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  • 101 Things to do in Europe in 2019

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  • Strawberry Hill - A Gothick Fantasy

  • Dior at London’s V&A

    Dior Exhibition at the V&A
  • Monemvasia - The secret castle of the Peloponnese

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Strawberry Hill House & Garden – London’s Little Suburban Castle

The dreams of an 18th century eccentric and dandy brought to life in a tiny fantasy castle set in the commuter belt

101 Things to Do in Europe in 2019

Stuck for getaway inspiration? There are dozens and dozens of things to do in Europe this year and so many place you might never have considered before. Have a look at all the things you could be doing on your vacation in 2019.

Monemvasia – The secret castle of the Peloponnese

Nothing prepares you for your first sight of Monemvasia, rising hundreds of feet from the sea off the coast of the Peloponnese. We explore this hidden castle, one of the secret treasures of Greece.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A

If you have even the slightest interest in fashion, The Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition will blow you away. A must see in London this year.


Sarasota, Florida – Where the circus comes to town

This pretty, apparently sedate Florida resort, popular with affluent retirees, is really wild at heart. This is where the circus comes to town.

Seven great reasons to choose Pas de Calais for le Weekend

Just across the English Channel yet so often overlooked. Discover the pleasures Northern France in Pas de Calais

Dog-friendly short break in Tewkesbury

Lulu the Westie and I, along with some canine and human pals, head for Tewkesbury, where we find everything we need for the perfect dog-friendly break.

Cauterets: a kingdom of water

The sound of rushing water is everywhere, spring and summer in this historic ski resort in the French Pyrénées.

Travel Tips & Itineraries

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

Tricky scams that target tourists

Don’t fall prey to these common scams and schemes that target tourists when they’re having fun.

London Blue Plaque Chelsea Walk

Take a self-guided tour of Chelsea to see where the creatives of the past found inspiration.

How to fight travel boredom and sightseeing fatigue

Can’t look at one more pile of rocks that someone calls a castle? One more ancestor portrait? One more stick of old furniture? Help is at hand.

Food & Drink

Santorini Tomato Balls

Cheese Glorious Cheese

Cheese from all over the world is in the holiday spotlight at London’s Borough Market this December.

Pudding, pie or tart – So what’s a Bakewell?

The one thing you can’t get in Bakewell, Derbyshire, is a Bakewell Tart. On the other hand, Bakewell Puddings may be the real deal.

Bangers and Mash – A British pub classic to cook at home

The British way with sausages is a pub standby and, in these days of healthy eating, a great guilty pleasure you can make at home.

Delicious dishes from Santorini you can make at home

Santorini’s indigenous dishes are different and delicious. And so easy to make yourself.

Features & Special Places

Glass walkways atop Tower Bridge London

Strawberry Hill: London’s Little Suburban Castle

An 18th century dandy’s house is a masterpiece of eccentricity – a mini-castle amid the suburban semis.

Smoke, no fire

An unforgettable night in Athens made a travel writer out of me.

Tower Bridge’s glass walkways – Part of (not so) hidden London

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

The Georgian House Museum – A Bristol fortune built on the backs of slaves

A stylish 18th century townhouse, a sugar plantation and a dark episode in history. This museum tells a fascinating story – warts and all.