Europe, London, Travel

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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A sunny afternoon at Elton Hall

28th October, 2017

After our visit to the Wimpole Estate we stayed overnight at an Airbnb so we could explore more of the area. The next day we rode over to Elton Hall, near Peterborough, to visit on one of their rare opening days. Elton Hall has been home to the Proby family since 1660. Sir Peter Proby, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]