Vicki Power

By Vicki Power | 02 Mar 2022

Grand Hotel Tremezzo review: a room with a view (and a half)

If any building can match the grandeur of Lake Como, it is the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. A monument to Belle Epoque indulgence standing majestically on the western shore of the lake opposite the town of B... Read More

By Vicki Power | 26 Feb 2022

Isola by San Carlo review: Italian with an island twist

As my cocktail arrived – an Instagramable confection of the prettiest pink with a giant smoke bubble on top – I suspected that I was in for a different dining experience than those general... Read More

By Vicki Power | 19 Feb 2022

Fizzing Italian Escape

The sat nav failed on our journey to L’Albereta. It couldn’t find the hotel in the Lombardy hills just outside the village of Erbusco. After much doubling back and asking, ‘Is that i... Read More

By Vicki Power | 02 Nov 2021

Luton Hoo: an evocative glance at a sumptuous bygone era

Driving up the tree-lined avenue to Luton Hoo Hotel & Spa, I could practically hear the plinking piano of the Downton Abbey theme music in my ears. Its Capability Brown-designed grounds create a s... Read More

By Vicki Power | 12 Oct 2021

Heritage Dulwich: superb Indian in the suburbs

As far as I’m concerned, there have been few downsides to working from home in the pandemic era – loungewear and being in for the Amazon delivery guy being chief among them. But a year and... Read More

By Vicki Power | 02 Aug 2021

Cinquecento: electric atmosphere and rustic food in the heart of West London

There’s an idea that the only place you’ll get authentic Italian food is in a traditional restaurant whose décor hasn’t changed since 1975; where an ancient nonna toils in the... Read More