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Florence, the heart of Tuscany and a city I had never visited until this May. I chose Grand Hotel Minerva Florence due to its central location and proximity to the station. As my plan was to tour around Tuscany, I wanted to be close to the station. Grand Hotel Minerva Florence is a modern classic. This term is probably not real in design or architecture but I find it the best way to describe the vibe. When in Florence, it is difficult to deviate from the city’s rich history and culture. I also do not think that hotels should be…

Covent Garden – an iconic London landmark attracting millions of tourists a year. Today, I wanted to show you a slightly different side of it. A couple of weeks ago, the lovely ladies from Covent Garden’ s PR team, partnered up with the best of London’s Instagrammers @prettycitylondon and showed us Covent Garden in Bloom. Covent Garden participated in the Chelsea Flower Show, which is held every year at the start of summer. As not everyone gets to enjoy the beautiful creations showcased at the show, Covent Garden brought their exhibition back to where it belonged – in the heart…

Father’s day gift guide Oh my, it is Saturday and you forgot it is Father’s Day tomorrow? What can I say except ‘join the club’? However, no need to panic, as here are my top 3 quintessentially British gifting ideas for you. I have included a short history behind each one, as well as a secret recipe at the end. A gift with heritage is always better, don’t you think? I love it when people give me gifts that have a story, rather than simply buying me something. Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling: An ode to the senses and the glorious gin…

Let’s continue the journey from my last week’s article about my favourite Insta worthy coffee shops around London. I realised I have too many to fit in 1 article and I did not want to cut any of them out. Here comes part 2. The Blue Corner 79-81 Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UZ This is a hidden, local gem, which I discovered recently. Gorgeous spot for picture taking with its rustic, homey feel and mismatched furniture. The only bit I do not like is the prices. For the area, it is too expensive. My advice, have a coffee, take your…

Flat hunting – the good, the bad and the damn ugly If you follow me on Instagram, you might have read all my moan-y captions about flat hunting and the anxiety it gives me. London is a beautiful city but trying to rent a flat in it, might just end you. The games, the pitches, the scaremonger-y and the bully techniques to get you to sign a contract and give away your kidney for a flat. Especially in summer, because you see summer is special, and you might need to part with both kidneys if you need a flat then.…

What is the point of living in London and being obsessed with Instagram, if I can’t share my favourite spots with you guys. I constantly get messages about where I go, or what are the best places to visit when in London. I compiled this high level guide for you my darlings – good food and Insta friendly. The places that do not judge you for stepping on a chair or so, to get that perfect shot. Or possibly spend the first 30 minutes snapping and then needing your food re-heat it. The Instagrammers’ natural habitat guide – Part 1…

If you have not heard the news yet, it is true – Decleor have opened their first boutique and day spa at 187 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. I was so excited to receive an invitation to join them in celebration of the opening. Quick fact check about Decleor: 40 years of experience in aromatherapy skincare and innovation. The location of the boutique is absolutely superb, right in the heart of Notting Hill. For the opening, the front was decorated with flowers in line with the yearly Chelsea Flower Show which gets London to look even more beautiful than usual. On…

When my boss invited me to watch the Chelsea game last Tuesday, my initial reaction was something like ‘Arghh ahm OK, I guess?’ Feeling my lack of enthusiasm, he tried to explain how many people were interested in those tickets, so it would be good if I showed at least a little bit of excitement for being invited. He did say we had a private box to watch from, knowing that this will make me perk up. The concept of spending my precious Monday evening at a stadium, surrounded by what I imagined to be crazy, fanatical football fans (come…

This post has been long overdue. The people who follow my Instagram, would know I paid a visit to my grandma’s village back in February. It was an emotional time for me, and I have thought multiple times if I wanted to share this personal moment with the world or not. However, I have decided it is important to showcase the place through my eyes. Once upon a time, I used to visit my grandma and Tvarditsa often. In summer, for months in a roll, and in winter during Christmas break. I had a lot of friends over there, as all…

Dear readers, It has been a year this month since I launched imovingtolondon.com and my Instagram account. This is such an emotional post for me. Thank you for joining me on my journey, thank you for all the messages, likes, comments and encouragement through the past year. I am grateful for the new friends I made, the new skills I picked up and all the places I was able to visit. I am also really grateful for the things I learnt. I wanted this post to be a reflection on the year gone, and some of the words of wisdom…