Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Wimpole Estate

21st October, 2017

My National Trust membership hasn’t been getting much of a workout lately. To rectify this we took advantage of the warm weather over the August Bank Holiday weekend and popped in to visit the Wimpole Estate. Located in Royston, Cambridgeshire, the Wimpole Estate contains a large country house (Wimpole Hall), a working farm and about […]

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Unusual days out in London: Crossness Pumping Station

14th October, 2017

After five years in London I’ve done most of the obvious tourist hotspots. I’m always on the lookout for quirky and interesting things to do in this city so I was intrigued when I first heard about Crossness Pumping Station. The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette in 1865. At the time, […]

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The fascinating history of Syon House

7th October, 2017

After my visit to Strawberry Hill House I took a short bus ride over to Syon Park. I’ve been there a couple of times before, staying overnight at the Hilton hotel on the grounds, but this was my first time stepping foot inside Syon House. If I’d know how beautiful the house was inside, I […]

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Visiting Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham, London

30th September, 2017

After five years living in London, I finally paid a visit to Strawberry Hill House. I’ve know about this place for quite a while but had been waiting until I got my Historic Houses Association membership before visiting, as this gives you free admission to the house. Strawberry Hill House was created in the 18th […]

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Day trips from London – Chiddingstone Castle

23rd September, 2017

You can’t go too far in Kent without bumping into a castle or stately home. One of my favourite castles in Kent is Hever Castle, and if you’re planning a day trip there from London you can easily add a visit to Chiddingstone Castle to your itinerary – they’re only 10 minutes apart. And if […]

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Day trips from London – Castle Farm lavender fields

16th September, 2017

During July I noticed photos from the lavender fields at Castle Farm showing up in my Instagram feed. I looked up their location and found it was only a 40 minute drive from home, so I decided to pop down for my first ever visit to a lavender farm. Castle Farm is the biggest lavender […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]