What’s New

  • The Swing at The Wallace Collection in London

    18th century painting, Fragonard, Wallace Collection London
  • Fabulous Burghley House in Stamford

    Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Rutland, England, Elizabethan House, The Heaven Room,
  • New stops on the Chelsea Blue Plaque walk

  • Visit the Bridgertons at home in London

    Ranger's House Greenwich Park, London, Bridgerton
  • The Pilot in Greenwich - A historic holdout near the O2

    East Greenwich, pub, pilot inn, london, england, 18th century pub, 19th century pub

See Bob Marley’s London home on updated Chelsea walk

Now that we can all feel a bit safe being out and about, why not take advantage of good weather on this updated Chelsea blue plaque walk. Among the additions, Bob Marley’s London home is a standout.

Top 10 signs of dog-friendly digs

Some places say they’re dog-friendly when they’re barely dog-tolerant. Here’s how to decide if the hotel or cottage you’re about to book will really welcome your pet.

Burghley House and Stamford – Plan a short break

After you visit Burghley, the home of Elizabeth I’s spymaster, linger in Stamford, one of England’s best market towns and its oldest conservation area.

Visit the Bridgertons at home in London

If you’re a fan of the Netflix series Bridgerton, you’re probably looking forward to the start of Season 2 sometime in 2022. Meanwhile, share a little bit of the Bridgerton magic by visiting their “family home” on the edge of Greenwich Park in London.

Stay in a London time machine: The Pilot in Greenwich

Forget the international chain hotels and jump back a few hundred years for a memorable stay near the O2. Use your imagination as more than 220 years of London history swirls around this atmospheric pub.

The Wallace Collection in London: An eye-opening visit to a quiet treasure

The Wallace Collection, one of the world’s great galleries, is slightly off the beaten path and sometimes overlooked by visitors. Time to fix that

Destinations

Botallack Mine

Saratoga Springs – A Weekend Escape to the Queen of Spas

The bathwater smelled like rust. It looked like it too. Alone in my private room at the Roosevelt Bathhouse in Saratoga Spa State Park, I hesitated, my naked toes suspended over lightly bubbling, blood-warm mineral soup. Then, like thousands before me, I took the plunge.

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

Things to do in West Cornwall – Explore the magical Tin Coast

Explore the Tin Coast of Cornwall to learn how Cornishmen spread their hard stone mining skills all over the world. Dig a little deeper and discover how they actually powered the European Bronze Age.

Climbing Snowdon to the top of Wales

The views from the top of Snowdon are among the most spectacular in Europe and you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy them.

Exciting news coming soon

I’m very excited to tell you that my debut novel, Tunnel of Mirrors, will be launched in February 2022. I’m busy working on the final details and will have more to tell you soon about special websites, where to buy and competitions for freebies. Until then, you can keep up with developments, read excerpts and see the cover reveal by following on Instagram @Tunnel_of_Mirrors.

Things here may slow down a little bit for a couple of months but you’ll be busy with the holidays anyway, right? I do have a backlog of travel reviews and stories in waiting – including what it’s like to travel by air in this age of the pandemic. I’ll post them for you as often as I can.

Meanwhile stay tuned.

Travel Tips & Itineraries

How to beat the COVID-19 lockdown blues

Travel has been one of the big casualties of the coronavirus crisis. Most of us haven’t seriously planned travel for nearly a year.  Now that the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, some of us may have forgotten what the freedom of travel is actually like. Dip into some virtual travel here to remind and inspire yourself.

Editorial: Why Write about Travel Now

As we all hunker down to sit out the COVID 19 pandemic what is the point of writing about travel? I look at the role travel writing has played in the past and can play in our future.

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

London’s Blue Plaques – A Chelsea Walk

Spend a morning or an afternoon discovering London Blue Plaques on a Chelsea walk. For more than 150 years, blue plaques on London’s buildings scattered around the city have marked the homes and achievements of the famous and infamous. Join us on this free, self-guided tour.

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.

Visit an ancient Roman winery in the South of France

On the Provence/Languedoc border, a family winery produces 2000-year-old vintages for today’s wine drinkers

Ugly vegetables the French way

Maybe France is off your travel agenda this summer but you can still bring a taste of France to your table with easy recipes that every thrifty French home cook knows.

Features & Special Places

Cathedral facade

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.

The indescribable Snape Maltings slowly comes back to life

How can I begin to describe Snape Maltings? From its strange sounding name to its creative miscellany of art, music, retail and the great outdoors, it defies categorization. You simply have to go to Snape Maltings to experience this destination for yourself.

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

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

Notre Dame de Reims: Gothic survivor and cathedral of kings

Reims Cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, is one of the world’s great masterpieces of Gothic architecture. It’s also the centrepiece of a UNESCO World Heritage site and a battle-scarred survivor with more facelifts to its name than Dolly Parton.