Murder on the Orient Express

Dream cast. Visually sumptuous. Fab footage for steam train fans (and let’s face it, who isn’t a fan of steam trains?). But… Despite all of the above, and without wishing to sound ungrateful and churlish, Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” never quite lives up to expectations. Judi Dench....

Eating at Smith’s in Wapping

In London for my birthday, we decided to eat locally, and since we were staying in Shad Thames, the choice was lots of nice but a bit run-of-the-mill-and-not-special-occasion-y places. Or Smith’s. Smith’s it was. We walked across Tower Bridge and strolled along the river to Smith’s, a large, rather green,...

Eating at Cafe Lota in the Delhi Crafts Museum

Finally. Finally I got my act together (thanks, Catriona) and not only visited the Crafts Museum after aeons, but also had lunch in the absolutely adorable Cafe Lota, situated just at the entrance to the museum complex. Been meaning to go there forever, and it was every bit as charming...

Victoria & Abdul

Oh dear. What a let down. The story, that of the unlikely friendship between an ageing Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, is not only a delectable one, but the additional fact that Abdul Karim’s diaries were only recently discovered is also thrilling. Add the incomparable Judi Dench to the...

Eating at Côte in London

On both our trips to London this year, we have based ourselves fairly & squarely in SE1, probably my favourite part of the city. We walked miles along the Thames, explored the City and the fabulously renovated Docklands area, including my all-time favourite St. Katharine Dock. We also ate several...

Visiting the exhibition “CHRISTIAN DIOR, COUTURIER DU RÊVE”

Let me be completely upfront with you. This review is going to be nothing but breathless prose, incoherent, uncritical admiration and lots of photos of THE most fabulous exhibition imaginable. Yes, indeed, my reviewing colours nailed well & truly to the mast. If you haven’t already seen the breathtaking retrospective...

Eating at The Peak Lookout, Hong Kong

Yes, OK, OK, agreed. The Peak in Hong Kong is super touristy, with coach-loads of tourists selfie-ing away to glory. The tourist tat gets worse with every visit – & is set to get even more so, once that giant Coca Cola can is up & running for even more...

How good is the coffee at The Coffee Academics?

Excellent. Truly. As a total coffeeholic, I’d already Googled “best coffee shops in Hong Kong” prior to our trip there last week, and found The Coffee Academics. Then, on arrival, one of the first things I was told by my equally coffeholic-y hostess, was that The Coffee Academics was just...

Testing the underwater housing for iPhones

On a recent scuba diving holiday in Thailand, we all tested out the housing for my iPhone7, first in the hotel pool and then during a week’s diving trip. Result? A resounding success and such fun to use.You simply place the phone inside the housing (above) and snap it tightly...

How good are ASICS Nimbus running shoes?

Yesterday, I was chatting to one of the lovely fellas in my running group, Navi Singh, as we ran our warm-up laps, & he was singing the praises of ASICS running shoes. Now before you jump to any conclusions, this was nothing to do with the fact that we are...

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My name is Christine Pemberton, I'm British, and a full-time resident of Delhi. India is my forever home.

In this review blog, I share my opinions on the places & the restaurants I visit and, of course, the shopping I do. From reviewing running shoes to trying out scuba gear, from testing gadgets to sharing touristy tips, you should find something here to interest you. If not - tell me!