Europe, London, Travel

Visiting Chartwell, the home of Winston Churchill

7th April, 2018

After recently watching the film Darkest Hour, and being enthralled by Netflix’s The Crown, I was inspired to pay a visit to Chartwell. This country house near Westerham in Kent was the home of Winston Churchill for over forty years. Winston and his wife Clementine had wanted a country house for years but they struggled […]

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Highlights from the Capital Ring Walk: Sections 13-15

28th January, 2018

One of my goals for 2018 is to complete the Capital Ring Walk, a 78 mile circular walking route around London. The walk is broken up into 15 sections, each being between 4-8 miles long. You can start at any point along the route, I started with the last sections first since I live in […]

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Visiting St Paul’s Cathedral After Hours – Reformation Lates

14th January, 2018

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of my favourite places in London. With it’s iconic dome, awe-inspiring interior and panoramic views, I think it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Normally you’re not allowed to take photographs inside the cathedral, so when I heard about these special late openings where they would be allowing photography, […]

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Day trips from London: Knebworth House

2nd December, 2017

I finally crossed Knebworth House off my Historic Houses Association bucket list on their last open day of 2017. Located near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, this stately home is just over an hour away from London, making it ideal for a day trip. On the day I visited, access to the house was via guided tour […]

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Open House London 2017

25th November, 2017

Open House is one of my favourite events in London. For one weekend, members of the public can visit over 800 buildings in the capital for free. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have a snoop inside places which are not normally accessible. Here are the places I was able to visit during this year’s event: […]

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Taking a ride on London’s Mail Rail

18th November, 2017

The Mail Rail was a small underground railway that operated in London from 1927 until 2003. The network spanned 6.5 miles from Paddington to Whitechapel, carrying millions of letters daily between the city’s mail sorting stations. The Royal Mail shut down the railway when the running costs became significantly more expensive than using road transport, […]

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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, […]