Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Box Hill and Polesden Lacey

2nd April, 2017

I’m so happy that spring has finally arrived as it means I’m now able to start doing more weekend trips on my scooter. The first of the season was a ride to Dorking in Surrey to visit a couple of National Trust spots – Box Hill and Polesden Lacey. Box Hill is a summit of […]

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Day trips from London: Hever Castle

11th February, 2017

The winter months are a dull time for exploring historic properties. Most of them close up for the season and I’m fast running out of options for places to visit near London at this time of year. Thankfully Hever Castle was open over the Christmas and New Year period so I jumped at the chance […]

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Day trips from London: Bodiam Castle

12th November, 2016

Bodiam Castle was #1 on my National Trust wishlist and I finally got around to visiting over the August bank holiday weekend. This 14th-century moated castle is located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, less than 2 hours drive from London. We arrived around lunch time so we stopped at the cafe first for some food […]

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5 highlights from our visit to Kew Gardens

30th October, 2016

When my parents came to visit me in London, Kew Gardens was one of the first places I took them to. Despite living in London for four years I’d never visited Kew Gardens during daylight hours, having only previously attended for the Christmas at Kew event after dark. Located all the way at the end […]

London, Travel

Day trips from London: Waddesdon Manor

15th October, 2016

While driving back to London from Cornwall we decided to stop by Waddesdon Manor. It wasn’t exactly on our route but I’d wanted to visit for a long time so I figured it was worth taking a little detour. Waddesdon Manor is located in the village of Waddesdon, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, so it can […]

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The Lost Tunnels of Euston Underground Station

9th July, 2016

42 million people use Euston Underground station every year but few of them would guess that they pass within metres of two disused stations as they make their way through the modern passageways. I recently discovered these lost tunnels on a Hidden London tour with the London Transport Museum, some of which have not been […]

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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 […]