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Brick Lane – Flavours of India and Beyond

Brick Lane – Flavours of India and Beyond

The walk introduced me to experiences I would otherwise have missed We Londoners are a cosmopolitan bunch. That isn’t a recent phenomenon: our country has been built, over the centuries, on a diversity of cultures and that has also added to our cuisine. The British national dish is curry. There is a curry house on…

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Best of England Vineyard Tours

Best of England Vineyard Tours

Best of England make wine and vineyard education fun and accessible Many of us have become interested in wine. Yes, drinking it and pairing it. Remember the days when we in the UK drank just a few different wines? It wasn’t that they were so good that they became popular; truth to tell, it was…

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Castles and Clans with The Majestic Line

Castles and Clans with The Majestic Line

This isn’t the first trip with this charming and characterful Majestic Line. My first voyage was a couple of years ago and was an introduction to the Scottish Isles; this second trip was to remind me of why I loved the initial experience so much! The Majestic Line offers holidays and short breaks on two…

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Twickenham Stadium – World rugby and local icon

Twickenham Stadium – World rugby and local icon

Twickenham Stadium, just like Wembley Stadium, is usually known by its address rather than its function. Wembley is mostly just ‘Wembley’ and Twickenham is ‘Twickenham’ with rarely the word ‘stadium’ getting a mention. That’s likely due to its long history and the popular respect for the institution. Twickenham is the largest stadium in the world…

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Cream Tea Cruise from MBNA Thames Clippers

Cream Tea Cruise from MBNA Thames Clippers

River tea with a view I am a Londoner and I am ashamed to say that I rarely take advantage of visiting our iconic and internationally-appreciated historic and cultural sites, unless I just happen to be passing. The Thames is our ancient thoroughfare, but now work vessels are mostly a thing of distant memory –…

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Warren House – Kingston

Warren House – Kingston

We might be in London for a short holiday. We see the sights, monuments, museums. We shop till we drop and we are swept along by throngs of others looking for the same delights of retail therapy. But there is another vision of England. It’s that ‘green and pleasant land’ of manicured gardens, country houses…

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Swan Upping

Swan Upping

Swan Upping is an annual ceremonial event and an activity that has endured since the 12th century. The mute swans on part of the River Thames are caught, weighed, inspected, ringed, and then released. Centuries ago these birds were eaten and this exercise was game management! Swans were regular food in the Tudor age, but…

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Memphis in London

Memphis in London

The Shaftesbury Theatre is both beautiful and historic, and a worthy presenter of a show that is beautiful in a very different way. Memphis is a musical and a memorable and striking one. It is set in an era of segregation, overt racism, poverty, and dreams. The story line is perennial and simple but with…

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Waddesdon Bequest review

Waddesdon Bequest review

The British Museum in London is famed the world over for its displays of artefacts and curios. Granted, there are some that feel many of these objets d’art should be returned to their place of origin, while others feel that they are safer where they are. That conundrum is best left to wiser heads than…

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Brooklands Hotel Surrey

Brooklands Hotel Surrey

I live in West London but whenever I consider a weekend break I turn right instead of left at the end of the road. That takes me to central London with the thronging crowds, fuss and rush. Lots of excitement, it’s true, but it hardly constitutes relaxation, and perhaps if I turn left there could…

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Strawberry Hill House – Former grandeur restored

Strawberry Hill House – Former grandeur restored

Strawberry Hill. Even the name conjures visions of pastoral idylls, perhaps a water-colour of mature trees with the promise of a gently-flowing river just over that grassy knoll. Well, the reality isn’t that far from the pastel dream and there is a House that is at the very centre of the quintessentially English scene. Strawberry…

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The Three Faces of Richard

The Three Faces of Richard

You couldn’t make it up! A story that, on the face of it, sounds quite improbable. The King in the Car Park … indeed a sovereign in the Social Services Car Park. Richard III, or at least his mortal remains, were discovered on the site of Greyfriars Friary in Leicester, where Richard was buried in…

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London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport

I am a West London girl (OK, more accurately, mature woman of a certain age) and therefore ideally positioned for Heathrow. I have had reasonable travel experiences at Gatwick and Stansted which are equally described as ‘London’ airports even though the Oyster Card falls short of those marks. But Southend sounded a long way off…

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Ivy Roost Cottage

Ivy Roost Cottage

My first taste of self-catering was as a 7-year-old and it did rather taint my expectations of that style of holiday for the following half-century. It was a ‘chalet’ (3-metre square prefab) in Sackets Grove. It had a wealth of ornithological interest, being situated next to Clacton’s municipal dump which was the feeding ground for…

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Agatha Christie in Torbay

Agatha Christie in Torbay

This is a lovely part of Britain. Its climate is famed, as are its palms. It displays many of the characteristics of the “other” Riviera, an ideal place to paint and even write. But, on the face of it, one wouldn’t expect those jottings to be about murder, and one would be still more shocked…

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The English Riviera – a visit

The English Riviera – a visit

It sounds unlikely, English Riviera, but it honestly does have some of those much-admired attributes of its French counterpart. We think of smart restaurants, sand, yachts and palms, and yes, our home-grown version has all that plus a few advantages that the Continental one doesn’t. It’s not so far from home, the waiters aren’t as…

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Anderida, Ashdown Park Hotel

Anderida, Ashdown Park Hotel

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of heathland about 30 miles (48 km) south of London in East Sussex. It was once a medieval hunting forest created soon after the Norman conquest of 1066. The Forest continued to be used by royalty and the nobility for hunting into Tudor times. King Henry VIII, the monarch…

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Eckington Manor Cookery School and B & B

Eckington Manor Cookery School and B & B

Eckington Manor is just outside the market town of Pershore, Worcestershire, and could well provide one of the most memorable breaks you have had in the UK. Well, if you are passionate about food that’s almost bound to be the case. Eckington Manor is well situated for exploring both Worcestershire and the Cotswolds. Visit the…

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