Chantal Coady chooses her favourite websites.

Chantal Coady set up Rococo Chocolates in 1983. Armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion for chocolate and a belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, she decided to open a shop in the King's Road, London. 26 years later, the author of three books about chocolate, Coady is still pushing the boundaries of chocolate retailing with three shops in London - the flagship store is at Motcomb St, in the heart of Belgravia.


BBC – I am a total addict, radio especially, since you can now download the podcasts of the Archers and Desert Island Discs. I also love Test Match Special, World Service; Charlie Gillett was a particular favourite who will be sadly missed, and of course the dramas... I don’t watch TV but if I did, I am sure I would use the iplayer all the time too. There is something so liberating about being able to choose when you listen to or watch your program. - Two of my favourite funny women write columns here. Lucy Kellaway is of course one of my World Service chums. The added bonus is the podcast. The other is Heather McGregor, alias Mrs Moneypenny

Fresh Ideas - This is a women’s networking and mentoring site, and I am currently a mentor to Kate Starkey who is establishing her business Fresh Ideas run some great talks and events; it’s a brilliant website too with lots of good stuff.

Anthropologie - A beautiful site, quirky and atmostpheric, I have not actually shopped on it yet, but it's very tempting.

toptable - This is really useful if you need to get a table somewhere off your normal beat. I used it recently when organising a party for my 13 year old son at Twickenham, and did not have a clue where to meet. It was a great recommendation and we got a fantastic deal on the food too.

Canvas4Life - At Christmas I made some secret Santa presents using this site. I was a little nervous as it was very last minute, but all arrived in time and the quality of the printing was brilliant – the presents were very well received.

25 March 2010