate machines hissed and spluttered while the woman stomped over to collect her order. Just over the road, but a million miles away I had…

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

“If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise/If you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguise/ For every bear that ever there was/Will gather there for certain because/ Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.” Wonderland is a very strange place where everything…

Oh I do like to be beside the sea, and drink tea

What do you do after you’ve learnt about dead Egyptians? That’s right; you explore the rest of the museum and see what other treats are on offer. Luckily the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has plenty including, oddly, a puppet theatre. I felt obligated to try it out. Amazing. But what else do you do? …

Alice’s Adventures in Guinnessland

Believe it or not, the title above is not about our intrepid adventurer’s descent into alcoholism, but rather an advertising campaign by Guinness. When exactly, I don’t think the sign said… but where exactly I discovered this little gem was the Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging ; a delightful little treasure-trove in Notting Hill….

A Very Mad Tea-Party (Part One in an Ongoing Series)

“…It’s always six o’clock now.” A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put here?” she asked. “Yes that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time.”   And so the Mad Hatter explains away his tea-party. A continuous tea party and an ingenious solution to…