Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Upnor Castle

25th June, 2016

Upnor Castle has been on my English Heritage wishlist for quite a while so when we had a particularly sunny Saturday a few weeks ago I decided to take advantage of the great weather and finally pay it a visit. Located on the west bank of the River Medway in Kent, you can get to […]

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#HiddenLondon: Incredible views from 55 Broadway

18th June, 2016

I noticed a few photos of the view from 55 Broadway pop up on my Instagram feed after the last London Open House weekend, so when London Transport Museum announced they would be running tours of the building as part of their Hidden London program, I jumped at the chance to see that view with […]

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My National Trust Wishlist

4th June, 2016

I signed up for a National Trust membership a few weeks ago when I visited Scotney Castle. I think I’ll be able to get some good use out of this membership, especially since I’m off to Cornwall in a few weeks and a lot of the places I want to visit on that trip are […]

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Is it worth becoming an Art Fund member? How much I saved in a year

21st May, 2016

It has been a year since I purchased an Art Fund membership so I thought I would take a look back and work out how much money I’ve saved through having a National Art Pass. A National Art Pass offers 50% off major exhibitions, plus free entry to hundreds of charging museums, galleries and historic […]

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The hidden tunnels of Charing Cross station

9th April, 2016

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may have read about the previous Hidden London tours I’ve done of Clapham South and Aldwych. On Easter Sunday I did a third tour – this time of Charing Cross station. In 1971 construction began on a new underground line, originally called the Fleet line. […]

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Celebrating Chinese New Year at the Magical Lantern Festival

3rd March, 2016

The UK’s first Chinese Lantern festival has been taking place at Chiswick House and Garden throughout February and on my birthday a couple of weeks ago I went along to see it for myself. I had been disappointed by the Lumiere festival in January and because of that I had some concerns that the Magical […]

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Exploring the disused Aldwych Underground station

15th February, 2016

I’ve always been intrigued by the disused Tube stations of London, so when the London Transport Museum announced they’d be running tours of Aldwych Underground station during January and February I made sure to get myself a ticket. I’ve walked past the now closed up entrance to the station on the Strand countless times and […]

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Day trips from London: Rochester Castle

25th January, 2016

I’ve been itching to get out for a ride on my scooter again but lately the weather just hasn’t been cooperating. We finally had a calm and clear day on Saturday so I took the opportunity to ride to Rochester Castle, about a 40 minute trip from home. Don’t worry if you don’t have your […]

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How far will your Australian dollars go in London?

18th January, 2016

I remember when I first moved over to London three and a half years ago, how much my bank balance appeared to drop when I converted my hard earned Aussie dollars into pounds. I was lucky though, that the exchange rate of dollars to pounds was much higher then than it is now. For new […]