Europe, London, Travel

A look inside the Freemasons’ Hall, London

19th August, 2017

In June the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden opened it’s doors to the public to mark the 300th anniversary of the world’s first masonic grand lodge opening. I had missed the opportunity to visit this Art Deco building during last year’s Open House London weekend so I was glad to have another chance to have […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Titsey Place

12th August, 2017

On an uncharacteristically warm day in June I made my way to Oxted in Surrey to visit Titsey Place. This country house dates back to 16th century when it was bought by Sir John Gresham, a Lord Mayor of London and prominent merchant. The house and estate passed through several generations of the Gresham family. […]

Europe, London, Travel

Five things to see in Painshill Park

5th August, 2017

Painshill Park had been on my London bucket list for a while but until I visited I didn’t realise just how big it was. Comprising of 158 acres, there is plenty to see in this 18th-century landscaped garden. These were my top five highlights from my visit to Painshill: Gothic Temple The late 18th-century Gothic […]

Life

April Re-cap: Roadtripping around the UK

30th April, 2017

I’ve been a little slack with these monthly updates and haven’t done one since January. But April has been an exciting month so its the perfect time for me to get back into doing these updates. What’s been happening this month? I visited the National Trust’s Knole, an English country house situated within a 1,000-acre […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Knole

14th April, 2017

This historic house in Sevenoaks, Kent had been on my National Trust radar for quite a while. I wasn’t able to visit last year as the house had been closed while a restoration project was taking place but as of March it is once again open to the public. Over the course of the 14-month […]

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 […]

Europe, London, Travel

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 […]

Europe, Life

January Re-cap: Castle hunting, escape room and winter lights

1st February, 2017

What’s been happening this month I got my Historic Houses Association membership in December and used it for the first time at Hever Castle. It had been on my list of places I wanted to visit for a long time so I’m glad I’ve finally ticked it off. I visited over the New Years Day […]

Life, Moving to the UK

How to renew your Australian passport in London

13th December, 2016

I can’t believe it was ten years ago that I applied for my passport ahead of my first ever trip to Europe. When I was filling in that form I never would have imagined that I’d actually be living in London by the time it expired. Even though I was back in Australia recently, I […]

Europe, London, Travel

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 […]