What’s New

  • London’s 10 best cake and coffee shops

    People looking through a window at cakes at L'Eto on the King's Road
  • Join an olive harvest in Gouves

    ancient olive tree
  • Discover the V&A Dundee

    Detail of the exterior of the new V&A Dundee
  • Secret Greenwich: The Fan Museum

    jewelled fan in the fan Museum Greenwich

London’s 10 best cake and coffee shops – tasted and rated

Where to find London’s best spots to linger over nice – and sometimes great- cake and coffee. Some choices on this list of personal favorites may surprise you but they won’t disappoint.

Discover the V&A Dundee

A London institution heads north. £80 million spent on a new Tayside landmark by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Does the new museum, the V&A’s first branch outside of London, live up to its billing?

Start planning now for the olive harvest in the Peloponnese

Ever wondered how those hard little green things become tasty succulent morsels? Or how they get enough of them off the trees to actually produce bottles of olive oil? Join the olive harvest at Eumelia in the southeastern Peloponnese coming up in November and you can find out.

Secret Greenwich: The Fan Museum

Greenwich, southeast London’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, has so many headline attractions, it’s easy to overlook this little museum full of treasures. Take a break and spend a peaceful hour exploring here, then linger over a cream tea.

Destinations

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Athens Street Art: The Murals of Psyrri

This edgy area is one of the best for enjoying Athens 21st century explosion of street art.

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

Stylized Men's Room and Women's Room signs

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

Oh Poo! Where’s the Loo?!

Don’t be caught short. Here’s where to find public restrooms around the world where you’re free to go.

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

Illustration of Virginia's Shrimp and Grits with three cooked shrimp, sliced sausage, red, yellow and green sliced peppers.

Miss Virginia’s Shrimp ‘n’ Grits

A classic Southern recipe from a Charleston,S.C, cook that you can make at home.

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

Rare Breed long horn cattle at Attingham Park

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.

Bachelors and Spendthrifts – The History of Attingham Park

An entertaining visit to the beautiful house of a family so dysfunctional that generations of them could have populated a 19th century saga.

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

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

The indescribable Snape Maltings

From its strange sounding name to its creative miscellany of art, music, retail and the great outdoors, Snape Maltings defies categorization. I guess you just have to go see it for yourself.

101 Things

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101 Best things to do in Europe in 2019

It’s always a great time to start planning – or at least thinking about – your next vacation or getaway. No pressure, just a little idle day dreaming to get you through the workaday world until your next escape.

Two Auld Wifies, Dundee – A painting with a secret

At the McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, there are many stories but perhaps none as remarkable as this one.