Friday 6 December 2019

Global village: Kylie's love affair with London

Kensington Palace Gardens has a lovers' arch.
Kensington Palace Gardens has a lovers' arch.
Kylie Minogue and Joshua Sasse

Kylie Minogue and Joshua Sasse have been inseparable since announcing their engagement in February. The couple even shared their joy by placing a small advert in The Telegraph.

They recently sojourned in London, a city full of romantic spots should a couple fancy putting on a public display of affection.

Kensington Palace Gardens has a lovers' arch that borders the flower beds in front of the royal residence. It's a perfect setting for a kiss or two.

The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery in the Victoria & Albert museum in South Kensington has over 3,000 jewels - including diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia and tiaras fashioned by Cartier. You can even use the room's computers to design a ring inspired by the collection for your own big romantic day out.

How not to be a hotel horror

Anna Coogan has done some research on the travel faux pas that don't sit well with frequent travellers. Here's its list of the top hotel faux pas:

1. Hotel guests that are loud neighbours (65pc).

2. People who are rude to other travellers and hotel guests (64pc).

3. Guests that are rude to hotel staff (56pc).

4. Those that line jump for a taxi or "steal" a taxi from another guest (51pc).

5. Hotel guests that make a mess in common areas (45pc).

6. Travellers that complain about being interrupted or woken up by housekeeping when they don't put up the "Do Not Disturb" sign (34pc).

7. Travellers that take things from their hotel rooms that they're not supposed to (33pc).

8. Guests that don't tip bellmen, porters or housekeeping (24pc).

9. Travellers that have more people stay in their hotel room than allowed (22pc).

10. People that leave their luggage in the hall (19pc).

Cooking in the sunny outdoors

The Jaccard Home N' Away Portable Cooking Stove is ideal if you're planning on going camping or fishing this summer, and fancy having a cookout in the great outdoors in the sunshine.

Because it's true that sausages and burgers taste better after a time spent convening with nature. Maybe it's the fresh air which builds up an appetite. Or it could be the traipsing through fields and up hills which creates a need for extra fuel in the shape of extra-tasty food breaks.

It's an efficient little stove offering up to two-and-a-half hours cooking on a single canister of butane. It has an enamel exterior for easy cleaning. It costs approximately €30.

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