Author Sophie McLean

Our international maiden of mystery, Sophie spends more time out of the country than in it. A self-confessed Italophile and a lover of all things vinous, when she’s not reposing somewhere suitably superb, you’ll find her zipping around the country in fabulous supercars, thoughtfully admiring arty accolades, and sampling the best of London’s watering holes and eateries.

Spas
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Sophie travels to Spain for a much-needed detox at the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, to experience the philosophy of macrobiotics at one of the best equipped spas in Europe. She even gave up wine. Or so she says…

Tipples
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Sophie has a soft spot for Italian men. But we won’t go into that now. She also has a particular weakness for champagne. We couldn’t find any Italian Stallions so we sent her to Searcys to learn about decanting bubbles instead.

The Lifestyle
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Sophie indulges in David Carter’s Coquette; London’s most popular pampering event for ladies who cocktail. Dance the Charleston, glam up like a diva and learn how to kiss handsome bartenders…

Hotels
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International maiden of mystery, Sophie McLean, spends the night at Hotel Cram in Barcelona, and discovers that even travel tradeshow exhibitions can be fun when your hotel room has so much soul.

Hotels
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There’s something so inherently mysterious about Oxford. Time-worn buildings loom over pretty cobbled streets, well-trodden…

London Restaurants
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It has been some days since I dined at Hush Brasserie in Mayfair. Perhaps, as…

Travel
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The white truffle is one of the most heralded and expensive foodstuffs on the planet. Sophie McLean explores the rugged landscape of Piedmont for the annual truffle fair, in search of the finest foods, wines and Italian white gold.

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