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  • Carnaby Street’s fabulous, sustainable holiday lights

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  • Hever Castle in Kent

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  • London’s 10 best cake and coffee shops

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  • Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

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Hever Castle: Anne Boleyn’s childhood home is a great day out

Hever Castle may be as much fanciful recreation as it is historic treasure, but William Waldorf Astor’s preservation of Anne Boleyn’s childhood home provides a relaxing and entertaining day out, close to London and the Channel ports.

The amazing mechanical elephant and more Xmas treats at Waddesdon

At Christmas, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire becomes the fairyland castle is always was meant to be. Find out what’s on this holiday season.

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.

Carnaby Street’s sustainable Christmas displays are London’s best in 2019

London’s Christmas lights and displays are always dazzling. In 2019, it’s Carnaby Street and not the megastores that wins the prize for spectacular, responsible creativity.



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

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London’s Top Museums at Christmas

London sparkles and scintillates at Christmas. But don’t be so dazzled by the twinkly lights that you overlook other winter pleasures. Make some time to enjoy the special winter exhibitions in the best museums and galleries just round the corner from all the razzle dazzle.

London Blue Plaque Chelsea Walk

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

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

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

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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

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

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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 Elephant that seduced a Shah and other holiday delights at Waddesdon

Every year during the holiday season, Waddesdon Manor transforms for Christmas.  For me, the star of the show is always the mechanical elephant that jollied a Persian potentate out of  the sulks.

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.