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In pictures: summer at Hampton Court Palace gardens

We feel very lucky to live down the road from one of the most impressive Royal Palaces in England. Although it hasn’t inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century, it was once Henry VIII’s favourite royal hangout and his intended bride Anne Boleyn apparently spent the equivalent of around 18 million pounds turning the residence into the palace of their dreams….

Posted on: July 22nd in Our Trips, UK by .

Les Misérables – a London VIP show and tour

I have a confession to make. Even though more than 60 million people worldwide have seen Les Miserables on stage and the recent film has turned it into an extraordinary cultural phenomenon, I still haven’t seen the show, the film or even read the book. It’s not to say I haven’t been curious though…

Posted on: July 4th in Travel, UK by .

10 awesome London events to go this summer 

With the summer already in full swing, you shouldn’t be missing out on any more fun. From cool open air movies to lazing around on a city beach, here’s our top picks for 10 awesome London events to go this summer…

Posted on: July 1st in UK by .

10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Wales 

Often overlooked in comparison to England and Scotland, Wales actually packs a hell of a lot of beauty into a relatively small mass of land with sprawling mountain ranges, lush green valleys, ragged coastline, gorgeously preserved castles and postcard-pretty market towns. We feel Wales doesn’t receive half the amount of attention it deserves…

Posted on: June 23rd in Beautiful Places, UK by .

Phantom of the Opera – VIP backstage tour, dinner and show

Perhaps it’s showing my age a little but I remember a time when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical seemed to rule the eighties. All power ballads, big hair and high drama, everyone knew at least one of the show’s tunes and tales of obsessive multiple viewings were rife (apparently even Princess Diana was a super-fan had seen it many times from the comfort of the Royal Box)….

Posted on: June 9th in Our Trips, Travel, UK by .

Under-the-radar UK and Ireland summer breaks 2014

Forget beaches packed elbow-to-elbow this summer and head out to one of the UK’s lesser known spots instead. As part of the Travelodge “Get up and Go” campaign (see the video at the end of the post) we’ve chosen our collective favourite UK and Ireland under-the-radar destinations…

Posted on: May 27th in Travel, UK by .

In pictures: a day out in Cambridge, England

The popular university city of Cambridge epitomises quintessential Englishness – here messing about on the river and sipping Pimms on the perfectly manicured lawns are enduring summer pastimes. It’s a beautiful preserved, time-warpish place with spectacular architecture, world-famous colleges and where preppy attired locals whizz around on bicycles….

Posted on: May 12th in Our Trips, UK by .

Maltby Market – London’s new foodie heaven

Maltby Market is a place I’ve been hearing a lot about recently and curiosity finally got the better of me. I wouldn’t exactly say my London friends were shouting about it, more of a whisper of ‘I know this great place but don’t tell anyone in case it gets too busy’…

Posted on: May 9th in Our Trips, UK by .

In pictures: views of Brighton, England

Sometimes called ‘London by the sea’, this hip and happening South coast city continues to surprise and intrigue its many visitors. Easily one of the best loved seaside cities in the UK and definitely the most fun, Brighton is the place to head to on a sunny Bank Holiday. Despite having all the usual seaside clichés of a pier, fairground rides and candyfloss…

Posted on: April 25th in Our Trips, UK by .

How to do London on the cheap

Okay we’re probably biased because London is our home (when we’re not travelling) but we love the city. It’s one of most historically proud cities on the planet with an eclectic mix of different cultures and powerful music, art and design scenes. Sometimes elegant, sometimes a little rough around the edges but with many pockets of true originality and English eccentricity…

Posted on: February 19th in Travel, UK by .
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