During my stay in the US I spent a night in Boston. We stayed at The Liberty Hotel on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. This cruciform shaped structure made in 1851 from granite has an impressive 90 foot central rotunda topped with a cupola and it used to be a jail! It is located in one of Bostons’s oldest neighbourhoods and is full of little shops and bistros. If you go over the footbridge across the street it takes you to The Esplanade and a six mile stretch of riverside parks.

Make time to enjoy dinner at Scampo, award winning Chef Lydia Shire’s newest restaurant at the hotel. At street level this great restaurant is lively with a good atmosphere. It offers delicious contemporary Italian food and has an open kitchen preparing brick oven pizzas. In the summer you can sit outside. I shopped on Newbury Street where all the best shopping can be found from Armani, Burberry , Frye, Lululemon Athletica, Converse, Max Mara, Nespresso, Rag & Bone and Calypso St Barth to Diane Von Furstenberg where the lovely dresses are less expensive to buy in the US than the UK.

There is a delightful coffee shop close to DVF called Thinking Cup where you can have a delicious cup of coffee and a wonderful breakfast or casual lunch. Their salads and pastries are extremely good.

Boston is full of wonderful museums. I managed to see, on a friend’s recommendation, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is an extraordinary collection of artefacts and paintings. Isabella was in love with Venice and the Italian culture and as a result her museum was fashioned after the Palazzo Barbaro where she stayed during her many visits. I walked the Freedom Trail which starts in the financial district and ends up at the USS Constitution, she is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy; she defeated five British warships rather formidably in 1812!

I wish I had been able to stay longer as Boston is a great place for a lovely weekend away. Other good hotels are The Fairmont and The Four Seasons. If you would like us to book flights and hotels please email

Favourite things to do in Boston

Have a drink at the Top of the Hub on the top floor of the Prudential
Walk along Charles River, crossing the Mass Ave bridge
Brunch at The Oak Room at The Fairmont Copley Plaza
Visit the Museum of Fine Art ‘MFA’
Dine at Red Lantern for amazing sushi and chinese food
Dine at La Voile, great French restaurant on Newbury Street
Grab a sandwich from cafe Flour on Back Bay or Cambridge
Walk through the Quincy Market and lunch at Il Panino in Little Italy North End
Have breakfast with delicious pastries at the Tate Bakery
Visit Harvard Square and have lunch at the Borders Cafe
Walk on South End and go to Toro for amazing tapas
Enjoy a cocktail or two at bar Drink