London

The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

For 18 months I lived close to the Tower of London, being lucky enough to have to walk past it every day to and from work. It is a beautiful building and one of the few major tourist attractions that…

Liverpool

A Weekend in Liverpool: Part 2

Our weekend in Liverpool had been choc-a-bloc full of food and shopping and neon Christmas trees; on our last day we felt like we should take in a bit of culture. Our Travelodge looked over the Albert Dock – home…

Liverpool

A Weekend in Liverpool: Part 1

  I’m no stranger to the north-west of the UK, but I’ll admit that that’s basically been limited to the Greater Manchester area. I went to Liverpool once, four years ago, but it was summer and it was hot and…

Ascot

An Afternoon at Ascot

I don’t do fascinators. My hair is basically a hat, so adding anything on top of that is a bit null and void as it just disappears underneath follicles. But at the heart of all races outfits is some headgear,…

Clevedon

A Night at Clevedon Hall, Somerset

It’s very rare that I’ll do a weekend trip away in the UK. I’m all for a full blown staycation; a week in Cornwall or the Lake District, but one night away has always seemed like too much of an…

Leeds

Lunch at Bundobust, Leeds

Thank goodness for Twitter. When I took a recent work trip to Leeds, I asked local blogger Rihanna for recommendations on where to eat. A couple of others waded in and everyone seemed to rate Bundobust, a little Indian street…

uk

A Day Trip to Morecambe Bay

I had every intention of visiting my little sister in Lancaster and writing a nice post about my trip to the city and taking pictures of quaint buildings and shops, but this didn’t work out for two reasons: 1) My…

Manchester

Where to Have Lunch in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Visiting any city is always better when you know a local. I wouldn’t have tried fermented snake whisky without the guidance of a native Beijinger, or had ridiculously good Thai food in Sydney if it wasn’t for the help of…

Portmeirion

Visiting Magical Portmeirion

  After a day of speeding down zip lines and screaming myself hoarse on underground trampolines, we’d arranged something a bit calmer for our friend’s hen do, and drove down to the self-enclosed picturesque town of Portmeirion. Stepping into Portmeirion…