… a word from Amanda

Welcome to END of the longest month ever, the END of the EU and hello Brexit. Boo hoo.

All depressing, on top of the fact that I’m flying to Thailand soon which is looking dangerously geographically close to the whole Coronavirus epidemic.

So, here’s a little light relief, albeit random.

I give you a brie-lliant place to stay if you’re in London this weekend and you’re a cheese lover.

A cheese-themed hotel suite has just opened in Camden – billed as a world first. The Cheese Suite opened its doors on Wednesday, featuring cheese-themed furniture, wallpaper, cushions and throws. There is even cheesy-scented soap in the bathroom. Guests can take selfies in front of the suite’s giant cheese installations before turning in for the night, snuggled up in cheese-themed bedding.

As the accommodation is self-catered, there will be plenty of cheese-themed cookbooks on hand. Plus, there’s a Morrisons and Aldi just down the road, with all the emmental and gorgonzola one could possibly consume.

And for those who don’t fancy cooking, guests can call a cheese delivery service to have snacks delivered straight to their door ,whilst listening to a specially-compiled “cheesy” music playlist.

The suite, in an apartment complex, is being created by Café Rouge to celebrate its new ‘cheesy menu’, but will only be open until February 6th. That seems a little dumb, considering all the effort required to create it.

Stays are limited to one night and are free, but guests are encouraged to donate to the restaurant chain’s charity, the Prince’s Trust.

Want to spend a night in The Cheese Suite? Email the cheesesuite@caferouge.co.uk to register for the chance to be entered into a ballot for a one-night stay. Nights will be allocated at random.

Onto this week’s instalment of Zips It Up, and we dedicate this issue to new talent. A beautiful Balearic jewellery range for all you Ibizans, an incredible coffee-table book full of heartfelt poems by Poet Paul Wood guaranteed to update your lounge immediately and staying on the Ibiza theme, a new health retreat opens at Pikes just in time for summer 2020.