Editor-in-Chief, Newsletters

Lou Dearden

Anna-Louise (mostly known as Lou) is Editor in Chief of Saga Exceptional’s newsletters.

A journalist and editor since the ‘90s (when lunches were considerably longer – and louder) she’s written for The Guardian, Total Film, Glamour, Sky and Vogue. She’s also collaborated with huge brands like ASOS, Barclays, House of Fraser and Tesco.

Having cut her teeth in the food and drink industry, she’s been lucky enough to visit vineyards and Michelin star restaurants – as well as much less salubrious, but no less fun destinations. And as editor of a film magazine for six years, she’s interviewed stars like Michael Palin, Sandra Bullock, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. She once had a boozy lunch at the Dorchester with Robocop and fell asleep on the train from London, waking up in Nottingham (not her destination).

A Mental Health First Aider, Lou is passionate about wellbeing and happiness, and is constantly seeking out experiences that inspire awe (even the every day, little ones). She has two children, who she managed to get to 18, so is now looking forward to travelling out of the insanely expensive school holidays.

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Articles by Lou Dearden

Artificial grass with a picket fence

Artificial grass vs the real thing – which type are you rooting for?

Readers debate whether artificial grass or real natural grass is best for their garden, people and the environment.

Kevin McCloud
Interior Design

Claim your two free tickets to Grand Designs Live

Are you looking to renovate or improve your home? Grand Designs Live returns to London’s Excel and you can claim two free tickets for the show today.

A wide-shot, landscape view of the island of Lanzarote

Win! A luxury seven-day holiday to Lanzarote

If you've got a spare few days at the end of April - what's better than going on that cruise you won?