Escape into magical Moominland

Banish the winter blues with an immersive, enchanting exhibition at London’s South Bank Centre, Adventures in Moominland They may have been a bit scary when you were young (anyone remember the Groke who haunted dark, snowy forests?) or perhaps you loved everything about the magical world of the Moomins. The new immersive, interactive exhibition at London’s Southbank…

Food product review: Furniss biscuits

Nothing beats a traditional ginger biscuit with your cuppa – apart from perhaps ginger with a twist… Ginger is a versatile spice that not only works well in cakes, biscuits and confectionery but also has proven medicinal benefits – mainly as an aid to ease nausea. That’s the reason why I ate my own weight…

Interview with ESPA founder Susan Harmsworth

Danielle Woodward meets the ESPA founder who shares her advice on getting ahead in business, tips on coping with stress and the secret to maintaining her youthful glow Susan Harmsworth is in her early 70s but you wouldn’t know it. She exudes a youthful energy that she says is down to a positive mental attitude…

Cookery school review: Raymond Blanc

  The Raymond Blanc Cookery School, at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has a new course on offer – making creative canapés. Danielle Woodward spends the day learning how to create delicious dinner party treats Canapés are little works of art that serve to impress your guests, giving them something to munch on while socialising…

Food review: Riverford Organic

Riverford Organic Farms is encouraging families to prepare and enjoy meals together with its fresh food deliveries There’s no better way to get your kids interested in the food they’re eating than to encourage them to help you prepare it. When they’ve taken an active part in creating their dinner, they are much more likely…

Dinner with Antonio Carluccio

http://www.carluccios.com Eating seasonally is important to Antonio Carluccio, which is why the first thing you see when you look at the new autumn/winter menu is a picture of some luscious wild fungi. They say half of the pleasure of eating is with the eyes, and it’s a good start. New mushroom-inspired dishes include a sharing…

Film review: The New Girlfriend

Directed by François Ozon This French-language psychological comedy-drama cover so many themes, I’m not sure where to start! Friendship, marriage, love, sexual attraction, single parenthood, cross-dressing, homosexuality, femininity… to name a few. Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) has recently lost her best friend, Laura (Isild Le Besco), who has passed away leaving her husband, David (Romain Duris), to…

Restaurant review: Drake & Morgan

Drake & Morgan 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AG http://www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk  Danielle visits the latest bar and restaurant venture to open its sleek glass doors in the regenerated area of N1C As part of the recent regeneration of the area around King’s Cross, Drake & Morgan (the latest opening of the nine London bars and…

Book review: A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

From bestselling author Harriet Evans comes her latest, A Place For Us – an absorbing, emotional page-turner, with characters so real you find yourself thinking about them long after you finish the book. A family saga that focuses on the power of secrets, Evans delves deep into her characters’ histories to show what makes people…

Film review: A Walk In The Woods

Directed by Ken Kwapis Based on the 1998 bestseller of the same name by Bill Bryson, A Walk In The Woods stars Robert Redford as Bryson, who decides to walk the Appalachian Trail on the east coast of America. Despite his wife Cynthia (Emma Thompson) telling him he is too old and unfit and reminding…

Film Review: Magic In The Moonlight

Directed by Woody Allen Is magic real? Is there more to the physical world than meets the eye? These are the questions that arise when master magician Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) tries to expose psychic medium Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) as a fake. Set in the 1920s on the luxurious French Riviera, Woody Allen’s latest…