All posts by Marketing by Colleen

UK based marketing professional.

The Banana Tree, West Hampstead, London

If you are anything like my boyfriend and I then you will be sure to love a fantastic little restaurant that we found in West Hampstead called The Banana Tree. Serving a tasty range of Indochinese (pan-asian) food, their motto is to “spread the love of great food” which after a spontaneous yet fantastic meal there I was more than happy to do!

We decided to drop in on a busy Friday evening with the desire to try somewhere new for our weekly ‘date night’. Continue reading The Banana Tree, West Hampstead, London

Holiday Inn, Cavendish Street, Leeds, UK

I’ve been a little quiet for a couple of days as I had to do some travelling (UK only) with work. London to Somerset to Birmingham to Leeds to Liverpool to Birmingham and home to London. Fair to say I’m quite tired right now despite having just awoke in my latest hotel.

Now this is my very first time staying at a Holiday Inn Express, so I felt a blog post was needed as so far…. Well it’s pretty good! Continue reading Holiday Inn, Cavendish Street, Leeds, UK

The best way to explore a new city?

Whenever I travel (be it for business or pleasure) I may sometimes have just a few hours or a couple of days to maximise my time in the city. Despite the best intentions by planning in advance, sometimes things just don’t go to plan.

As I have two city breaks fast approaching, I wanted to exchange ideas on the best way to explore a city – on foot, by bike, talking part in an organised walking tour or using the hop on/off buses? Take some time to respond to the poll; feel free to comment as I appreciate that this can flunctuate depending upon budget and availablility of tours etc.

Break Bar in Wood Green, North London

Today I had a rare day in London and so decided to take a trip over to Wood Green, an area that I hadn’t yet been to but have heard quite a lot about.

I decided to take the Picadilly Line from Kings Cross Station up to Wood Green which took around 20 minutes due to the efficiency of the service – a rarity I know! Wood Green tube station is located at the top of the High Street – upon leaving the station I was directly opposite the Cineworld cinema before proceeding to walk along the High Street. Continue reading Break Bar in Wood Green, North London

“The Inspiration Initiative” #inspiretravel

EasyJet Holidays recently launched the ‘Inspiration Initiative’ competition, asking bloggers to blog about who, what, where and when they were inspired to travel. I’ve decided to take part, you can find out more information via this link.


My parents. Whilst we were not able to travel as often as they would have liked, the times when we did were certainly memorable in shaping my perception of travel during the formative years. Continue reading “The Inspiration Initiative” #inspiretravel

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tapas recipe (Competition entry)

My partner’s home-made recreation – delicious!

Please send me on holiday to Barcelona” – Easyjet Holidays competition. I have decided to enter the recipe below for the Easyjet competition taking a little inspiration from Jamaica (ruled by Spain 1509-1655) and of course recreating it tapas style.

To create this tapas dish with a twist, Continue reading Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tapas recipe (Competition entry)

Beigel Bake, Brick Lane, East London

Today I stumbled upon a pretty special little bakery called ‘Beigel Bake’ (pronounced ‘Bagel Bake’) at Brick Lane, East London  at 159 Brick Lane, my first time visiting but certainly won’t be the last! With an assortment of freshly baked bagels (their specialty) available with or without fillings, as well as cakes and pastries, anybody would be certainly spoilt for choice.

I managed to get a chicken filled bagel, slice of carrot cake and a large chocolate brownie slice for £3.30 which by London standards is pretty incredible. Service is fast despite being very busy during the lunch hour and staff were friendly and chatty.

If you’re in the area and looking for a light bite to eat then this is definitely the place to go. They are open 24 hours a day providing tasty and good quality food at very affordable prices.

Au Lotus Thai, Bourse Beurs, Brussels

Following a full day browsing Brussels and taking in sights such as Atomium, Saint Catherine and La Grand Place, I was seeking somewhere affordable and appealing to tuck into dinner.

My boyfriend and I had already decided to enjoy our favourite Thai cuisine. As we were already in the Bourse Beurs area of the city, we browsed a selection of other restaurants to find somewhere that looked appealing for our late Saturday night treat before deciding upon Au Lotus Thai, a Thai restaurant which was a five minute walk from the nearest metro stop. Continue reading Au Lotus Thai, Bourse Beurs, Brussels

Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

During a recent trip to Brussels, I decided to stay at the Stanhope Hotel to enjoy a little bit of luxury during our relaxing two-night stay. Having made the reservation via we were looking forward to making the most of our visit to the city, whilst being based close to the centre enabling maximum time to be spent exploring rather than travelling around the city. On this occasion, location was everything. Continue reading Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, Belgium